Bethel Neighborhood Center  

 

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.

Partners

Central States Synod

 

Central States Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 

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Quilted Memories

 

Founder and CEO Lyn Nolting continues to be a wonderful friend to OWWR and a generous supporter of our sewing classes.

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Della Lamb Community Services

 

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.

Blessings Abound

 

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.

Restoration Apparel

 

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.

InFaith Community Foundation of Minneapolis 

 

InFaith was an early backer of the OWWR concept and provided significant and vital seed money to establish services in Kansas City.

First Lutheran Church of Mission Hills

 

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. 

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

 

OWWR is an affiliate organization for the FastTrac program, which allows us to offer the entrepreneurial training program for free to our refugee clients and others.

International Relations Council 

 

OWWR is an affiliate member.

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