SHERIDAN — The boisterous, upbeat and creative elements of Rehabilitation Enterprises of North Eastern Wyoming will glimmer through homemade snowflakes hung at Bought Beautifully’s Give with Impact market Saturday.
Bought Beautifully partnered with RENEW to have the clients who receive services at the center create decorations to help liven the scene at Give with Impact. The decorations — snowflakes of every shape, size and color — will also travel to Duluth, Minnesota, and Boise, Idaho, to provide a festive feel with each pop-up shop.
Give with Impact is a pop-up market run by Bought Beautifully, a marketplace that provides opportunity around the globe.
“Our mission is to provide opportunities around the globe to empower people, restore hope, enrich lives and provide transformational opportunities,” Bought Beautifully co-founder Emily Betzler said. “That most often looks like jobs.”
Many of Bought Beautifully’s partners in other countries work with individuals with disabilities. Betzler said it has always been a dream of the company to partner locally, but said the organization wasn’t quite there yet. This small, yet important partnership with RENEW, though, opens the doors for future endeavors.
“This seemed like it would be a really neat opportunity to create a partnership and take a step in that direction,” Betzler said.
RENEW’s crew of creative crafters started making snowflakes out of cardboard and glue three weeks before the event. They eventually moved into decorating with white spray paint and crayons. Alexis Ruchinsky, a master with wax, prefers decorating with sparkles or big markers but made do with the art sticks in her hand.
A day before the pop-up shop, RENEW clients helped transform the pop-up shop into a winter wonderland with snowflakes flying throughout the Shall We Dance Ballroom at 20 S. Tschirgi St. in Sheridan.
The camaraderie and creativity utilized for this partnership project happens every day at RENEW, Bought Beautifully’s other co-founder, Colin Betzler, pointed out.
“We’re just partnering with them this week, but there are probably chances for other companies and other people to find ways to partner with them, too,” Emily Betzler added to her husband’s sentiment. “I think they’d love that.”
Leita Rolfe, the community liaison at RENEW, said the organizations rarely gets requests like this to partner with entities in the community, so they jumped at the opportunity when Betzler asked.
“People are hesitant to reach out to organizations such as us because working with people with disabilities is not something that everybody is familiar with,” Rolfe said. “Whenever somebody approaches us with something like this, we jump at it.”
“We just get so excited about it,” Rolfe continued. These guys have the same abilities and same interests in things as you and I do, they just may show it a little bit differently.”