RiSE provides local refugee and immigrant women with employment skills training, social integration, and income-earning opportunities.

Skills Training

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. 

Economic Opportunity

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 as 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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