Guest Blogger: Holly Setran for Re:new

Guest Blogger: Holly Setran for Re:new

Maryam sat by her husband as he pleaded with us, “Please let my wife come sew for you. You don’t even have to pay her. She is very sad and lonely.” Maryam came to us from a war torn country filled with violence. She lost her home, watched family members die, and lost her business – a tailor shop that she owned and ran. Maryam was quickly hired at Re:new. She was very quiet and withdrawn at first, but as she sewed and designed, her talent was recognized and praised. She made friends with other women who experienced losses like she had. Soon she was promoted and was designing and teaching others to sew. She shared with us her dream of owning her own business one day. With encouragement from her friends at Re:new, she began taking classes in fashion design at a local community college. She now owns her own business and has won many awards at her college for her skill at designing and sewing. If you had known her then, and now, you would hardly believe it was the same person.

Milwaukee Soldier’s Home

Milwaukee Soldier’s Home

Milwaukee Soldier’s Home started with a goal of having 100 women each donate or pledge $1,000 over 5 years to raise $100,000.

Watertown Public Library

Watertown Public Library

The Watertown Public Library started a campaign with the goal of finding 100 extraordinary women

Become an Extraordinary Woman and Make a Difference in the Life of a Refugee Woman

Become an Extraordinary Woman and Make a Difference in the Life of a Refugee Woman

Re:new creates hope for refugee women and you can help! The organization builds a family of trust and support for women who have come to this country, often traumatized by a variety of circumstances. Re:new offers them training, employment and the stability to build a new life for themselves and their families. 

With a gift of $17.00 per month (the equivalent of 4 cups of coffee) you can bring hope and stability. Become an Extraordinary Woman – join the 100 Extraordinary Women campaign which will raise $100,000 to hire and train even more women as artisans.  

100 Extraordinary Women connects extraordinary women with extraordinary causes. It is a unique and easy way for non-profit organizations to raise $100,000, inform people about their work, and engage a cadre of women who believe in their cause. 

100 women each donate $1,000 pledged over 5 years ($200 per year; $17.00 per month). This is done easily through the 100 Extraordinary Women web platform. Re:New will acknowledge and recognize your generosity. Extraordinary Women can donate or pledge individually, form groups for one listing, e.g. family members, bowling leagues, book clubs.  Men can honor or remember a woman who is important to them.

Please join the many women who have already pledged and help women who have come to this country develop better lives for themselves and their families. 

Chicago Tribune: Extraordinary campaign underway at Glen Ellyn boutique: Women supporting women

Chicago Tribune: Extraordinary campaign underway at Glen Ellyn boutique: Women supporting women

Behind the storefront of a Glen Ellyn boutique, a crowdfunding effort is underway to support refugee women in the community.

The Re:new Project, a non-profit social enterprise that creates a space for refugee women to thrive, has launched a crowdfunding campaign in partnership with 100 Extraordinary Women (100EW), a nationally recognized women’s initiative that connects extraordinary women with extraordinary causes.

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From now until September 30, Re:new seeks to engage 100 women (or groups of women) to each commit $1,000. The goal is to raise $100,000 to train, promote and employ 4 additional women onto Re:new’s team. The commitment can be divided into manageable annual or monthly contributions for up to 5 years, which translates to $17 per month.

What is the Re:new Project

Located in downtown Glen Ellyn, Re:new has a storefront where you’ll find hundreds of high-quality, beautiful bags each as unique as the refugee woman who made it. Look deeper and you’ll find a studio where these women not only sew, but also gain workplace experience, practice the English language in a safe environment, and integrate into a new culture. Among the hum of sewing machines, relationships are formed: between each other and the dozens of volunteers.

Most of these women were once working moms in their homeland: a schoolteacher, a nurse midwife, a university executive, and a small shop owner … But, they were suddenly forced to flee their homes because of war, persecution or political conflict. Brave and difficult journeys eventually lead to safety and freedom in the United States.

They now share unspeakable memories, as well as language and cultural barriers. The educational and professional degrees they once held are no longer valid.

Fiercely determined, they are stitching their lives back together as part of the Re:new Project.

Currently, within its Artisan Development Programs, Re:new offers free training to 8 refugee women and provides flexible employment to 7 refugee women from all over the world including Somalia, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Burma (Myanmar), Iraq, Sierra Leone and The Kingdom of Bhutan.

Re:new provides refugee women a platform to lead a successful life in the United States. More than 140 women have come through the program, often while working to obtain their GEDs, college degrees and citizenship status. Many have gone on to pursue new careers, for example one woman honed her entrepreneurial skills while working at Re:new and went on to open her own successful flower shop.

