Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2017
To honor the special women in your life this Mother’s Day, please consider buying products, gift cards or making donations to local social enterprises that provide a hand-up to moms in need.
Greeting cards featuring the original art of women and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness or poverty. Take your pick here.
Art Restart is a social enterprise which sells original art in the form of greeting cards created by the artists of The Gathering Place, Denver’s only daytime drop-in center for women, children, and transgender individuals who are experiencing poverty or homelessness. The center provides a variety of programs and services, including a beautiful art studio that provides a safe and supportive environment for members to be expressive, gain confidence and income, as well as be part of a community.
WOMEN’S BEAN PROJECT
Gourmet bean soups, chilis, cookie & brownie mixes, bread mixes, salsa & spice rubs, marinades, dip mixes, instant teas, Organic Fair Trade Coffees, and sweets.
The Denver-based Women’s Bean Project packages and sells soup and baking mixes, and other dry food products to stores across the U.S. and online. The organization is designed to provide a safe and accepting work environment where impoverished women can learn the skills required for gainful employment. With each purchase, you’re helping women break the cycle of poverty and chronic unemployment.
WOMEN’S HOMELESS INITIATIVE
Exposure: Homelessness Through the Lens of Art and Poetry
Make your purchase by clicking here.
Consider purchasing copies of this book for Mother’s Day and make a difference in the lives of women who are living on the margins. All proceeds go to the Women’s Homelessness Initiative, which provides sanctuary and offers compassion, dignity, respect and a presence of heart to women who are experiencing homelessness.
WORK OPTIONS FOR WOMEN
Looking for a place to eat on Mother’s Day?
Work Options for Women operates three social enterprise businesses/cafes as part of their Culinary Job Skills Training Program and has recently been certified as an official apprenticeship-training site for Sous Chefs and Prep Cooks by the American Culinary Federation. Dine-in or plan catering through Café United or WOW Café and you’ll be helping struggling women gain the skills and confidence they need to work their way out of poverty.
DRESS FOR SUCCESS
For more information on ways you can help, visit Dress for Success.
For Mother’s Day, take a moment to consider donating a piece of business apparel to help empower women who are working to transform their lives. You can also plan a campaign at your company, school, place of worship, or association to inspire others to join the cause. Items like shoes, business apparel, or even accessories can make a difference for women who need a hand up on their journey to success. Dress for Success Denver has open donation days the second Saturday of every month from 10:00am to 2:00pm at their downtown facility located at 1510 High Street, Denver, CO 80218.
Hand-made soaps, candles, lotions, and more.
When you purchase a product from EarthLinks, you’re helping to support a work program for men and women experiencing homelessness. In the program, women learn important skills and create Earth-friendly products that sustain the people and the planet. In addition to learning how to craft and garden, participants are able to go on nature retreats to break the cycle of boredom and chaos in their lives.
FAMILY TREE TREASURE TRUNK COMMUNITY THRIFT STORE
Clothing, jewelry, accessories, appliances, books, antiques, and more. Find it all here.
If you’re looking for a last minute gift for this Mother’s Day, the Family Tree thrift store may have what you need. All sales support the programs and services at Family Tree, which assists women escaping domestic violence and families experiencing homelessness.
HANDS OF THE CARPENTER
Automotive repairs. More information here.
Hands of the Carpenter focuses on serving single mothers who are at risk of becoming homeless due to vehicle-related issues. As a social enterprise, Hands of the Carpenter operates alongside Hands Automotive – a full-service repair facility that is open to the public – and uses all of the resources it generates to further support the women served. On Mother’s Day, Hands changes people’s lives by providing donated vehicles to mothers who desperately need them.
A collection of nifty hand-made bags. Find them here.
MISSION WEAR is a social enterprise that supports the employment and skills-training of women who are in recovery from domestic violence, addiction, prostitution, incarceration, felony and homelessness. Using recycled and donated fabrics, the women craft a variety of stylish bags including tote bags, back packs, purses, and all-purpose carrying bags. So, this Mother’s Day consider picking up a one-of-a-kind hand-made bag for the special women in your life.
GIRLS INC. OF METRO DENVER
Specialty coffee products; available here.
This Mother’s Day, stop by the Rodolfo Gonzales library branch in Denver’s West Colfax neighborhood to pick up specialty coffee products at the Girls, Inc. coffee cart. When you buy products from the cart, you’re helping to support meaningful part-time employment to teens and the young entrepreneurship program. The Cart includes specialty coffees, teas, gift cards and merchandise.
COMMUNITY TABLE KITCHEN
Breakfast and lunch at Café Naropa. Learn more by clicking here.
Boulder Bridge House has established Community Table Kitchen to work in tandem with their Ready to Work program, providing a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless individuals through paid work. Community Table Kitchen has partnered with Naropa University as their food service provider and has designated a handful of campus locations as Naropa Cafes. Outside of visiting these cafes, you can choose from many custom catering options and by doing so, you’re supporting sustainable employment programs that are invaluable for those experiencing homelessness.