RiSE provides local refugee and immigrant women economic opportunity in textile production through multi-level sewing classes, business training, and an income-producing workshop.
RiSE gives local refugee and immigrant women the opportunity to develop or strengthen sewing skills through free classes that meet once a week for two hours. The women learn through project-based guidance, targeting two skill levels of beginner and intermediate.
Integrated within the instruction are English-skills learning, relationship-building, and social integration for women from countries around the world.
We connect women with business owners who can hire them for at-home production. This gives economic empowerment to seamstresses while still allowing them to care for their children and they earn income.
We are also establishing a production workshop where women create products to sell on the online store and at area markets and craft fairs. We also are looking to connect with small businesses that need a "cut and sew" workforce. The RiSE Workshop is made possible in part by a generous grant from the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation.
We also partner with Tallgrass Tailor, a tailoring and alterations business in Tulsa. Owner and tailor Shae Haining has written our sewing curriculum and is committed to hiring RiSE graduates in her shop on Brookside Avenue.
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