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Two of Hope Street’s ministries, Life Bridge Job Corps and Hope Street Market, are joining forces this session to create earning potential for participants and local Austin refugees.


Sewing - Monaliza


Last session Life Bride Job Corps offered FREE beginner sewing classes to participants and the classes were well received.  They started with the basics in sewing terminology and became comfortable operating a sewing machine, then they were off and running! Students completed a few projects such as green bags from old t-shirts, small decorative pillows for their own children and an apron made from a pattern.














This session Life Bridge will offer FREE advanced and beginner sewing classes to registering participants while teaming with the expertise and skill of the local Austin refugees that Hope Street Market serves.  We are excited about the opportunity to have these two groups of ladies join together to bridge the barriers of culture while helping each other provide a source of income for their families.

Teachers and coaches plan for new session.


The two ministries met this week on Monday to discuss projects for the advanced sewing classes that will be offered when the new session starts on February 16th.  The classes will be focused on up-cycling projects made from donated t-shirts, men’s shirts, ties and jeans.  This will keep costs down while allowing participants and refugees to keep more of the profits from the sale of products made.

Girl’s dress made from men’s dress shirt


After the participants learn to sew the products with quality and detail, they will be given the opportunity to come in and use the sewing machines at Life Bridge on their own time to sew more products that they can sell through Hope Street Market’s Etsy Store and Home Shows presented in local neighborhoods as well as craft/holiday shows.


Hope Street is excited to see the potential growth for this joint venture of these two ministries! If you would like to serve  as a teacher, donate supplies, or if you would like to volunteer to make products at home to help this ministry, please contact Mildred Nettles at or call Mary Ann at 512.773.1100

Cell Phone holder/wallet made from men's tie.
Cell Phone holder/wallet made from men’s tie.



If you would like to enroll, please register below and be sure to indicate in the notes section that you are interested in sewing classes.  Please also check out our Bible Study classes, Computer Skills, GED, Bodies in Bloom, and ESL (English as a Second Language) classes. There are also opportunities to volunteer in these classes as well as help provide lunches for classes held Monday through Thursday.

If you would like to be a participant register –> HERE

If you would like to volunteer register –> HERE