STITCH – Sewing Together in The Caring Highlands
This month, STITCH celebrates its fourth anniversary teaching sewing to Kentucky Refugee Ministries women. This program is a joint ministry of Highland Pres and KRM and meets at the Pleune-Mobley Center each Tuesday and Wednesday morning.
In the past four years, we have had approximately 80 women go through our program. They have come from Somalia, Sudan, Nepal, Cuba, Kenya, Iraq, and Congo, to name but a few. We are also thankful for the 23 volunteers who have helped in our program. These volunteers were originally from HPC, but more recently we have had volunteers from all over our community.
Each Tuesday and Wednesday morning from 10am to noon, we have refugee women in our STITCH classrooms sewing tote bags, aprons, skirts, tops, dresses, caftans, tablecloths, bedspreads, and pillowcases. Although many of our students have limited English, we are constantly amazed at how we communicate through demonstration, smiles, and hugs! We love to have visitors stop by and see our program “in action.”
If you would like to contribute to our STITCH program, we are always in need of sewing notions, such as thread, scissors, marking tools, etc. We also accept sewing machines. We have a volunteer who repairs and services them for us. We can use gift cards from stores such as JoAnn Fabrics and Hancock’s so that we can replenish our supplies. We need fabrics that are washable, since dry cleaning is out of the question for our students. Two to three yard pieces are preferable.
We are especially grateful to JC Compton who had the vision for this program. It was her idea and she laid the groundwork for its success. Anna Gray Slagle and Janet Raderer have assumed the responsibility of the program with the support of all of our active volunteers. Please contact either of them for any additional information or any questions.