Chelsey Everest, The Writing Sangha, Philadelphia, USA

by | Jun 7, 2017 | What Does $1000 Do?

The Writing Sangha is based on community-building, and I realized the workshop itself needed to live in a physical space suited for the kind of powerful healing work it was designed to promote. The more I looked for this space, and the more I talked about the workshop’s evolution with my Trust advisors, the more I became empowered to create this space myself.

With the help of Trust personnel, I’ve become the owner of a women’s art space called The Common Room, which will feature a storefront offering fine art and functional wares by local women artists, as well as workshop space for The Writing Sangha and other groups focused on healing and wellness. Because of the work that has sprouted from this one seed grant, I’m now able to offer an actual space for women to express themselves and grow together.

This seed grant empowered me to believe in myself and my passion and seek out others who could help me grow. I’ve felt so validated by this process, and can’t believe how far I’ve come in less than a year since receiving the grant: I’ve gained fiscal sponsorship, been through an intensive business-planning course through my sponsor, become the owner of a B-Corp LLC, and will be opening the doors to a women’s community space in less than a month. All it takes is one seed for something beautiful to grow.

Written by Milena Fraccari