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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.

 

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A program in collaboration with Family Reconciliation Center.

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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.

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- 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.

 

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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.

 

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- 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.
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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.

 

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Stories

Anethia’s Story

Anethia’s Story

I am 31 years old and am the mother of an 11-year-old boy named William.  He is my everything.  I am a victim of domestic violence.  I was able to get me and my son out of the situation before it could get any worse.  Since leaving behind my house and all my things, I...

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Sunnie’s Story

Sunnie’s Story

I have 5 kids. I’m 29 years old. I’ve been incarcerated since January 2016 because of my addiction to drugs. I’ve made some bad choices that landed me here. I miss my kids and family very much, but being here has taught me a lot about the person I want to be from here on out. Upon release I plan to continue working for DreamWeave and living a life of sobriety with my children!

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Kristy’s Story

Kristy’s Story

I’m 36 years old and don’t have any kids.  I had a great childhood.  But I started doing cocaine when I was 19 and have had an addiction ever since.  I didn’t start getting into trouble until 2013.  I was put on probation and, of course, was still in my addiction, and...

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Denise’s Story

Denise’s Story

I am 37 and am an incarcerated mother of 7 children!  I have 2 girls and 5 boys.  I am a child of God!  There are some things in my past that I am not proud of.  The one thing that I can say that I am proud of is my children.  I have a physical illness that keeps me...

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Greta’s Story

Greta’s Story

I am 49 and am a wife, mother of 2 sets of twins, and a grandma of one.  Besides my family keeping me busy, I like cooking, drawing and nature hikes.  I have worked in customer service for many years and enjoy helping and serving the public.  For a long time, I have...

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Jazmine’s Story

Jazmine’s Story

I’m 19 years old.  I can honestly say it’s been a hell of a 19 years for me.  It started when I was young, from a little girl until I was going into my teenage years.  I grew up faster than I wanted to.  Sometimes it feels like my teenage years were taken from me.  I...

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DreamWeave Family. We are currently looking to contract someone to strap the purses. It would be 15 hours a week and would be $9 an hour. Please direct message us if you are interested or know someone that is. NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED but we do...

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DreamWeave added 2 new photos.4 months ago

New purses with straps ready to be sold. Such creative works of art by the incarcerated DreamWeavers

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DreamWeave added 5 new photos.5 months ago

Purses with a heart - created by Nashville women in incarceration. Join us Sunday at Maker's Market at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center downtown to purchase your one-of-a-kind handbag with a dream woven inside.

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DreamWeave added 3 new photos.6 months ago

More purses made inside the jail by Nashville DreamWeavers, soon available online. Native magazine, TN road map and Bible.

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DreamWeave added 4 new photos.6 months ago

Newly finished DreamWeave purses to be placed on www.dreamweavebags.com/shop soon.

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DreamWeave shared Open Table Nashville, Inc.'s photo.7 months ago

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