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WBZ Cares: Women's Craft Cooperative

Rosie’s Place (Photo Credit: Rosie’s Place/Facebook)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Each month, “WBZ Cares” highlights a worthy non-profit organization and tells the story of what that organization does for the community. This month WBZ is profiling Rosie’s Place which provides a safe and nurturing environment to help poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives.

It's called the Women's Craft Cooperative at Rosie's Place and it teaches women how to make jewelry in order to improve job skills.

“So, I hire women from our community to come work with us for a year. And during that year I show them how to make the jewelry that we create as part of our fundraising efforts. And also during that year we offer different job and life skill building workshops as well and it’s a nice way to either come ease back into the workforce or gain some confidence back. Basically, we like to think of it as like a spring board to the next step. And that stuff is different for everybody that comes into the program, but we do like to think of it as that nice little jump forward into whatever they want to do next,” said program coordinator Heather Wang.

Susan is one of the women who has benefited from it.

“Well the program has definitely reintroduced me to be back into the creative world,” Susan said.

Heather Wang with more on how the Women's Craft Cooperative helps those who are in the program, “It’s a really safe place to just be creative and experiment and try things. And watching somebody’s confidence level rise in their design skills and just like their making skills in general is a really wonderful thing to see.”

And Susan is hoping the training she gets at Rosie's Place will help her start her own business.

“I have a background in fashion design, so that together works very well for me. And also, through our career guidance here I’ve been introduced to a program with Fairmount Innovation Lab which helps entrepreneurs,” Susan concluded.

WBZ NewsRadio1030's Doug Cope Reports

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