There are many women and children in need of refuge from environments of oppression. At Chrysalis, we’re building a community of intentionally designed businesses purposed to serve them in a holistic loving environment. Our goal is to honor our Creator by establishing economic security for all those involved, returning to a stewarding relationship with His creation and word and answering the call to serve widows and orphans.
Modeled below are the fundamental components of our first community. Each entity will have its own unique character and elements to help it thrive as a profitable business within the local economy. Together, each family of businesses will strive to serve all who are involved; from the one time volunteer desiring to love on our women and child to the greater city, town or village. Once our first community is sustainable the migration will begin and we will look to build another Chrysalis Community where the need is greatest. Only He knows but we hope to migrated all across the globe and helped spread the wings of women and children of every race, religion and culture. Think big and change the world with us!
The Therapeutic Farm
Everything from apples to zucchini, a barn to the chicks inside it, the Farm, Vineyard and Orchard will help sustain life and be the economic backbone of each outreach entity. Not only will they provide food for those living and working within the outreach but, they will also be a place where the women of our outreach can find a place of worth and contribution. Organic food and livestock raised ethically on a large pastoral property will provide essential nutrition durring recovery and could end up providing a profession for restored women. The food produced from non-gmo heirloom seeds will be the foundation all our efforts rest upon. Help purchase our large pastoral organic farm Here
The heart of our outreach, the Pregnancy Care Home will be a living bridge from troubled lives to a warm, loving, equipped home of repair and recovery. It will provide women from abusive or unjust circumstances a safe place to be physically repaired and raise their babies from pre-term to after birth. With care from doulas, expert midwives, local doctors and hospitals these women will bring their newest child into a new beginning. Functional and Conventional Medicine will offer pathways to prevention and sustainable health. The Care Home will also provide our unique health care to those who are in need within the greater community. Help provide the care our home of health will provide Here
Where else would our food and passion for it be shared with the locals than a loving place of hospitality and service. Determinate on the needs and demands of the local community, our food will be prepared and sold in the midst’s of a creative space echoing our admiration for the simpler way of life. From espresso to fine dining our culinary and artistic business will serve the community and its visitors. Providing more than just income, the Cafe will be a place women can be restored when ready to meet the world again. Connected or in near proximity to the Inn or Hostel our hope is to create a home away from home where people can find comfort in clean, responsible and ethical food and drinks. Want to change fast food? Help us Here
A space of refuge in near proximity or attached to the Cafe, the Inn or Hostel will be used three fold. First, as an initial home for the women we take in. This housing will enable them to be restored in relationship and become a restoration head-quarters for their new lives. Second, The Hostel will serve as a destination for travelers. This will bring in income and hopefully wayward volunteers! Lastly, the Inn would be used as a “Harvest Hotel”. During harvests we would convert the inn to a short-term volunteer harvester headquarters. People from all over the world would come to help harvest the bounty and be living instruments of service. A unique way to bring others in relationship with our community co-op. Want to stay with us? We need to build it first. Invest Here
Craft and Art Studio
A integral piece to the process, the Craft and Art Studio will serve as a save haven of repair for the women during and after their troubled season. Pottery, painting, glass blowing, music and more will serve as tools in the recovery process. Within this therapeutic environment we hope to bring peace to each woman’s mind, body and soul. This will be aided by encouraging alternative productive outlets which we hope will invoke the change they desire. The artists we find within our midst can, in turn, create unique items we can sell or create tools for use in the Cafe, Hostel, Care Home, School or on the Farm. Support local art Here
As one can imagine children of all ages will be a part of this project. From the previous children of the women we adopt to our very own, there will be a need to educate. Focused on an education built on the building blocks creativity, sustainability, the environment, large pastoral farming and community, our students will never be left behind. A unique curriculum created by experienced educators and applied by the teachers in our midst we will provide children with the education needed to make their dreams a reality. This education will not only be provided to the children, but also to the women who desire a higher education. The school will no doubt become a popular education alternative attracting local families which will provide income and employment. Invest in a sustainable hope for our future Here
Other Contributing Business
Each Co-op will attract the support of independent business both locally and across the globe. Moved to aid in the work Chrysalis is doing, small business owners as well as large national corporations, will get on board to help sustain our mission. We will look to partner in unique and profitable ways where all parties benefit.
has committed 100% of the revenue of his publication in Cleveland, Ohio; The Mill to Chrysalis. These funds will be used to help in the startup of the first co-op of businesses we are starting up in the North Georgia Mountains! He has also opened up positions within his publication to employ women coming out of the Chrysalis program. We can’t wait to see one of Chrysalis’ own building ads, signing up new sponsors or managing the business. To learn more about N2, the amazing organization Shane partners with, visit. www.n2pub.com
Linda Rice owner of Blue Ridge Mountain Outfitters
operating four stores in the North Georgia Mountains, has partnered with us to make our Cafe a reality. Linda’s giving heart welcomed us into her life and offered her newest McCaysville store as the location for our Cafe/Coffee Shop. And we could not be more excited about this new home! Partnered with Linda we hope to create a fun and creative space in her already existing setting of adventure. We are so encouraged by her response to help us save the lives of these women! If you are in need of some adventure in your life or need some gear to get started please call on her. blueridgemountainoutfitters.com
Whit Hemphill at Grizzly Brand Granola
is an old friend from our days in Eugene, Oregon. Whit’s dining room was where Chrysalis was first uttered. In a encouraging conversation, Whitney and I envisioned of a vineyard where all our efforts would serve those in need. We discussed how this property would feed, clothe, train, educate and employ them as well as be a sustainable business. That was in February of 2008. Chrysalis Cafe will now sell Grizzly Granola so we, not only have the best granola in the world, (and I’m not just saying that) but more importantly, be reminded of a relationship that helped start it all! Looking for granola to sell in your store, please contact Whit through their site www.grizzliesbrand.com