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Shirley

Shirley

July 07, 2019

Shirley is the bedrock of the Would Works shop. She has been part of the program for over two years during which time she quickly established herself as the expert sander new artisans go to for guidance. Shirley first came to Would Works to pay off storage bills, and she has since found stable housing and an unexpected love of wood working.

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Thomas

Thomas

October 25, 2018

After fifteen years living on the streets, Thomas recently was placed in permanent supportive housing for veterans. He wanted to buy furniture to make the apartment more comfortable so he came to Would Works to work towards that goal. He completed his hours with us on his 60th birthday and was preparing to host his first birthday party in his new home.

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Nathanie

Nathanie

September 23, 2018

A four time published writer with a background in modeling, acting and performance arts--Nathanie brings an artist's sense of awe and transformation to the wood shop: "Anything I can create with my hands and see an outcome from it, its just amazing...at the end of the day I look at it and I'm like wow--it doesn't even feel like wood any more-it feels like glass." 

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E'dran

E'dran

September 19, 2018

E'dran is an artist and a self described adventurist who is looking to re-enter the work force.  His Would Works goal is to pay off his past due rent, but in the process he's been learning from the wood "...now that I started working with this wood, I ended up buying two plants! And it trips me out--the little small things like that, where you really start to appreciate-- because even though its wood, its life."

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Ben

Ben

March 11, 2018

Ben has struggled with incarceration and homelessness, but has been working hard to get his life back on track.  We were blessed to have him join the Would Works team both because of his strong work ethic and shop skills, and because of his contagious positivity, inspirational determination, and warm personality. 

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Denise

Denise

March 09, 2018

Denise is a Los Angeles native with a professional background in janitorial services.  She was referred to Would Works by the employment specialists at Chrysalis  who are helping her find more permanent stable employment.  She came to Would works with the goal of paying off a debt of past due rent, so she can keep her housing while looking for work and supporting her son.  

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Ishmael

Ishmael

December 15, 2017

Ishmael speaks eloquently about the hardships of living on the streets and the restorative nature of having productive work. His goal is to pay his rent and bills for the month of December so that he can save up to visit his daughter and grandchildren in Colorado for Christmas.  

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Ernie

Ernie

December 01, 2017

Ernie is our large order pro! He first came to Would Works in October 2016 to help us crank out 3,000 custom coasters for ManCrates, and we are happy to have him back this Fall working on another large order of custom menu boards for Dominique Ansel’s new restaurant at The Grove.

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Magdalena

Magdalena

November 24, 2017

Magdelena is a skilled craftswoman who's beautiful crochet work is on display and for sale at Made by DTWC. She is also enrolled in community college where she's preparing for the GED exam.  Her drive is inspiring to us all, as is her story.  

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Would Works Artisan Ali Jumps Behind the Camera

Would Works Artisan Ali Jumps Behind the Camera

November 10, 2017

Star artisan Ali quickly proved himself to be a skilled finisher with a keen eye for detail so we weren't too surprised to learn he also has a talent for cinematography. Check out the great promotional video he made for Would Works!

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Mohammad

Mohammad

September 20, 2017

Mohammad got his degree in mechanical engineering from Seattle University and moved to LA to work for Boeing. During his time at Would Works he has definitely demonstrated an engineer's meticulousness and work ethic, adding a lot to the current team of Artisans.

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Darnell

Darnell

August 29, 2017

Darnell was once a horse groomer at the Santa Anita track, now he's discovered he loves doing hair for people too! He is currently working towards a tuition payment for cosmetology school and is actively seeking permanent housing and employment.

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