reclaim

Reclaim: to bring back to a right or proper course; reform

Reclaim || Threaded for Good

Purpose is the reason you journey, Passion is the fire that lights your way.

Reclaim; Threaded for Good exists to bring light, encouragement and awareness of those already contributing to the greater needs of accomplishing one common purpose...hope. Through empowerment, the second chance and the belief in capability, hope is being restored all around the world. There is power in people joining in, being weaved together and threaded for the common good, and countless individuals and groups of individuals are working hard to bring hope to the hurting, light to the darkness and a second chance to those who have lost their way. Social change is possible, and there are tons of companies and organizations working to bring about this change, one person at a time. The hope is that Threaded for Good will help bring these stories, the ones being told day in and day out by incredible organizations and social enterprises to life, so that you might find a way to enter in!  Awareness is key in bringing about change. Let's shift our attention off the overwhelming idea of the 'problem' and bring to light those who are investing in a solution.  May your heart be ignited for how you man 'enter in' as you become more aware of the good that is happening and exposed to the power within each story of hope, dignity and beauty being interlaced! 

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Spotlight on...

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THE MISSION

"The Giving Keys exists to employ those transitioning out of homelessness to make jewelry out of repurposed keys that get sold and shared around the world. Each key is unique and carries a message like HOPE, STRENGTH, DREAM or COURAGE. When the wearer of the key encounters someone else who needs the message on the key, they give it away and then send us the story of their key being paid forward." 

Keys...though similar in appearance, each one created unique, each key given the unique ability to unlock an individual door of its own.  You know the feeling...of inserting the wrong key into the front door of your house when it's just too dark to see which of the 25 keys on your key ring will fit into that tiny little hole.  You may not be able to see which key will unlock that door, but you know that key is your possession.  Every key designed to fit one mold, to unlock one door, to give the key holder the ability to open that door, walk through and enter in to what lies ahead.  A simple key is the determinate which allows you to start your car or walk into the haven of your home after a long day.  When you are given the keys to your new home, you are met with a feeling of pride, accomplishment and ownership.  That home is yours, you can come and go as you please, you hold the key in your possession.  This key signifies hope, an opportunity to enter in, to transition in to what lies behind the front door, into what lies ahead.  

The Giving Keys is making a way for individuals experiencing homelessness through the simple act of creating hope through a key...not a key which necessarily unlocks a specific physical door, but a key which unlocks the door to hope and freedom.  This key, which would have otherwise been discarded, thrown out, and deemed to be worthless, is unlocking stories of healing, redemption and transformation.  By engraving these old keys with inspirational words, The Giving Keys is making something new out of the old.  By giving purpose to an old key, founder Caitlin Crosby realized that, 'we are all like these keys-unique, flawed, scarred, and at risk of being discarded.'  Her hope is that these keys will find new purpose, with each new holder or wearer of these key necklaces.  The message engraved on the key is yours for a time, but once this message has served its purpose with you, you must pay it forward, you must with this key, inspire another.  We have been given hope to extend hope to another.

As the business has developed, The Giving Keys has since partnered with the United Way and PATH, a transitional home in Los Angeles.  Their partnerships with local transitional facilities have helped them build their team which has employed 13 individuals experiencing homelessness.  Through employment with The Giving Keys, these individuals have been given the opportunity to attain sustainable housing.    They also partner with Chrysalis which assists in referring employees. Chrysalis is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment. 

The model of The Giving Keys is truly empowering individuals to make positive change in their lives.  Through the small act of a stamp and a key those who may have otherwise lost hope are being given hope through the opportunity to create beauty from nothing.  As the recipient of a Giving Key myself not too long ago, I held the message of 'love' close for a time, but have since then given that message away.  The message was not for me to keep, it was for me to hear, believe and give away.  Just like our possessions, it is what we hold with open hands which we truly possess.  It is that message which we feel little ownership of, which we have been given as a gift, which we are able to so freely give away to someone else in need.  

