The purpose for the new LSA Creativity Collaborative initiative is to empower our clients who are interested in entrepreneurial endeavors. This initiative, that evolves from a crafts workshop for our clients in 2016, gives them an opportunity to learn a skill, utilize it and potentially create a business. It also empowers those who are currently running their own businesses by connecting them with potential buyers and providing training from local entrepreneurs.
Photos from the launch
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Ways to get involved
Are you an artist who enjoys giving back to the community? We are currently looking for artists (photographers, painters, jewelry makers, etc.) to lead work shops and ongoing classes for our clients. The work you do with our clients will be featured in upcoming showcases and will be part of our larger efforts to engage the men, women and children living or visiting our shelters.
Are you a marketing whiz or entrepreneur? We are currently seeking individuals who would like to mentor aspiring or inexperienced business owners who are struggling to either run their business while staying in a shelter (we have several) or are not sure how to turn their talents in the revenue.
If you’re interested in partnering with the Lynn Shelter Association and our clients on creative projects, please contact Carrolee Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or (781) 581- 0739 x101.
Cheri found LSA’s emergency shelter in December of 2017 after her divorce led to her experiencing homelessness for the first time. An avid jewelry maker, she has been designing beautiful pieces for over four years. She first became interested in crafts while attending jewelry trunk shows where she marveled at the finished products and wanted to learn more about the process. Cheri enjoys the jewelry making process, noting that it is “fun and a lot of work.” When asked about the challenges she has faced attempting to run a business while dealing with the realities of being homeless, she says, “there is no place to really sell and showcase.” Cheri is hopeful for the future and believes LSA’s Creativity Collaborative initiative will help “get [her] name out there and also [help get her] business going.” As for future goals, she wants to get her own place and possibly even a store in the future.
If you are interested in purchasing a piece of jewelry or to see additional samples, please contact Cheri (contact information listed below).