I met Kristen, executive director of The Ebby House, for coffee around October last year. I’d heard about the work she was doing with young women who have aged out of the foster care system and wanted to bounce the Make.Do. vision off her experience. At the end of our coffee-conversation, Kristen said, “Well, whenever you’re ready to get started, I’ve got some guinea pigs for ya!” This was the VERY beginning stages of seeing this dream become a reality (I mean, Make.Do. didn’t even have a name yet) and I was no-where-near ready for guinea pigs, but Kristen’s insight, excitement, and encouragement helped give me courage to keep moving forward.
Six months later, I was finally ready to take Kristen up on her offer; and yesterday, with jewelry supplies in-hand and prayers of excitement flooding my heart, I brought Make.Do. to The Ebby House. We had three residents and four mentors crammed around the table. The next two hours were filled with fabric buttons, resin flowers, conversation, frustration, gluey messes, laughter, encouragement, concentration, and lots and lots of beautiful creativity. They were the best guinea pigs EVER!