It smells wonderful.
It’s a perfect gift to give. Hand soap and lotion, in a little box.
Mostly, I’m hoping you’ll spend a minute in the world of Thistle Farms, a nonprofit in Nashville that helps women find new lives after addiction, abuse, and prostitution.
The founder of Thistle Farms, Becca Stevens, is many things: an Episcopal priest, wife and mother of three, writer, visionary, and one of the fiercest advocates for women you’ll ever meet.
What Becca and her team are accomplishing at Thistle Farms is legendary. The video up top gives you a glimpse of all that goes on there.
It is compelling to hear Becca talk about the Thistle Farms’s residential program for women who are coming off the streets to overcome addiction, abuse, and a life of prostitution. It starts when a woman arrives at a Thistle Farms residence, often with no possessions, and they live there, rent free. There is no schedule, no agenda. Their job is simply to be. What happens next is a two-year program. From the website:
We house up to 28 residents at a time in a therapeutic setting that offers healing and transformation through housing, healthcare, counseling, employment, and community building.
Housing and clinical services are free of charge and provided without Federal assistance.
We also offer a program with Tennessee Prison for Women, that allows up to six women to begin their healing journey within prison walls. Participants receive education and group therapy that eases the transition into the residential program.
Their waiting list is consistently capped at 100. After five years, 75% of their graduates are still sober.
Finally, I hope you’ll become a regular customer of Thistle Farms. Their bath and body products are made by the women there, and the business provides job training and employment for them. See the complete line of bath and body products here.
Love heals, they tell us. You can really feel that at Thistle Farms.