Rethreaded’s Delores Weaver Campus Grand Opening
Earth Works welcomed the opportunity to provide landscaping for Human Trafficking victims services non-profit Rethreaded’s Delores Barr Weaver Campus before its grand opening. Rethreaded is moving from a 2,800 square foot facility to this 36,000 square foot location in Springfield. This was made possible by donations and a matching grant from Weaver, a local philanthropist and a former owner of the Jaguars football team.
The mission of the Rethreaded non-profit as described by charitynavigator.org is “social entrepreneurship that is breaking the cycle of the sex trade by offering viable and creative work to those affected by the sex trade i.e. prostitution, drug addiction, and human trafficking. Rethreaded offers the oppressed a chance to grow into the fullness of who they are.” Charitynavigator assesses Rethreaded 97 out of 100 in their “Give with Confidence” rating.
We’ve been impressed by the follow-through on the vision of Rethreaded by its Founder Kristin Keen. She has been our point of contact handling even the small details herself throughout our landscaping project. “Founded in 2012, Rethreaded was inspired by the five years Keen lived in India,” according to the Florida Times Union. “She and a friend formed a similar business there, helping women in the sex trade by giving them jobs creating handmade blankets and other products.
At Rethreaded, women have employment opportunities in production, inventory, sales, marketing and finance and administration. It also operates as a distribution company that sells products from like-minded businesses who also employ trafficking survivors.”
Rethreaded’s facilities expansion and increased funding will afford more opportunities for the growing numbers of human trafficking victims in Northeast Florida. “In 2020, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department identified almost double the number of human trafficking victims as the year before and twice as many children,” according to First Coast News. “Instead of only being able to help 15 people, Rethreaded will now be able to hire 60.”
Jason Duffney gives a tour sharing the scope of our landscaping for the meditation garden at Rethreaded in the provided video. He relates the caring mission of Rethreaded to Earth Works caring for its own family of employees.
The Grand Opening of Rethreaded’s Delores Barr Weaver Campus at 151 9th Street East is Saturday, November 20, 2021, from 6-9 pm.
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There are various ways to get involved and support Rethreaded including volunteering and donations, and Earth Works encourages you to do so.
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