“I am grateful Alltech was willing to listen, hear, and create solutions for our organization.”
An exciting partnership with Alltech recently launched to expand nature-based opportunities for survivors of intimate partner abuse. Jake Taylor was hired by Alltech for assignment at our shelter and farm during the next two years. He will be working alongside our staff, with the support of Alltech leadership, to develop a plan for the next phase of the farm.
“Recognizing the capriciousness of grants and other funding, we want to assist this vital organization in their efforts to build a more sustainable revenue source through their handmade goods,” said Mrs. Deirdre Lyons, co-founder and director of corporate image, design and construction at Alltech.
Vegetable harvests from the farm offset food costs at the shelter, while revenue from flowers and handmade goods cover production costs, but full operation still relies on grant funding.
Jake is charged with helping to map a plan for long-term sustainability, eventually providing living-wage social enterprise employment for survivors—in a safe, trauma-informed workplace.
“Business is my education, but what I’m passionate about is serving others and helping folks in the community. This is the perfect opportunity to marry my experiences and my passion to a position,” shares Jake.
“I am grateful Alltech was willing to listen, hear, and create solutions for our organization,” says Darlene Thomas, executive director.
Mrs. Lyons adds, “It is our hope that this unique partnership will ultimately help lead to the life-changing support of more survivors and their families.”