Voices from the Community Lecture: "From Survivor to Thriver," Presented by April Thacker

Wednesday, April 18 12:30 pm
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160 Cunz Hall

"From Survivor to Thirver," presented by April Thacker, case manager, Freedom a la Cart

In 2009, Freedom a la Cart founder, Julie Clark, established Doma International as a community-based support program for adult survivors of human trafficking.  Two years later we expanded the program to fill the void between restoration and economic independence, and purchased a food cart as a work force training tool for survivors. While Doma offered supportive services toward restoration, the Freedom a la Cart social enterprise gave survivors a job and the means to live.  Freedom became the vehicle – literally – through which survivors began the ever-important first steps to self-sufficiency.

Today, we are so much more!  What was once a single food cart is now a bustling box lunch and full-service catering company, grown from the hearts and hard work of the women who sustain us.  The 2014 merge of Doma and Freedom a la Cart combined support services with social enterprise through one deliciously harmonious brand.

As these amazing women continue on their journey of rescue, rehabilitation and restoration – the ultimate path toward a triumphant return to society – the result couldn’t be more appetizing: Cause Cuisine.

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