Adjusting to life in the U.S. as a refugee is complex. There are many pieces to the puzzle of resettlement. One of the largest pieces is employment for women. Some refugees are considered unemployable due to language barriers and lack of transferable skills. Other women with school-age children find it difficult to acquire flexible working hours. Re:new is providing a solution.Re:new graduates its very first class of students from the Re:new Sewing Curriculum. (2009)
Since our founding in 2009, over 120 refugee women have received training or employment at Re:new. Employment allows Re:new Artisans to provide for their families while enjoying a flexible working environment. Many of our Artisans are the sole employee of their household, some supporting between seven and ten family members.
As our sewing students and Artisans work at Re:new, they improve their sewing skills, gain workplace experience, and are able to practice the English language in a safe environment. These skills are valuable as they integrate into a new culture.
Amidst the hum of sewing machines, relationships are formed. Refugee women who are new to this country know that there is someone in their community whom they can trust and call on. Re:new volunteers and Re:new Artisans meet together often outside of work to share meals or spend time with each other's families.