2016 Outreach Project

Each year the Fiber Arts Festival chooses an outreach project to benefit people in need through fiber arts. This year the festival is partnerinCenter for HAS Logo Colorg with the Bergen County-based Center for Hope and Safety and is seeking donations of new handmade clothing, such as hats,  mittens and  and scarves for women and children and  blankets in all sizes.

Donations will be accepted through November 1, 2016. A collection box will be placed on the front porch of the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood’s Reeb office building.

The Center, formerly known as Shelter our Sisters, will distribute the blankets and other handmade items to families staying at the shelter, which houses women and children affected by domestic violence. “We try to provide each family in the shelter with something of their own,” says Center for Hope and Safety Director of Volunteer Services Gervonn Rice. “Which makes just about any hand–made, sewn, knitted, crocheted or quilted item or blanket perfect, “she adds. “Layette items, child -sized sweaters and hats and mittens are also appreciated”.

Those who wish to assist the efforts of the North Jersey Fiber Arts Festival are encouraged to craft their items now (purchased items are also welcome) and then bring the items  to the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood during the Fiber Arts Festival.  Bear in mind that washable materials are preferable since most items will be used by children.

Since 1976, Center For Hope And Safety (formerly Shelter Our Sisters) has offered refuge to Bergen County’s women and children who are affected by domestic violence by providing a diversified continuum of services that focus on attaining safety, empowerment and self-sufficiency.  The agency’s life-saving programs include: a 24-hour hotline; a confidential emergency shelter; transitional housing, crisis counseling; case management; children’s programming; legal assistance; Hispanic outreach; financial literacy and work-readiness training; follow-up services; and community education. Visit www.hopeandsafetynj.org for further information.