In 2019, ASTOURI partnered with St. Luke N.E.W. Life Center in Flint, MI to produce all of the ASTOURI accessories including scarves, shawls, and pocket squares giving back to the city of FLINT, MI with job creation and employment. The production and facilities are of the highest quality and ASTOURI is honored to be a part of this program.
St. Luke N.E.W. Life Center is a faith based, non-profit organization initiated in 2002 by two Roman Catholic nuns, Sister Carol Weber and Sister Judy Blake. St. Luke N.E.W. Life Center serves structurally unemployed women and men in the north end of Flint, Michigan. Their mission is to offer transformational programs that provide life skills, education and literacy programs including GED’s, and workforce training to help individuals become self-sufficient and support their families. St. Luke N.E.W. Life Center is committed to building trusting and enduring relationships with families who participate in our programs. A commercial sewing business was our first social enterprise.
Beginning in 2008, this business venture enabled St. Luke N.E.W. Life Center to offer employment opportunities to the individuals in the program, teaching women and men how to sew, giving them both a professional and life skill while building their self esteem. The sewing enterprise allows St. Luke N.E.W. Life Center to serve our mission while earning revenue that provides much-needed employment in the north end of Flint, Michigan.
In addition to the life skills, St. Luke N.E.W. Life Center serves as the main food pantry and hot meal program for the FLINT, MI corridor.