Sewing Machines for the Truth Home
Organized by: Courtney Doncevic
June 30, 2016
Over the past few months, I have had the pleasure of working on a few sewing projects with some gals who are survivors of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation at a therapeutic residential home in the Lehigh Valley called the Truth Home. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, the Truth for Women website (www.truthforwomen.org) describes the Truth Home as “a therapeutic residential home offering dramatically changed lives and hope-filled futures to survivors of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. The home offers a safe place for motivated women, who want an opportunity, to rebuild their lives. The home provides a warm, family setting for women, consisting of 8-12 months in an intensive therapeutic environment.” Not only have I had the opportunity to work with them, but they are also working on making quilts with another volunteer who regularly visits the home. Unfortunately, most of the machines are no longer in working order. In addition to sewing, the participants also have the opportunity to work on other creative projects like scrap-booking and painting, however, there currently is not a dedicated craft room at the Home. Teaching the participants how to sew and giving them the ability to express their creativity is just one of the many ways that helps assist in their recovery through life skills training, life enrichment classes, job skills, mentoring, coaching and healthy lifestyle. I am looking to purchase 3 brand new sewing machines (Brother CS6000i Feature-Rich Sewing Machine With 60 Built-In Stitches, 7 styles of 1-Step Auto-Size Buttonholes, Quilting Table, and Hard Cover) for the participants to use during their stay at the Truth Home and also raise funds for the craft room. Each machine costs $145 so I'm looking to raise at least $435.00. Any additional funds will go towards purchasing paint (for walls), an area rug, a table, chairs, shelves, lamps and anything else that will help to create this space for them. Thank you for your support!