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Designed for Joy Celebrates 6 Months of Influencing Change

Media Contact:
Cary Heise
Designed For Joy

For Immediate Release // RALEIGH, NC

Ribbon cutting and grand opening in partnership with Downtown Raleigh Alliance

Designed for Joy (DFJ), a local, faith-based nonprofit organization, launched sales of its exclusive designs in September 2017. Their studio showcases home décor and jewelry pieces designed by designer Kristen Sydow and handcrafted by community artisans who participate in the organization’s program. Since the shop opened six months ago, sales proceeds have helped provide a more than 1,100 living wage hours to program participants, who eventually graduate the program with workforce skills and job references, empowering them to succeed long-term.

“We are so excited to celebrate six months of influencing change right here in the Triangle,” said Cary Heise, DFJ founder and executive director. “Come celebrate with us and learn more about the bigger plan to impact our local marketplace for good.”

Located in downtown Raleigh in Boylan Heights, DFJ serves women from all across the Triangle. The organization is working to establish partnerships that reflect this broad community footprint.

The public is invited and welcome to attend. A reception will immediately follow the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

WHAT: Designed for Joy Ribbon Cutting Celebration*

WHO: Everyone and anyone looking to influence change in Raleigh

WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 10 AM

WHERE: 1104 West Cabarrus St., Raleigh, NC

*Refreshments by Baked by Billie and photography by Amy Hill of 627 Photography




About Designed for Joy:  Inspired by international mission work, Designed for Joy is a faith-based, local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization creating living wage artisan jobs for Triangle-area individuals who are considered high risk for sex and labor trafficking and/or vulnerable to food and housing insecurities. The organization partners with area ministries to serve those who are coming out of emergency situations, generational poverty, homelessness, rehabilitation services, or jail. The mission of Designed For Joy is for artisans to find confidence in themselves and in their faith while gaining marketable skills and a solid job reference for success in the job market. For more information, go to https://designedforjoy.com.


About Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA): DRA is an award-winning nonprofit organization whose mission is to continue the revitalization of Raleigh’s downtown. The Alliance enhances the quality of life and positively impacts the economic success of downtown through six core services:  1. Safety & Hospitality Ambassadors; 2. Strategic Branding & Community Communications; 3. Events Production; 4. Retail Attraction & Merchant Promotions; 5. Strategic Partnerships & Stakeholder Engagement; and 6. Strategic Planning. For more information about DRA, please visit www.downtownraleigh.org.