David studied at SF State, where he majored in Visual Communications and aspired to be a graphic designer. But 6 years ago, he moved to LA to help his sister and hit a series of overwhelming obstacles. In the last year, during COVID, David says his living situation became dire and he knew he needed help. He has always loved making things and working with his hands, so he Googled ‘woodworking’ and ‘homeless,” and learned about Would Works.
David admits to secretly enjoying sanding, and has taken a particular interest in quality control, checking to make sure every piece has been well made. “I like to hold the board and think about who will someday own and use it,” he explains.
David is particularly grateful for the healing effect of the work, where the routine, camaraderie and sense of purpose have helped him reorient his life. ‘I can feel myself getting stronger mentally. Would Works has the potential to change your life if you want it,” David says. And, he points out, he and his fellow artisans are bonding through the work. “We’re all struggling in our own ways,” he says.
Michele, Would Works Program Director, recognized the pride David took in his work and helped him find employment at an established Los Angeles ceramics studio. We are thrilled that David will get to continue working with his hands and creating work for others to enjoy.
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."
Shirley is the bedrock of the Would Works shop. She started as an Artisan in 2017 and in 2021 the Lead Artisan position was created to recognize her leadership on the shop floor. Shirley loves to sand and has a keen eye for detail, she also supports and guides new Artisans as they develop these skills.