Fashion with a passion.
Connecting creativity and spirituality, the Reciprocity Foundation,
a Brooklyn, New York-based gift and design organization, steers homeless
youth toward careers in the design, media, and fashion industries.
"Kids who survive the street are creative already," said Taz
Tagore, executive director and founder told Sojourners, but they are
"languishing in McDonald's-type jobs." The foundation
trains youth living in transitional housing, giving them project-based
experience--including designing and marketing holiday gift baskets--on
the way to getting jobs or attending college.
"We view our work as a form of ministry," said Tagore, a
Muslim-born designer who co-founded the project with Adam Bucko, a
Catholic activist. The foundation gives the youth skills and connects
them with a network of counselors, clergy, and spiritual directors.
"Having a spiritual practice is core to being healthy, productive
people," Tagore said.