We’re so pleased to share with you our conversation with Rev. Becca Stevens, founder of Magdalene and Thistle Farms in Nashville, TN. Magdalene is a residential program for women with a criminal history of prostitution and addiction. There are currently six homes that function without live-in staff, relying instead on residents to create supportive community, maintain recovery, and share household tasks. The two-year program offers housing, food, medical and dental needs, therapy, education, and job training free of charge–and is not supported by any government funds, relying instead on individual gifts, private grants, and the sale of Thistle Farms products.
Thistle Farms is a social enterprise run by women of Magdalene and program graduates. By hand, the women create body care products made with all [...]