Teen sewing classes in full swing at COME Center

Teen sewing classes in full swing at COME Center

~volunteers sought for children’s outreach activities~

Sixteen teens attend weekly sewing classes on Saturdays at the Community Outreach and Mentorship Empowerment (COME) Center. Classes are progressing as expected, and the students are excited to learn to sew. “Did you know I always wanted to be a fashion designer?” stated one teen. Another shared that she hoped to be able to sew her prom dress.

Classes are facilitated by Angela Wilson, Ahyofeh Williams, and Marva Sam. The students are learning to read and use a tape measure and will apply these skills in upcoming lessons when they draft patterns using their body measurements.

The excitement is building as they prepare to sew their very first piece of garment. “Amongst the students, one young man is also enjoying the classes,” says Wilson. Classes will last three months, with a break in July since some students plan to go on vacation with their families. However, the COME Center will offer evening sewing classes to the public starting the first Saturday in July.

Marva Sam-Arrindell, COME Center president, expressed profound gratitude to R4CR for funding this project. The R4CR programme is financed by the Government of the Netherlands via the Sint Maarten Recovery and Resilience Trust Fund. The Trust Fund is administered by the World Bank and executed by the National Recovery Program Bureau (NRPB)."

Arrindell reiterated the Center's unwavering commitment to community support and skills training, emphasizing the transformative power of such initiatives.

The COME Center is a non-profit organisation established in 2012 to partner with local organisations and stakeholders to assist with issues related to poverty and loneliness in our society. We strongly believe that the Church should play a more significant role in helping to meet the community's needs. Therefore, we are committed to helping individuals and families transform their lives through empowerment and enrichment activities.

Our services include mentorship, referrals, counseling, workshops, skills training, productivity seminars, and feeding programmes. The Center operates programmes for the elderly, displaced or homeless individuals, and literacy. It offers after-school tutoring and skill-based training, such as computer and sewing classes, to interested individuals.

In July, during the summer vacation, the COME Center will be carrying out Children’s Outreach activities in several districts on the island. We are seeking volunteers who would like to be part of this initiative. This is a unique opportunity for personal growth and learning, as you will be part of a team dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of these children. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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