BENEFITING: Re:new PROJECT
EVENT DATE: Sep 30, 2015
Re:new is a unique workspace where women laugh much, work hard and have fun while creating beautiful, handmade marketable products. By investing in the professional and personal development of every refugee Artisan employed by Re:new, we provide a foundation for achieving success as they adjust to starting a new life in the United States.
Through a series of fortuitous events, an opportunity crossed our path that is too good to pass up! Re:new is fulfilling a dream many years in the making: we are moving into the downtown shopping area.
Moving to this prime location will place Re:new in the heart of Glen Ellyn's retail center.
With a strong downtown business alliance, active Chamber of Commerce, and loyal customer base, this opportunity will allow Re:new to employ more refugee women and impact more families in DuPage County with a foundation of hope, stability, and security as they adjust to starting a new life in the United States.
To offset expenses associated with this exciting expansion, we will need to raise a minimum of $50,000 for renovations and remodeling as well as provide short-term capital for a smooth transition to the new space.
What is Re:new Project?
The mission of Re:new is to create a space for refugee women to thrive.
As a social enterprise, Re:new is a nonprofit organization operating a retail business that serves refugee women resettled in DuPage County, Illinois. Through our programs and services, we create a space for refugee women to thrive in two ways:
- by offering training and employment in creating beautiful handbag and accessory items using upcycled fabrics thus providing sustainable income;
- by nurturing an environment based on dignity, respect, peace, kindness, gentleness, creativity and fun, we foster a community of emotional support so that refugee women can begin to heal from past trauma, recapture hope for the present, and reconnect to dreams for the future.
Since our founding in 2010, Re:new has trained or employed more than 120 refugee women from around the world.
To learn more about how Re:new supports refugees in DuPage County, Illinois, or to meet some of our amazing Artisans, visit www.renewproject.org