Dahlia Grove 501c3

$1,930 of $700,000 goal

Raised by 14 people in 36 months
I was raised in a home where we were taught christian ethics and morals.  My dad, being a Baptist Minister demostrated to us the love of Christ in a very real and honest way.  Therefore, I grew up with a huge heart for missions.   I became  a church musician and piano teacher.  However, having been a single mother for a long time, i learned to use my creative skills to support myself and my children.  I have catered and developed a small design business that I run on the side of my other two jobs.  Through the course of my life, I have developed a passion and desire to help women out of bad situations and empower them to make difficult changes and become self sufficient.  My life dream, and I believe, life calling is to utilize my gifts, talents, skills and passion to create a business where I can employ women from the battered women's shelter and rescued from the human trafficing issue.  My desire and dream to own and operate a wedding, reception and event facility that is also a horse farm to be rented out and give these ladies employment by event planning, set up, housekeeping, gardening, marketing, bookkeeping, husbandry, catering, food service, manufacturing and sales.  I would take my design business to the next level by hiring and teaching them the skills to help make the product and letting them become the sales force.  I have already proven that the product is very lucrative and marketable.  We have already been in contact with Disney, Cruiselines, Resorts, and many gift shops and trade shows.  I am in the process of writing a business plan to find investors who are like minded in helping the crisis that these women face.  I believe it takes a group effort to stop the injustice that is happening around us.  There are several ways you can help.  
1.  Donate through Gofundme.com.  

2. Purchase a Flippin' Bag.  You can view the bags and products at Dahlia Grove (formerly Gee Jay Design) Facebook page and order   The cost of a bag is $44.00.  

3. Volunteer to be a part of the Board of Directors to guide and design this program and facility. 

Some folks think I am crazy for this wild dream!!! Others are cheering me on to use what I have to make the difference in the lives of others.  Will you help?

I have named this project as the Benfield Foundation in honor of my Dad, Dwayne R. Benfield who made a huge impact on the lives of all 5 sibblings and myself.  He had such a tender heart for missions and he gave it to me!!!

We have named the Project Dahlia Grove.  Dahlias were one of my Dad's favorite flowers.  Ironically, the symbolism and meaning of the Dahlia is: "Staying graceful under pressure, while drawing upon inner strength, especially in challenging situations, in order to make a major life change and follow your own unique path.  ( www.flowermeaning.com) How appropriate for what I want to do.  These gorgeous flowers were also exchanged at weddings to symbolize the commitment of a lasting bond between two people.  

I hope you will join me as I set out on this journey to bring hope and change to those who have lived in modern day slavery.  It's time for it to end.  Let's do something about it!!!
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The work continues!!! In the past year, we have worked with about 8 women. Some have moved on to other cities, reacquainted with families, and gotten jobs. There is so much more that needs to be done. We have our annual fundraiser event next week at 8.2.0. Restaurant and Bar to raise our operating capitol. We are striving to raise enough money to have our own safe house which will allow us to work directly with the FBI and be able to develop a program of healing. We have partnered with Thistle Farms in Nashville as our mentor and model to establish a successful program. We still need your help. Please give as you are able. I sometimes remind myself that this isn't everyone's passion. Then I remember a speech given by President Obama when the Human trafficking task force was created. " It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric. It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name—modern slavery." You can read the full speech here: https://www.americanbar.org/publications/judges_journal/2013/winter/president_obamas_speech_on_human_trafficking.html
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We are off and running....we have a few investors but need a few more. The farm is on its way to becoming a reality!! Please help us as we strive to create a place to give employment to the women rescued from human trafficking by operating a bed and breakfast, a working farm, and an event venue!! This will offer them so many jobs and give them a chance at a new life.

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It is crunch time! We have found the perfect location for the farm and are moving ahead rapidly. We are looking for investors so that we can put an offer on this beautiful piece of property. The 11,000 log home will be utilized as a bed and breakfast and a wedding/reception/retreat facility. We will board horses and offer a full barn program. Obtaining this property will increase the number of women we can assist and will open up so many revenue streams! WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please invest so that we can continue changing the lives of these women, helping them recover, and renew their lives. They have no family, no church, no support system. If you are willing to donate, please do. If you would like to invest, call me so that we can talk further. It is for a great cause and you get a great return on your money. Respond to me with your phone number!!
Dahlia Grove Farm and Retreat Center
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THERE IS NO DONATION TOO SMALL!!! EVERY PENNEY goes to help acquire this farm that will become a place of restoration and hope for women who have lost all hope of ever living a normal life. You can make a difference. Do it now!!!
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Jo Kobel
25 months ago
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I would love to help. This is an area that has been part of my heart for years. Please contact me-your mom knows my numbers(we meet at your mom's b-day party that you gave her). thanks Jo Ann Kobel

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$1,930 of $700,000 goal

Raised by 14 people in 36 months
Created October 13, 2015
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Jo Kobel
25 months ago
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I would love to help. This is an area that has been part of my heart for years. Please contact me-your mom knows my numbers(we meet at your mom's b-day party that you gave her). thanks Jo Ann Kobel

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