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Finding + Cultivating Sanctuary


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 more than nineteen 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 recently named Austin Woman Magazine's 2020 Women's Way Business Awards "Business to Watch - Under $3M". Their impact jewelry line can be seen both online and at several local and national boutiques and was recently picked up by Target.com as their newest jewelry brand, launching in the Fall of 2020.

An award-winning author of the book “From Basement to Sanctuary,” Holly is passionate about helping others find "sanctuary" in the ways she did, through a relationship with Christ. She is a coveted women's ministry and business leadership speaker and has spoken at conferences all over the globe about transformation from trauma and the Redeemer who can lift any life from the pit.

In her spare time, she and her husband, Jeff, enjoy life on a hobby farm and vineyard in Southwest Austin, with their chickens, goats, cows, dogs, and newest addition to the farm, their daughter Havana, who they welcomed last July.

Winner of the 2018 Illumination Book Award: Shining Light on Exemplary Christian Books, bronze medal in self-help/recovery!


“A gripping journey of the soul …” bestselling author, John Ortberg


praise for

“Holly’s story is a gripping journey of the soul for any reader who’s simply interested in the human condition. Her account of how a heart can be vulnerable, what addiction can do and feel like from the inside, and where both pain and hope can be found will be an enormous grip for anyone who wrestles with addiction or loves someone who does.”

John OrtberG

—Senior Pastor, Menlo Church

"Worship the Lord at all times...use songs only when necessary." 


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