About Us

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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!



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 Officer


Patty Morrow

Operations Officer

Thrive Instructor


Stacy Gebauer

Marketing and Communications Officer




Finance Officer

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Brynn McCurry

Director of Programming

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Mariah Larocque

Awareness Advocate

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Jennifer Holt

Event Coordinator

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Dana Laine

Project Lead: Cans for Freedom

Partner Development

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Diane Scarponi

Awareness Advocate

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Kathryn Betoglou

Event Team Member

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Stephanie Morrow

Thrive Instructor

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Emily Parker

Human Resources

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Mary Waterhouse

Thrive Prayer Team Leader

Our Mission

Our mission is to prevent 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



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.



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



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.



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



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



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