(htE) is a nonprofit, repurposed goods platform that provides survivors of economic hardships, domestic abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking with an avenue for creative expression. While incorporating healing arts and ethical design* concepts, survivors are taught vocational & entrepreneurial skills in sewing, jewelry making, and crafts to bring new life to discarded items. The end product is a culmination of creativity, catharsis, and dedication, which we share with you through our donation tracking system, the htE Dove.
Our main curriculum is a 12 week program integrating skills in fashion, jewelry and fabric arts. We launched our Spring cycle of this workshop series with the Manhattan Family Justice Center on January 18, continuing every week until Friday, April 12. Along with our adults workshops, we also provide arts & crafts for children of the survivors.
Each week we provide time for mindfulness and meditation to create a holistic experience for survivors and their children. As part of this cycle, we are also working with two graduate students from CUNY to integrate storytellings and movement exercises into our program.
Outside of our 12 week curriculum, we have held many one-off workshops for creative expression including Voice Therapy, Drama Therapy, Fundamentals of Filmmaking, Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Movement and Dance, and more.
Help Support our Creative Expression Workshops! Transparency is very important to us and so below is a description of our expenses and how your contributions may be used to help empower survivors of economic hardships, domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
- $10 will help cover our sewing supplies cost, such as spools of sewing thread, fabric scissors, seam rippers, needles, etc.
- $25 will help cover our jewelry making supplies cost, such as clasps, wires, beads, jewelry tools, carving wax, etc.
- $50 will help our transportation expenses for bringing materials to and from workshops and expenses.
- $100 can support one 4 hour workshop out of our 12 week curriculum.
- $150 will cover the cost of a new Brother sewing machine for our workshops, which many of our participants use on a weekly basis.
- $200 will help cover the cost of supplies, space rental, and food for two one-off creative expression workshops such as filmmaking, drama therapy, and more.
- $300 can help us provide survivors with the opportunity to learn entrepreneurship and sell their unique designs at various fair trade markets such as Artists & Fleas.
- $500 will help us organize a Gallery Showcase & Volunteer Recognition at the end of each 12-week cycle for all participants to display their projects from throughout the cycle, interact with the public, and sell their designs if they wish to do so.
- $1,200 will cover the materials and transportation expenses of one full 12-week cycle of workshops.
- $2,200 will allow us to cover a full 12-week workshop cycle while also allowing us to provide a weekly stipend to one workshop facilitator during each 12-week cycle. At the moment all of our funding goes directly to program supplies and resources. Thanks to our amazing volunteers, the workshops and the organization is completely run without any payroll expenses. Including our weekly Friday workshops as well as one-off workshops even on the weekends, our volunteers have always been so generous with their time over the years. We would like to begin providing a stipend to our Lead Workshop Facilitator each week.
- $3,200 will allow us to provide a weekly stipend to our htE Dove Donation Representative who manages our donation inventory every week and sends notifications to donors and customers of how donations were used, what they became, and how much the survivors earned.
Thank you so much for your support!