Who are we?
here there and EVERYwhere (htE) is a nonprofit, repurposed goods platform that provides survivors of economic hardships, domestic abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking with an avenue for creative expression. While incorporating healing arts and ethical design* concepts, survivors are taught vocational & entrepreneurial skills in sewing, jewelry making, and crafts to bring new life to discarded items. The end product is a culmination of creativity, catharsis, and dedication, which we share with you through the htE Dove.
The htE Dove is a transparency platform that allows you to track your donations and purchases, while connecting you with the individual survivors on a more personal level. Through the htE Dove, you know exactly how your contribution is making a difference!
*Ethical design upholds three main objectives: social responsibility, environmental awareness, and meeting the needs of the survivors, the public, and you!
Since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have adjusted our curriculum to a virtual 12-week program. Learn more about our first cycle here!
To empower survivors of economic hardships, domestic abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking through creative expression, entrepreneurialism, and community engagement. Through our programs, survivors are encouraged to spread their wings here, there, and EVERYwhere.
We envision a world where every individual is socially aware, environmentally conscience, and effortlessly confident. They have the strength and resources they need to pursue their dreams, no matter how impossible it may seem.
1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence). There are approximately 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally (International Labor Organization, 2012). The survivors who manage to escape these circumstances often find themselves lacking an education or financial resources in addition to language and cultural barriers. As a result, they face difficulty in rebuilding their lives.
New York City’s 3-6 month timeframe for residential assistance often does not offer enough time for survivors to overcome their traumas and discover independence. Although counseling and mentoring are important services offered by shelters, our communications with program directors and residential advocates revealed a need for more cathartic and confidence building activities so that survivors can rejoin the community after leaving the shelters.
Trauma cannot always be expressed in words, or even directly recalled, yet can have a profound impact on an individual's ability to work or simply form connections with others. Crafting allows survivors to express themselves creatively, working through difficult emotions and gradually building trust to connect with themselves and each other.
Since our inception, we have focused on one motto: We can all make a change. We may not be in a perfect position to help others, but we are all different. We can all teach and learn from one another as we go.
Whether it is language translation, htE workshop facilitation, volunteer coordination, marketing, fundraising, or sheer enthusiasm, we always welcome opportunities to grow together.
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Our Board of Directors
Meet Our Guest Teaching Artists!