Local Ministry Awarded Locke Innovative Leader Award

Source: United Methodist News

Argrow’s House of Healing and Hope is awarded a 2022 Tom Locke Innovative Leader Award from the Wesleyan Investive for their work to raise awareness around sexual violence.

Argrow’s House was founded by Kit Evans-Ford and named for her grandmother. A social enterprise that makes bath and body products, Agrow’s House employs the female survivors of domestic violence to assist other survivors receive housing and material needs.

“This work is not easy. It is a lifetime commitment that takes a lot of energy and personal resources,” Evans-Ford said. “To be blessed by this award is very affirming and lets me know this work is not in vain.”

Evans-Ford grew up in Mebane, North Carolina. Heavily influenced her grandmother and mother both preacher in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Other Tom Locke Innovative Leader Awards for 2022 included:

·        David M. Bailey, founder of Arrabon in Richmond, Virginia, a nonprofit cultivating healing and reconciliation in a racially divided world.

·        Coté Soerenes, co-founder and co-owner of Resistencia Coffee in Seattle.

·        Shannon Hopkins, co-founder and lead cultivator of Rooted Good, London, United Kingdom.

Locke described the purpose of the awards is to “foster the courage to try new things and learn.” Each recipient will receive $50,000 to grow their leadership and innovative potential.

Source: United Methodist News