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LSS refugee women's support group now selling hand-made gifts at Cultivate in Jacksonville

The women participating in SHE visited Cultivate,2766 Park St, on Feb.2 to view their items and other handmade items.

Support a good cause while getting a gift for your sweetheart this Valentine's day! 💝💌

The ladies from the S.H.E  Women's Empowerment group are thrilled to announce their hand-made products are now available to purchase at Cultivate, a family owned eco-friendly home goods store located in Jacksonville, Florida.

To celebrate the occasion, the women participating in SHE visited the local business on February 2 to view their items as well as explore other handmade items.

A SHE participant and LSS refugee services client pictured with an item made by one of the women from the women's empowerment group.

The proceeds of the sales will be used to help stock the ladies with supplies to continue selling their products.

Located at 2766 Park Street, Cultivate has a collection of handpicked and ethically made items for your home, children, and garden. Click here to read more about Cultivate. 

SHE, short for Social, Healing, Empowerment, is a support group for refugee women. The group’s mission is to empower women by connecting them with resources, education, and opportunities to meet other women in our community. The mission aims to build cross-cultural relationships as well as offer various educational workshops, field trips, and professional development opportunities.

"Social engagement is essential for our health and wellbeing. This is especially true for refugees that are new to our country." Amber Dodge, the Refugee Women's Coordinator at LSS said. "Within the S.H.E. women’s group, we create a space and opportunity for resettled refugee women and other women to meet with one another. Refugees have experienced a great deal of trauma with having to leave their country due to war and persecution, and the S.H.E women's group supports women and their families to thrive in their new country."

During the group meetings, women from the community volunteer their time to teach and guide the group participants in different activities such as embroidering, knitting, painting, baking, and more. These activities help the women engage with each other socially, while also providing them with professional development and conversation skills.

Take a peek at the beautiful handmade creations by the SHE group in the photo gallery below. 📸✨

How to Help

Do you have a passion for empowering others? Join the S.H.E. Women’s Empowerment Group as a volunteer and make a difference in the lives of female refugee clients. Explore various opportunities, from teaching craft classes to providing mentorship and more. Reach out to to get involved or donate craft materials to support our mission!


The S.H.E. Women’s Empowerment Group is looking for women who have a heart for teaching their craft to other women. Volunteers will work with female refugee clients in a warm and supportive environment. Here is a list of some of the volunteer opportunities:

  • Transportation

  • Teach a craft class

  • Mentorship

  • Assist at markets & crafts sales

  • Serve on advisory board for women’s group

  • Connect group with local shops to sell handmade products

To learn more, send an email to


The program requests and accepts craft materials. The list of requested supplies are:

  • Cotton Embroidery Floss

  • Cotton Crochet Thread

  • Craft scissors

  • Crochet hooks

  • Earring facets

  • Jewelry making tool kits

  • All cotton and wool fabric

  • Embroidery and beading needles

  • Beautiful buttons

  • Embroidery hoops

  • Wool or wool blend felt

  • Sewing thread

  • Glass beads of any size

  • Gently used sewing machines

To learn more, send an email to

You can also donate funds to support the SHE and LSS mission by placing a donation at, or clicking the button below.

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