Here There and Everywhere Inc

Chester, NJ   |  http://www.hteverywhere.com

Mission

Our mission is to empower survivors of economic hardships, domestic abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking through creative expression, entrepreneurialism, and community engagement. Through our programs, survivors are encouraged to spread their wings here, there, and EVERYwhere.

Ruling year info

2015

Co-founder and Executive Director

Tanya Gupta

Co-founder

Andrew Moon

Main address

12 Ashland Terrace

Chester, NJ 07930 USA

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EIN

47-2630489

NTEE code info

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Domestic violence disproportionately affects women and children, though bi-directional violence is also common. Annually in the US, 50,000 people are trafficked in (ASPE, 2019); approximately 3,000 youth were trafficked in New York City alone (Covenant House, 2019). Income instability and limited education increase the odds of violence. Counseling provided at shelters is essential, assuming a survivor utilizes one, but in New York City, there is a three month limit - not long enough to forgo trauma. here there and EVERYwhere (htE) addresses the continuing need of survivors of abuse and human trafficking through creative expression. Through an integrated series of workshops, our program teaches ethical design concepts as well as vocational & entrepreneurial skills in sewing, jewelry, and crafts, converting resources that may have been disposed of into artisan goods.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

here there and EVERYwhere's Creative Expression & Vocational Training Program

We offer cycles up to 12 weeks long of creative expression & vocational training workshops at the Manhattan Family Justice Center. Each workshop is 3 hours long and introduces survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking to various creative expression tools and techniques including but not limited to sewing, jewelry making, fabric painting, upcycled crafts, storytelling, theater, and more.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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While it’s hard for anyone to express their authentic selves, those who have gone through abuse or live in unfavorable circumstances find it even harder. Here There and EVERYwhere aspires to create opportunities and resources for survivors of economic hardships, domestic abuse, sexual assault, gender-based violence, and human trafficking.

Our workshop cycles serve as art therapy, education and entrepreneurship lessons, designed to teach survivors how to repurpose donated non-monetary goods (clothing, linens, beads etc.) into new one-of-a-kind products. 100% of the profits go to the survivor, which increases financial stability and confidence, and items that may have once ended in the waste stream are given a new life.

Using a transparent relationship-building tool called the htE Dove, donors and conscious shoppers are able to track non-monetary item donations and watch them become repurposed into new designs by survivors residing in New York City.

The end product is a culmination of creativity, catharsis, and dedication. By providing survivors with an outlet for expression and the opportunity to discover a source of financial stability, we aim to reduce the risk of future violence and increase independence.

In here there and EVERYwhere's Creative Expression & Vocational Training Program cycles, survivors apply techniques they learn in order to create individualized projects such as upcycled jewelry, pillows, clothing, and wall art pieces.

We start with a foundational understanding of how to use a sewing machine and other craft tools, giving participants access to creative platforms, while learning about the economic and environmental advantages of repurposing materials. As many of the survivors we work with have few possessions, many participants already have a strong interest in repair and modification.

Beyond lessons in ethical fashion and crafts, our sessions integrate stress reduction approaches of mindfulness, movement, and community discussion to provide a holistic experience. Activities such as personal and artistic vision boards guide survivors to think about their future objectives as designers and set goals for their everyday lives as well.

To further encourage the alleviation of stress, we provide volunteers for child workshops while sessions for adults take place, as well as snacks. Every workshop, survivors and their children have independent time to bring their ideas to life, whether it’s for themselves, their family, or to sell.

A complete cycle, which ranges from six to twelve weeks long, ends with a showcase event and reception to celebrate the works the survivors made and their achievements, providing them with a platform to sell and/or discuss their work.

Donors and supporters are involved via the htE Dove tracking system, a method of transparency we use for donors to track each step of an upcycling process of donations. When an article of clothing is donated to us, the donor is provided with a receipt that features a tracking number, similar to a FedEx tracking number. This number grants them online access to learn about how the donation is being used (i.e. when we received it, where it was taken, how it is being used). In the process of the donation being transformed into a new design, donors learn about the process and the survivor’s story, forming a connection.

The project has been and will continue to be supported by funding through individual contributions, AmazonSmile donations, fundraising at our culminating Gallery Showcase and partner events, and via our existing partnerships with Materials for the Arts, donateNYC, and Transfernation. Beyond individual donations, Materials for the Arts and DonateNYC supply our program with fabric and crafts materials for repurposing. Through our partnership with Transfernation, fresh food from catered events around the city is saved, providing meals to our economically distressed participants.

Ultimately, our staff, volunteers and instructors are at the heart of making htE function. Tanya Gupta and Andrew Moon are Co-Founders of here there and EVERYwhere. Tanya is Executive Director and also the Lead Teaching Artist for most weeks. Andrew oversees the operational logistics: insurance, legal, finance. Shan Huang is our advisory board director; she was htE's supervisor at WomanKind (the New York Asian Women's Center) in 2014 when the program started.

At each workshop, there are typically 5-­7 volunteers. Each volunteer has a different role, from program facilitation for survivors and their children, to photography and social media, to htE Dove donations tracking.

Additional teaching instructors are hired or volunteer by the cycle for their direct and extensive background in sustainable arts. When available, htE offers one-off special classes in other art forms, such as photography and jewelry sculpting, for the purpose of artistic exploration for our participants.

To date, htE has achieved its 11th programming cycle and has expanded beyond domestic violence shelters to become accessible to all survivors in New York, as well as their children via the Manhattan Family Justice Center.

With additional support, particularly in the form of operations grants, our goals are to:
· Hire additional teaching artists with a focus on repurposing and repair, to improve the quality and consistency of participants’ education.
· Continue developing the htE Dove Donation Tracking System.
· Increase community awareness of htE’s services and showcases, giving more survivors an opportunity to increase their independence, create one-of-a-kind- upcycled goods and provide for their families through entrepreneurship.

htE has received strong interest from the Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Bronx Family Justice Centers to replicate the program in order to serve more of the community. By creating a strong network of partners, having a consistent team of Teaching Artists and volunteers, and a reliable source of funding, we are hoping to make this a reality in the near future.

Financials

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Here There and Everywhere Inc

Board of directors
as of 11/20/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Tanya Gupta


Board co-chair

Andrew Moon

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/20/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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