Weaving is believing

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt September 24, 2013
From left to right: Jolie Elder, SEFAA, Valerie Coe Lowder, SEFAA Linda DeMars, SEFAA, Initiative for Affordable Housing Executive Director Lisa Wise, and Suzi Gough, SEFAA

From left to right: Jolie Elder, SEFAA, Valerie Coe Lowder, SEFAA Linda DeMars, SEFAA, Initiative for Affordable Housing Executive Director Lisa Wise, and Suzi Gough, SEFAA

I tell people I do volunteer public relations work for re:loom, but if you want to know the truth of the matter, I doesn’t take too much effort on my part.

The nice thing about re:loom is the story sells itself and once people hear about it, they want to know more.

We offer tours to anyone that’s interested. Recently we had a group from the Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance drop by.

They were mighty impressed with what they saw.

For those of you who don’t know about this organization, re:loom is a nonprofit dedicated to helping people transition out of homelessness. Clients referred by re:loom’s parent organization, Initiative for Affordable Housing, have full time jobs taking recycled materials and weaving them into works of art. You can buy all kinds of cool stuff at the reloom.org store like rugs, table runners, clutches and purses.

Every purchase helps lift re:loom’s employees out of a cycle of poverty and puts them on a path to a stable future.

Some students from The Lovett School in Buckhead also stopped in on Sept. 20 as part of their freshmen service project.

They were an awesome group. One of the students, Kathryn Hull, gave me a great quote that I thought I’d share.

I asked her what she liked about working with the re:loom crew.

“It’s a happy environment and the other places are kind of sad,” Hull said. “You get to see the workers here, and they’re working so hard.”

Students from The Lovett School helping to break down vests provided to re:loom by Delta.

Students from The Lovett School helping to break down vests provided to re:loom by Delta.

I never thought about it, but I think Hull is on to something. Every time I see the folks at the Weavehouse practicing their craft, it makes my world a little brighter.

Oh, so we had some great press coverage recently, too.

Ben Smith over at Saporta Report wrote about the Spanx award. He did a great job and we appreciate the exposure.

Also, the Sweet Peach design blog gave us a lovely write up and took some amazing photos. A special thanks to them, as well.

re:loom will be at arts festivals and other events this fall. I’ll keep you posted on that. If you haven’t done so, please sign up for the re:loom mailing list over at reloom.org. It’s a great way to keep up with what we’re doing these days.

About Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt is editor and publisher of Decaturish.com. https://www.linkedin.com/in/danwhisenhunt

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