Pay It Forward
Pay It Forward provides women living at Our Lady’s Inn an opportunity to express their creativity through artistic jewelry design. It also is a chance for them to give back to the organization that is helping them build a better future. Pay It Forward began in 2008 with local jewelry artists, Betsy Loudon of Chasing Rainbows, Fran Smith of Artistic Endeavors and Pamela Dake donating their time to teach jewelry making.
The women learn how to create necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rosary bracelets. People in the community generously donate beads. Pay It Forward is truly a community effort. Volunteers from Stitches for Life make hand-made jewelry bags for each piece of jewelry sold. These hand-made items are sold at Our Lady’s Inn, fund raisers, and community events such as craft fairs and private events. 100% of proceeds help fund the Our Lady’s Inn residential program.
The process of making jewelry can be therapeutic for the women who participate. They learn a new skill, tap into their creativity, and are encouraged by positive socialization. Most importantly, this program allows for the opportunity to “give back” to others who will need the services of Our Lady’s Inn in the future. The value of creating a small pair of earrings goes beyond its sale price; the moms and volunteers at Our Lady’s Inn are learning skills, gaining a sense of accomplishment and developing community.
How You Can Help
Pay it Forward is a great way to share the mission of Our Lady’s Inn. If you are having an event, invite us to come and sell the jewelry. We go to women’s events, community events, art shows or private parties.
There is always a need for supplies to sustain this project so consider donating to support the project.
Pay It Forward Show Schedule
There will be great jewelry! Come visit Pay It Forward Jewelry at an upcoming show! (OLI is working on a feature to show the following shows. Check back soon for progress on this and some great dates to check out!)
For more information about how to get involved in this wonderful project or where Pay It Forward Jewelry will be sold next, contact Angela Hinchsliff at 636-398-5375 or email@example.com