Re:new creates a space for refugee women to thrive.
A society that values and seeks out flourishing relationships with its refugee neighbors.
We believe that all people are made in the image of God and are therefore valuable and worthy of the highest honor and respect.
We believe in the value of coming alongside those in our community who are in need, regardless of religion, race, or nationality.
We believe that the act of creating things of value is a powerful exercise in restoring hope to broken lives.
We believe that loving and serving one another transforms lives.
We believe that we are stronger when we are joined together in our common humanity.
Our mission is simple yet so complex: to create a space for refugee women to thrive. Simple in that the right thing to do is to extend a hand of friendship to a refugee woman during a season of time wrought with loneliness and challenges. Complex in that we recognize each precious woman who enrolls in our programs has a unique combination of emotional wounds caused by significant loss and trauma, that takes time to heal, mend, and recover from.
To fulfill our mission of creating a space for refugee women to thrive, we offer vocational training, employment, and community in a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment.
Through our Artisan Development Programs and Care Services, we create a space for refugee women to thrive in two ways:
- we offer free vocational training followed by employment in creating quality handbags and accessory items using upcycled fabrics, thus providing sustainable income in a flexible environment
- we foster a safe, nurturing environment based on the values of dignity, respect, peace, kindness, gentleness, creativity and fun as a means to open space to care well for the social and emotional wounds caused by years of survival
The combination of caring for both the professional and personal development of every woman in our programs means that women find the emotional support to begin to heal from past trauma, recapture hope for the present, and reconnect to dreams for their future.
Re:new is a unique workspace where women laugh much, work hard, and often sing while creating beautiful handmade marketable products. We are committed to walking alongside them on their journey of resettlement offering a foundation for achieving success as they work to rebuild every area of their lives in the United States.