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WORN for PEACE. WORN for HOPE. WORN for FASHION.

WORN is a socially-conscious business of Catholic Charities Fort Worth. The mission of WORN is to provide refugee women living in the United States a supplemental source of income, empowering them to rise above poverty. All products are hand-knit in the USA by women who have survived the afflictions of their war-torn and poverty-stricken homelands.

WORN is here to foster their journey. More than just an accessory WORN symbolizes:

·         Peace - Teaching that peace is more than just security, it’s dignity

·         Hope - Enabling refugees to find value in both product and self

·         Fashion - Making a statement for those in need

 

100% of the net profits from the products go directly back into the community through Catholic Charities Fort Worth to further equip the women with the necessary skills to become self-sufficient.

 

WORN but not abandoned…

Our Mission

Refugees from all over the world come to the United States for resettlement, leaving behind the affliction and persecution they faced in their home countries. Catholic Charities Fort Worth, along with other resettlement agencies, help the refugees transition into American culture which includes setting up apartments, English as a Second Language classes, enrolling children in schools, and help with integration into the American employment system. The vision of Catholic Charities Fort Worth is to provide the necessary skills that allow these refugees to be self-sufficient and regain a sense of both self and dignity.

For newly arrived refugee families, becoming capable and independent community members is a challenge. Considering these families are still learning English, adjusting to all facets of culture and daily life in a new country, and have no previous work experience in the United States, this isn’t an easy task. The average wage for a newly-arrived refugee enrolled in Catholic Charities Fort Worth programs is only $8.17 per hour, making supplemental income tremendously important for the family’s long-term financial stability.

In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, a family consisting of two parents and two children needs nearly $46,000 in annual household income to cover basic living expenses, according to the Center for Public Policy Priorities. This equates to $23 per hour between both wage earners. This is where WORN comes in.

WORN is the brand that provides a supplemental income to refugees who hand-knit our products. 100% of the net profits from the products sold at retail go back to Catholic Charities Fort Worth to provide community development and programming for refugee families. WORN partnered with the University of Texas at Arlington to study the financial and social implications of this project on refugee women. Catholic Charities’ financial literacy courses play a big role in educating the women on family financial matters.  The 2012 study results revealed that women who knitted for WORN and attended financial literacy classes showed a significant reduction in the following symptoms:

·         Post-Traumatic Stress – 39% decrease

·         Depression – 48% decrease

·         Anxiety – 55% decrease

·         Somatization – 22% decrease

Catholic Charities Fort Worth

WORN is a socially-conscious business founded by Catholic Charities Fort Worth. Catholic Charities Fort Worth is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization serving this community since 1910. The organization was founded to serve the poor and children in need. Since 1910,Catholic Charities Fort Worth has grown to provide socials services, to strengthen families, reduce infant mortality, resettle refugees, assist the elderly and disabled, and prevent child abuse. With a diverse range of programs, Catholic Charities Fort Worth assisted over 124,000 individuals, families and children in 2011, regardless of their faith traditions. www.CatholicCharitiesFortWorth.org