United By Design

on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Posted in Stories, Human Trafficking

"United by Design."

These words stand boldly on the white wall. The colorful script welcomed dozens of guests all stopping by to view the new and beautifully equipped Adorned in Grace Design Studio, near SE 122nd and Lincoln Streets.

On Sunday, November 9th, dozens of people filled the new space to celebrate this remarkable grand opening and recognize the collaboration of community partners, from churches to contractors, steel fabricators to sewing machine salesmen. Amidst the teal couch cushions and brand-new sewing machines, many supporters came from churches, police departments, farms, and apartments—not just to see the decor, but because they believe in the mission: We are united by design.

Whether or not they could run a sewing machine, or even owned a needle and thread, each person had contributed in significant, sacrificial and beautifully unique ways. During the dedication ceremony, Design Studio Founder Linda Tribbett honored many of those who played a part—from electrical work to custom cabinetry to ovens and washing machines. Every gift has come together to create a beautiful, useful space to connect with young girls at-risk by mentoring and teaching life skills.

"United by Design” resonated with me because I feel that the girls and mentors are all brought together purposefully by the Designer of their Souls and their God-given love for beauty, whether it be through the dresses, fabric or their own unique bent toward creativity," explained Linda Tribbett.
Unity is at the core of Compassion Connect’s mission, and Sunday’s celebration was a powerful picture of what can happen when we all simply give what we can.

With their newly renovated space, the Design Studio looks forward to using every aspect to its full capacity. Teen workshops are currently held twice a week, hosted by mentors whose goal is communicate love, value, and hope just as much as creative design. Their goal is to expand to hosting Thursday after-school workshops for younger girls, and begin day-time classes for survivors of sex trafficking. The space also houses the Hands of Hope Resource Closet, which provides emergency supplies to survivors 24/7 through the Portland Police.

The wonderful volunteers, known as the “Design Studio ladies,” communicated a huge “Thank you” to everyone who made it happen. The support of many businesses, individuals and churches turned an empty basement into a realized dream!

The greatest thanks and praise goes to the God who brought it all together. Linda Tribbett is often known for saying, “It was God’s idea. We’re just making it happen!” His design is always better than anything we could ask or imagine. And it is His design that unites.