For the last month, a team of Would Works staff members and community partners have been participating in an intensive design workshop at the Stanford d.school. Through interviews, co-design sessions, observations and prototypes, our team is helping to redesign the waiting area experience at the Skid Row Community Refresh Spot.
Would Works won a generous scholarship to attend an intensive workshop called Designing for Social Systems (DSS) at Stanford's d.school this month! We put together a great team that will be helping to design the outdoor waiting room experience at the Skid Row Community ReFresh Spot
In addition to leading the relaunch of Would Works existing programs this Spring, Michele will be developing the new "Outdoor Workshop" model as we pivot our program to include the design and fabrication of outdoor furniture for public spaces around LA.
Our Workshop and store is still closed due to Covid-19 precautions, but some of our most popular products are still available this Holiday season through other impactful vendors. See links to where to buy here and continue to support Would Works this Holiday season.
After closing for Covid in March 2020, Would Works has just received a grant from the USC Social Enterprise Lab to relaunch a new outdoor program! We will kick off by building outdoor furniture for the new ReFresh Spot in Skid Row and various supportive housing sites throughout LA.
The pandemic has been scary, disruptive, and challenging for everyone, but for the unhoused community it has been downright traumatizing. This episode The Uncertain Hour, a Marketplace podcast, explores the story of one of our outstanding Artisans as she navigates life in Skid Row during Covid.
This year NAWIC LA is hosting a series of LA based eventsin conjunction with Women in Construction Week. Would Works is thrilled to be the featured non-profit at the center of the LA Chapter's annual fundraiser. Get your ticketshere--all proceeds go to Would Works!
We have just launched a new program called the Would Works Advanced Crew. Our first cohort includes four exceptional Artisans who have completed our beginner workshop and are hungry for more skills and time in the shop. Advanced Crew members will be helping lead workshops, machine products and design and build outdoor furniture.
We are busy making 300 custom branded oak cocktail boards for the The Los Angeles Impact Box this holiday season. This unique gift box is put out by our friends at Gifts for Good, in partnership with LA Original and the City Of Los Angeles.