We get so excited when we get to introduce a new member of the team! Carrie has successfully completed her 3 months of training and has learned a lot. She is eager to learn more, and we can't wait to see how she grows! We sat down with Carrie to find out more about her experience with training and what her ambitions for the future are.
What was your favorite part of training? What did you enjoy learning the most?
My favorite part is learning that I am capable of things I could have never imagined. I’ve loved learning how to make jewelry. I love seeing the process of a product from start to finish.
What is your role at Rethreaded now?
I am part of the production team. I know how to make most our products from Grace Scarves to Dog Chew Toys. I am now learning how to dye t-shirts, and hand-dye scarves.
What do you contribute to Rethreaded? What strengths do you bring to the table?
I love to learn new things and accomplish goals. I am very teachable. I have been complimented on my enthusiasm and willingness to try new things and my careful attention to quality. I also offer constant entertainment with my silliness and clumsiness.
What skills are you excited to be learning moving forward?
I love the hands-on approach to learning here and all the processes. I get so excited to learn new things, but sometimes get frustrated with not understanding the methods. So what I have really learned is patience and perseverance by working through frustrations and mastering methods. Those are skills I hope to continue learning, and can help me in all areas of my life.
What is your favorite part of the day at Rethreaded?
Thankful Huddle is my favorite part of the day. It keeps me focused on what God has blessed me with. It is also cool to see what the other women are thankful for. It gives me hope.
Halo Bracelets. I have always had an obsession with heavenly things and it is a reminder of what God has done, and the circle of change that is my life.
(Halo Bracelets coming to the online store in fall! See below for a sneak peak!)
What is your favorite product to wear?
My favorite product to wear is the Threads for Hope Bracelet. I love that I can wear it with anything! I also love the meaning behind the bracelet. I get to tell people about the Rethreaded mission and how my bracelet funded an hour of training for another woman.
I am taking life one day at a time. A year from now, I will certainly be wherever God needs me to be. My life has changed so much already, in ways I would have never expected. Wherever I am, I just know it will be great.
"For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile." Elie Wiesel
Each Grace Scarf is hand-made by a survivor in Jacksonville, Florida. Washed, upcycled t-shirts are cut into strips and stretched making the fabric soft and resilient. The strands are then gathered and joined by a wrapped strip, securing the parts together into one. Finally, the survivor attaches a Rethreaded charm giving the once worn t-shirt another chapter to its story. With your purchase you are sharing this story of opportunity and renewal to the world.
Heather is a student at the University of North Florida, and is part of our Freedom Advocate Program. As a Campus Representative, Heather not only works hard to keep her grades up, but also fights to end the cycle of the sex trade through arranging speaking engagements, planning events, and selling our product on campus.
“The average age for recruiting girls into domestic sex trafficking is fifteen years old.” – seethegirl.org
Reading the above statement, I am struck by three words: recruiting, domestic, and fifteen.
There are people who recruit for the sex trade for a living.
Domestic means it’s happening in your backyard.
Fifteen; what were you doing at fifteen?
As Thanksgiving and Christmas approach let us be grateful for what we have & for organizations like Rethreaded!
Hi guys! Heather here; the semester is FLYING by. Next week Sunday is going to be my 23rd birthday! I am so excited as I’m nearing the end of my degree & looking back at how far I’ve come! I’m asking everyone: friends, family, acquaintances, anyone reading this blog to buy yourself a gift for my birthday! I love to give as much as possible to this wonderful organization & you can help!
We’ve been popping up on campus A LOT lately & it’s been great! Women in Business Society, Take Back the Night, a sorority event & quite a few events at the warehouse too! As we are bulking up for the holidays there are plenty of wonderful items to gift for the holidays! Help us help women. That’s all I got for this week guys!
Heather thank you for all your hard work and we wish you a Happy Birthday!
We encourage you to support Heather's birthday wish. Treat yourself to some holiday shopping on on December 2nd from 10am to 3pm for Market Days @ UNF, or join her the same day for the UNF WBS Winter Social.
Every smile stung with pain. For years, every time I laughed, my hand automatically came up to hide what I found to be ugly in me, the mark of my past. I would talk to strangers, to potential employers, and think they know where I’ve been. They’re judging me. I stopped wearing makeup; I stopped seeing myself as a pretty girl. I never smiled in pictures.
Then there was the physical pain, insidious it would come, and I would cry. No insurance meant a dentist was out of my reach. My face would swell with infection, and I would find myself unable to sleep, losing hours at work, racking up another emergency room bill for a prescription of antibiotics I could fill for free at Publix. Each trip was accompanied by the refusal of narcotics. Relief would only come when the abscess started to heal. I lost the luxury to be able to mask that pain long ago.
I began working at Rethreaded, where there is no judgement, only love. It is a place where my past doesn’t matter, and I can strive to reach my potential. My expectations of people, and of an employer have surpassed anything I ever imagined. And then came the news that my life would forever change. Tears of joy flooded my face as I was told by Kristin, the director of Rethreaded, that a couple of dentists she knew wanted to fix my teeth. A few days later I showed up at the offices of Edwards and Cavendish, full of nerves and hope. The love and grace I received there go beyond words. Every detail was considered, and a plan of action was determined. Dr. Edwards told me it would be a long, uncomfortable process, but they would carry me through. Appointment after appointment I was met with the same compassion, and have become friends with one of their dental assistants. I could never thank those women enough.
Each smile shines brightly, and I laugh freely. I can choose to share my past or not. I am no longer marked, no longer do I feel instantly judged. I’ve stopped living in the fear of the pain. A smile can change the world. It changed my world.
We are so grateful for the community of supporters who came out to Bold Bean Coffee last night to shop with us. We loved showing off some of the new products for babies, more additions to our Team Collection, and the wide array of colors of our Grace Scarves. THANK YOU for helping us give hope, love, and grace. Your purchases have made the difference for 14 women locally and more than 2,000 women around the globe.
We are so excited to announce that our Founder and President, Kristin Keen, was featured in the nationaly known Inc. Magazine as a success story from One Spark. We are so thankful to One Spark for giving us a "spark" that still continues to put the work of Rethreaded in the spotlight. We hope this article inspires others to go after their dreams.
1. Help break the cycle of the sex trade simply by attending!
. Your ticket purchase contributes to providing jobs to Rethreaded’s hardworking employees. Purchase tickets for the May 9th Mother's Day event here.
2. Delicious lunch provided by Carla’s Tidbits & MotionSweets.
We want the best for you this Mother’s Day! Each guest will enjoy Carla’s Tidbits incredible chicken salad on croissant rolls. Along with lunch our friends at MotionSweets will be providing their delicious macrons! 3.Mother-Daughter Photo shoot
Relax and enjoy having a few professional photos taken by Hannah Joy Photography. This opportunity is included for all mothers and daughters in attendance to document the special times shared.
4.Charm your favorite Rethreaded Product.
Whether you currently own one of our popular up-cycled t-shirt accessories or plan to purchase one at the event, we will be glad to charm it up. A variety of charms will be exclusively available at this event to personalize your favorite Rethreaded product.
5. Matching "Sewing a New Story" Totes.
These adorable matching market totes will be given out to each guest. Screen printed with Rethreaded's "sewing a new story" tagline. All moms and daughters in attendance will leave with a tote to help continue sharing Rethreaded's mission.
We hope you can join us for this memorable Mother's Day outing in the name of freedom. If you haven't already click here to reserve your spots for you and your daughter(s)!