Just in time for the holidays, eight new women from Magdalene joined the staff at Thistle Farms. Some have had jobs before, but for others, this is their first job. Having a job in a safe, collaborative environment allows the women to learn skills and responsibility. Having a purpose provides meaning and helps one stay focused on the path to recovery. In preparation for Christmas I asked few of them to share their Christmas wishes. Each of their wishes came from the heart and reflected their gratefulness in being able to be part of a community that is helping them heal. Ty, a young woman working in manufacturing, told me her Christmas wish was for her mother to get clean. Ty has been working hard on personal change and hopes someday her mother will be able to do the same. Kennethia, who also works in manufacturing, said she hoped her brother would be able to get out of prison during the coming year. He is up for parole in the next few months and she is holding her breath that her family can start to heal. For Larryissa, working in shipping, she hopes that her sister will stop prostituting and follow in her footsteps, maybe even come to Magdalene.
Deborah is training for the receptionist position and says she hopes for a better relationship with her daughter in the year to come. Each of these wishes reflects the healing that is happening in their lives and with hope that it will carry over to the rest of their families. When you support Thistle Farms (during the holidays and all year long) by buying products you support the wishes of not only our newest women, but all of the women here. You help them move towards a future of clean time where they are able to mend old relationships and build new ones. Thistle Farms is thankful for the support of our customer community and always grateful to share in making dreams come true. By Julia, Thistle Farms Intern