Sunday, September 26, 2010

Magdalene Fall Fundraiser: Love Stories of Hope, Surrender & Courage

Love Stories of Hope, Surrender and Courage

November 3, 2010, 6:00pm, Vanderbilt Student Life Center

The Magdalene Fall Fundraiser is always a special evening in our community, and it is the primary way that we raise the money to keep our doors open to women from the streets. Last year, the theme was the Face of Love and both residents and community leaders explored this theme visually and then presented their 'face of love' at the fundraiser. This year we are exploring the deeper stories of love behind those faces. The women of Magdalene and Thistle Farms have been working with poet Stephanie Pruitt to write their own personal love stories over the past few months. On the evening of November 3, you will have the opportunity to hear and read many of those stories. In addition, these stories and an honorary piece written by celebrated best-selling author, Ann Patchett, will be bound in a handsome book and offered as a gift to guests that evening.

If you are unfamiliar with our fundraiser, it is a short, inspirational introduction to Magdalene designed to introduce new friends to the program and to express gratitude to our faithful supporters. There is no ticket or table cost - it’s free for everyone to come. At the end of the evening everyone is given an opportunity to give, and this is how we continue to keep our program going, year after year. The evening will feature music created by playwright and Grammy-winning songwriter, Marcus Hummon and will feature a choir of some of Nashville finest singers and the women of Magdalene.

Although there is no cost to attend the Magdalene fundraiser, an RSVP is necessary. For questions or to confirm your attendance, please email We hope you can join us for this special event.

Love Stories Chairs, Carole Hagan & Lisa Froeb

Friday, September 24, 2010

Patron Saint Of Last Chances

Check out this great interview with Becca Stevens on Chapter 16, a publication of Humanities Tennessee. Becca speaks about her newest books, Walking Bible Study: The Path of Love, The Path of Peace and the Path of Justice and discusses her multiple roles as priest, mom and Thistle Farmer.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Love From Lwala

We received a note of thanks with a beautiful photograph of a woman from the Lwala Community Alliance on the front of the card. These women have been working on hand-made cotton drawstring bags to hold the all-natural products that go into the Summer Survival Kit. Their handwritten words were simple and sweet and we could feel real connection, despite the distance.

Dear Women of Thistle Farms,
My name is Adelaide and I'm a graduate of Lwala New Vision Women Group. I'm so excited with your products you send us, they make us look young and beautiful. May you all be BLESSED.
Love you,

Dear Women of Thistle Farms,
My name is Elizabeth and I'm a graduate of Lwala New Vision Women Group. I'm glad with the relationship between you and us. The product you send us are very good and they are smalling nicy.
May God blessed you all,
Love you,

Photo credit:
Women of Lwala: Jena Nardella
Lwala Thank You Note: Jeremy Cowart
Summer Survival Kit: Carolyn Snell

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Introducing Our New Website

We are proud to announce the new and improved
Magdalene and Thistle Farms website:

Please stop by and see our updated online store,
photos and stories about the women,
information on the program,
and beautiful illustrations from one of our residents, Tracy B.
(We're still fine-tuning, so please be patient while we make a few small adjustments.)

While you're there, may we encourage you to purchase
a Summer Survival Kit,
now on sale for $24.00, regularly $30.00!

As always, thank you for your continued support of Thistle Farms.