Mission: To provide an opportunity for women leaving prison to live and work on a farm where they grow food, nourish self and foster community
Programs: Our farm enterprise programs launched our community supported agricultureprogram (csa) reaching 78 total members with two full 12-week seasons. We started our community tool share program, with 11 total local farms that borrowed tools 86 times throughout the year, saving an estimated 317 hours labor. The farm overall harvested 8592 pounds of vegetables and provided 1400 paid hours of employment for benevolence residents, totaling $10,045 in earned wages.
our residential and reentry program launched, receiving over 25 applications for program admissions and admitting 6 full-time residents. Throughout the year we have provided to the residents 520 days of housing, 1500 meals, 8000 miles of transportation, 236 hours of case management, and 256 hours of capacity building workshops. Residents obtained essential career certifications, were admitted to academic degree programs, obtained scholarships for educational programs, celebrated significant sobriety milestones, successfully completed probation and obtained gainful, career-based employment in their fields of interest.
advocacy and outreach efforts included continued participation in nc coalition for women reentrants & their children, alamance county food collaborative, and helping to start an alamance county racial equity association (area). We also reached over 500 individuals through hosting the 2017 south eastern social care farming summit, the second chance dine and dance, three ripple effect events, a movie screening and book club around topics of incarceration, and participating in 15 speaking engagements
Tanya Jisa, Founder and Executive Director of Benevolence Farm, inspires me. After reading a New York Times article about the high incarceration rates of women across the country she was distraught by the issue as anyone reading the article would be. We all are often moved by such issues but how often does someone become so moved that they do something about it? Today Tanya is taking inspiring actions to combat the issue of mass incarceration of women in the state of North Carolina. By creating her non-profit Benevolence Farm, Tanya will provide transitional housing for women coming out of prison that will provide them with a place to live as well as the opportunity to work on a farm where they will grow food, nourish self, and foster community. I give to Benevolence Farm by giving my time as a student volunteer. As a Human Services major my classes have prepared me to help Benevolence Farm with their different administrative needs as they prepare to open their doors to women throughout North Carolina who are leaving the prison system. It is meaningful to me to give my time to an organization that I know will change the futures of women leaving incarceration throughout the state.