By: Phillip Heilman
VyStar Credit Union’s annual gift to employees for 2020 were journals made by women who are rewriting their own stories. Leather-bound and imprinted with the VyStar logo, the journals were produced by employees from Rethreaded, a Jacksonville-based nonprofit that provides jobs to human trafficking survivors. In February, our President/CEO, Brian Wolfburg, toured the Rethreaded facility in Downtown Jacksonville and had the opportunity to speak with and hear from many of the women.
Dating back to its founding in 2012, Rethreaded has employed 40 women who are human trafficking survivors. In addition to making scarves, jewelry, home goods and more, they also have employment opportunities in areas such as production, inventory, sales, marketing and finance and administration. VyStar’s gift order was a significant source of momentum for Rethreaded, according to Kristin Keen, Founder/CEO. “This partnership has been a game-changer for us,” she said. “This was our largest corporate gift order in history, and through that, we got to hire two more women. … When we first started it, we were like, ‘How are we going to get this done in this time frame?’ And we did it. It actually increased the capability of our team.”
Human trafficking remains a worldwide epidemic, with effects that can be felt in Northeast Florida. But through the work of organizations such as Rethreaded and other likeminded coalitions, many survivors have opportunities to rebuild their lives. VyStar is proud to be connected to Rethreaded and provide employees with a gift that holds tremendous meaning with the turn of each page.
If you’re interested in finding ways to support Rethreaded’s mission, or if you want to view their high-quality products, visit their store at 820 Barnett St. in Jacksonville, or visit their website at www.rethreaded.com.
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