MADE by DWC Combines Crafting with Empowerment

Think of the line of handmade goods at the Downtown Women’s Center as Etsy with a cause

Made by DWC products have an Anthropologie vibe: soy candles in teacups, all-natural soaps wrapped in vintage-book pages. The handcrafted goods are created by residents and day visitors at the Downtown Women’s Center. Founded 38 years ago, the nonprofit is dedicated to aiding and empowering the women of skid row. Workshops run by volunteers are held six days a week at the MADE by DWC Resale Boutique and at the center’s San Pedro Street location. The classes help homeless and low-income women develop skills, discover talents, and build self-esteem. Participants might learn how to make woodblock-printed note cards or repurpose library books into journals. They’re paid for everything they produce, and all proceeds go to funding support services.

Rachel, a workshop member, came to the DWC with her mother five years ago. “I learned how to crochet and make candles,” she says, “but the best part is I’m more independent than ever.” » MADE by DWC, 325 S. Los Angeles St., 213-225-8020.