Heart of Dating

Heart of Dating


137: Recovering from Abuse and Learning to Love Again with Holly Christine Hayes

November 10, 2021



Founder and CEO of the Sanctuary Project comes on to talk about her testimony of overcoming abuse and addiction. She also tells her healing journey story of how she learned to love again.


Holly Christine Hayes is Founder + CEO of Sanctuary Project, a survivor-run nonprofit social enterprise employing and empowering women who’ve survived lives of trafficking, violence and addiction in Austin,TX. Holly was rescued out of a life of trauma nearly 20 years ago and knows the path to recovery can be long and rocky. Her vision and leadership create a safe space for other survivors to grow in practical skills, unleash their creativity, embrace their femininity, and heal their hearts – all in community with other survivors. Sanctuary Project was named "Business to Watch" by Austin Woman Magazine in 2020 and has been featured by media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Real and NBCLX. An award-winning author of the book From Basement to Sanctuary, Holly is passionate about sharing her vulnerable journey of healing. She speaks in jails, churches, recovery communities and conferences all over the globe. Holly and her husband, Jeff, enjoy life on a hobby farm and vineyard outside of Austin, with their chickens, goats, cows, dogs and their one-year-old daughter Havana.

Website: https://sanctuaryproject.com/

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Instagram: @hollychristinehayes; @sanctuary_project

Facebook: @HollyChristineHayes; @wearesanctuaryproject


Trigger Warning: Please be advised that this episode discusses domestic violence and abuse. These topics may be sensitive and potential triggers for some listeners. If you or someone you know is facing an abusive relationship, please call the National Domestic Abuse Hotline at 1-(800)-799-7233


Trafficking Hotline: If you or someone you know is showing signs of being trafficked, please contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline 1 (888) 373-7888


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