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Visit us at two locations starting April 2024

Volunteer, tour, and shop downtown Raleigh on W. Cabarrus St. in our studio or shop at our new storefront in the North Hills Innovation District. -- Hours, directions and more here.


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How does this work?

Nonprofit partners refer women emerging from sex trafficking, homelessness, justice involvement, substance use, and refugees to Designed For Joy for immediate, living wage work. We offer a safe place to be, practice trusting others, meals, job training, and a reminder of their worth.

We provide a day work program with cash paid at the end of each day for women needing emergency funds, and a 3-month program for those ready and in need of work experience.

Our 5,000 sq. foot production studio in Raleigh, North Carolina provides space for creating our gorgeous leather handbags, all handcrafted by our women, ensuring they receive living wages.

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Invest in women. Influence change.

This is the first time I had a choice. Where to work and to share my faith.

Refugee, DFJ Artisan

At DFJ I learned I'm a hard worker. I also gained a better understanding of self-worth, which is something I'm still working on. DFJ also taught me not all women are against me.

Trafficking Survivor, DFJ Artisan

For the first time I understood I had a purpose. And God was in it.

Domestic Violence Survivor, DFJ Artisan

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Designed For Joy is a registered 501(c)(3) Raleigh nonprofit.