Re:new Project is a faith based non-profit created to meet two needs of the refugee population: community and employment. We do this by offering free sewing and ESL classes to refugee women who have resettled in the Chicagoland area, to tangibly show the love of Christ. When we can, we hire the graduates of the program to work in our studio to create and sew our beautiful products that we sell in store and online. The majority of our material comes from donations from our community.
Sewing Classes: Re:new offers free sewing classes to any refugee woman, regardless of their skill level. This class is taught once a week in the studio by volunteer sewing teachers. Throughout the class, students learn about machine maintenance, sewing basics, and how to make Re:new products. There are 18 lessons in total and students can go at their own pace.
ESL Classes: Our ESL classes are volunteer led, conversationally based, and adjusted to meet the needs of the individual Artisan or student. These classes are offered for free to students and Artisans.
Our Artisan Program:
Re:new offers flexible, part-time employment to graduated students. While an Artisan, they have access to the Alistair Care and Share Fund to help cover unexpected needs, community through friendship, continued ESL classes, a mentor, and the opportunity to refine their workplace skills. Artisans are welcome to stay in our program for two years, finishing their time with a graduation ceremony to celebrate their incredible growth before they take the next step in their career!
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