OUTsideIN works in many ways. It works because your purchases provide jobs for women whose troubled histories make it hard for them to find paid work elsewhere. They learn new skills, gain self-confidence, and improve their quality of life in the process of creating the unique, handmade products you see in our online shop.
It works because we work alongside and mentor these women, modeling positive attitudes It works because we work alongside and mentor those women, modeling positive attitudes and behaviors that help them deal with life's challenges in constructive rather than destructive ways.
It works because we enable women to rely less on public resources and more on their own inner strengths. Even the most basic pride in their accomplishments is empowering.
It works because we offer the connectedness that we all need, to women who've had difficulty making healthy connections with their family, friends, and community. Living on a community's edge can be very lonely, and loneliness isn't good for anyone.
OUTsideIN works because we're not alone in this. Our small-town neighbors have big hearts. Volunteers offer support to our employees, sharing sewing skills, life skills, and fellowship. Customers compliment the products they buy and praise the women who've made them with such loving care.
It works because everything at OUTsideIN is handmade. That's a practice that enables our employees to discover, develop and appreciate their God-given talents. We believe that the act of creating brings us closer to our own Creator, and that's where healing happens.