HR | Supporting Our Medical Personnel

The Collective Thread is a non-profit that The Journey has financially supported (dubbed in the past as Faith That Works). The Collective Thread seeks to teach sewing to immigrant and refugee women in St. Louis, in order to help them achieve a sustainable income. With the increased prevalence of COVID-19, their facility was closed, and some women had to be laid off as a result. At the same time, local clinics and hospitals have been increasingly requesting sewn masks for their medical personnel. The Collective Thread has had what women they still employ work tirelessly to keep up with the demand, but they need more help. They are seeking volunteers to sew masks for medical personnel by completing a mask-making kit that volunteers can pick up. Volunteers simply need a a sewing machine and thread (any color), and the organization provides written instructions and a Youtube directional video on how to make the masks. Each "kit" includes supplies to make twenty masks, and volunteers are asked to drop off the completed masks within twenty-four hours. The pick up site for sewing kits is at the co-Founder's home in Clayton; each kit to pick up is stored in sanitary bins for safety purposes. If you are able to sew to fill this urgent and relevant need, please contact Terri Stipanovich, the Co-Founder, at


Even if you aren't equipped to sew, The Collective Thread can still use your support! They are in need of donations to continue to employ their remaining seamstresses and to purchase supplies for the mask-making kits. They are also taking donations of cotton and cotton blend fabric. To donate, please visit The Collective Thread website and donate under the COVID-19 notice. If you'd like to inquire about donating fabric, email Terri at the email address listed above.


Thank you for your help, Hanley Road, in supporting our area hospitals!