Gifts for the Journey
To coincide with the development of Clare Community is the launch of Gifts for the Journey, a social enterprise that will provide opportunities for our women of Clare Community. At Gifts for the Journey, the women of Clare Community will create soaps, and natural bath and body products that are as good for the earth as they are for the body. Purchases of Gifts for the Journey products directly benefit the women by whom they were made.
On January 28, 2013, Gifts for the Journey launched its online store You can now purchase bar soaps, bath teas and bath bombs. All proceds support the ministries of Franciscan Peacemakers. Gifts for the Journey is housed at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church right down the hall from our Franciscan Peacemakers offices. Gifts for the Journey will employ our future Clare Community residents. While working at Gifts for the Journey, women learn skills in manufacturing, packaging, marketing and sales, and administration. It is a supportive workplace where women acquire the skills they need to earn a living wage. Employees have the opportunity to put a percentage of their earnings in a matched savings account provided by Clare Community. Through Gifts for the Journey, the women of Clare Community will gain much needed job skills, and learn responsibility and cooperation.
New changes that will foster transformation in the lives of women seeking to make the break from lives of prostitution and drug addiction is what Clare Community and Gifts for the Journey is all about. What wonderful tools these will be as Franciscan Peacemakers continues to invite women engaging in prostitution to leave the streets.
Thanks to your continued support of Franciscan Peacemakers Street Ministry, Clare Communmity and Gifts for the Journey have become a reality.