Frequently Asked Questions


What is the process for a Re:new student to become employed in the Artisan Program?

New students are refugee women who are in the process of completing Re:new’s trademarked sewing curriculum. Because we believe in equipping refugee women, we require every student to master the sewing curriculum before becoming a paid artisan. Artisans are refugee women who have completed the curriculum and are employed by Re:new.

Do new students need to have a basic sewing knowledge?

No prior knowledge of sewing is needed or required. Re:new’s sewing curriculum is designed to start with elementary sewing skills and progress in difficulty culminating in a final project.

When a new student comes to Re:new, do they have to speak English?

It is always helpful when a student speaks a bit of English. Re:new is a place where many of our students enjoy the ability to practice their English speaking skills.

Can new students come every day?

New students may only come during class time on Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. During class, new students are paired with a mentor to receive one-on-one training as they complete the sewing curriculum.

Can artisans work every day?

Re:new artisans can work in the studio Monday through Friday.

How long does it take for a new student to go through the sewing curriculum?

There are 18 lessons in the sewing curriculum. The time it takes to complete the sewing curriculum depends on the student’s skill level and their commitment.


How can my organization support Re:new?

Your organization can support Re:new in a number of ways:

  • Consider becoming a corporate financial supporter of Re:new. (Donate Now.)
  • Consider a corporate donation of goods/products. Please contact us if you would like to learn more about this opportunity.
  • Consider featuring Re:new at your next conference or event. Please contact us if you would like to learn more about this opportunity.

Can I visit your studio?

Yes, please! Shop, take a guided tour, and meet our amazing artisans! 

Can I send a note to the women who sew at Re:new’s studio?

Yes! We would love for you to write a note of encouragement and support to the women on the Artisan Team. These women have experienced a lot and we ask that in your note you do not claim to understand their situations or try to relate to what they have been through. You can send your letter by signing with your first name only, and please avoid personal details.

Can I volunteer with Re:new?

At any given time, Re:new Project has between 30-40 volunteers who are passionate about creating hope for women. Our team of volunteers has a broad range of skills in sewing, law, finance, marketing, graphic design, teaching, and other backgrounds that increase the effectiveness of our work. Interested in volunteering? Visit our Volunteer Interest page.

Can I donate fabric?

Due to a high level of recent textile donations, our studio is at capacity and will not be receiving fabric donations for the months of July and August. Thank you for thinking of us!


How is Re:new funded?

Re:new is a non-profit organization. Our funding comes from a combination of sales revenue and private donations from individuals, businesses, foundations, and churches who are passionate about creating hope for women.

What does my donation support?

Your donation enables us to create the environment where we equip, employ, and engage refugee women by way of funding our general operational expenses, our equipment cost, and our hospitality cost for the women.

What does my purchase support?

Your purchase provides the basis of our Artisan Development Programs, which allows for employment and professional training for Re:new Artisans. By shopping at Re:new, you are not only getting a high-quality product, but you are also directly supporting local refugee women and their families. Your money is used to help them resettle and rebuild their lives, both professionally and personally, in the United States. 

Are donations to Re:new Project tax-deductible?

Yes. Re:new is a registered 501(c)(3) charity. Your donation is 100% tax-deductible.

Will I receive a receipt for my donation to Re:new?

Yes, after making a donation, you will receive a tax-deductible receipt. We will also send you an annual giving statement at the beginning of the new year detailing each of your donations from the year prior. Please contact us if you have any questions or need a reprint of one of your receipts.


Do you sell online?

Yes, we carry a limited selection of our collections online. For the complete Re:new experience, however, we invite you to visit our store located in Suburban Chicago. The store features a variety of handcrafted products which are not available online.

How long has the store been open?

Re:new’s store in Glen Ellyn, Illinois opened its doors in August 2011. In Fall 2015, we moved to the downtown community and are enjoying an exciting season of growth as a result! 


Are you a 501(c)(3)?

Yes, we received our IRS tax-exempt status as a non-profit organization in December 2010.

How do I obtain a copy of Re:new’s 501(c)(3) letter?

Please contact us.

Do you have a Board of Directors?

Yes. Visit the Board of Directors page to see a list of our Directors.

How do I obtain a copy of Re:new’s financial statements?

Please contact us.