The Well of Lexington is the DLC Member of the Week!

Written by Brett Bibb

What is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the United States? You may be surprised that the answer is human trafficking.  According to state officials, human trafficking reports have increased by 50 percent since 2013.  State officials estimate that human trafficking generates over $150 billion each year.  Human trafficking reports to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services have increased from 51 victims in 2013 to 169 in 2015, a more than 300 percent increase.   

The Well of Lexington is committed to providing a safe place for women who want to live free from human trafficking and other types of sexual exploitation and build new lives.

The Well of Lexington is a nonprofit organization that is led by a group of individuals who were inspired by an organization in Nashville, Tennessee called Thistle Farms. Thistle Farms opened in 1997 and has helped hundreds of women find their path to recovery since then.

The Well of Lexington opened its first home in August of 2016.  It is the only place in Central Kentucky where women can get the long term residential based services they need to overcome barriers they face due to the trauma they have experienced, related addiction issues and employment and education gaps.  By providing a home, free of charge for two years, the women are able to focus on recovery. 

"Our organization rests on three pillars - a home, healing and hope" said Lisa Satin, Executive Director of The Well of Lexington.

While in the house, women focus on healing both emotionally and physically. Many of the women caught in the cycle of human trafficking suffer from addiction, mental health issues and lack of education and employment. The Program Manager, with the help of community partners, works with each of the women to establish plans and goals.   

The Well has established its own social enterprise, called Clean Start.  With Clean Start, the women clean vacant homes, offices or condominiums to get them ready for resale or rental.  The women participate in all aspects of running the business, become more confident as a result of succeeding in their work, and gain employment and money management skills.  The money they earn is used partially for their day to day expenses, and they are required to put a portion into savings so that they will have some funds when they graduate from the program. 

One of the residents is already displaying growth in numerous areas, including learning to open up to staff and remaining addiction free.  When asked how The Well has affected her life, she stated, "you all just love me.  I have never had people love me and not want anything." 

The Well of Lexington's house is celebrating its first anniversary, and the organization would love to have your support as it continues to help the women in the program to recover and to educate the community about human trafficking - clearing up misconceptions and letting people know that human trafficking affects a significant number of people all over Kentucky, including Lexington. 

Ways you can help:

  • Make a donation.  The Well encourages you to subscribe to their quarterly email newsletter from their website:
  • Like the Facebook page and write and/share posts about The Well with your friends and family
  • Become a Kroger Community Rewards Member.
  • Purchase a Bluegrass Hospitality Group gift card online and 20% of your purchase can benefit The Well.
  • Become a Amazon Smile member and choose The Well of Lexington as your charitable organization and a portion of your purchase will benefit The Well.

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