Magdalene, Inc. wrote -
Bring another woman off the streets. Give what you can.
Your gift will be perfect.
Once a year we come to you and ask for help. Our fall fundraiser keeps our residential program, Magalene, open to women from the streets all year long.
On October 14, the women of Magdalene, survivors of trafficking, prostitution and addiction, along with founder Becca Stevens and artists John Prine, Iris Dement and Ruby Amanfu, got on stage at the historic Ryman auditorium to celebrate the healing power of love. Residents of Magdalene read pieces they wrote about the roots of their abuse but also the power in finding deeper roots of healing.
We ask you to become a part of this movement by helping us fund our residential program that provides two-years of housing, medical care, trauma therapy, education and vocational training through Thistle Farms, our social enterprise.
Since 2005, 80% of residents stayed two years and graduated from the program clean and sober. We employ more than 60 residents and graduates who give back to the community in a multitude of ways. We offer all this as a gift, without charging residents and without taking tax-payer dollars.
WHAT WILL MY GIFT PROVIDE?
- $25.00: A basket of personal care items to make a new resident feel welcome.
- $50.00: Household supplies for a Magdalene graduate's first apartment.
- $125.00: A thorough medical exam for a woman coming off the streets.
- $500.00: Ten therapy sessions to address connection between resident's childhood trauma & addiction.
- $1,000.00: All initial costs to bring a new woman off the streets & into the program.
Thistle Farms & Magdalene stand for the truth that love is the strongest force in the world for change.
For another event highlight, watch Ruby Amanfu sing "By the Heart," a song that prompted an immediate standing ovation from Magdalene residents and guests at the Ryman that night. Even now at Thistle Farms, you can hear it being played in offices, and hummed and sung by women of all ages, colors and backgrounds. It is our song.