How to join the campaign

Women can pledge support to the campaign individually, or they can gather a group of friends or family (e.g. Bible studies or book clubs) and ask them to pledge to the campaign with them. Here is a link to donate: https://100extraordinarywomen.com/projects/renew/.

Every woman who joins the campaign will have her name placed on a placard inside Re:new’s studio, and be invited to attend a celebration event on October 21 at 7:30 pm (graciously sponsored by Blackberry Market). If women join the campaign as a group, the group name will be listed on the placard and one representative will be invited to attend the celebration event.

Source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elmhurst/community/chi-ugc-article-extraordinary-campaign-underway-at-glen-ellyn-1-2017-09-19-story.html

RE:NEW

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31
2018
 

Milwaukee Soldier’s Home

Milwaukee Soldier’s Home

Milwaukee Soldier’s Home started with a goal of having 100 women each donate or pledge $1,000 over 5 years to raise $100,000.

Watertown Public Library

Watertown Public Library

The Watertown Public Library started a campaign with the goal of finding 100 extraordinary women

RE:NEW – Suburban boutique helps refugees in unique way

RE:NEW – Suburban boutique helps refugees in unique way

Re:new. You can help Re:new accomplish their mission by gifting to their campaign today.

GLEN ELLYN, Ill. — So  many people around the world dream about coming to America. But when they get here, the language and culture barriers can be overwhelming. Luckily, there are people who step in to help, and sometimes in very creative ways. A local non profit is using a little fashion and functionality to help make that shift a little easier for refugee women in our area..

To the average shopper, Re:new is a cute boutique in downtown Glen Ellyn, featuring beautifully crafted totes and clutches, wallets and dopp kits.  There are scarves and even some clothing in a quaintly decorated shop where all the goods are made right on premises.

But it is the artisans behind these seams and the work of the nonprofit it supports – that makes this shop so unique. Each item is handmade by a female refugee.

WGN’s Amy Rutledge has more. Source:  http://wgntv.com/2017/04/14/suburban-boutique-helps-refugees-in-unique-way/

RE:NEW

102%
$51,000
Pledged of $50,000 Goal
49
Pledgers
15
Days Left
Crowdfunding ends on
December
31
2018
 
Milwaukee Soldier’s Home

Milwaukee Soldier’s Home

Milwaukee Soldier’s Home started with a goal of having 100 women each donate or pledge $1,000 over 5 years to raise $100,000.

Watertown Public Library

Watertown Public Library

The Watertown Public Library started a campaign with the goal of finding 100 extraordinary women

Re:New Project

Re:New Project

Do you believe that refugee women should be able to thrive in the United States? Re:New’s mission is to make that happen – and 100 Extraordinary Women is helping them raise the funds needed!

Since 2009, Re:New has created a safe community and work place for refugee women from all over the world. When a woman is outside of her comfort area, no matter who they are, it is worrisome. Re:New was founded on the mission of making refugee women feel more comfortable in an area of the world in which they are not familiar, even though it is safer from the area they left.

Re:New prides itself with being able to bring in refugee women and not only teach them the valuable skill of sewing, but also being able to market and sell the products that they make. The women use recyclable materials to make new products, such as handbags and wallets, for the Marketplace. They are sold at a store front in Chicago as well as through the Re:New website.

Re:New is also volunteer based, they have over 40 volunteers that help make the organization thrive. The volunteers help with everything from teaching the refugee women how to sew to helping design the handbags and other marketable materials. Since Re:new was founded, over 120 women have been taught how to sew and have gained employment at Re:New. Not only are the women gaining lifelong skill, they are also able to gain lifelong relationships with those around them who help make Re:New the welcoming caring community it has been known to be. Because of Re:New these women now have someone they can call on and trust, they are part of a community bigger than themselves.

If you want to support refugee women who are already here build a better life for themselves and their families please support Re:New and have your will be name listed among other women who believe the same thing!

RE:NEW

102%
$51,000
Pledged of $50,000 Goal
49
Pledgers
15
Days Left
Crowdfunding ends on
December
31
2018
 
Milwaukee Soldier’s Home

Milwaukee Soldier’s Home

Milwaukee Soldier’s Home started with a goal of having 100 women each donate or pledge $1,000 over 5 years to raise $100,000.

Watertown Public Library

Watertown Public Library

The Watertown Public Library started a campaign with the goal of finding 100 extraordinary women