founder and president of Free2Fly, was the speaker this week for the Kiwanis
was created in April 2014 with the mission to serve the women of the …
Hailey Johnston, founder and president of Free2Fly, was the speaker this week for the Kiwanis Club meeting.
Free2Fly was created in April 2014 with the mission to serve the women of the community. Johnston’s vision was to start a creative business to help women who are unemployed, but desire to rise above their current circumstances.
“There are many women who have dreams and goals for their lives, but do not believe they can achieve them or they do not know how to start pursuing those dreams,” states Johnston. “Whether transitioning out of homelessness, facing an unwed crisis pregnancy or coming out of a rehabilitation situation, we believe women can find purpose and value within our community.”
“Teaching them how to sew is a catalyst for increased self-esteem. It also enables them to realize that they can learn a new skill and experience success,” said Johnston.
The program is developed to help empower women by equipping them with the realization they can be successful upon exiting the program. The program offers the foundations and tools needed for long-term success in the workforce and in the community.
Free2Fly is located at 264 Broad St. There are quality handmade products sold. The students do the sewing of the products next door at 266 Broad St.
There, the women of the program are taught the skill of sewing. Products for sale include Free2Fly’s own handmade line of beautiful handbags and accessories, as well as other products from local small businesses.
Free2Fly has an online presence at http: //projectfree2fly.com/our-space/.
The store is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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