Keepsake Theme Quilts has combined the Work Experience Program with its Be Warm Project. KTQ’s Work Experience Program is designed to strengthen the career potential of Deaf and Hard of Hearing youth by offering hands on experiences in a working environment free from communication barriers. The students take on the role of Junior Production Assistants, where they have the opportunity to create a product from start to finish and learn about each step along the way. The students’ hard work and creativity helps Keepsake Theme Quilts to create its one-of-a-kind tote bags and items for its Be Warm Project.
Since 2010, the number of homeless families in Columbus increased 72% and many of the children arriving at local shelters with their families do not have the items to keep them warm and safe.
Be Warm Project consists of making blankets, hats and scarves for families experiencing homelessness. When Keepsake Theme Quilts trims a quilt, there is material that is leftover that we upcycle; and the students from the Work Experience Program are responsible for much of the construction of these items.
In 2015-2016, we donated to The Community Shelter Board:
In 2017, our goal is to make and donate 100 adult blankets, 50 children blankets,
75 hats, 75 scarves, and 25 tote bags.