MADE by DWC is a social enterprise created by the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) to break the cycles of chronic unemployment and homelessness by empowering women to discover talents and develop skills through vocational opportunities, and generate economic and social capital to support programs at DWC.

MADE by DWC works to empower homeless and low-income women to overcome barriers to traditional and non-traditional employment, cultivate local and sustainable product design and creation, and build community in downtown Los Angeles.

handMADE is MADE by DWC’s line of unique products created locally by homeless and low-income women in Los Angeles’ Skid Row community. Products are designed through a collaboration between program participants, staff, and community artists. Product development workshops equip women with social and vocational skills in a supportive environment where women rebuild self-esteem, discover talents, and develop skills.