According to the CDC and National Coalition against Domestic Violence, 32.3% of New York women and 33.5% of men experience intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes. Domestic violence and sexual violence hotline calls are on the rise, increasing 19% since 2017. Poverty, income instability, and limited educational opportunities are consistent factors that increase the odds of violence.
The more support survivors receive, the easier it will be for them to take the steps necessary to get a fresh start on life and heal emotionally.
here there and EVERYwhere (htE) is a non-profit vocational program the provides survivors of economic hardships, domestic abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking with an avenue to express themselves creatively and regain their independence. Incorporating healing arts and ethical design concepts, our workshops transform scrap fabric and other materials from donations into new one-of-a-kind products, saving unwanted goods from the waste stream while teaching survivors social responsibility, environmental awareness, and economic independence. Our program is accessible to all survivors in New York, as well as their children.
In our 6-12 week cycles at the Manhattan Family Justice Center, a one-stop facility for survivors of domestic and gender-based-violence, participants are taught vocational & entrepreneurial skills in skills in fashion, jewelry, crafts and fabric arts to bring new life to discarded items. The end product is a culmination of creativity, catharsis, and dedication, which we share through our donation tracking system, the htE Dove.
Beyond the therapeutic benefits of the arts themselves, each week we integrate stress reduction approaches such as mindfulness, movement, and discussion to provide to create a holistic experience.
Survivors have the opportunity to sell their designs through our Etsy shop, various fair trade markets and a celebratory arts showcase at the end of each cycle. They receive 100% of the net profit from their sales.
With your support, we can build a roster of Teaching Artists specialized in a variety of upcycled arts, increase entrepreneurship skills for our survivors with the purchase of tables space at more fair trade shows, and potentially expand our program model into other boroughs of New York City.
Help Support our Creative Expression Workshops!
It’s a fact: A $10 recurring monthly contribution from just 70 people would be enough to cover our basic cycle experiences for 2020 – will you join in?
Here are examples of 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 supplemental sewing supplies cost, such as spools of sewing thread, fabric scissors, seam rippers, needles, etc.
$25 will help cover our jewelry making supplies costs, such as clasps, wires, beads, and jewelry tools.
$50 will help our transportation expenses for bringing materials to and from workshops and expenses.
$100 can support one 4 hour workshop.
$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.
$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.
Give a little, or a lot, but give what you can – every dollar helps transform the lives of survivors for the better. Thank you so much for your support!