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Magdalene on the Inside: A chance to be someone new.

by Heather Davis February 14, 2017

Magdalene on the Inside is a program of Thistle Farms that supports incarcerated women through informed care, encouragement towards healing, and a structured place to live after their release. Magdalene on the Inside began in December 2013 at Tennessee Women’s Prison under the leadership of Sheila McClain, a Thistle Farms graduate and survivor-leader.
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From a Father to a Daughter: Love Heals Families, One Day at a Time

by Marlei Olson January 19, 2017

Love heals women, one day at a time; and, love heals family relationships, one day at a time.Thistle Farms​ ​is the miracle that​ ​my daughter​ ​Rachel needed coming out of prison having lost everything in her life. The miracle she needed provided a safe place for recovery from almost 20 years of substance abuse and addiction​ ​-- years of treatment, recovery and relapse.

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Meet Ericka: Professional, Board Member, Thistle Farms Graduate

by Melanie Reitz November 10, 2016

A 2003 Thistle Farms graduate, and now member of Thistle Farms’ Board of Directors, Ericka Monroe has a clear message for women coming into Thistle Farms: You can do it. In 2001, this is the message she received from Becca Stevens, and it has guided her ever since.  Ericka came to the program having spent four years on the streets. She was sure she wouldn’t stay, but, as she got to know the women around her, she realized there was something different here.

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From the Streets to Accounts Manager: Chelle is Living Proof

by Melanie Reitz October 12, 2016

The growth Thistle Farms has enjoyed in the last several years has kept Chelle Waller, survivor-leader and Accounts Manager, very busy. As a 2005 graduate, Chelle has seen a great deal of change since she first began. “At one time, we were only about 5 women working here, just at one little table,” Chelle recalls. Now, Chelle manages the accounts payable process for a company with a $4 million budget.
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We Are Not Alone: A Blog from Becca

by Becca Stevens September 19, 2016

On Thistle Farm's third trip to visit the Ikirezi community, Nicholas told me that our ecommerce partnership was important, not just because of the added economic value, but because it was a reminder that he wasn’t alone in this work. What he meant was that despite the overwhelming obstacles one faces in justice work out in the fields, we can overcome our times of loneliness and heartbreak if we work together.
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The Woman Standing in Front of Us: A Blog from Becca

by Becca Stevens August 30, 2016

v e r y t i m e a n e w p a r t n e r c o m e s o n b o a r d t h e g l o b a l t r a d e n e t w o r k , i t m a k e s t h e w h o l e e f f o r t s t r o n g e r . T h i s t l e F a r m s s e e m s t o k e e p g r o w i n g i n p r o p o r t i o n t o t h e c a l l i n g t o k e e p p r o c l a i m i n g l o v e a s t h e m o s t p o w e r f u l f o r c e f o r s o c i a l c h a n g e i n t h e w o r l d .   W e c a n t l i v e i n t o t h a t c a l l i n g w i t h o u t g l o b a l v i s i o n . W e c a n t t a l k a b o u t h e a l i n g w i t h o u t k n o w i n g t h e c o m m u n i t i e s o f w o m e n p r o d u c i n g t h e o i l s o r g r o w i n g t h e t e a .
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