In partnership with Hillside Church, World Relief's Women's Sewing Class creates a space where refugee women learn valuable skills that can be applied to a new job, practice English, and build deep friendships with each other and the volunteers that work with them.
So far, we have served 41 women through our class. Three of these women have gone on to get full time sewing related jobs, six of them are in child care jobs, and several have enrolled in higher lever English classes upon completion of the course.
"I found a lot of friends here and now we are very close friends. Every day I come [to sewing class] I love it" - Mursal, Afghanistan
Your donation to programs like the Women's Sewing Class is an investment in the resiliency of newcomers!
We need volunteers for the sewing class! Each class begins with 30 - 45 minutes of interactive English lessons where sewing vocabulary, skills and techniques are introduced and reviewed, allowing for one on one connection between volunteers and students. The rest of the class is spent making the projects that have been thoughtfully designed to fit the needs of the course. If you have sewing skills and a passion for service to refugees, we would love to have you volunteer in our class!
We are also always in need of sewing materials to keep our class running, as well as sewing machines that are in good working conditions. Some items that would benefit our class are:
New rotary cutter blades, Olfa brand, 45 mm size
Water soluble fabric marking pens, Dritz brand, Mark-Be-Gone Blue
New 18"x18" pillow forms
Pellon Flex Foam 77 or By Annie Soft and Stable foam interfacing (in increments of 1/2 yard)
100% cotton quilting fabric (fat quarters, 1/2 yard pieces or larger)
Baby-themed or pastel flannel
Sewing machines in good working condition
Funds for sewing machine maintenance
If you would like to donate materials, contact Tahmina.
Some graduates of the sewing class have gone on to find work as sewers with Âdi Collective, a small retailer of minimalist style clothing and housewares created to empower refugee and immigrant women. During the pandemic they were able to support their families by making masks for the community.