Designing A Difference Apparel Workshop Start Up
Organized by: rebecca cahua
EVENT DATE Jun 26, 2016
Two years ago founder Rebecca Cahua and a group of volunteers gathered together to make lunches for the homeless in San Francisco, not knowing what it would turn into, this act quickly turned into a movement of volunteers gathering every month to feed those in need and have been able to provide over 20,000 lunches with the help of over 1,500 volunteers. The support empowered Rebecca to do more and that is where the idea of www.DesigningaDifference.org came up. She saw her ability to make change and she figured the best way to do that was by creating jobs and offering training to people who need it most.
Designing A Difference will create jobs in the local apparel manufacturing industry, by development of a workforce training center and apparel manufacturer that trains, then employs people with employment barriers; such as mentally disabled, physically disable, at risk youth, wounded veterans and homeless.
By developing an apparel manufacturer and creating jobs in San Francisco, “Designing A Difference” is creating a system that will provide employment, make a impact on the rising homeless count, clear up shelter beds, improve the local apparel manufacturing industry, generate income and offer people with employment barriers an opportunity to entire the workforce.
Ultimately, by creating jobs, Designing A Difference is stopping the cycle of homelessness and creating a real opportunity of stability for those who need it most.
"Designing A Difference" understands the need of employment for people with employment barriers.
People with employment barriers are often discriminated and have a difficult time receiving the opportunity to work, which often leads them to the harsh reality of homelessness.
Those who are disabled are more likely to live below the federal poverty line and are 70% less likely to be employed.
"Designing A Difference" also understands the struggling apparel manufacturing industry in San Francisco and its need and consumer demand for domestic apparel manufacturing.
The apparel manufacturing industry in San Francisco has significantly decreased since the 1980's, since then, most of the apparel manufacturing businesses has transitioned overseas. Domestic and local apparel manufacturing options are limited but are in high demand by both the consumer and designer.
With two very different issues in San Francisco DaD has come up with a program to improve both situations by fusing them togehter to create a simultaneous solution, which creates jobs for people in need, in an industry in need of development.
As a community people want to see change and are ready to be a part of it, which is why two years ago DaD started by gathering volunteers and giving lunches to the homeless of San Francisco at monthly charity events. http://www.hashtaglunchbagsf.org The orginization has grown into a movement larger than DaD could have ever imagined making each event more succesful than the previous one. The support we have received has been empowering and true evidence that people are ready to see change.
Initial Funding Goal:
To make this program a reality we need to raise enough money to sustain the training centers first semester and buy the supplies, equipment and sewing machines needed to conduct the Workforce Training Center. (Sewing machines, Cutting Tables, desk, fabric, computers, lease) We have been blessed with a facility but now need help to sustain the program.
- Develop a Workforce Training Center that will be used to conduct a development program. The program will train students in the cutting and sewing of apparel, which will be offered to people with employment barriers. The development program will provide skills and certification that will enable employment in the DaD apparel manufacturer, the DaD Sewing Contractor and in the apparel manufacturing industry, after completion of the program.
- Build the DaD Apparel Sewing Contractor, that will provide cut and sew services to local apparel designers and apparel brands.
- Develop the DaD Apparel Manufacturer, that will produce and manufacture DaD apparel products that will be sold for profit, sustaining the DaD Workforce Training Center.
- Improve the apparel manufacturing industry in San Francisco.
- Increase job opportunity for people with employment barriers such as, mentally disabled, physically disabled, at risk youth and homeless
- Create an outlet that can stop the cycle of homelessness.
We have all the pieces needed to make this program a success, from volunteer instructors, the board, staff, 5 year plan and vision. Now all we need is the initial push to get the program off the ground.
But we can’t do it alone!
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And together we will truly be Desinging A Difference.
DaD is a community support force, creating a platform that allows people to use their skill as a tool to creat a difference.
"Alone we are just one but together we are a force" - DaD