2015-2016 ANNUAL REPORT
THISTLE FARMS is a community of women who are healing from prostitution, trafficking, and addiction. Started in 1997 by the Rev. Becca Stevens under the name Magdalene, Thistle Farms includes a two-year residential program and employs survivors through four social enterprises: Thistle Farms Home & Body, Thistle Stop Café, an artisan studio, and Thistle Farms Global. We also provide education and training annually through speaking events and immersion workshops.
Thistle Farms wants to change a culture that still allows human beings to be bought and sold. We are a community of survivors, advocates, employees, interns, volunteers, and friends, young and old, women and men, who believe that in the end, love is the most powerful force for change in the world.
This report is dedicated to a woman who has been passionate in her commitment to helping women heal and grow at Thistle Farms and beyond. Isabel Allende, the international novelist, began a foundation in 1996 to honor her daughter Paula Frias after her early death. The foundation is guided by Paula’s question: What is the most generous thing to do? The Isabel Allende Foundation has helped Thistle Farms develop its Global Market on shared trade principles—providing opportunities for economic independence and empowerment to Photo by Cheryl Stewart
women at Thistle Farms and across the world.
FRIENDS, Our 19th year of Thistle Farms has been filled with growth, clarity, new life, and heartbreak. I am weepy with thanksgiving for the whole journey. Thistle Farms is growing at more than 30%. Our Global Market is telling the story of a worldwide issue in a powerful way that impacts 1,400 survivors’ lives. The growing national alliance of sister Photo by Hunter Armistead
“IT HAS BEEN A YEAR OF GROWTH, OF CLARITY, NEW LIFE, AND HEARTBREAK.”
organizations includes 30 new cities who are helping hundreds more women. This is a movement about women’s freedom fueled by gratitude. Thank you, thank you for believing love heals.
Grace and Peace, Becca Stevens Thistle Farmer and President
“When I looked at the faces of my family members in the crowd, I knew they were proud because I had finally finished
something. My graduation day was healing for the whole family.”
–Jovita, 2016 Graduate and Coordinator, Thistle Farms Global Market
HEAL Twenty years ago, we opened our first home and served four women who were survivors of trafficking, addiction, and prostitution. Today, Thistle Farms owns five homes, offering a healing sanctuary for up to 32 survivors who are part of our residential program, Magdalene. Women can stay for up to two years, during which they receive housing, medical care, therapy, education, and job training…at no cost to them.
2016 HIGHLIGHTS: 40 residents housed this year 812 medical and therapeutic appointments
1,596 prescriptions filled 6 women served inside prison walls
EMPOWER Thistle Farms is not a traditional treatment program nor are we a halfway house. Our residents are not “clients.” They are members of a powerful and loving community who believes that by offering a safe place to live, a nurturing and loving environment, and the opportunity for meaningful work, we can restore hope. There are now 50 communities across the U.S. who are part of our growing national network. Collectively, we believe that love is the most powerful force for change in the world.
2016 HIGHLIGHTS: 1,450+ women employed by 24 Thistle Farms global partners in 18 countries
410 Education Workshop
attendees from 31 states and 186 cities
30 sister organizations and 20 affiliate organizations, in 29 different states
“When I looked at the faces of my family members in the crowd,
I knew they were proud because I had finally finished something. My graduation day was healing for the whole family”. –Jovita, 2016 Graduate and Coordinator, Thistle Farms Global Market
“Part of my reason for working at Thistle Stop Café was to gain responsibility and
accountability. I needed more and I knew that I could do this. In my time here, I’ve learned that I’m a lot stronger than I give myself credit for. My work makes me feel worthy, valued, and proud of myself. “
— Angela, 2013 Graduate and Hospitality Team, Thistle Stop Café
EMPLOY In 2001, the Thistle Farms social enterprise was created to provide employment and vocational skills for our residents. Women learn valuable skills in manufacturing, packaging, marketing and sales, food service, and administration. This year, they were able to earn more than $850,000 in wages. This number will surpass more than $1,000,000 in the upcoming year.
2016 HIGHLIGHTS: 59 residents and graduates employed by Thistle Farms Over $850,000 in wages earned by survivors
Thistle Farms products sold at 370 events across the U.S.