Each key sold is hand stamped by someone who has been there, who has experienced darkness and thought they would never see the other side.  This is a picture of the full circle.  Through your purchase of a Giving Key, you are not only making a way for those individuals to accomplish their dreams, but you are entering into their journey, making a way.  By wearing the key, you are a part of a story, which was never meant to be about you, a story which you were meant to contribute to.  The hope is that you might keep your eyes peeled to where you may enter in to the story of another.  Because you know the feeling, when it's just too dark to recognize which key will unlock the front door, it can be easy to want to give up.  The comfort in knowing that you hold in your possession that key which has the ability to unlock the door gives you the strength you need to never give up.  There is hope in knowing that you are capable and have the ability to unlock the door and walk through with confidence that you can accomplish your dreams.  

Order a Giving Key today, enter in, be a part of empowering someone to unlock their door to freedom, hope and a brighter tomorrow.  Don't get too attached to your purchase, you never know when someone else might need the message you are carrying more than you.  Giving Keys exists to employ those transitioning out of homelessness to make jewelry out of repurposed keys that get sold and shared around the world. Each key is unique and carries a message like HOPE, STRENGTH, DREAM or COURAGE. When the wearer of the key encounters someone else who needs the message on the key, they give it away and then send us the story of their key being paid forward." 

Keys...though similar in appearance, each one created unique, each key given the unique ability to unlock an individual door of its own.  You know the feeling...of inserting the wrong key into the front door of your house when it's just too dark to see which of the 25 keys on your key ring will fit into that tiny little hole.  You may not be able to see which key will unlock that door, but you know that key is your possession.  Every key designed to fit one mold, to unlock one door, to give the key holder the ability to open that door, walk through and enter in to what lies ahead.  A simple key is the determinate which allows you to start your car or walk into the haven of your home after a long day.  When you are given the keys to your new home, you are met with a feeling of pride, accomplishment and ownership.  That home is yours, you can come and go as you please, you hold the key in your possession.  This key signifies hope, an opportunity to enter in, to transition in to what lies behind the front door, into what lies ahead.  

The Giving Keys is making a way for individuals experiencing homelessness through the simple act of creating hope through a key...not a key which necessarily unlocks a specific physical door, but a key which unlocks the door to hope and freedom.  This key, which would have otherwise been discarded, thrown out, and deemed to be worthless, is unlocking stories of healing, redemption and transformation.  By engraving these old keys with inspirational words, The Giving Keys is making something new out of the old.  By giving purpose to an old key, founder Caitlin Crosby realized that, 'we are all like these keys-unique, flawed, scarred, and at risk of being discarded.'  Her hope is that these keys will find new purpose, with each new holder or wearer of these key necklaces.  The message engraved on the key is yours for a time, but once this message has served its purpose with you, you must pay it forward, you must with this key, inspire another.  We have been given hope to extend hope to another.

As the business has developed, The Giving Keys has since partnered with the United Way and PATH, a transitional home in Los Angeles.  Their partnerships with local transitional facilities have helped them build their team which has employed 13 individuals experiencing homelessness.  Through employment with The Giving Keys, these individuals have been given the opportunity to attain sustainable housing.    They also partner with Chrysalis which assists in referring employees. Chrysalis is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment. 

The model of The Giving Keys is truly empowering individuals to make positive change in their lives.  Through the small act of a stamp and a key those who may have otherwise lost hope are being given hope through the opportunity to create beauty from nothing.  As the recipient of a Giving Key myself not too long ago, I held the message of 'love' close for a time, but have since then given that message away.  The message was not for me to keep, it was for me to hear, believe and give away.  Just like our possessions, it is what we hold with open hands which we truly possess.  It is that message which we feel little ownership of, which we have been given as a gift, which we are able to so freely give away to someone else in need.  

