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Operation New Hope had the opportunity to tour Rethreaded’s new campus yesterday, and we are thrilled that they are our new neighbors! Rethreaded has bought the Springfield property located at 515 E. Ninth Street, and they are in the process of moving their nonprofit operation to this beautiful new facility. The Campus of Hope is a 20,000+ square foot main building that was built in 1949 and was originally a train depot. We love the old charm contained in the windows, walls, and floors and join with Rethreaded in seeing the great potential of the space. We couldn’t be more excited for their team and all the new clients they will be able to serve at this new location.
Rethreaded’s Founder and CEO Kristin Keen lead our tour and shared her excitement and vision with us. She shared with us that her team is looking forward to serving more women who need help and that they are excited to have the much needed space for increased production capacity, training, support services, and events. “We have been looking for a new building for four years. The moment we walked through this building we knew we had found Rethreaded’s forever home. This building will quadruple our capacity to hire survivors and expand our business model. We are looking forward to being neighbors with both Springfield and East Side residents and businesses. I am confident that Rethreaded can help continue the economic development in both neighborhoods and are so proud to be part of the transformation of this area though business.” – Kristin Keen, Rethreaded CEO & Founder, pictured in her new office.
Rethreaded’s mission is to renew hope, reignite dreams and release potential for survivors of human trafficking locally and globally through business. They provide a second chance at life through employment for survivors of human trafficking in Jacksonville, Florida. Women have employment opportunities in different facets of the company including production, inventory, sales, marketing and finance/admin. Rethreaded also operates as a distribution company that sells products from like-minded businesses who also employ women who have found freedom from the sex trade.
Operation New Hope and Rethreaded serve many of the same clients as they travel on their second chance journeys. Both organizations are committed to helping these women as they transition from involvement with the criminal justice system to reconnection with their families, communities, and the workforce. We look forward to finding more ways we can partner to better serve this vulnerable population and to developing pathways for businesses to do more to elevate diversity and inclusion practices in our community.
To support Rethreaded’s mission and help them always say yes to women who need help, you can pave the way for future survivors. Donate today to their Pave the Way campaign and help Rethreaded take a leap of faith and move in the right direction.