“I want to prepare myself to go back to work, and the SET to Work program gives me more skills and motivates me.”

Originally from Armenia, Alisa moved to California 17 years ago, and a few years ago she lost everything she had. After sleeping on a park bench for several days, she was told about the Downtown Women’s Center to seek shelter and services. Soon she got involved in the product-making and design workshops offered through MADE by DWC. “I like to make candles," she says. "I love the process of how to melt the base, after that put in the scent and prepare to pour in a cup or glasses." Creating MADE by DWC products is empowering Alisa to set goals for herself and re-enter the workforce, one new skill at a time.