50 women voting on how we spend $100,000

Press Release | 100 Women Hired!


Designed For Joy is proud to announce a remarkable 100th milestone in its short history. Since its opening five years ago, Designed For Joy has now hired 100 women in crisis and provided immediate employment and support, removing the stigma of vulnerability. The impact of hiring 100 women means DFJ artisans have a reliable and dignified way to transition out of crisis situations and begin building their resume and their confidence while learning new skills in our studio.  

Community support for Designed For Joy has provided the opportunity to give our artisans $300,000 in living wages. A livable wage for our artisans allows them to transition out of crisis while also building dignity and strength within themselves. 

We would also like to take a moment to thank our sponsors that have so generously continued to support our mission. Thanks to grantors like The Jensen Project, Bank of America, and Triangle Community Foundation. Another thank you to our annual sponsors, SPX FLOW, and Rachel Withers of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston

“While we celebrate 100 women hired in our studio, the need is ongoing. With situations such as homelessness, human trafficking, and much more, we looking for partnerships both individually and on a wider scale to hire the next 100 women.” said Executive Director, Cary Heise. 

The recent move to the West Cabarrus Street location provided even more opportunity for expansion, with a larger production facility and services to keep artisans motivated. 

"We held over 50 tours in the West Cabarrus St. studio this summer, spreading our mission on a wider scale, inviting groups into work alongside our artisans to understand the impact it is making on our community," said Heise.

Designed For Joy continues to advocate for and hire women in crisis. We envision a community where every woman has the opportunity to earn a living wage through safe and dignified work. 

If you are interested in volunteering, becoming a sponsor or donating, click on the links below or email cary@designedforjoy.com

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