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
We are so excited to introduce our newest community partner…Hummingbird Farm. We are excited about the opportunities this relationship brings. To learn more about Hummingbird Farm and its story make sure to read more – because everything from apples to zucchini, a barn to the chicks inside it, the Farm and Orchard will help sustain life and be the economic backbone of our hope. Not only will the Farm provide food for those living and working within the outreach but, it 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 during 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 us transform Hummingbird Farm into a large pastoral organic farm Here
The heart of our outreach, the Pregnancy Care Practice 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 but also serve women from the greater northeast Ohio region who have decided to have a home birth. With care provided by Staci Dasher, a midwife with 10 years of home birth delivery experience, her assisting dulas, local doctors and hospitals women will bring their newest child into a new beginning. Functional and Conventional Medicine will offer pathways to prevention and sustainable health. The Pregnancy Care Practice 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. Campfire Coffeehouse has gone mobile and is now serving events and farmer markets in the greater Cleveland Ohio area! We hope you can help us take our next step forward by moving this “booth” into a Camper. Providing more than just income, the Camper will be a place women can be restored when ready to meet the world again. We hope this element of our outreach will help us share our story in more places around the greater community all while ensuring to serve responsible and ethical food and drinks. Want to change fast food, be an example of a small local sustainable business and provide a better option at that local event? Help us Here
A space of refuge in near proximity or on the farm property the Yurts, Tiny Homes or Converted Campers 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 spaces will be used for our Therapeutic Farm Stays. Weekend to long term stays purposed to help others battle terminal illness or other debilitating diagnosis’. This will bring in income and be a perfect compliment to our other therapeutic programs! Lastly, the village would be used as a “Harvest Hotel”. During harvests we would convert vacant rooms into a short-term harvester headquarters. People from all over the world will come to help harvest the bounty and be living instruments of service. A unique way to bring others in relationship with our community. 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.
Shane Dasher, has begun serving Tailored Living.
Started by his sister Melanie and her partner Matt, Tailored Living has committed to employ Shane part-time to learn the ropes and in the future bring in women coming out of the Chrysalis program. We can’t wait to see one of Chrysalis’ own designing closet systems, or installing new garage cabinets! To learn more about Tailored Living or PremierGarage visit. www.tailoredliving.com
Dr. James Silverblath, Functional Interalist and holistic health care provider,
has come on as our Medical Director and adviser. Serving the greater northeast Ohio area for over 30 years Dr. Silverblath is the area leading physician in alternative health care. His knowledge and passion is an incredible asset for Chrysalis and those we will be taking in soon. The practice will also begin prescribing produce and food from Hummingbird Farm to his patients. This partnership is a wonderful step forward in our hope to provide holistic care to those within our community! To learn more about how Dr. James can help with your health condition visit www.drsilverblatt.com
Cleveland Premier Coffee Roaster and Cafe will be served in every cup!
Chrysalis is proud to partner through Campfire Coffeehouse with Phoenix Coffee Co. Roasted days before serving, right in downtown Cleveland, we have been blessed by this partnership. We turn their Firebird medium roast into cups of amazing pour-over cups of brew and soak their cold brew blend in filtered water to ensure we have the best iced coffee around! We also sell their single origin light roasts and other beans to help us raise money for our Tiny Home Village! To learn more about them wisit www.phoenixcoffee.com
Lake and Geauga Habitat for Humanity
Reusing old building materials is where it’s at! And Habitat loves other organizations with the same cause. Chrysalis reached out to them to help gather material needed to build our Tiny Home Village and do our Coffee Camper remolded. They jumped at the opportunity to help us. We thank them so much for the thousands of dollars of materials we have received from them to help us get closer to that first home for a women in need! To learn more about this amazing partner of ours visit www.habitat.org
LeeJoy Ellis, Owner of Glow IV
A naturopath and passionate about the power of healing from the inside out, LeeJoy, will be a valued partner as we strive forward with our Therapeutic Farm Stays. Those who come will be looking for answers they haven’t got from traditional medicine and she will be a valued and necessary tool for their efforts to find rest and repair. We look forward to learning more about the power of food as well as her unique IV treatments out at the farm! To learn more visit www.glowiv.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