In a little shop outside metro Atlanta, there is an ancient craft that's breathing new life into those who need it most.
"Weaving has been around since the beginning of time," says Lisa Wise, the executive director at the Initiative for Affordable Housing. "It's an old, old craft. It's very tactile."
The building lined with discarded fabric scraps is the home of a work program called re:loom. Here, people who have fallen on hard times can get a job weaving everything from rugs to purses.
"A couple years ago, I was homeless, without a job and in search of assistance," says employee Faye Rutledge.
The workers are full-time and get full benefits. They get something else too.
"Every product I did was a therapy session," says Rutledge. "You bang as hard as you want, and you just bang it all out." Watch the video above to see how they turn leftover Target bags into beautiful works of art.
Wise says the step-by-step process and the patience required in weaving give employees transferrable skills they can take to other jobs. Just one more perk this program offers to those who are hoping to rebuild their lives and create better futures for themselves.
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