Last year, for the very first time since my
children were born, I was able to provide a Christmas for them with my own money. My family had warm beds, clothes, and gifts to complete the season. It was a feeling of such accomplishment that words cannot even do it justice.” –Kristin, 2015 Graduate and Front Office Manager, Thistle Farms
Thistle Farms has already established itself as the nation’s largest social enterprise led by survivors of trafficking, addiction, and
prostitution. I believe that we have the potential to be one of the nation’s largest
social enterprises period.” — Hal Cato, CEO. Joined Thistle Farms in October 2015
GROW What started in 2001 with a powerful vision and a pot of melted candle wax has grown into one of the nation’s premier social enterprises with over 30,000 customers in 50 states and six countries. Over the past four years, Thistle Farms earned revenue has grown more than 140% and, in 2016, we passed the $2,000,000 mark in sales. Every sale made represents a job opportunity for another survivor. The exciting part is that we believe our growth trajectory is just getting started.
2016 HIGHLIGHTS: 47% increase in online orders
51,000 candles produced and sold
48,719 customer transactions
19,298 cups of coffee and tea served
450 wholesale partners
We would like to recognize the following for extraordinary giving. July 2015 - June 2016 FRIENDS OF THISTLE FARMS
ISABEL ALLENDE FOUNDATION BEST FEST ANDREA WAITT CARLTON FAMILY FOUNDATION COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION JOE C. DAVIS FOUNDATION EQUINOX INFORMATION SYSTEMS FRIST FOUNDATION FRONTIER NATURAL PRODUCTS PAUL & PASCHA GRIFFITHS HCA/TRISTAR HEALTH HEALING TRUST CHARMION GUSTKE & WILLIAM R. HEARN INGRAM INDUSTRIES JOHN R. INGRAM ADVISED FUND MARTHA RIVERS INGRAM ADVISED FUND ORRIN H. INGRAM FUND MEMORIAL FOUNDATION BYRON MIDDENDORF MOCERI FOUNDATION PEGGY & DON NAPIER III JOHN & FIONA PRINE AMY RAO REDF SCHMIDT FAMILY FOUNDATION/11th HOUR PROJECT TENNESSEE TITANS JEANETTE TRAVIS FOUNDATION CAL TURNER FAMILY FOUNDATION JAMES STEPHEN TURNER FAMILY FOUNDATION UNITED WAY METROPOLITAN NASHVILLE
4G Foundation Nancy Abbey Jon & Jennifer Acuff Lee Adams Nancy JP Anderson Karin Anderson-Barrett Doug Andrews Kristen Ashley/Rock Chick LLC James & Dorothy Baer Foundation St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal, Nashville Brian Biesman Bluebird Café Bone Family Fund John & Nedra Carnes Peter & Sallie Chatfield Christ Episcopal Church, Charlotte Kelly Clague Cockayne Fund/MSB James Conner Corrections Corp. of America/CFMT Nancy King Crawford
Mary Bell Crossman Mary Britton & Joseph Cummings III Dandridge Trust Candy & Eddie DeBartolo Family Anne Carroll & Tom Decker Flora Family Foundation Dorothy Cate & Thomas F. Frist Foundation Herbert Fritch Family Foundation Luke Froeb St. George’s Episcopal Church, Nashville Audrey Taylor Gonzalez Jeff & Leeann Hays Mary Hawkins Marilyn & Jim Hebenstreit Doug & Sydney Hester Kay & Steve Horrell Mary Ann Houghland George M. Hover HRH Foundation Tamara Dickson & James Hunt Donald Hunt Sr. Nina Ingham St. James’s Episcopal Church, Richmond Kieschnick Family Fund Robert E. & Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation Louise Korder Edward Koss Laird Family Fund Landen Family Foundation Daniel & Megan Lee Manning Agency John Harrison & Lisa McCarthy Seth McCoin Newell S. Anderson & Lynne McFarland McGuirk Foundation Jessie Barker McKellar Foundation Keith & Jon Meacham Melkus Family Foundation Mary Moore Mary & Doug Murphy Patricia & Michael Murphy Teresa & Michael Nacarato Marjorie Neuhoff Private Foundation Owen Graduate School of Management Miranda Whitcomb Pontes Christopher & Cara Powell Troy Randall Rennoc Corporation Foundation Mia Alexandra Rosenfeld Kathleen Sheehan Skynyrd Foundation Greg Thurman Julie & Roberts Weaver Celeste Reed & Don Welch Craig & Karyann Wiseman Kathleen Whalen Yelp Foundation Sarah & Stephen Young
