Refugee Women's Empowerment Program
In the Refugee Women’s Empowerment Program, LSS-SW offers classes and programs specifically tailored to the needs of refugee women in our communities, offering a safe space for women from Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Burma, Cuba, and more. The trauma of the refugee experience is often compounded for refugee women because of gender-based violence and cultural expectations. These barriers can make integration into their new American home particularly challenging.
With the support of volunteers and community partners, LSS-SW empowers refugee women in Phoenix and Tucson through skill building, education, and socialization, including:
- Sewing Classes
- Computer Classes
- Women’s Health Classes
- Nutrition Classes
- Women’s Leadership Development Program
- Library Tours
- On-site Childcare
- Kith & Kin Childcare Training (in partnership with ASCC)
- In-home Childcare Certification
- Cloth Diaper Classes
- Babysitting Certification
- And more!
Where can I buy items handmade by refugee women?
Phoenix: You can find our products year-round at The Refuge Cafe (4727 N 7th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85013) or out of our office at 3443 N. Central Ave. We also table local events such as the IRC’s World Bazaar and the Annual Melrose Street Fair! No matter where you buy, you can feel good about your purchase because 80% of the money goes directly to the refugee woman who made it!
Tucson: Shop our Workshop Boutique in the Refugee & Immigration Services office at 120 N Stone Ste 220R, Tucson, AZ 85701. You’ll also find us at Tucson Meet Yourself, Made in Tucson and World Refugee Day fairs, Popcycle on 6th Avenue and YWCA Gallery.
What kinds of items can I buy?
Products include tote bags, purses, coffee cup cozies, seasonal greeting cards, and more. Our specialty product, the banner bag, is a large tote bag made from upcycled event banners donated by Downtown Phoenix, Inc.
How Can I Get Involved?
Donate: Donations of sewing machines, fabric, and other sewing supplies support our work. Click here for more information about making a donation.
Volunteer: We are always looking for dedicated community members to volunteer as computer teachers, sewing teachers, and childcare providers. Fill out your volunteer application to get started.
Shop: Visit a sales site to make a purchase. No matter where you buy, you can feel good about your purchase because 80% of the money goes directly to the refugee woman who made it!
Contact us for more information.