Detroit Sewn employs 14 people in Pontiac, Michigan; a second Detroit Sewn location will open in Detroit’s garment district, once it is officially up and running. Whenever possible, Detroit Sewn hires sewers from Detroit Garment Group’s (DGG) Industrial Sewing Certificate Program, which targets the unemployed and underemployed – in partnership with Michigan Works – and provides training in a skilled trade that pays a living wage. Detroit Sewn also works with their employees to increase their skill level, and provide additional training when the opportunity arises.
DGG is currently working with Henry Ford College and partners to create DOL-recognized pattern making and sewing machine repair apprenticeship programs. Detroit Sewn already has an employee, who was formerly incarcerated, scheduled to attend the sewing machine repair apprenticeship program.
Because of the jobs and opportunities Detroit Sewn is providing, 14 employees are able to support themselves and their families, pay their taxes, and positively impact the economy. One has moved to Michigan from Florida to work at Detroit Sewn, and two employees have moved from other parts of the state to metro Detroit to work there.
Five sewers were hired through the Industrial Sewing Certificate Program and are now employed full-time. Some Detroit Sewn employees have difficult family situations and/or financial hardships, and they prioritize working together to support them through their individual issues while maintaining their employment.