Susan Allen All Saints’ Parish Thrift Shop Tara & Ben Armistead Charlotte Atwood Ayers Foundation Kim & Bert Bailey
Julia Haughton Baldridge Melinda & Jeff Balser Baptist Ambulatory Surgery Center DeAndrea Barber Caroline & David Bartholomew Anne & Robert Bass Baulch Family Foundation James & Rachel Beavers Deborah & Mark Bennett Bessemer Trust Patti Blevins Allison Bollinger Patricia & William Bowlby Robert & Marcie Brolund Stephanie & Ronald Brooks Horatio B. & Willie J. Buntin Foundation Rick & Mary Lea Bryant Sujit Canagaretna Marty & Sue Carmichael Joanne Cato Michael Burcham & Hal Cato Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville Sharon Brown & Charles L. Christopher Kimberly Coakley Erica Collins Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee Michael & Sandra Cooper Michelle Coyne Priscilla Craig Laura & Brad Currie Kristen Dabbs Carolyn Dalton Robert & Lee Daniel Titus Daniels Tiffany & Nathan Daugherty Matt & Christa Demaree Paul Dehart & Rory Dicker Andrew & Caren Joy Dickson Lee Bright & Wallace W. Dietz Jason & Kristen Keely Dinger Diocese of Fond du Lac Dollar General W.T. Donaldson J.B. Donaldson Winnie & Paul Dooley Kim Edwards Charitable Foundation David & Linda Elrod Engel Family Advised Fund Episcopal Church Women of St. John’s, Somerville Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Jill Fainter First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nashville Brennon & Elizabeth Fitzpatrick Matthew Freiberg Jennifer & Billy Frist Gause Foundation Mary Lisa & Michael Gingras Carolyn & Drew Goddard Gracious Garlands Mary Jane Graves Greater Milwaukee Foundation/Martin Fund Matraca Berg & Jeff Hanna Rosa Lee Harden Richard & Lois Haskayne Healing Well Yoga Therapy John Reginald Hill
Elizabeth & Donald Holley Tamera Humbert Laura Hutfless Michael & Karin Jensen Hal & Dona Johnson Steve & Carla Johnson Nancy & Victor Johnson Jr. Foundation Michael Kaiser Roy Kavanaugh Marcy Klinger George M. Klopfer Ken & Laura Kolanowski Bill Feehely & Celeste Krenz Harold & Mary Kay Kroeger Kroger Community Advised Fund Harley & Becky Lappin Kathy Layden Peppi Leland Edward & Lisa Lennox Jim Lewis Margaret & Blucher Lines J. Richard & Virginia Lodge Mabry-Calvin Matthew 25: 34-40 Foundation James & Julie MCafée Kristina & Robert McCain John & Sally McDougall Jr. Craig McKee Jeff Merritt Sherree Meyers Milk Glass Montgomery Bell Academy Scott & Robin Moore Foundation Mary Morris Ronda Muir James & Jena Nardella Teresa George & John Paddison Mary Patton Mike & Terri Patton Family Amy D. Patz Bill & Lisa Peerman Connally & Charlie Penley Brent & Kate Pennington Fred & Mary Pilkerton Jr. Johanna Polanen David Price Jimmy Rice Electric Karen Rich Jann Richards Rich Foundation Steven & Joyce Robinson Margaret Ann & Walter Robinson Foundation John & Eleanor Rorer Betsy Ross Foundation Mary Frances Rudy Margaret Rush St. John’s Cathedral, Denver St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Sister Bay St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Franklin Joy Samuels Jim Schorr Joshua & Jessica Scouten Riffi O’Brien & Rick Seiter Laurie Shackleford Shayne Foundation Judith Smith Smokey Mountain Tops Songs Against Slavery David Spigel
