Threads of HOPE NC Inc is a joint project of the Community Advisory Committee, the Migrant Benevolent Association, and the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, a Prevention Research Center funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (NO U48 DP000059).
Mission Statement Threads of HOPE NC Inc. is a laboratory business for
training and educating rural women on all aspects of entrepreneurship and business
development. Our laboratory business pays a living wage, provides good benefits in a
healthy, positive work environment, produces sustainable products and supports other local
businesses. Our focus is on health promotion, social improvement, and sustainable economic
Threads of HOPE NC is the result of a 15-year relationship with the UNC
Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) and Sampson and Duplin Counties.
Like much of rural North Carolina, this region was devastated by the decline of tobacco and
textile production over the last decade. HOPE Works is a project dedicated to the revival of
these communities. The hope is to connect low-income African American, Native American, Latina,
and Anglo women who want to gain entrepreneurial skills and work experience to support themselves
and their families.
Threads of HOPE NC is built on the premise that women who have hope make healthier
lifestyle choices and feel empowered to improve their socio-economic status, engage in
preventative health behavior and achieve life goals.
Threads of HOPE NC is a spin-off of HOPE Works (HOPE stands for Health, Opportunities,
Partnerships and Empowerment), a project developed by the UNC HPDP research team and Community
Advisory Committee to address the lack of hope felt by women in eastern rural North Carolina.
HOPE Works is designed to connect women with resources within themselves as well as within
the community needed to set and achieve life goals to lead healthy, fulfilling lives. Recent
surveys confirm the women of HOPE Works believe they cannot improve diet, manage stress, increase
exercise, or lose weight when they are concerned about having jobs and supporting their families.
Threads of HOPE NC was created to incorporate entrepreneurial training, financial literacy, job
skill training, job creation, and health promotion by the women of HOPE Works.
As part of HOPE Works, the women participate in HOPE Circles which consist of eight to 12
women led by a trained community member. In the HOPE Circles they learn strategies to reduce
stress, increase intake of fruits and vegetables, increase exercise and overcome barriers to
change. They exercise and prepare healthy meals together and support one another in setting
health behavior and life improvement goals. The HOPE Circles meet at least twice a month for