Women in jail and prison need hope. And job skills.
We’re bringing them a trade and resources to build their dreams.
DreamWeave is one of the first nonprofit social enterprises in a jail or prison.
With DreamWeave, incarcerated women are creating en vogue fashion.
As a Nashville non-profit social enterprise founded by three female business, corrections and community leaders, we’re in a local jail teaching and paying female inmates, through an entrepreneurial art therapy approach, to hand-craft beautifully-woven purses using paper products like wrapping paper, copy paper, books, magazines, maps and music sheets. Each artisan writes her story and a message of inspiration to accompany the purses, and she weaves a hand-written personal dream into every handbag. But it’s more than that. We’ll also be teaching the women curriculum to help them aspire to be prepared for a brighter future. Upon release from incarceration, they may continue as a DreamWeaver with our team. We’re employing formerly incarcerated women as trainers for purse production. Our chic bags are being sold to people desiring to purchase products that are fashion-forward and mission worthy. We’re renewing lives. And recycling products. Support DreamWeave. Help transform women’s lives. One bag at a time.
A program in collaboration with Family Reconciliation Center.
It's about women empowering women to remember the truth of their own wholeness and value
- ABOUT US -
We are a non-profit social enterprise that teaches incarcerated women to hand-craft high fashion handbags to gain self-esteem, artistry job skills, income and, importantly, hope. We sell the fashion-forward handbags to social-conscious consumers who want to buy American-made, mission-worthy products made by artisans with compelling stories. We’re here to transform incarcerated women’s lives by compassionately bringing innovative, re-entry-focused social enterprise into America’s correctional systems.
- STORIES -
The stories behind each purse are what make our story compelling and heart-felt. Read about the incarcerated and recently-released DreamWeavers and their new dreams. Each Dreamweaver writes her life story and inspirational quote, and it’s printed as a tag, with her photo, and placed on each of her hand-crafted purses. And, she writes a life dream and weaves an individual dream directly into each purse.
- ORDER -
Our hand-crafted purses are available for sell on this website under Shop. They also are available on our Facebook Shop when you search DreamWeave. And we host Sneak Peeks the first Friday monthly 11-6 p.m. at our shop location at 6300 Charlotte Pike, in St. John’s United Methodist Church. Each purse comes with a tag that tells the story of the DreamWeaver. And each DreamWeaver writes a personal life dream and weaves it directly into the purse. Subscribe to our site to receive regular e-newsletters.
- PARTNER -
We are beyond thankful for our many partners and volunteers. There are many ways to get involved:
- Support these businesses and ministries as a way of saying thank you for how they give to our community.
- Sign up for our newsletter to stay informed about our events and the latest news.
- Give directly to support DreamWeave.
- Volunteer with us either within the jail or assisting with purse post-production or Aftercare services for formerly-incarcerated DreamWeavers.
DreamWeave in the Nashville News
Channel 4 Featured Dreamweave Bags – Watch it here
Watch the Channel 5 TV news segment about DreamWeave inside the Nashville jail.
Plus, check out the August 2016 issue of Nashville Arts Magazine, which features DreamWeave.
Click Below on the Watch Now to see a Channel 2 TV news article.
“I am using this time to hopefully better myself. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.”read more
Being in jail has brought me closer to God.read more
I feel that I can be the best mother and person for my children and myself. I’m so grateful to be able to tell “my” story and to share how I’ve been feeling and to let people know they’re not alone.read more
I’ve come to realize that this was an experience that needed experiencing. I plan on going back to school and getting my degree. I’m 130 days sober, and every day is a new day for me to celebrate in my recovery.read more
Coming to jail is showing me that I can do better. I am taking a domestic violence program so I can know what a healthy relationship is, and I can teach my kids what a healthy relationship is. You just have to believe in yourself.read more
I’m a 30-year-old single mom with newborn twins and a 9-year-old son. I’m a survivor of domestic violence, sexual abuse and addiction. I’ve learned that God has given me talents to help others, and this purse gave me self-esteem because I’ve been called goofy and dumb or not good enough.read more