Practical Tools to Be a White Ally – with Kirsten Purpura

I’ve been called divisive many times, but at some point I’ve decided that it’s not worth it to stay silent, even though I may personally feel more comfortable. In 2013, Kirsten Purpura left her home in Indiana to volunteer for the summer in a homeless shelter located in what was considered the "worst" zip code … Continue reading Practical Tools to Be a White Ally – with Kirsten Purpura

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The Art of Wanting by Julia Clausen

  All my life I have been taught how to dream. “You can be anything!” “Follow your heart!” “Your possibilities are endless!” These generalities were the bedrock upon which I built my imaginary future. I designed my own multiverse in which I lived a life as a physical therapist, a film producer, the CEO of … Continue reading The Art of Wanting by Julia Clausen

Peace of Thread: Giving A Voice to the Refugee Women of Clarkston Pt. 3

Be sure to check out part 1 and part 2 of this series on Peace of Thread, where Denise Smith told us about how she got started and the struggles she faced in her work. In this final installment find out more about where Peace of Thread is now, where they’re headed and how you … Continue reading Peace of Thread: Giving A Voice to the Refugee Women of Clarkston Pt. 3

Peace of Thread: Giving A Voice to the Refugee Women of Clarkston Pt. 2

This is the second part of our 3 part series! If you haven't read the first post, check it out here After almost seven years in the Middle East, Denise Smith came back to the US searching for identity and purpose. She finally found a place that felt like home to her when she started … Continue reading Peace of Thread: Giving A Voice to the Refugee Women of Clarkston Pt. 2

Peace of Thread: Giving a Voice to the Refugee Women of Clarkston. Pt. 1

One of the core values of Peace of Thread is “we sew and mend, not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well.” Peace of Thread hires local refugee women, teaches them the skill of sowing, and offers them community and resources. We had the privilege of spending a day with Denise Smith, the founder … Continue reading Peace of Thread: Giving a Voice to the Refugee Women of Clarkston. Pt. 1