Coloring Page – Hope Blooms!

The beautiful flowers budding and blooming on our farm remind us that no winter lasts forever, even when it snows in April!

Wandering the fields and exploring the hoop houses calms the spirit. That’s why we farm. We believe nature heals, inspires reflection, and encourages relaxation. Research suggests coloring has similar benefits. So, we’ve put together a coloring page of flowers to share with you!

Click or tap here to open a a pdf of the document and print a few copies for yourself and friends.

By the way, members of our Weekly Summer Flower CSA will enjoy beautiful bundles and arrangements of flowers grown on our farm. And early member discounts are available through Monday, April 30.  Learn more and sign up at this link.

 

 

 

 

Supervised Visitation and Exchange Services Following Closing of Sunflower Kids

Sunflower Kids, a local nonprofit  that provides supervised visitation and monitored exchange services, will cease operations on March 1, 2018.  Our agency, GreenHouse17, plans to assume delivery of these critical community services as soon as possible.

“It is our goal to provide immediate and long-term safety for survivors and their children,” says Darlene Thomas, GreenHouse17 Executive Director. “Safe exchange and visitation services are another way we can fulfill our mission.”

A press release issued by Sunflower Kids explains the federal grant from the Office on Violence Against Women in the Department of Justice that provided the majority of funding for the agency recently expired, leaving insufficient funds to operate. The fiscal crisis prompted the Board of Directors for Sunflower Kids to seek another nonprofit agency with the capacity, experience, and stability to assume these critical services.

The closing will affect offices in Lexington and Georgetown.

“We regret the lapse in service that will occur,” says Steven Stadler, Chair of Sunflower Kids’ Board of Directors, “but we will continue to work with GreenHouse17 to make the transition as smooth and quick as possible.”

GreenHouse17 will contact all clients formerly served by Sunflower Kids to arrange for continuation of services when operations resume.

Community partners, including Fayette Family Court, Friend of the Court, Lexington Fayette Urban County Government’s Department of Social Services and Division of Grants and Special Programs, the Lexington Police Department, and the Georgetown Police Department, are committed keeping families safe in the interim and after services resume.

“We have been working diligently to secure funding and figure out next steps to reopen services as soon as possible,” explains Thomas. “We look forward to the opportunity to serve these families in need.”

Clients with questions about visitation should contact their attorneys, if possible, or the court that issued the visitation order. Safety planning assistance is available 24-hours a day by calling 800-544-2022.

GreenHouse17 is a nonprofit organization committed to ending intimate partner abuse in families and its impact on the community. To learn more about our services, please visit this link.

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day is Our Anniversary!

This Valentine’s Day also is our 13th anniversary as a nonprofit organization. In celebration, we’ve created a few healthy relationship cards that you can share on social media to raise awareness and show some love.

Share one with your best friend, share one with your romantic partner, and share one for yourself!

Not sure how to share an image on social media? Here are a few options:

  • The easiest way? Just tap or click on one of the social media icons at the top of this page to share all of the cards!
  • If using a mobile phone or tablet, long tap on an image in the slide show and choose the “share” option.
  • If using a desktop, right-click on the image in the slide show, choose “copy image,” go to your social media account, right-click in the post, and choose the “paste” option.

Graphics used in the design of these cards are licensed for reuse by vecteezy.com.

Shop & Share for Survivors

We hope you’ll save the date to Shop & Share for survivors on Saturday, February 3 from 9 am to 5 pm.

On Shop & Share day, volunteers at Kroger stores across central Kentucky will be providing shoppers with a list of items needed at the regional domestic violence shelter for victims of domestic violence, such as non-perishable foods, hygiene products, and cleaning supplies.

Goods collected in central Kentucky stores will benefit our emergency shelter.

Last year, shoppers at more than 120 Kroger and other grocery stores across Kentucky donated $541,151 in supplies and funds during the 8th annual Shop & Share. To date, Shop & Share has raised close to $4 million in combined goods and monetary donations for KCADV’s member programs.

“This is one of our agency’s most important days,” explains Darlene Thomas, Executive Director. “In just a few hours, generous
shoppers donate enough supplies to stock our shelter for almost a year.”

Shop & Share partners include the First Lady’s Office, KCADV, Kroger, Food City, Super Dollar stores, IGA, General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, Girl Scouts of Wilderness Road Council, and Kentucky Drug Court.

 

Stuff Your Stockings with Handmade By Survivors Products

It’s a holiday pop-up shop featuring our Handmade By Survivors products. Come on out to the farm to stuff your stockings with gifts that support survivors!

Saturday, December 16
10 am to 2 pm
4400 Briar Hill Road
Lexington

We’ll be converting the kitchen on the backside of the property into a festive holiday shop for this local shopping event. Our soaps, lip balm, aroma sprays, candles, bath salts, and more will be available for purchase!

And we’ll have hot coffee and holiday treats to enjoy while you browse.

Our Handmade By Survivors products are made with natural and nourishing ingredients. Every product sold will benefit survivors of intimate partner abuse on their journey of healing. And reminds them our community cares about their well-being.

Cash, check, and credit cards accepted during the event.

Here are a few images of products that will be available at the shop. Join the event page on Facebook to receive updates about the event.

    Right Now Wish List

    Shelter
    Twin-size bed sets
    Pillows and cases
    Towels

    On the farm
    Hand tools
    Buckets and baskets