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Media Room

Press Contacts

Ana Velouise
Director of Communications

Rachel Kassenbrock
Policy and Media Manager

About MADE by DWC

MADE by DWC is a social enterprise created by the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) to break the cycles of chronic homelessness and unemployment. By empowering women to discover talents and develop skills through vocational opportunities, MADE by DWC generates economic and social capital to support programs at DWC and create opportunities for women to overcome barriers to employment.

MADE by DWC provides transitional employment for homeless and low-income women through support from the LA:RISE program, a partnership between the City and County of Los Angeles’ Workforce Development System, non-profit social enterprises, and for-profit employers. Women employed in our social enterprise create and sell products for handMADE, MADE by DWC’s signature line of unique gift items created in collaboration between DWC program participants and community artists.

To learn more about DWC’s workforce development program, head here.

Download Logos

(Links to download JPG, PNG, EPS, and PDF logo files)

Download handMADE Product Photos

Below is a selection of downloadable photos of our most popular items and gift sets. For a full list of MADE by DWC products, head here

(Click photos above to download JPG product photo files)


MADE by DWC Leadership

Anne Miskey, Chief Executive Officer
Joe Altepeter, Director of Vocational Education and Social Enterprise
Dena Younkin, Social Enterprise Senior Creative Manager

Community Partners

MADE by DWC collaborates with a variety of businesses that sell items from our product line. Some of our current partners include:

The Little Market
Raven & Lily
LA Original


Video Introduction to MADE by DWC

MADE by DWC in the News


#ShopSmall at These Local Businesses During Small Business Saturday
Los Angeles Times, November 21, 2017

Garcetti kicks off ‘LA Original’ to support Los Angeles’ Creative Economy
My News LA, October 3, 2017

LA Mayor Launches ‘LA Original’ Line and Pop Up Shop to Support Local Manufacturers
Women’s Wear Daily, October 3, 2017

Honoring Women’s Equality Day
The Little Market, August 21, 2017

Meet MADE by DWC
The Little Market, July 19, 2017

The Second Life of Clothing You Donate
Racked LA, June 29, 2017

Hit the Mother Lode: 15 Gift Ideas for Mom on Mother’s Day
Los Angeles Times, April 28, 2017

A Job Training Program Offers Opportunity for Formerly Homeless Women
Link TV, March 29, 2017