House of Hope Boutique Originals
House of Hope Boutique Originals (HOHBO) began in 2007 as a social service initiative designed to provide residents with a structured environment in which to accomplish concrete goals while expressing themselves creatively. What began as a residential sewing workshop has now become an entrepreneurial social business venture. The unique handmade crafts created in the basement of the Fran Conway House by HOHBO workers are now sold in retail stores throughout RI. Formerly homeless women (and a few men too) create one-of-a-kind, original purses, totes and wine bags using repurposed materials.
From the beginning the House of Hope Boutique Originals has been a community supported cooperative venture. Support include the University of RI’s development of a comprehensive business plan startup costs from foundations and philanthropists for equipment and supplies, stipend payments for workers who complete a six week training period, and the creation of an interactive sales website. Local furniture stores, upholsterers, and craftspeople donate quality materials to the program daily.
Proceeds from HOHBO product sales benefit House of Hope CDC ‘s programs for the homeless and provide a nurturing, collaborative work environment for its participants.
Our Main Street Boutique is open at:
3190 Post Road in the heart of Apponaug Village.
(Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm)