From Church Basement to Global Social Enterprise

November 22, 2016 1 min read

From Church Basement to Global Social Enterprise

Radical, extravagant hospitality to break the cycle of abuse

Thistle Farms began as a recovery home and sanctuary for women to escape cycles of trafficking, prostitution, addiction and abuse. At its heart is the power of radical, extravagant hospitality, where residents find stable, long-term housing, medical and dental treatment, drug rehab, therapy and community. 

While each home is reliant on residents to shape it's community and shared household tasks, they impose no costs on participants. Early on, the path to sustainability for the community -  and towards economic independence for individuals  - began by making candles in a church basement.  

candle making

From these humble beginnings bloomed an entire line of natural bath and body products which provides employment opportunities for 50 people directly and another 1000+ through global partners. Together, the residential program, bustling Thistle Stop Cafe, the studios and other social enterprise endeavors, the Thistle Farm community embodies a powerful, loving force that is truly inspiring. 

Out of the basement

This combination of deep meaning and hand-made premium ingredients has brought Thistle Farms bath and body products to over 400 stores across the country, and the reach continues to grow. From a great ecommerce and unboxing experience to shelf placement with natural retail chains that you know well, the community is bursting at the seams.

We're so happy to be working with Thistle Farms as they scale their operations and impact and we encourage you to explore Thistle Farms bath and body products to have a direct connection and impact on this wonderful community. 

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