In 2018, we saw an increasing gap in services for women exiting recovery programs. This led to research, time in prayer, and the call to begin The Stella Projects. The Stella Projects' mission is to restore dignity and quality of life to women by eliminating barriers to success through entrepreneurial development, innovative education, training, and community-driven programs.

Our newest sustainability initiative under The Stella Projects is our candle line. We employ women that have graduated out of local recovery programs and are on their own, usually supporting their children. Rebuilding a life after any trauma (addiction, abuse, incarceration, homelessness, trafficking) is extremely difficult and these women need job experience, training, and money. Without someone standing in the gap for them, they are likely to return to the situations that put them in the margins, to begin with.

We pride ourselves in making high-end candles that are made with 100% soy wax, phthalate-free fragrance oil, and wicks made of cotton, containing no lead, zinc, or other metals. Every candle is hand poured by the local artisans we employ and come beautifully packaged in a classic glass jar. We have several scents to choose from, including rotating seasonal fragrances. The perfect candle to please even the most discriminating noses!

You can find us online by clicking the website below, and you can visit us on September 18 at The Adriatica Wine Walk where we will have our candles available for purchase. We also welcome appointments at our offices located at 205 Wilcox in McKinney to tour our program and smell the candles.

If you are interested in hosting a candle pop-up shop, private candle labels, or other ways to support The Stella Projects, please email Lynde Griggs - lynde@belleandsparrows.org

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