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Hannah Anderson moved to the Berkshires in 2005

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When the Rev. Hannah Anderson moved to the Berkshires in 2005, she wanted to continue selling her artwork and donating the proceeds to charity as she had done in New York under the name the Blessing Cup.

While her organization in New York primarily focused on at risk children and teens, Anderson found that once in canada goose jacket outlet the Berkshires her purpose had shifted.

“It began to come clear that I was meeting a lot of women who were in transition of some sort. [They were] teenage mothers trying to get canada goose off welfare and enter workforce. Retirees. Women leaving abusive relationships. Women who were in between different phases of their lives. canada goose outlet store uk I wondered if that was the way forward for the Blessing Cup,” Anderson said.

With that canadian goose jacket change the Berkshire based nonprofit, renamed as the Blessing Cup Project, was canada goose outlet born. As their canada goose black friday sale mission statement reads, the canada goose outlet Blessing Cup Project creates an environment for women to support women in transition.

“What woman do you know who isn’t in some canada goose outlet online uk transition in her life?” asked Debbie O’Handley, Board member of the Blessing Cup Project and Coordinator canada goose black friday sale of the Family Literacy program at Berkshire Children Family. “The people I work with, they walk a tightrope of chaos and destruction. They fall off it twelve times a day and they have Canada Goose Outlet to get back up. But when they’re working for the Project, they don’t fall off as often.”

Aisling Buckley, a canada goose outlet reviews volunteer for more canada goose outlet canada than a year, worked this past summer as canada goose outlet online a mentor and tutor with the Project.

The Project seeks to support many kinds of women, she said. “We’re open to all types of women, older or younger. Many come from welfare or a degree of poverty. These are women faced with child cheap canada goose uk care, domestic abuse, mental illness. These women are isolated within the community. They are not seen as individuals, not seen as someone who has something to offer,” she said.

The Blessing Cup Project creates a safe environment for women to come together and learn new skills. The Project affords them paid work as well as the mentoring and support provided by the Project’s volunteers. The resulting products and canada goose outlet toronto factory artwork these women make by hand are sold to fund the Project’s ability to empower and support other women in need.

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The women make ceramic Blessing Cups and fabric Blessing Bags and sell them on the company’s website and at various locations around the Berkshires, such as the Red Lion Inn. All proceeds support the Project and women in transition of Berkshire County.

“The women give feedback about product development, about the ceramic line and the fabric line. They learn how to glaze, package, and market. [They learn] sewing by sheet, by hand, beading, and color design coordination. uk canada goose And they give feedback on product development and the web design,” Anderson said. The Project aims to enforce basic workforce skills, such as appropriate dress, punctuality, cheap canada goose communication, and collaboration, she said. By providing a safe space at the studio on Wendell Avenue, it canada goose outlet in usa also allows the women to build relationships with each other.

For all its members, the Blessing Cup Project offers women a chance open themselves up to an opportunity that might not be available otherwise.

“It’s not just providing money through welfare: iIt is developing a relationship with the women. And then fostering and mentoring that [relationship], in addition to the workforce related skills. That’s the unique role of the Blessing Cup,” Buckley said.

The Blessing official canada goose outlet Cup Project’s popu larity has been spreading by word of mouth. Last year the Project worked with the Ronald McDonald House in New York City, making Blessing Bags and Blessing Cups to families suffering with a child’s diagnosis of cancer.

The Project was also able to hire interns through Project Reconnect, an initiative under the Berkshire Works Program that enables local youth to take advantage of county employment and educational support available. The Blessing Cup Project hopes to be able to help offer such opportunities to more Berkshire County women in the future.

Anderson envisions a bigger Project that will draw on increased community involvement.

“I would like to see it be able to serve more women,” she said. “I would like to see the Blessing Cup Project be able to offer viable employment for women in transition and see the volunteer base grow as well. I’d like to see the Blessing Cup project be part of a wider conversation in the community and see if we can’t come up with a creative solution to meet the needs of women as they shift from isolation to interdependence, poverty into the workforce, uk canada goose outlet despair into hope.”.

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