Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thistle Farms and Magdalene House


"Thistle Farms is the social enterprise that is run by the women of Magdalene. By hand, the women create natural bath and body products that are as good for the earth as they are for the body. Purchases of Thistle Farms products directly benefit the women who made them.

Thistle Farms employs 32 Magdalene residents or graduates. While working at Thistle Farms, women learn skills in manufacturing, packaging, marketing and sales and administration. It is a supportive workplace where women acquire the skills they need to earn a living wage. Employees have the opportunity to put a percentage of their earnings in a matched savings account. Through Thistle Farms, the women of Magdalene gain much needed job skills, and learn responsibility and cooperation.

Thistle Farms has moved into a 11,000 square feet sales and manufacturing facility. With a beautiful new building, Thistle Farms is committed to growing in order to employ more women and have more opportunities to share our products and stories of healing on a larger scale."

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There are people out there who inspire others, there are people out there that exude bravery more so than most, there are also those who overcome seeming impossible adversity, but there are few who do this all at the same time. Last night I had the great fortune to be in the company of two women who exemplify each of these characteristics. A dear friend of mine had invited me to an event at Thistle Farms on Charlotte Pike. With the drizzling rain getting heavier by the minute all day long I kept contemplating whether I just wanted to go home and put on my pajamas or if I really wanted to make the effort to attend and support my friend. Something inside of me just kept saying I had to go so I did. It could have possibly been one of the most moving experiences of my life. I sat before two women who shared their stories of drug and alcohol addiction, prostitution, being arrested and being saved, bearing their souls in front of perfect strangers. They were stories based in faith and the power of the human spirit. With tears streaming down my face I listened as they both told of how decisions in their lives lead to losing their children, losing hope, losing everything but finding strength once again with kindness of someone who wanted to give them another chance, another shot to be the amazing person they truly are.  It was my great fortune, my enormous pleasure to be in the company of such incredible women and my distinct honor to support Thistle Farms and the works of Magdalene House.   Here are some of the amazing products sold in more than 140 stores across the nation....







Stay tuned as I look forward to returning to watch the harvesting process....
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4 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for your sweet spirit, kind words and beautiful perspective. An amazing and inspiring evening for sure... XOXO

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  2. Inspiring! Can you tell us your favorite products so we can support Magdalene by buying their products, too?

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  3. Personally I love the body butter and the hand lotion....I even keep the hand lotion on my desk at work because I put it on that often! I absolutely LOVE the scented candles as well....my favorite being the holiday scent and the Tuscan Earth! Please support Thistle Farms...not only is it an amazing cause but they are incredible products as well!

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  4. Thank you Ruth so much - we greatly appreciate your support.

    With gratitude from all the women of Magdalene and Thistle Farms!

    Marlei

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