“Getting into candle-making changed my life.”

Magdalena found out about Downtown Women’s Center when she had become ill and was no longer able to pay for her monthly expenses. She was advised by a friend on Skid Row that she should seek assistance from the Downtown Women’s Center, and that was the day things began to change for her. She joined the MADE by DWC workshops and learned to create products like soap, ornaments, journals, and candles. "I learned everything step by step and realized that I could really do it," she says. "I had lost my self confidence after enduring verbal abuse from previous employers and my ex-husband. I was quiet and closed off. Now I have the confidence to express myself."