The Community of St. Therese of Lisieux
The Lisieux Community provides a home for women who have survived trauma, addiction, trafficking and prostitution, all part of life on the streets. The women learn to live in community as they access other organizations to assist in healing. We believe that the women do not begin a life on the streets on their own, but through the culture in which we live; we want to inspire change now to transform the culture itself.
“Sex trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which individuals perform commercial sex through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Minors under the age of 18 engaging in commercial sex are considered to be human trafficking, regardless of the use of force, fraud, or coercion.” — Thistle Farms
The Community of St. Therese of Lisieux (CSTL) is a sister organization of Thistle Farms in Nashville, Tennessee. CSTL is a 501 (c) (3) corporation. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.
We each carry wounds from childhood and, when we confront them and learn to let go of the pain, we have more compassion for others. Some of us received grace in the form of people who loved us and did their best to protect us. We have learned that some children were abused, even sold, rather than protected by the adults in their lives that were responsible for caring for them. Some were teenagers or even adults that lacked skills to protect themselves and were abused by others. We will offer the grace that we received.
The Community of St. Therese of Lisieux is patterned after Thistle Farms in Nashville TN, which has a success rate of 75% for residents after 2 ½ years. Thistle Farms formed the model and shared the details so other communities can facilitate lifestyle changes for women in their areas. Following this pattern we will provide physical, dental, mental, and emotional health management as well as educational and life skills.
CSTL’s residential program empowers women, offering them a chance to grow individually and in community, by:
- Providing a safe, pleasant home environment based on a community living model
- Teaching residents to live honest, sober, self-sufficient lives
- Connecting residents with mental and physical health providers
- Providing educational and vocational opportunities
- Promoting self-understanding through personal and spiritual growth
- Providing life-skills education
- Providing financial skills through training/mentoring so the women can care for themselves after graduation