Founder and Executive Director/Rethreaded
Kristin Keen lived and worked for five years in Kolkata,
India, encountering the life-stealing effects of the area's sex trade on a
daily basis. Together with her friend Sarah Lance, Kristin helped co-found a
business that could offer these women a safe haven. Today, Sari Bari is a
thriving business that employs more than 75 people in Kolkata who create
beautiful handmade blankets and other products from traditional fabrics.
Upon her return to Jacksonville, Kristin felt called to
fight the sex trade on a local level, and Rethreaded was born. Beginning by
forming relationships with women on the street and making prison visits, she
knew the biggest need was for a safe, supportive work environment where these
women could earn money while learning a skill and experiencing continued
healing through community. Working in partnership with the City Rescue Mission,
Rethreaded hired its first full-time employee in November 2012.
When’s she’s not at Rethreaded, Kristin is usually biking,
doing yoga, or out supporting other great causes with friends.