904-438-8109 info@rethreaded.com
The Power of Work in Recovery: “She was Rescued from the Life”

by | Sep 5, 2022

How many times have we heard some version of this on the news? A trafficker is arrested and a woman is ‘rescued’. We turn the tv off with a sense that at least one more thing in this messed up world has been turned around for the good. 

Here’s a reality check.

The reality is that, while a woman may walk away from the source of her trauma, her trauma will continue to walk with her. Healing will come in many waves, with the breaking down of the trauma barriers.

Part of that healing comes from a job. To hear for the first time in your life, ‘You’re hired!’, to receive your first paycheck, pay your own bills, and go on your first paid holiday is a defining moment for many of our staff. Economic empowerment is a significant portion of the healing journey. Meaningful work creates this foundation.

I’ve seen our staff make their first pair of earrings, leather journal, or grace scarf. It is a holy moment to witness. These accomplishments often start the slow and steady return of faith in self. The joy of seeing projects through to completion, knowing that we can do hard things and come out better on the other side is a great boost to confidence. 

Work gives a defined purpose, sense of accomplishment, community, and sense of belonging. If this has not been present elsewhere in a person’s life, can you imagine what it means to have this opportunity for the first time, or maybe the first time in a very long time.

Our adult lives are full of many, many milestones. Some we celebrate with little to no thought, and some are pretty big reasons to celebrate. Often, in the life of a survivor, these are firsts after a time marked by incarceration, recovery in sober living, working through probation, drug court, or social services. These firsts are epic. 

The empowerment of a day’s work well done, and a paycheck earned in meaningful employment should not be undervalued. If you take this for granted, stop for a moment and give thanks. If you support Rethreaded, stop for a moment and give thanks. You make it possible for all of us to get up each morning and make a meaningful difference in the lives of our staff as they inspire us moment by moment with hope, healing, and amazing determination. 

Every time a member of the community chooses to volunteer with us in de-constructing leather, you give our staff the raw materials to keep moving forward with this healing that takes them one step closer to self-sufficiency. We can all be part of the solution. Thank you for your partnership with us to give healing choices and a path to a new future. 

Quick Links

Wanna Help?

Take the pledge and become an advocate for human trafficking survivors

Take the Pledge

We challenge every individual and business to take the pledge to train themselves on how to spot and report human trafficking

Take the Pledge

Springfield Saturday

Hello Springfield! Come on down for a day of shopping, toffee tasting, and touring our space. Enjoy a community brunch with neighbors, and get the first pick of our seasonal items… all while supporting survivors of human trafficking.

Next Upcoming Event

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Auctor elit sed vulputate mi sit amet mauris commodo. Lobortis scelerisque fermentum dui faucibus in ornare quam viverra orci.

Birthday Party

Come celebrate Rethreaded's birthday and support survivors. There will be fun, games, raffles, tasty treats, and much more! We celebrate each year with a fresh theme and plenty of surprises, so be sure to stop in and help us celebrate another incredible year!

Come celebrate Rethreaded's birthday! There will be fun, games, raffles, tasty treats, and much more! We celebrate each year with a fresh theme and plenty of surprises, so be sure to stop in and help us celebrate another incredible year!

Mom’s Night Out

Enjoy reconnection, rejuvenation, and the opportunity to make a difference. This event is designed to uplift and empower moms while supporting a great cause. 

Engage in refreshing activities, enjoy specialty treats, and revel in a community of women determined to support one another through thick and thin.

This is a special event meant to engage moms with refreshing activities, specialty treats, and connections with other moms in the area.

Cocktails For A Cause

Meet with other Realtors in your area while you enjoy cocktails, networking, exclusive toffee tasting, and a personalized shopping experience while contributing to the care and support of survivors of human trafficking.

Are you in the real estate industry and looking to expand your professional network? Our Cocktails for a Cause event connects relators, interior designers, contractors, and other real estate industry professionals here in Jacksonville. You'll not only get the opportunity to network but also here from industry experts.

Women Empowering Women

Connect, uplift, and support survivors of human trafficking. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and Rethreaded’s unique upcycled products. Take part in authentic breakout group discussions about how to value and intentionally use your time. 

Proceeds from ticket sales provide employment, holistic care, and services for women in Rethreaded’s Survivor Development Program.

Connect with other women at our Women Empowering Women events. You'll have the opportunity to take part in authentic breakout group discussions and network with like-minded women in our community.

Mukti Freedom Gala

Join us for our largest annual fundraiser. Enjoy a champagne welcome, hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, seated dinner, silent and live auctions, entertainment, and dancing. 

As always, proceeds from this event go directly toward supporting survivors of human trafficking.

Our Mukti Gala is our largest annual fundraiser that helps us provide the resources needed for the survivor's development program. We would love your support at our next Mukti- which means "freedom" in Bengali - and help change lives with us. Plus, if you have the opportunity to join us in the festivities you'll get to enjoy an open bar, seated dinner, silent and live auctions, entertainment, dancing and so much more!

Human Trafficking Educational Panel

Join us as we discuss human trafficking prevention, dispel myths, and learn how to empower survivors. Experts will share their insights, experience, and perspective. Ticket proceeds support survivor care, support, and education.

Want to learn more about human trafficking prevention, dispel myths, and how you can empower survivors? Join us at one of our Human Trafficking Educational Panels where experts share their insights, experiences, and perspectives.