"I do a little bit of everything at Thistle Farms. This is the first job I've ever had, so being able to learn new things, master new skills and just knowing that I have a future now is wonderful. Thistle Farms is my livelihood, because I believe in myself, I believe in my team. And like I said, I know I have a future now."
For Thistle Farmers, Graduation Day is our favorite day of the year, and the 2018 ceremony was no exception. As four amazing women took the next step in their journey of healing, empowerment, and employment, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate them and introduce you to Angel, a powerful survivor leader and witness to the truth that love heals.
When asked if she could go back and tell herself anything before she started the Thistle Farms Residential program, Angel said without hesitation, “It’s worth it.” Angel describes this journey as “a chance at life” and radical transformation for someone who not that long ago had just accepted that she “was going to die on the streets.” Now, she has reconnected with her family, helps oversee candle production in Manufacturing and is taking the initiative to learn as much as she can about all the different departments in the social enterprise—“It’s hard, but it’s exciting. And a lot of it is just knowing that it’s possible.”
As Angel says, “It takes a community to keep us on the streets, but it also takes a community to help us get better.” With that, we thank you for your gift of . Please know that you are not only helping the women we serve find their way back home, but you are also taking your place in a Circle that is having an impact on the lives of survivors locally, nationally and globally. We couldn’t do it without you, and the season of Graduation is a time for all of our supporters to celebrate how love can heal right along with us.
With Deepest Appreciation,
Hal Cato, CEO
Becca Stevens, Founder & President