INDIANAPOLIS - While the city hammers out a plan to deal with the recent surge in violence, many groups are finding new ways to strengthen their families and neighborhoods.
Heart Change Ministries is creating jobs and improving lives by transforming plain bars of soap into colorful handcrafted projects.
Each bar of soap is hand-felted locally by women who have been given the gift of work.
Felted soap is not only decorative, it is enrobed in wool so you don’t need a washcloth. It makes the soap last longer and helps exfoliate the skin.
Heart Felt Soaps is all part of the Heart Change Ministries’ effort to build relationships and connect women with work and life skills.
"And so by being in positive relationships, it makes our families stronger and our community stronger," team leader Cindy Palmer said. "And by bringing business to the community, we hope that we're overall raising the economic level of the community."
The women are all paid for their work. The soaps are currently sold at three Indianapolis stores including Empty Vase, Be Boutique and KIDS Inc.
Learn more at heartchangeindy.org.
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