Re:loom is a Georgia-based social enterprise by Initiative for Affordable Housing. The program is helping low-income adults learn job skills while up-cycling used clothing into hand-woven products. This unique service is centered at Initiative’s Weavehouse in DeKalb County, where expert weavers are teaching the homeless and low-income to create hand-crafted gift products for sale.
Ten men and women are employed as weavers-in-training and staff through the enterprise where they learn occupational and social skills that will help them to reenter the mainstream workforce. Products offerings range from rugs, to placemats, and table runners. The CDC’s leadership takes looms to alternative markets and sites where customers can observe formerly homeless women weaving products comparable to the items offered for sale. Upcycled wares can also be purchased online. Proceeds from the sales support weavers’ salaries and the Initiative for Affordable Housing to reduce homelessness in Atlanta, Georgia.