Rework Project is a city-wide community response that is about work itself and rethinking work for those experiencing homelessness. It is a relationally driven response. We can’t always give money and jobs to everyone, but we can offer healthy relationships with dignity and respect. It is informed by the belief that everyone has some talent, but not everyone has opportunity. We want to be distributers of opportunity.
Some things we have learned:
- Unemployment often causes feelings of depression, anger, anxiety, fear and loneliness. It attacks us and speaks lies of worthlessness.
- Many people who are experiencing homelessness want to work. They just need opportunity and encouragement.
There are several components of the Rework Project:
- Workshop: We have a 2200 sq ft warehouse in South Austin that we are building out with a woodshop and sewing/crafts space for men and women to be able to build, repurpose and constuct products to sell in our retail space and at area community events.
- Retail: This is where we will sell products that men and women make. Proceeds from these products go directly back to the person who made it.
- Job Search & Training: We have computers available for job searching, help with resumes and general job search training.
- New Businesses & Job Creation: We will work to create new businesses that provide living wage jobs for men and women who are experiencing homelessness.