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THRIVE New England is an affiliate ministry of Vision New England.

About Us

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Our History

THRIVE New England was launched in March 2014 by our founding director, Bob Atherton, as the result of a growing passion among many in Curtis Lake Church (Sanford, ME) to provide restorative care for teens who have survived human trafficking, with a special eye towards those needing foster care.  We were alarmed by how rampant human trafficking is in every New England state, how much human trafficking harms its victims, and how few options there are for restorative care in the region. 

So, we set out to build a family-based aftercare program that will help address the need, providing a long-term restorative path for survivors in all six areas of their personhood (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, social and vocational), relying on partnerships with dozens of entities - professionals and professional groups, service agencies, faith-based organizations, colleges, etc.  We’ve made a lot of progress, and are now in our final season of preparation before we launch.

 

As we began to develop our aftercare program, we realized the enormous need for trafficking prevention.  Teens usually have a period of time before being trafficked when they can say "no" and walk away.  We knew that teens needed tools and training in order to recognize and avoid grooming, exploitation, and other dangerous situations.  In Spring of 2018, we launched our Sparks Prevention Program at Sanford High School!  Our goal is to bring this prevention program to schools, colleges, and community groups in the New England area and stop trafficking before it takes place!

 

Learn more about how you can take action and join our movement!

 

THE

TEAM

Our team is supported

by passionate volunteers

and devoted counselors,

some of whom are themselves

survivors of human trafficking. 

We deeply appreciate

their dedication.  

Nichole DaRosa

Executive Director

Patty Morrow

Director of Programming

Stacy Gebauer

Director of Marketing and Communication

Bob Atherton

Founder

Grant Development

Team Adviser

Brynn McCurry

Writer

Survivor Leader

Dana Laine

Project Lead: Cans for Freedom

Partner Development

Tom Sammons

Thrive Prayer Team

Linda Jarochym

Accounting

Tricia Grant

Sparks Facilitator

Survivor Leader

Kathryn Betoglou

Partner Development

Camille Sammons

Thrive Prayer Team

Sherry Tysver

Administrative Assistant

to the Executive Director

Stephanie Morrow

Sparks Facilitator

Patricia Normand

Partner Development

Peter Laine

Thrive Prayer Team

Our Mission

Our mission is to stop child exploitation and serve those who have experienced or been affected by commercial sexual violence with personalized, trauma-informed training and care.

Our Vision

We see a world where all children grow up free from sexual exploitation and every survivor is restored and thriving.

Our Core Values

Restoration

We commit to the full restoration of every person by acknowledging the multiple aspects of healing and supporting their pursuit of physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, social, and vocational growth.

1.

Love

We aim to live out and offer Christ's limitless and unconditional love with compassion, understanding, and humility.

2.

Respect

We celebrate the inherent worth and dignity of each person and champion their uniqueness. 

 

We honor the choice of each survivor to partner with us.

3.

Unity

We stand together as a diverse community that empowers personal development and generates social change.

4.

Integrity

We pursue honesty, sincerity, excellence, and consistency in our relationships and actions.

5.

Courage

We act with boldness and innovation as we promote justice and mercy.

6.