(SPONSORED) Initiative for Affordable Housing seeking funds to continue helping the homeless

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 11, 2016
Weavehouse workers making products on donated looms using recycled materials.

Weavehouse workers making products on donated looms using recycled materials.

The Decatur-based Initiative for Affordable Housing is in need of community support after losing federal funding.

The Initiative sponsors the re:loom project, which employs homeless individuals by giving them jobs weaving items out of recycled materials. Decaturish has been a longtime supporter of the Initiative and re:loom.

Lisa Wise, the Executive Director, reports that federal funding was abruptly discontinued.

“This meant we were given three months to find an alternative for the 14 families we already committed to (for a 2-year time period) before our funding was officially cut off,” Wise said. “It’s not realistic to find appropriate alternatives in that short of a time period, so we need your help!”

Wise has launched an Indiegogo campaign and is asking for donations. In exchange, donors will receive a re:loom product. re:loom employees make a variety of items, like rugs, placemats and pillows.

Wise also provided a breakdown of how the donations will be spent:

– 40 percent to continue housing for 14 families we’ve already committed to

– 25 percent to sustain social support services for these families

– 15 percent to enhance our www.reloom.org social enterprise with tools to improve inventory management

– 10 percent to create sustainable funding levels through social media tools

– 10 percent to enhance administrative functions that drive effectiveness and efficiency

To donate, click here.

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