Greetings! We hope everyone is enjoying November so far! We are excited to share with you all about our 2nd EPAMade Launch Party that took place at Highway Community Church in Mountain View. Our second time around in hosting this event was similar to our first in terms of agenda but was much more large-scale. We had multiple tables set up in the courtyard, each having a different theme that our guests could approach and interact with.
There were tables representing the social enterprises that our founders Allen and Ayaka Lu had launched in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco: TLMade and TLWash. It was great to have one of the TL artisans come out and man the TLWash table for us! There were also tables for EPAMade products and the tools that we use to make our products. Lastly, there was a table for future micro-businesses that we're dreaming to launch in East Palo Alto: EPACare, EPARack, and EPABeauty! We invited our guests to write down ideas, prayers, and resources for any of these projects to come.
We were also catered by the delicious Mogo BBQ Food Truck, aka Korean food meets Mexican food - on wheels! They donated 10% of their sales from the night to EPAMade - thank you!! If you haven't tried them yet... you must. Everything on their menu is basically love on a plate.
After about an hour of mingling, Mogo-ing, and checking out the tables, we gathered inside for presentations by our founders Allen and Ayaka Lu, as well as EPAMade artisan and young mother Linda. With the room full of attentive ears, these three strong individuals shared about the journey of finding hope through their brokenness and God's grace, the cycle of generational poverty in East Palo Alto, how EPAMade opens doors for job creation and training job skills, and our over-arching goal of bringing hope and transforming the lives of marginalized families in this community.
With the holidays around the corner, we made this launch party a little more shopping-friendly. Something new that we featured were three holiday gift baskets, each containing items curated by our artisans. We also had two tables covered with EPAMade products for sale - and may I say, they sold quite well! (Thank you, enthusiastic shoppers!) Among these items were two of our newest products: the "Let Hope Rise" screen-printed tote bags and our holiday soy candles hand-poured into sleek apothecary jars with gold lids, available in scents "Jingle" and "Snowflake." (Check out our online store soon...)
We are VERY THANKFUL and humbled by those who made very generous donations throughout the evening. And we also greatly appreciate those who purchased our products or ordered gift baskets. With your generosity, EPAMade will have the financial support to develop new products, make investments into the community, and launch other social enterprises. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
"At the Jubilee it shall revert.
You shall not wrong one another, but fear your God, for I am the Lord your God, who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan and to be your God.
And if your brother has become poor and his hand wavers [from poverty, sickness, or age and he is unable to support himself], then you shall uphold (strengthen, relieve) him, [treating him with the courtesy and consideration that you would] a stranger or a temporary resident with you, so that he may live [along] with you."