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Elizabeth

Elizabeth

February 12, 2020

“I had a rough life growing up,” Elizabeth explains. She battled addiction for 20 years, did 4 prison terms and was arrested 63 times. But, she's grateful to the people who believed in her and gave her a second (and third) chance.  Now housed and a decade into sobriety, Elizabeth came to Would Works to pay her rent and to find community.

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Marella

Marella

February 12, 2020

In 2016 Marella lost her job, and when her husband fell ill, she stayed home to care for him. Ultimately, she lost her home and found herself living on the streets. Marella's Would Works goal is to pay her phone bill and buy winter clothes. Then she plans to buy a laptop and print resumes for job applications.

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Diane

Diane

October 23, 2019

Diane's Would Works goal was to help pay off installments for her pick-up truck, which she needed in order to find employment, but Would Works also helped provide her with much needed perspective on another life goal--to somehow make a living as a wood worker.  Since finishing the program, Diane found housing, started a carpentry program at LA trade tech and is now leading workshops as our first Artisan Leader.

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Shirley

Shirley

September 30, 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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Nathanie

Nathanie

September 10, 2019

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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Thomas

Thomas

September 01, 2019

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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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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