The room might look a little different but the atmosphere will be the same because we are the same people. I’ll still sing to you when you come through the doors and walk around to make sure you enjoyed your food. You can’t have a bad day when you come to our Café because someone will always smile at you let you know that you matter.
24 spiritual principles ground our community and programs at Thistle Farms. Our first spiritual principle is come together. As pilgrims on our own journey, we all come together to celebrate, share stories, and to grieve. We come together around a candle, a friend, and a cup of tea. For all members of the Thistle Farms community, the Café has been everyone’s come together place.
The Café is undergoing a massive renovation that will allow us to gather more comfortably but with the same hospitality of coming home. Our revitalized Café will allow us to host larger events so we can continue to celebrate life’s milestones together. During renovations, some of the Café staff have been honing their skills at a variety of local businesses. Donna Dozier, one of the Café’s passionate staff, has been spending time with Flavor Catering. Donna is a 2016 graduate and is part of the Café staff as the kitchen manager. While at Flavor Catering, Donna has enjoyed the peaceful environment and learning how to use the industrial-sized mixer and oven, as well as new cooking methods and ingredients. She is going to bring these skills back to the revamped kitchen with Thistle Farms’ new Executive Chef, Martha Stamps. Donna expresses her excitement for the future: “Once we open, our quality of food and our service will be top of the line. The room might look a little different but the atmosphere will be the same because we are the same people. I’ll still sing to you when you come through the doors and walk around to make sure you enjoyed your food. You can’t have a bad day when you come to our Café because someone will always smile at you let you know that you matter.”
A Thistle Farmer and Vanderbilt Divinity Student, Julia Liden, visits the Café often to study with friends and classmates. She describes the Café as “one of my favorite places in Nashville. The minute you walk in, you realize you've stumbled into something amazing. The people, the food, the decor, and the atmosphere just seem to welcome you home.” The Café will open in June 2017 for all of us to admire the new look, share old stories, and continue to come together as a space that helps us all heal.
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.