The Valley Business Today with Dr. Miles Davis from Shenandoah University and Regina Mullins from Thistle Farms
21 September 2016
A chance meeting can turn an entire show around and lead to inspiration. That’s what happened for today’s episode of The Valley Business Today as we broadcast live from the Byrd School of Business on the campus of Shenandoah University with Dr. Miles Davis, Dean of the Byrd School of Business and Professor of Management at Shenandoah University. We met Regina Mullins with Thistle Farms who was setting up a display in the lobby of the 2nd floor of the Halpin-Harrison Hall. Her story was more than inspirational. It was also an eye-opener for everyone who has ever tried to change their life for the better and make good on past mistakes.
Thistle Farms is a sanctuary for healing for women survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking and prostitution. 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 provides housing for up to 32 women and serves hundreds more with advocacy and referral services. The residential program offers housing, medical care, therapy, education and job training for two years, without charging women or receiving government funding.
Thistle Farms’ social enterprises employs residents and graduates of the residential program; operating a natural bath and body product line, the Thistle Stop Cafe, the Studios Workshop and Thistle Farms Global Marketplace. Housed in an 11,000 sq. ft. facility in Nashville, Thistle Farms is a supportive workplace where women acquire the skills they need to earn a living wage. By hand, the women of Thistle Farms make natural bath and body products that are good for the earth and for the body using premium, natural ingredients. Thistle Farms products are available online as well as over 450 stores across the country.
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