Each key sold is hand stamped by someone who has been there, who has experienced darkness and thought they would never see the other side.  This is a picture of the full circle.  Through your purchase of a Giving Key, you are not only making a way for those individuals to accomplish their dreams, but you are entering into their journey, making a way.  By wearing the key, you are a part of a story, which was never meant to be about you, a story which you were meant to contribute to.  The hope is that you might keep your eyes peeled to where you may enter in to the story of another.  Because you know the feeling, when it's just too dark to recognize which key will unlock the front door, it can be easy to want to give up.  The comfort in knowing that you hold in your possession that key which has the ability to unlock the door gives you the strength you need to never give up.  There is hope in knowing that you are capable and have the ability to unlock the door and walk through with confidence that you can accomplish your dreams.  

Order a Giving Key today, enter in, be a part of empowering someone to unlock their door to freedom, hope and a brighter tomorrow.  Don't get too attached to your purchase, you never know when someone else might need the message you are carrying more than you.  


Spotlight on...Hope International

THE MISSION

"At HOPE International, we invest in the dreams of the poor as we proclaim and live the Gospel in the world’s underserved communities."

 It was 2010 at the Passion Conference where I was first exposed to the work of Hope International, I was volunteering with 'Do Something Now',  an area which existed to bring together worship and justice where 22,000 college students came together to over-fund 12 global causes.  There are those organizations who help, lend a hand and give...then there are those organizations who enter in, empower, equip and change the story for the poor.  I wasn't volunteering with HOPE at this event, but this organizations booth happened to be right beside ours.  This booth was like a magnet, each day I was pulled closer and closer towards the work they were doing. As I overheard conversation after conversation about the work of this organization, I could not stop the pull of my heart to go learn more.  It was this booth where students were rallying to fund a micro-finance loan to lift a family in Afghanistan out of poverty.  At the time, I had no idea what a micro-finance loan was.  I began talking with the HOPE representative and he shared with me the mission and vision of this organization.  Immediately a spark lit in my heart as he spoke words like capable, empowerment, and holistic, it all suddenly became clear to me.  It quickly began to click for the very first time...to simply give the poor a hand-out might be a temporary fix, but this kind of charity will not sustain and alleviate poverty long-term.  By stepping into the lives of the poor and providing assistance given to strategically empower them to make change in their own lives is lasting and making major impact.   We must be a part of breaking the cycle, we must end poverty for an individual, which ultimately has the power to end poverty for an entire family, community and carry over from generation to generation.  

HOPE International exists to do just this, operating in 17 countries around the world, HOPE is a network of micro-finance institutions and savings and credit associations literally providing hope to the hopeless by way of empowering them through the simple act of a small business loan.  Individuals are afforded the opportunity to start a business of their own through a loan as little as $100.  Let that sink in...$100 dollars can make ALL the difference in the world for an entire family.  Offering someone a chance to dream again, to engage their God-given gifts and abilities, to feel alive, this offer removes the blinders which have been placed over the eyes of the poor.  This offer brings life, breath and hope to the soul!   The difference is that HOPE is looking into the face of the poor and saying 'you can', telling them that they have what it takes to achieve their dreams, with a little help, and a lot of hard work, everyone is capable.  Read more about the work they are doing here.  Poverty is a cycle which entraps families and communities.  HOPE International exists to break the cycle of poverty both spiritually and physically and give dignity back to those whom it has been stripped from.  

I believe the world needs the dreams and creativity of the poor.  I believe some of the worlds most creativity lies within the hearts and minds of the poor.  Within their hearts lie hopes, dreams and gifts, these hearts and minds need to hear these simple words, 'you can'.  HOPE International is not only speaking these words, but making a way by providing jobs for individuals living in the midst of the tangled web of poverty...providing a way out, paving the road to freedom.  Not doing the work for them, but empowering them to work hard and through this hard work, accomplish the beauty of their dreams. 

To invest in HOPE International is to invest in the dreams of the poor.  I am so thankful for that day when that spark was lit in my heart and through a simple conversation, I realized that the poor truly don't need our hand-outs, they need a hand-up.  Get involved with HOPE International, invest in the dreams of tomorrow for those who are weak and in need of a helping hand to pull them up and out of the pit of poverty.  Offer someone a chance to gain strength, dignity and the ability to dream again.