Rebuilding lives, hearts, and resumes
Sanctuary Project is...
a nonprofit social enterprise providing meaningful employment and job training to women who have survived lives of trafficking, violence, and addiction. We are a survivor-run organization, offering a safe community for women in transition to grow in practical skills while restoring their lives and hearts. Our jewelry is designed and packaged by the women we employ, and 100% of our sales go directly to providing more job opportunity and job training to survivors.
Shop for good!
Because 100% of our sales go towards our mission of providing employment and job training to survivors, that means your purchase is directly helping someone in need. Every time you shop Sanctuary Project, you have a real and meaningful impact on a woman’s life!
A $40 purchase funds 1 survivors's participation in our job training program for a whole day! So you're not only buying something beautiful for yourself, you're giving something beautiful - the gift of community and employment - to survivors of trafficking, violence, and addiction.
Our founder + CEO Holly Christine Hayes is a survivor herself and now mentors many women who are in the process of recovery. Her active participation and experience in the local recovery community, jail ministries, as well as in her own personal recovery ministry guides our outreach efforts to survivors.
Sometimes we are contacted directly by a survivor or a family member who wants to help a loved one. We’ve also had survivors be referred to us by a former employee who started her journey to economic freedom at Sanctuary Project. But most often we meet the women we employ through our cooperation and participation in partner organizations and ministries.
However we meet a new survivor, our first priority is always to ensure that she has the care and safety she needs to begin her recovery journey.
Women who have recently come out of trafficking, violence and addiction often lack safe housing, have intense trauma, and are economically disenfranchised. Having all of these needs adequately addressed is essential for successful recovery, but getting them met is a very difficult process for a survivor to walk through alone. Through our network of partner organizations, we advocate on behalf of women we meet in the community who are survivors, and come alongside them to help address vital care and safety needs for their recovery.
Returning to the workforce in early recovery can be daunting and difficult. Sanctuary Project's team of Survivor - Leaders knows that first hand because we’ve all been there before. The heart of our mission is to create a space where survivors can come and work, confident they’ll be surrounded by a community that understands.
Our job training program, designed for women who are in the early days of their recovery journey, involves 8 hours a week of community time, job training activities, jewelry making and order fulfillment. This number might seem small, but our goal is to be her first job in recovery. We are a safe landing place for a survivor to regain confidence in herself and start building her economic freedom, all while leaving her enough time to focus on the essential heart work, counseling, and healing of recovery.
The women we employ range from 90 days to 10+ years in recovery and the number of survivors working at Sanctuary Project at any one time fluctuates based on need and positions available. On average our team consists of 2 - 8 women participating in our Job training program as well as 3 - 5 survivor-leaders on our full-time staff.
As survivors in community with each other, we spread the joy of a life redeemed to the next woman who is reaching for freedom. The true joy that our survivor-leaders have found in faith and recovery is our greatest weapon against the ravages of trafficking, violence and addiction, and a gift to pass on to the women in our job training program.
Because our mission is to be a safe landing in the workplace for newly recovered women, our goal is for our employees to move on from our community of jewelry makers when they are ready and to have them secure full time jobs, go back to school, advance themselves, and achieve economic freedom. When a survivor is ready for full-time work, we celebrate this major recovery milestone!
Founder + CEO
Holly Christine Hayes was rescued out of a life of trafficking, violence and addiction more than twenty years ago and knows the path to recovery can be long and rocky. Her vision and leadership create a safe space for other survivors to grow, unleash their creativity, embrace their femininity, and heal - all in community with other survivors. Holly is an award winning author of From Basement to Sanctuary and speaks all over the world about the unexpected gift of a life of trauma and how surrender can bring us closer to God. Holly’s mission is to bring healing and restoration and to help women everywhere to become the beautiful, inspiring individuals they were each created to be.
Our Survivor - Leader Team is made up of women who have found victory over trafficking, violence, and addiction in their own lives, and are at least 2 years into the healing and recovery process. They hold executive positions, work our booths at pop-up shops, run our social media accounts, manage our office space, and lead our job training program. Not only are they all uniquely talented and dedicated to their work, but the experience they bring, the hope and example of recovery they provide, is a vital part of what makes the community at Sanctuary Project so special.
Sanctuary Project is a Nonprofit and Social Enterprise hybrid. This means that we use our commercial activity of selling jewelry as a force for social good - employing survivors. In practice, this works by having the LLC branch of Sanctuary Project, which sells you our beautiful products, reinvest 100% of its profits in our 501c3’s activity - providing employment and job training to survivors.
What we love most about this model is that in the same way we encourage all the women here to work towards becoming financially self-supporting, so are we! Our goal is to one day fully fund our nonprofit activity through sales. This frees up charitable resources for other wonderful organizations who cannot generate revenue outside of fundraising and grants