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).
The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
UNC HPDP was selected as a CDC Prevention Research Center in 1985 and continues to conduct
prevention research and promote healthy lifestyle choices. Additionally, the Center seeks
to reduce health disparities through an emphasis on community-based participatory research
to ensure that the community is involved in every stage of research.
TS Designs Our mission is to build a sustainable company that simultaneously looks after the people,
the planet and profits.
TS Designs is based out of Burlington, NC and specializes in printing tee-shirts on organic
cotton without the use of sweatshop labor and pesticides. They use only water-based inks.
Alyssa Hinton is a mixed media artist and painter. In the words of her cousin, Pura Fe,
founder of native women's a capella Ulali, Her works speak to the soul of the soul.
A special thanks to Alyssa for playing an essential role in the creation of our design!
Organic Cotton Plus In seeking happiness for others, we find it in ourselves.
A women-owned and operated business dedicated to promoting and selling organic cotton
products and fabrics. Organic Cotton Plus is a community-based organization out of rural
west Texas and supports local programs that enhance the lives of battered women and children.
Threads of Hope NC is working with Organic Cotton Plus to produce tote bags from sustainable,
This independent bookstore in downtown Durham, NC is a great example of a community-empowering
business. When you spend $10 at Barnes and Noble or Borders, only $1.50 stays in the local
community; compared to $4.50 for every $10 at the Regulator. Not only is the Regulator a great
place to shop for books, you can also purchase a Threads of HOPE NC tote bag in which to carry
them! A BIG thank you to Tom Campbell for allowing us to creatively merchandise them at the book store!
North Carolina State University College of Design
Special thanks to Susan Bradies, Tracey Krumm, and their students, especially Alyssa Hinton
and Eleanor Hoffman for creating our first motif!
A special thanks to the following organizations.
Because of our long history of working with low-income women in rural NC, we have fostered
close working relationships with many community and NC organizations.
John Parker, Director, Mentor, and Friend, has provided technical assistance on planning
for the organization and our business. He continues to offer guidance any time we call of him.
The Healing Lodge
Native American Interfaith Ministries, Inc. (NAIM) The Healing Lodge is a nonprofit
ecumenical faith-based organization whose purpose is to serve as a gateway to services,
provide crisis ministry and promote health and wellness among American Indians in and
around Robeson County. The Healing Lodge exists to eliminate disparities for all and
nurture a common hope for the transformation of the entire community. The Healing Lodge
will be a key partner in our new project, Seeds of HOPE, in Robeson County and with Native
American women. Tony V. Locklear is the executive director.
The NC Rural Center
Carolyn Perry, Leslie Scott, and Barry Ryan have given us especially helpful advice and great training.
Coharie Intra Tribal Council
The Coharie Intra Tribal Council has been a close partner of HOPE Works and Threads of
HOPE for five years and is our home away from home. The welcoming attitude of the
Coharie women and men has helped make our projects successful. We thank them for
including us in their health fairs and pow wows, and for hosting the UNC Tar Heel Bus
Tour, Community Advisory Committee meetings, HOPE Circle Leader trainings and Circle
meetings. We look forward to many more years of friendship and collaboration with the
The NC Comprehensive Cancer Program To provide leadership and support to improve cancer prevention and control outcomes across
the continuum of cancer care for North Carolinians.
Walter Shepherd, Dinah Bradshaw, and the very energetic staff of the program have offered
non-stop support and encouragement.
Migrant Benevolent Association
The Migrant Benevolent Association (MBA) is a non-profit (501c3), community-based organization
that has been serving Sampson and surrounding counties since 1987. MBA strives to improve the
physical, mental, spiritual, social and socioeconomic health of underserved populations in our community.
Streamside Media LLC
Streamside Media LLC is owned by Susan Barco, who received a Certificate in Documentary
Studies from Duke University in 2006. In addition to producing and editing Hope Works
for the Center for HPDP, she has produced documentary work related to dance and music.
Susan has also worked as a community volunteer and in law offices and research labs.