Why The Dandy Line Kitchen?

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What is The Dandy Line Kitchen?

Last month, Hope Rises started The Dandy Line Kitchen. It is a for-profit, healthy food delivery service.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday you can order a freshly prepared, healthy meal and have it delivered to your home or place of work during the lunch hour.

You can order one serving or a family pack (for a little less $$) of four servings to save for later or feed the family.

These are some really delicious meals too. Things like…

Chicken Zucchini Enchilada Casserole

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos

Rainbow Quiche w/ Fresh Veggies and Cheddar Cheese

Vegan Black Bean Soup

Three days a week, made fresh, delivered to you, for only $7.50 (tax included) per meal. To put that in perspective, services like Freshly (similar service) charges between $8.99 – $12.50 per meal (and you have to heat those up in the microwave cause you get all your meals at once).

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Okay, so it’s great, but why did we decide to do this of all things?

1. Healthy eating is an integral part of our program and the lives of our women. We provide the ingredients for them to eat three square meals every single day. That’s super unique for a transition house and even more unique, we only do fresh and healthy cooking. We bring in a nutritionist and experts to teach our residents how to cook health on a budget. This (1) improves physical health and how our ladies feel, (2) improves body image and (3) gives our residents the skills and habit to stay feeling good and healthy even after they graduate from the Hope Rises program.

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2. Freshmaker, Lindsey Gant, is a wiz in the kitchen. We found in Lindsey, a resident of our inaugural class of ladies, a talented chef especially with healthy recipes and a dedicated small businesswoman. Lindsey is employed by The Dandy Line Kitchen and helps to develop recipes, cook and deliver meals, and market and grow our customers. We hope to grow The Dandy Line Kitchen to support Lindsey full-time with a living wage.

3. Nonprofits, in general, struggle to diversify funding. Being a nonprofit is tough in tough economic times. Personal and corporate giving levels are lower and nonprofits have to get creative and use the talent and innovation they have. Providing a fantastic and valuable service while turning a profit just makes sense. After expenses and Lindsey’s salary, all proceeds go to Hope Rises.

What we need and what we hope for The Dandy Line Kitchen.

  • We need about 25 orders per day (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) to be able to cover expenses, pay Lindsey a living wage and give a good amount back to Hope Rises.
  • We obviously want more than that! We want to grow in order to employ other previously incarcerated women and give them an opportunity to make some money while they are in job training. Again after expenses and paying employees, ALL proceeds benefit Hope Rises.
  • We are open to catering events. As we are small, our sweet spot are event anywhere between 15 – 150 people (full meals and heavy or light hor d’oeuvres). Email hallie.shoffner@gmail.com for inquiries.

What can you do?

Try it out today!

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How Goodwill TEO and Hope Rises Got Me Back into the Workplace

How Goodwill TEO and Hope Rises Got Me Back in the Workplace

by Tara Bennett

Hi my name is Tara Bennett and I am a resident at Hope Rises. Five months ago I was released from a Regional Correctional Facility in Pine Bluff. I was fortunate enough to be accepted into Hope Rises and from there the TEO program (Transitional Employment Opportunity) at Goodwill Industries of Arkansas. The TEO program was a life changing experience.

Tara Bennett is a Hope Rises resident and Data Management Specialist at Goodwill Industries of Arkansas. We are so proud of you, Tara!

Tara Bennett is a Hope Rises resident and Data Management Specialist at Goodwill Industries of Arkansas. We are so proud of you, Tara!

In the beginning I was a little skeptical because I am so used to doing a server job and making fast cash. Kim Roxburgh, Director of Hope Rises, assured me that the TEO Program was a perfect fit for me. Turns out, it was the perfect fit and it was at the perfect time.

The TEO program at Goodwill helped me make a much needed transition back into the workplace. It provided me with mentors at work who gave me hope and believed in me. The program gave me motivation to excel and taught me that the only thing getting in my way of doing anything was me. I started to gain confidence again. The environment was so positive and family oriented. I loved Goodwill so much that I made a goal to get a full time position within the corporation.

My goal was achieved and Goodwill Industries of Arkansas offered me a full time position as Data Management Specialist. It feels amazing that I can work there and help others like me that are returning citizens. Having this job at Goodwill gives me peace of mind, which is worth more than money.

I am so grateful for the partnership of Hope Rises and Goodwill. The TEO program offers a safe environment for Hope Rises residents at such an important and crucial time of transition from prison. The TEO program also provides mentors and others who will hold you accountable for your actions. It provides a safe place to grow and helps you to overcome the specific barriers that returning citizens face. Hope Rises and TEO program fit exceptionally well because they provide the same environment and work towards the same goals.

