Provide Housing & Jobs for 6 Women Leaving Prison

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Provide Housing & Jobs for 6 Women Leaving Prison
Provide Housing & Jobs for 6 Women Leaving Prison
Provide Housing & Jobs for 6 Women Leaving Prison
Provide Housing & Jobs for 6 Women Leaving Prison
Provide Housing & Jobs for 6 Women Leaving Prison
Provide Housing & Jobs for 6 Women Leaving Prison
Provide Housing & Jobs for 6 Women Leaving Prison
Provide Housing & Jobs for 6 Women Leaving Prison
Provide Housing & Jobs for 6 Women Leaving Prison
Provide Housing & Jobs for 6 Women Leaving Prison
Provide Housing & Jobs for 6 Women Leaving Prison
Provide Housing & Jobs for 6 Women Leaving Prison
Provide Housing & Jobs for 6 Women Leaving Prison
Provide Housing & Jobs for 6 Women Leaving Prison
Provide Housing & Jobs for 6 Women Leaving Prison
Benevolence Farm Residents
Benevolence Farm Residents

We couldn’t be more ready for Spring at Benevolence Farm.  The North Carolina Winter weather has gotten the best of us, but we are excited about warmer temperatures and the beginning of our incredible growing season at the farm.

Because of your contribution, in the past three months, we were able to offer housing and stable employment to three new residents.  Your support allows us the opportunity to enrich the lives of our residents and program participants in the area.

We’re excited about our 2018 Spring/Summer Community Supported Agriculture program.  Last year, we delivered over 3,000 lbs of produce to 45 individuals in Burlington, Graham, Elon, Carrboro, Durham, and Chapel Hill areas and we plan to increase the numbers this year.  

Thank you for your continued support of second chances!  

Benevolence Farm Seedlings
Benevolence Farm Seedlings
Benevolence Farm Shiitake Mushrooms
Benevolence Farm Shiitake Mushrooms
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Staff & resident
Staff & resident

As we conclude the year, we reflect on all that has been accomplished.  It has been a year of immense enlightenment and reckoning around the world and also here at Benevolence.  In the face of the challenges, we have witnessed immense growth and transformation, discovering new sources of strength, resilience and compassion to better serve women transitioning from our North Carolina state prisons.   

Exactly a year ago, Benevolence embarked on a new chapter of our existance, when we welcomed our first resident. This spring, two other women put down roots in our soil and during the hot summer, a fourth woman transplanted her life to our farm. As the weather turns cold once again, our fifth resident, an Alamance County native, joins our growing Benevolence family, planting seeds for a new beginning.

These women have paved the way and have set the bar high for those to come with the enormous strides they have made - obtaining career certifications, being admitted to university programs, gaining scholarships, growing our farm business, celebrating major sobriety milestones, reconnecting with family and launching their careers. These five women touched each of our hearts and brought the Benevolence vision to life in 2017.

YOU made these successes possible.  Thank you for being a part of their journey and ours.  We look forward to continuing to share our collective growth in the coming year.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year in 2018!

Residents Brooke & Keia picking beans for the CSA
Residents Brooke & Keia picking beans for the CSA
Residents with Benevolence Founder
Residents with Benevolence Founder
Resident, Missy harvesting broccoli
Resident, Missy harvesting broccoli
Staff & resident selling at North Park Market
Staff & resident selling at North Park Market

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Farm Manager, Matt, & Resident, Brooke, pack CSA
Farm Manager, Matt, & Resident, Brooke, pack CSA

We gladly wave goodbye to the summer heat and welcome the cool, brisk days of Autumn ahead, but not without first reflecting on the past few months.

Because of your contribution, in the past three months, our first Benevolence Farm residents have hit major milestones.  Missy and Keia both transitioned from the farm, Missy obtaining full-time employment in her career of interest and Keia getting accepted into the dental assistant program of her choice.  With these changes, Brooke has taken on new leadership at the farm, helping us successfully complete our summer CSA, supporting new residents - all while balancing her new job as a resident advocate at Family Abuse Services in Alamance County.

Through our Community Supported Agriculture program, we delivered 3,000 lbs of produce to 45 individuals in Burlington, Graham, Elon, Carrboro, Durham, and Chapel Hill this summer. Residents and staff made weekly deliveries, allowing us to foster relationships with our members and gather helpful feedback for the Fall season. Thanks to all our members for making it a successful season.

Whether you are also pruning your beets or simply getting your flannels out of storage, we wish you a smooth transition into the coming seasons.

Thank you for your continued support of second chances!  

Outreach Coordinator, Emma, delivers CSA
Outreach Coordinator, Emma, delivers CSA
Residents, Brooke & Ally, transplant for the Fall
Residents, Brooke & Ally, transplant for the Fall

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Brooke, Benevolence Resident
Brooke, Benevolence Resident

What does it mean to be a supporter of Benevolence Farm? It means to create opportunities; it means to facilitate access; it means to provide second chances.

Because of our donors, in the past three months, three Benevolence Farm residents have accomplished personal goals, developed new skills, and engaged in the community. Missy completed her PACT Certification Class through the NC Home Builders Association, Keia supervised the first month of CSA packing and delivery, and the whole team attended the Conservation Fund Healthy Eating & Active Living Conference! 

Brooke, in particular, reached a major milestone in the past few months by completing her Peer Support Specialist Certification. A certified peer support specialist is someone with lived experience that works to support others who have similar lived experience in their recovery & healing.  

"My peer support training was a mind blowing experience.  A few things I am taking from my experience is that as leaders we should never overstep certain boundaries. I believe as a society that people in certain authoritarian roles take advantage of others without the knowledge of the devastating effect. I learned that as humans we are all imperfect and respecting and validating others is a must.  I also learned that my life learned experiences will, have and will continue to help others, as long as I keep myself well. I am very excited to see what the future holds for the peers I will work with and myself." - Brooke (Benevolence Resident)

We are grateful for the continued support of our donors and look forward to sharing more exciting celebrations with our community! 

Keia, Benevolence Resident
Keia, Benevolence Resident
Residents at Camp Kanuga Conference Center
Residents at Camp Kanuga Conference Center
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Benevolence Farm

Location: Graham, NC - USA
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Ellyson Goetz
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Ellyson Goetz
Graham, NC United States

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