It’s hard to believe it’s been nine years since our founder, Cheryl Lynn Cain, moved all her furniture into her garage and turned her home into a fair trade bazaar. That first year, doors were opened to neighbors and friends to come and shop in a way that connected us back with the people who made our gifts as much as the people who receive them. We were able to buy wares from co-ops that rescue people the human trafficking industry and deplorable factory environments, as well as know that artisans were being paid a fair wage for their work, bringing hope and dignity to their village. This way of consuming has become what we call shopping transformationally rather than transactionally.
It didn’t take long until we outgrew our space and were hosted by the fine folks at Naperville Christian Church. There, we tripled in size with our sales being the equivalent of a year’s wage for six artisan families. Since then, we have added new vendors, live music, and this year…food vendors, making it a shopping event you won’t want to miss! You can now find us at The Sanctuary Church, just north of Lifetime Fitness in Romeoville off of Weber for this community event.
Feel free to invite friends, co-workers and neighbors as we together put hope back into our holidays.
Coordinator of Hope for the Holidays
The Sanctuary Church