With its 110 year history of service to the Kansas City West Bottoms area, Bethel was eager to join OWWR as a second teaching location in 2020. Staff have maintained personal sewing training throughout the national health emergency, hoping to restart larger classes as safety permits.
OWWR began its sewing lessons in a small group of rooms at the Della Lamb adult training facility, and then moved to share the main campus near Independence and Paseo. We have maintained strong ties with their work in the KC refugee and immigrant community and beyond. OWWR also works with refugees resettled by Catholic Charities, Jewish Family Services and others in the metropolitan area.
This thrift store/community services organization has provided major in-kind donations to OWWR in support of refugee resettlement and vocational training. Bill Say was involved in helping to establish this ministry in Kansas City.
Mike Mitchell established this company in 2017 and employs a staff of approximately 30. RAC’s intent is to help restore dignity to apparel manufacturing. They operate living-wage sewing factories in Haiti and KC, employing our graduates whose home situation allows them to work full-time. One of our graduates has become a supervisor, trainer and then department manager.
The FLC Mission Hills congregation chose OWWR as a mission partner to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2020 and continues to be a strong supporter of the OWWR efforts.