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Our History

The idea for Thrive New England began to take shape in March 2014 with a small group of passionate Mainers desiring to provide aftercare for teens who have survived the horrors of human trafficking. 

As we learned more about the prevalence of human trafficking throughout New England, the devastating harm to the victims, and the limited options for comprehensive, specialized care, we determined to create a sustainable model for facilitating restoration.

After years of research and support from many volunteers, the Thrive Restorative Care Program was developed to meet the unique needs of teen survivors of sexual exploitation.  Informed by adult survivor leaders, this program is specially designed to offer a long-term, survivor-driven, strengths-based restorative path, made possible by various trauma-informed partners, including – licensed professionals and professional groups, service agencies, faith-based organizations, colleges, etc.

During the research phase of Thrive’s development, the need for prevention measures to protect kids from exploitation became obvious. 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 the Spring of 2018, we launched our Thrive Prevention Program at Sanford High School! This program has continued to expand into different locations and youth-serving organizations each semester. 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!

In early 2019, as a way of honoring and encouraging our survivor leaders, we began a program to equip adult survivors of trafficking as they transcend the trauma of their past and engage in personal growth. Thrive’s Survivor Leadership Program provides customized 1:1 coaching and support groups to provide practical guidance for building confidence and attaining goals.

We are excited for you to link arms with us and join our movement!

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Our team is supported

by passionate volunteers

and devoted counselors,

some of whom are themselves

survivors of abuse. 

We deeply appreciate

their dedication.  


Nichole DaRosa

Chairmen of the Board

Executive Officer


Patty Morrow

Board Member

Operations Officer

Finance Officer


Stacy Gebauer

Board Member

Marketing and Communications Officer



Board Member

Event Coordinator

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Brynn McCurry

Director of Programming

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Lynnda Parker

Board Member

Awareness Advocate

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Mariah Larocque

Board Member

Media Management

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Diane Scarponi

Awareness Advocate

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Jen Dix

Executive Assistant

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Mary Waterhouse

Thrive Prayer Team Leader

Our Mission

Prevent sexual exploitation and support survivors through education and personalized services.

Our Vision

Thriving teens, valued survivors, and victorious communities.

Our Approach

Provide mentorship, training, and advocacy to prevent the sexual exploitation of New England teens and offer restorative care for those directly impacted by sexual exploitation.

Our Core Values






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