Sandra & Noel Stahl Stanford Memorial Church R. Scott & Kathryn Steinfort Barbara Stengel Alfred & Ruth Starr Strayhorn Ryon & Sarah Suiter Barrett & Carolyn Sutton Jr. Tara Swafford John & Cameron Swallow Sylvan Park Design Robin Teal Thrivent Financial Nancy Tiller Melissa Trace Trinity Episcopal Church, Fredericksburg Alison VanBuskirk Dawn Vandenend Barbara & Gary Vandermolen Richard & Barbara Van Dusen Family Fund Village Real Estate Fund Susan Villamor Carl & Vickie Vipperman Dina Walls Melissa Wert James & Anne West West End UMC, Nashville Wexler Beron Family Foundation Gail & David Williams II Marsha G. Williams Shane & Stacye Wilson Windrow Group Joyce Winkler Elaine & Donald Wood Pat Ziegler Stan Zuercher
MAGDALENE RESIDENTIAL PARTNERS Belmont School of Law, Legal Clinic Dispensaries of Hope Elam Mental Health End Slavery TN Grace Empowered Interfaith Dental Clinic Lentz Public Health Meharry-Metro General Hospital Mental Health Cooperative Metro Nashville Police Department New Level Community Development The Next Door Project Re-Design Providence Auto Public Defender’s Office Renasant Bank Renewal House St. Thomas Family Health Sexual Assault Center Tennessee Women’s Prison Vanderbilt School of Nursing
2015-2016 THISTLE FARMS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Dorinda Carter Carole Hagan Rick Hart Carlana Harwell Jay Joyner Frannie Kieschnick Harley Lappin, Vice Chair Jim Lewis Sarabeth Myers Katha Raulston Carolyn Snell, Secretary Sandy Stahl Kathleen Whalen, Chair Miranda Whitcomb Pontes Dick Lodge, Legal Counsel Toni Rodgers, Accountant
Becca Stevens, Founder & President Hal Cato, Chief Executive Officer Holli Anglin, Financial Director Donna Grayer, Magdalene Services Director Abi Hewitt, Global Market Director Jim Kenzler, Operations Director Marlei Olson, Development/PR Director Katrina Robertson, Sales Director Courtney Sobieralski, Thistle Stop Café Director
A very special thanks to the faithful Thistle Stop Café and Studios volunteers, as well as our volunteer photographers Peggy Napier and Kren Teren, who make us look good all year long.
Our greatest appreciation for the following companies who have gone above & beyond in gifts of time and services: BEHAVIORAL TREATMENT PROVIDERS, LLC
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$2,602,190 $89,070 $5,187,672
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THISTLE FARMS 2015-2016 HIGHLIGHTS
Nine women graduated the residential program in 2016.
Photo by Taro Yamasaki
Photo by Taro Yamasaki
Thistle Farms @thistlefarms
@ProvidenceAuto helped Kim and 3 other new graduates get their first car. #loveheals
Photo by Taro Yamasaki
Thistle Farms @thistlefarms
Grateful to @JonAcuff who helped #lightthewayhome for the next woman who comes to Thistle Farms. #loveheals
Graduate Shelia McClain leads a group discussion with inmates as part of Magdalene on the Inside.
Photo by Taro Yamasaki
Thistle Farms @thistlefarms
Thanks, @CNNHeroes for honoring our founder @RevBeccaStevens #loveheals
Packing/Shipping Team processed over 25,000 orders this past year.
Photo by Ryan Camp
HOW TO HELP: Photo by Taro Yamasaki
• Purchase Thistle Farms local and global, online or at a retail partner: thistlefarms.org • Stay Connected: • Sign-up for for daily meditation from Becca or news at thistlenews.org • Follow on socials @thistlefarms @thistlefarmsglobal @thistlestopcafe @revbeccastevens
• Have lunch at Thistle Stop Café or rent for an event: email@example.com Photoby byKren KrenTeren Teren Photo
• Invite Becca to speak: firstname.lastname@example.org • Attend an Education Workshop or the 2017 National Conference, June 4-6: email@example.com • Invite Thistle Farms women to your next event: firstname.lastname@example.org • Become a monthly sustainer: givelovehere.com
All photos by Peggy Napier unless noted. Design by Delevante Creative Printing by Joyner Hogan Printers Photo by Purpose Jewelry