The Mission of Hands for Hope, Inc. is to empower women who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, by providing creative, nurturing, and sustainable employment making artistic and desirable handcrafted products. Employees receive job and life skills training, and participate in personal growth activities creating a cycle for success and self-sufficiency.
The Vision of Hands for Hope, Inc. is to be a global model for sustainable and successful job creation in the handcrafted arts and industries, enabling women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to thrive and end homelessness for good.
Hands for Hope, Inc. was envisioned by Dr. Susan W. Herrera, educator and owner of Amistad, a fair-trade store in St. Augustine, Florida. In 2015, she began the process of creating prototypes and learning how the global fair-trade business model could be applied domestically to help end homelessness in St. Johns County.
In early 2016, she assembled a team of women with expertise in homelessness, product design and development, sewing and pattern making, project management, education, business, psychology, non-profit arts, and more, to conceptualize the organization.
In October 2016, Hands for Hope, Inc., a Florida not-for-profit organization was created.
Hands for Hope, Inc. is not affiliated with any organization or religion. It is an independent organization that works with all people and organizations that seek to find solutions to end homelessness.