and a reason to hope for a brighter future
Stories of every day women who have found hope and inspiration.
To help tell that story, we sell hand-poured goat milked soaps, soy candles, and other unique products that are made by our Covered by Hope team - graduates of the Hope House, a home and place of healing for women survivors of trauma and addiction.
These amazing women also manage the marketing, sales, and product development of Covered by Hope - building skills and learning the value of entrepreneurialism every day!
In January 2019 graduates of Hope House came together to start a business. Under the guidance of Laura Whyte, they started a small business named “Covered by Hope."
The idea was to share stories of hope, resiliency, and recovery.
We've had an amazing first year with opportunities to speak at Northside Hospital’s International Women’s Day Luncheon and Cape Breton’s Prayer Breakfast, as well as many other community groups.
To date, we sell our products in 8 stores and in dozens of community markets throughout the year. We have big plans to expand, with new products and new adventures, and so many more amazing stories to tell!
All of the proceeds made by Covered by Hope go directly towards employing graduates of the Hope House and supporting the operational costs of the home!
After serving as Director of the Ark Community Gardens in the United Kingdom, Zuzana joined us in January 2020 to become the Director of Covered by Hope, our charity’s social enterprise devision. Zuzana studied Landscape Architecture at the Slovak Agricultural University in Nitra and Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Viken County.
Zuzana has over 10 years of experience working in horticulture, small scale farming, and specializing in open green spaces used for horticulture therapy. She has a special interest in working with technology that supports healthier environments, sustainable lifestyles, and people in need.
Over the past few years, Zuzana has lived and worked in many countries (including Norway, Nepal, USA, Slovakia, China, Mongolia, Zambia, & the UK), which brings a lot of fresh prospective and experience to our team!