Sew Loved has a NEW HOME!
I am Vicki Miles, the Director of Sew Loved Women’s Center in South Bend, Indiana.
Many of you have followed our journey since 2011 when Sew Loved began in a community center with just a few volunteers who met with the marginalized and underserved women in that inner-city neighborhood. We shared our love of sewing and quilting with them and discovered that as their self-esteem and accomplishments grew, positive and dramatic changes took place in their lives.
The program grew rapidly and by late 2014 Sew Loved had achieved 501©3 status and rented our own facility. We started a ‘learn to sew’ class for high school girls and opened it to the at-risk teen girls from the Crossing Education’s South Bend campus. Our hearts broke as these girls shared their stories of generational poverty, illiteracy, addiction, family dysfunction, and abandonment as well as physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.
Working with these young ladies soon convinced us they needed to receive job training to increase their chances for self-sufficiency after graduation. After all, how can we expect them to change the trajectory of their lives if we, as members of their community, don’t offer them a way out of their hopelessness?
Around this same time Sew Loved was asked by local partners and industry leaders to launch an industrial sewing training program. Manufacturers in Elkhart and Saint Joseph counties regularly turn away work because they can’t find skilled workers to fill their 1,000 – 2,000 open industrial sewing positions. We realized an industrial sewing training program was what we needed to pursue, but our facility was both too small and unsuitable for this type of program.
It has taken six months, but Sew Loved has found a new home through a community partnership at Vested Interest. Vested Interest is an incubator space generously developed by the Ziker family with emphasis placed on providing economical space for small businesses geared toward education and job training. Check out the local news story with details and video about the Vested Interest incubator space at www.wndu.com/content/news/Ziker-family--459152863.html.
Sew Loved is joining forces with
- Vested Interest
- Sibley Center
- Goodwill Industries
- Crossing Education
- Work One
- City of South Bend
- St Joe County Bridges Out of Poverty
…and more local partners to open the Sew Loved Women’s Center. This will include an industrial sewing training center alongside other job training opportunities.
Sew Loved needs your help to make this possible. The Ziker family has pledged to make at least $750,000 in building improvements and the city of South Bend has pledged another $100,000 to the project. These funds will allow the basic infrastructure to be renovated. To accommodate our programs, Sew Loved must provide the $67,000 necessary to customize our 5,000 square-foot space.
That’s where you come in…but please don’t faint or run away. We are witnessing a miracle right before our eyes! A very generous sponsor has already donated $37,000 towards this need which leaves us a fund-raising goal of $30,000.
Although Vested Interest has offered to finance $20,000 of this for 2 years, we want to avoid this debt load on top of our ongoing monthly operating expenses. Our rent will be $1000 per month but is all inclusive for the space including all utilities, security, and high-speed internet. This is much lower than any other appropriate space we investigated.
We need your help to raise that $30,000 quickly to complete the customization so we can take possession of the space debt free in mid-January and begin the huge task of getting moved in and settled.
You can read more about our program at our Facebook page and website using the links provided above. My email is also listed so you can contact me directly with any questions.
Sew Loved is a 501©3 charity and you will receive a receipt for your tax-deductible gift. Gifts made by December 31st can be itemized on your 2017 tax return. Please consider what you can do to help fund the completion of our new home for Sew Loved.
Thank you so much for your generosity. Click on the "DONATE NOW" tab above to use a credit card. If you prefer to give by check or want to make a monthly support pledge for ongoing expenses, you can contact Vicki at email@example.com to make arrangements or mail to our office address: Sew Loved, 1320 De Luna Way,South Bend, IN 46614.
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As of Spring 2015, Sew Loved, Inc. is registered as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization under the direction of the Program Director, Vicki Miles and its Board of Directors. The program is entirely funded by and depends on donations from individuals that believe in our Mission and Vision. Donations are tax deductible so donate today!
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Our program, which began in late 2012, teaches sewing and quilting classes to underserved and marginalized women area of South Bend, Indiana. Our mission is to provide a positive "hands on" program for women to learn and practice a variety of life-enhancing skills, such as perseverance, patience and problem solving. Our program gives women the opportunity through quilting to explore personal creativity and to give back to the community. This program is nurturing each woman’s self-confidence and self-esteem by enhancing their success at living productively in their community, encouraging them to take their next step toward a full and meaningful life, adding valuable life skills, and helping each person discover their worth to God and the community. We desire each participant to be a part of developing a vibrant, safe and strong community with strong families.