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This Nonprofit Is Helping Homeless Mothers By Teaching Them New Skills To Get By

Sierra Magazine's lifestyle editor Avital Andrews talks about a program run by Chicago nonprofit Bright Endeavors that teaches homeless and poverty-stricken new moms to create 'upcycled' products so they can make a living.

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"It creates this great looking product and what it does for the women, it trains them to do a skill, to have a craft."

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It's so great to see how you can reuse some of these products in ways that are innovative and the design is really cool. You have like a long burning candle. - Yea, that's encased in like half of a used glass bottle. - Which is really cool looking. - Yea, I love that one. I picked products from around the world, and that's actually one from the United States. It's a program, it's a program in Chicago called Bright Endeavors that recruits and trains women, mostly homeless mothers, mostly homeless new mothers. So they've all got little ones, and they're all you know just trying to stay afloat. And they teach them how to cut bottles in half, either soda or beer bottles, and fill them with scented soy wax. So, the wax itself is Eco friendly. And it creates this great looking product and what it does for the women, it trains them to do a skill, to have a craft. The proceeds go towards helping keep them afloat and helping them find a better job. So, it's just this great, Eco friendly product that also helps low income mothers in Chicago.