Upcycled Scarf for Formerly Incarcerated Women Reentering Society

Hey people! There’s this amazing small org in California that’s helping women just leaving prison to reenter society. What an awesome, innovative way to address the issue of repeat offenders and the cycle of poverty in our society. Making them a fab upcycled scarf so she can accessorize on a job interview? Woman power. How can you do this? We’ve got all of the deets below…

OrganizationA New Way of Life Project

The Low-Down:

A New Way of Life Reentry Project provides housing and support services to formerly incarcerated women in South Central Los Angeles, facilitating a successful transition back to community life.

Since their founding in 1998, they have helped transform the lives of more than 600 women and their children. As a community advocate, A New Way Of Life works to restore the civil rights of people with criminal records to housing, employment, public benefits, and the right to vote.


  • To provide a clean, safe, sober-living home environment
  • To offer educational and skill-building opportunities to formerly incarcerated women
  • To advocate for the rights of prisoners, former prisoners, and their families

The Deets:

  1. Um, seriously. These scarves are AMAZING and exactly what I need to do with all of my old t-shirts (there’s only so many high school musical shirts I can keep for sentimental reasons, people). I love, love, love the colors, and I LOVE the fact that it’s upcycled. In fact, I love it so much, it’s the first project I’m doing in my own personal 12 Ways of Giving Challenge. Check out the tutorial here, and thank you so much to Lil Blue Boo for your awesomeness!
  2. Pop them all into a box and mail them off to:

A New Way of Life Reentry Project
PO Box 875288
Los Angeles, CA 90087

Head over to our Giving Cards and include one in your package to make a personal connection on our Aina Connections Wall!

Mamas Aina

Carmen & Kristin

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