I am especially excited to watch the new Hope Rises residents work and go through the TEO program. I am so happy to be able to help other residents get the opportunity I did. With Goodwill and the TEO program good things are ahead of you if you are willing to work for them.

-Tara Bennett


From the Hope Rises Kitchen: Spinach and Turkey Sausage Quiche

Spinach and Turkey Sausage Quiche

by Meagan McVay, Hope Rises Wellness & Recovery House Resident

My name is Meagan McVay. I am a resident at Hope Rises. When I first learned that Hope Rises incorporates healthy eating as a part of the program, I was skeptical.

I have been overweight all of my adult life. Within the past couple of months however my health has been a major concern for me. I began to worry about getting diabetes as a result of being overweight. So I began to exercise and within two months had lost almost 30 pounds from exercise alone.

When I arrived at Hope Rises, I was very surprised that our healthy meals are actually very good. It has taken some time to get the menu together, and I am very pleased with the results.

This last week was my week to prepare the dinners for the house. I have almost never cooked anything in my life. I have mostly eaten out, and eaten junk food. When I did cook it was usually out of a box. Cheap and easy. Eating healthy was just never even in my vocabulary. However this last week, following the recipes one of our residents put together, I cooked some pretty awesome meals. And I enjoyed them! The feedback from the other girls was that they they liked them too. My favorite was the Spinach and Turkey Sausage Quiche.

Eating healthy has many benefits. I am so glad that Hope Rises is helping to teach me to eat healthier and cook healthier meals. All of this is also within a budget which is important to us girls coming out of prison. The benefits of our healthy eating program can be enjoyed by anyone, not just us – so take a look at my favorite recipe.

Eating healthy has many benefits. I am so glad that Hope Rises is helping to teach me to eat healthier and cook healthier meals.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

-Meagan

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From the Hope Rises Kitchen: Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken (Chicken Makhani)

by Kim Roxburgh, Executive Director of Hope Rises

I’ve been fortunate to live in many places, including different countries, which has exposed me to all different types of food and spices. So several years back when I began cleaning up my own diet, I wanted to incorporate some of my favorite international dishes into my new way of eating. Since I love Indian food, I started with one of my favorite recipes, Butter Chicken (Chicken Makhani). This was not a hard recipe to “clean up”, since it’s fairly healthy to begin with. Switching out oils and using coconut milk took care of most of the adjustments.

When I envisioned what mealtime would be like at the Hope Rises Wellness and Recovery House, I knew I had to keep the budget in mind. I truly believed our ladies could learn to cook from scratch, eat “clean” on a budget, and possibly broaden their horizons when it came to food. None of our current residents had ever had Indian food prior to coming to the Wellness House. However, all of our Indian and Indian-inspired meals rank at the top of the list in our meal rotation. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. Not only have they embraced a healthier way of eating, but they’ve expanded the type of food they call their favorites.

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A New, Innovative Transition House to Open in Downtown Little Rock

Hope Rises staff, board members, volunteers and supporters have been working for a few weeks refurbishing a home in Downtown Little Rock, Arkansas, to become the first comprehensive and gender-responsive transition home for previously incarcerated women.

We’ve been doing lots of cleaning, painting and decorating. The house opens in February.

Please visit our House Drive page to learn how you can help!

 

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Join Us for a Free New Year’s Eve Party

Let us raise our glass to 2016 with Hope Rises. Join us for fun, drinks, music, and dancing to ring in the New Year! The doors will open at 8 PM and there will be a limited dinner menu of EJ’s fabulous food until 10 PM. We will ring in good luck and the New Year at midnight with a countdown, champagne toast, and black-eyed peas! Free admission with suggested donation of $10-$20. RSVP Here

New Year's Eve Party with Hope Rises


10 Facts About Women in Jails

Although men comprise the majority (93%) of State and local corrections populations, currently more than 1 million adult women are involved in or under the custody and control of the criminal justice system. As of 2012, the number of women in local jails was 90,100 (Minton, 2013). Over the past 30 years, research in the fields of health, mental health, substance abuse, and violence against women coupled with research and practice in criminal justice has revealed that women offenders face challenges that are not only different from their male counterparts, but that also greatly influence their involvement in criminal justice, including jails. This article describes “10 facts” that corrections professionals should know about working with women in jails.

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