With human trafficking so prevalent in our nail industry, plus both Thistle Farms & our show being based in Tennessee, it seemed like a natural fit to adopt them as our charitable cause.
We feel our fundraising & monetary donations will make a more substantial impact in women's lives right here within our community.
Founded in 1997 by the Rev. Becca Stevens, Thistle Farms in Nashville, TN operates a residential program providing referrals & case management for up to 700 women a year, including up to 150 Thistle Farm graduates, 30 full time residents & 6 inmates participating in "Magdalene on the Inside".
Residents receive 2 years of housing, food, medical & dental care, therapy, education & job training, free of charge & without 24 hour live-in staff.
On average women range in age from 20-50, were first sexually abused between ages 7-11, have been arrested 100 times & have spent 12 years on the street prostituting.
Thistle Farms is a community of women who have survived prostitution, human trafficking & addiction.
It includes a residential program for survivors, plus an education & outreach program for the public. Monday "Lunch & Learn" tours are available.
For 2017 we raffled off a big basket of Thistle Farms spa products (value $150), PLUS the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce added 2 FREE passes for all the downtown attractions (value $1200 & good for the rest of 2017)!
We raised $420.00 & ALL proceeds were donated back to Thistle Farms in Nashville, TN. The raffle winner was North Carolina nail tech Dana Shew.
Thistle Farms Mission: