Welcome To The Circle: Fall Fundraiser 2013

November 15, 2013

Welcome To The Circle: Fall Fundraiser 2013

Two days after our First National Conference, " Welcome To The Circle," we hosted our annual fundraiser with the same name, this year, at the Ryman Auditorium.

Two thousand friends filled the hallowed Ryman space as residents and past event chairs created a circle on stage. Ali Harnell, Jennifer Nettles, Jeff Hanna, Levi & Marcus Hummon, Maura O'Connell, John Prine, Cary Rayson, Regina Mullins, Fiona Prine, Carolyn Snell, Becca Stevens and the women of Magdalene offered us inspiration that filled the room with love and hope.

Through donations during the fundraiser and online after the event, we raised almost $450,000 , enough money to keep our doors open to women and to move forward on a Magdalene program inside the Tennessee Women's prison! There we were in the Ryman saying "love heals" and the community gathered and said, "amen." 

To see photographs from this sacred evening, go to our Facebook photo album HERE .

Also in Community Blog

While the Cafe renovates, Donna reminds us to Come Together

March 16, 2017

Donna Dozier, one of the Café’s passionate staff, shares what will make the Cafe feel like home. The Café is undergoing a massive renovation that will allow us to gather more comfortably but with the same hospitality of coming home. During renovations, some of the Café staff have been honing their skills at a variety of local businesses.
Read More
Magdalene on the Inside: A chance to be someone new.

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.
Read More
From a Father to a Daughter: Love Heals Families, One Day at a Time

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.

Read More