Trip to Thistle Farms
Organized by: Nikki Evans
Away we go!
June 19, 2016
EVENT DATE Jun 20, 2016
Beginning in my young teens I had a dream to own a coffee shop so that I could help to create a place of connection and community. This dream has been actualized, and it is such a blessing! My family and I own and operate a successful, community oriented coffee shop. I've wanted for so long to see coffee shops be more than just coffee, because that is what they have always been to me. Somehow, they create a space for community and connection.
Through the past few years, I have learned more and more about the tragedy of human trafficking and it has broken my heart. My dream has evolved and grown. I want to be able to contribute to the healing of those in the community who have been abused and trafficked. I would love to see Arvada become a sanctuary for those who have been rescued from trafficking.
Thistle Farms offers education workshops, and a group of friends and I would like to make a trip down to Nashville to learn how to make this kind of program a reality in Arvada. It's a small step to start a big adventure.
The workshop itself is affordable, but I need help with travel expenses and missed wages. Will you help me make this trip?
"In 1997, Episcopal priest Becca Stevens opened one home for four women survivors of trafficking, addiction, and prostitution under the name Magdalene. Today the residential program of Thistle Farms serves over 700 women yearly with advocacy and referral services as well as manages a two-year residential program and an inmate program, Magdalene on the Inside. The residential program offers housing, medical care, therapy, education and job training without charging women or receiving government funding. No staff member lives with residents and instead the community is guided by 24 spiritual principles. We believe that in the end love is the most powerful force for change in the world."