Rethreaded is a nonprofit organization helps women start a new life by training them in sewing and by giving instruction in life skills. Located in downtown Jacksonville, not far from the farmer’s market, Rethreaded has already made an impact on the community with its T-shirt upcycling business.
At the warehouse on Barnett Street, customers can buy products that are made both locally and globally. These handmade goods are made by women who have left the sex trade and are embarking on a fresh start. Weekly open warehouse hours will be every Wednesday from 1-5pm beginning March 27.
This past Friday was movie night at Rethreaded. The Academy Award winning documentary, Born Into Brothels, was shown at the warehouse. In this film, two filmmakers chronicled their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city's red light district. These children were given cameras, lessons in photography, and hope. It is a gripping tale of the dreadfulness of human trafficking.
A full house came together to support the women of Jacksonville by purchasing tickets, buying merchandise, and making donations. “We raised about $1200 for the movie night! That pays for almost a month of freedom!” says founder Kristen Keen.
The next event will be the Shop for Freedom: Family Edition on April 6th. This will be at the warehouse from 10am-5pm. There will be food trucks for all the hungry shoppers, and a kids’ corner, featuring face painting, storytelling, and much more. So, come out and buy products from: Rethreaded, Sari Bari, SutiSana, Love Calcutta Arts, International Sanctuary, Freeset, Made By Survivors, Punjammies and Thistle Farms.