This week, we sat down with Shannon Stanton for our first Thistle Stop Spotlight! Shannon was a resident at Thistle Farms, and while she never graduated the two-year residential program, Shannon stayed in contact with the Thistle Farms community. On November 6, 2015, she began working at the Cafe. Shannon is a published author of a book of poems titled, Unveiled Lives, Untold Truths. She aspires to be a professional writer and spoken word artist.
TSC: What do you love most about working at Thistle Stop Cafe?
SS: The customers--It seems as if everyone that walks in the door has a smile on their face.
TSC: What is your favorite menu item?
SS: The egg, avocado, tomato stack! And I really love the coffee.
TSC: What are you most thankful for during this holiday season?
SS: My friends. I do not have any family to speak of, so my friends are my family.
TSC: What motivated you to write your book?
SS: I want to empower women by telling my own story and sharing my poetry.
At the end of the interview, I noticed that Shannon had left a piece of paper. It read:
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.