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3996 East Ponce de Leon Avenue
Clarkston, GA, 30021
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For women, looking to make a difference, Peace of Thread is a handbag company that makes high quality bags that help a refugee woman by providing them with a sustainable source of income, and training in English and job skills. Unlike other stylish brands, a Peace of Thread purse is a fashion-forward way to intentionally provide a job for a woman in need.

Each bag in handcrafted, and one-of-a-kind -- just like our artisan threaders -- and serves as a statement piece for our customers to carry the stories of our artisans into the world. Be a part of our story. Sew Peace.

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Growing Good Things

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“Cultivate”- transitive verb 2a. to foster the growth of”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary online

“You cultivate what you celebrate.”  Buddy Hoffman, a dear friend of Peace of Thread who passed away in 2016, often quoted this common saying. At Peace of Thread, we celebrate friendship, and we work to cultivate it.  Nowhere was that more obvious than at our April 14th fundraising concert.

It’s appropriate that the concert took place at Garner Farm in Lilburn, Ga.   The farm is owned by a couple named Paul and Jessica Vaughn, and cultivation is their life.  They grow vegetables, blueberries, and muscadines on their land and raise chickens to provide eggs.    This wonderful couple opened their home and yard to Peace of Thread because they too have a passion for refugees.

The concert was fantastic! Lanterns lit the way to a yard full of people sitting on picnic blankets and enjoying uplifting music. Inside the house, there were yummy desserts to eat and exquisite treasures for auction (including a plaque with Buddy’s saying on it).     There was an atmosphere of friendship and peace, the shalom that Peace of Thread so prizes.  God helped us raise over $18,000, which we will use to continue empowering refugee women!

But the best part was that Anisa* and Noor* were there.  Our friends who came from desperate circumstances and are now thriving.  We walked with Anisa hospitalization for pneumonia and have recently seen her become a U.S. citizen.   Noor has been with Peace of Thread since its beginning, and now she trains women herself.  We were honored several months ago to help her tell her story to the media.   Anisa and Noor are just some of the women we’ve cultivated friendship with over the years through visits, meals, and conversations.

The word “cultivation” implies hard work, diligence. It gives us the mental image of someone bent over, covered in dirt. Just like growing plants, building and maintaining friendships can be a messy process. But when we see the people we care about growing strong in their new lives, cultivation becomes celebration.

*Names changed to protect privacy.

Read more about Anisa in the May 27, 2016 post “Peace of Thread: More Than Just Purses”

Read more about Noor in the June 18, 2016 post “A Different Story”  the July 15, 2016 post “Now I Am Strong”

Peace of Thread: A Safe Place

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With all the violence being highlighted in the news, it’s no secret that the world is a dangerous place.  No one knows this fact better than our refugee friends, who live the news.  They and their families have experienced firsthand the hunger, violence, and loss that most of us only see on our television screens.  They had to leave their homes and come to a foreign place with a different language and culture.  Add in the fact that a lot of Americans are hostile to people with Muslim backgrounds, and it’s not surprising that a lot of our friends are afraid when they arrive here.

Fortunately, one of Peace of Thread’s core values is providing an atmosphere of no fear for refugees to work in.  In Clarkston, women from the East and the West work together to master the challenges of managing a business.   In the process, the seamstresses develop life-long relationships with people who can help them learn English and acclimate to American culture.  Becoming self-sufficient helps our seamstresses feel safe.   Having friends who will share in their lives-both the joys and the sorrows-also provides refuge for these women whose native communities have been fractured.

  Peace of Thread also helps these women’s’ families feel safe.  April Claybagh, our team and support specialist, explains that many women from places like Iraq and Afghanistan aren’t used to working outside the home and their husbands are not used to their wives working outside the home either. The idea of their wives leaving the house and going to work is a bit daunting for these men.  They worry for their wives’ safety.  But because Peace of Thread is a woman-only space which also offers the opportunity to work from home, it feels less threatening to them.  Refugee couples can rebuild their lives together because husbands know that their wives are not being harmed or exploited in their new careers.

 

The causes of our friends’ problems-war, persecution, disaster ect.-are very complex. The Team at Peace of Thread can’t solve everything.  But we can provide a refuge for them using the beautiful facilities in Clarkston that God has gifted to us and the even more important resource of our friendship. If you would like to help with our mission, please visit www.peaceofthread.com or donate at https://secure.squarespace.com/commerce/donate?donatePageId=55268c3ce4b0debd502fe89a .

 

 

 

New Friends and a New Mindset

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Note: Peace of Thread is a politically neutral organization.  The blogger’s views are her own and don’t reflect the views of the leadership, the workers, or the other volunteers.

There were ballcaps and t-shirts. Colorful signs waved in the air.  The cheers were loud enough to hurt my ears.  The people on my screen were triumphant.  Victory was theirs!  Their team was proving itself to be the biggest, baddest team on the block.

But this wasn’t a sporting event I was watching.  This was a rally being thrown by President Trump in Youngsville, Ohio.  The home team was America.  The opposing team was all those other countries, the ones stealing our jobs.  President Trump wanted everyone to know that America is winning and the other countries are losing.  The people and the rally were in complete agreement.

As I listened to the people in Ohio cheer at Trump’s statement that “We are finally, finally, finally putting America first,” I thought about our Peace of Thread seamstresses-who come from countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Myanmar.  How can these people only care about themselves- and not about precious women like Anisa*?   I wondered.  How can our refugee friends be safe and thrive in Trump’s America?

But the truth is, I don’t have much room to judge these people.   I remember how I felt when I first met our seamstresses.  I remember the fear I felt as I walked into a room full of veiled women. The way I cringed when I realized many of them didn’t speak English or spoke with heavy accents.  But their warmth and friendliness won me over.  Today, I don’t feel fear when I visit my friends. I enjoy watching them working and their machines and playing with their kids. I see them smile and hear them laugh and know that they’re human just like I am.

It’s natural to want “our team,” the group of people we identify with and who we perceive to be the most like us to succeed.  It’s natural to feel nervous or even afraid when we meet someone who’s different for us. But an “us v.s. them” mentality is something better saved for sports. The challenges in our country will be overcome when we start to think of ourselves as an “us”-one people that includes both refugees and people from Ohio.   And when we don’t think in terms of “us v.s. them,” we’re free to make new friends.

*name changed for privacy reasons.  To read Anisa’s incredible story, see “Peace of Thread: More Than Just Purses” from May 27, 2016.