BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Inside a south Baltimore building is a family of women with purpose and passion.
They’re part of the non-profit “The Well.”READ MORE: Eating Cicadas Is Actually Good For The Environment And Apparently They Taste Like Shrimp
“You’re family automatically, that’s our rule,” Stacey Loveless said.
Step inside and you’ll be directed to their factory, lovingly referred to as “The Hive.” It’s where Loveless and her coworkers produce their signature bath and body products, “Hon’s Honey.”
Many of the women who come to The Well have survived some kind of trauma, exploitation, poverty or abuse. As soon as they walk through the door, they receive fellowship and training.
“I lost my house, my dog, my car, my job and I had no purpose,” Loveless said.
After losing her job of 22 years, Loveless said she fell back on drinking and was living on the streets of Annapolis.
Then, she connected with Mandy Memmel.READ MORE: Maryland Lifts COVID Mask Mandate Starting Saturday, Gov. Larry Hogan Says
“Every woman who walks through that door finds a sense of belonging and identity every time she crosses the threshold,” Memmel said.
Memmel is the founder and executive director of the program. It provides courses on financial literacy, job training and parenting, among other skills.
“The life development that we do is critical for the future of our city,” she said.
Participants are able to apply these skills in business.
All of the Hon’s Honey products are locally sourced, hand-crafted, packaged and sold around the country. It’s even attracted buyers internationally.
“When you look at them and they’ve made a product all on their own, and you can see the glisten in their eyes because ‘I did that, I did that, I made that,'” Loveless said.MORE NEWS: 3 Injured Following Gas Explosion In Pikesville On Friday
The Well is hosting a virtual event and fundraiser Friday night from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.