Rethreaded began in 2012 with a mission to renew hope, reignite dreams, and release the full potential for survivors of human trafficking locally and globally through business.
Born out of passion and a simple idea, Rethreaded recognized that the greatest need for survivors of human trafficking was a safe, supportive work environment where they could earn money, learn a skill, and ultimately experience continued healing through community. To accomplish this goal, Rethreaded carefully and lovingly designed a program that provides a second chance at life through long-term employment coupled with career development for adult survivors in Jacksonville, Florida, engaging individuals in all different facets of the company including production, operations, inventory, sales, marketing, finance, and administration.
Products include jewelry, leather accessories, coffee, and housewares. Their holistic restoration program is not only focused on job skills development, but also includes weekly psycho-educational groups, individual counseling and care management, seeking to instill confidence and break the cycle of recidivism and shame.
Referring to themselves as a “conscious gift company that uses business to benefit our community and our world,” Rethreaded also operates as a distribution company selling beautiful products from like-minded businesses that employ survivors of exploitation.
After eight successful years, Rethreaded hit max capacity in their original employment facility with 16 survivors in only 2,800 square feet.
Without more room to work, they were forced to turn down large corporate orders, losing out on essential revenue and effectively preventing them from hiring any additional staff.
As an organization that truly reaches for the stars, Rethreaded was committed to building their capacity to such a level that they would never have to say no to any woman who was ready to start a new life.
Their dreams and determination led them to a 36,000 square foot facility that provides enough space to grow production and sales, host special events, provide employee counseling and development, and still have remaining spaces to rent out for sustainable income-generation.
With a larger warehouse facility, Rethreaded is able to increase their production capacity to take larger corporate orders, launch new creative business endeavors and, most importantly, hire more survivors.
Through strategic funding support from The Jensen Project and enormous community support, Rethreaded will relocate to the larger and newly refurbished facility, allowing the organization to successfully scale its operation and quadruple its employment capacity.
The Jensen Project’s investment ensures a seamless transition to scale operations and develop therapeutic spaces. Support will also maintain the salaries of clinical and administrative staff for the Survivor Development Program for the next two years as they focus on stabilizing the business and development initiatives under a broader capacity.
The Jensen Project is delighted to partner with Rethreaded as they invest in the personal and professional development of women whose futures truly have no ceiling.
A yearly grant program, funding up to $2 Million to advance economic empowerment and housing opportunities for agencies who serve adult female survivors of human trafficking.