Self Sufficiency – Under One Roof Fiber Arts

Women’s Self-Sufficiency Program: Under One Roof    Calendar

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Are you interested in acquiring a new skill?

Join other African women in a friendly environment to learn basic sewing/quilting skills.  Classes meet on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 to noon.  You may join the program at any time during the year.  It is not necessary to attend all three sessions each week.  The classes are free and held at the SAYFSM Sewing Center, 1885 University Avenue West in St. Paul.

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Classes in fiber arts (spinning/weaving/knitting, etc.) are also available through the Under One Roof program.  They currently meet on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 to noon.

First and third Tuesdays meet with the Weavers Guild of Minnesota at the Textile Center, 3000 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis.

Second and Fourth Tuesdays meet in the first floor community room at 2728 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis.

Let us know if you are interested in a class, but would like to meet at a different time or location.  We’ll see what we can do!

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For all classes, please call Aster at 651-644-3983

for further information.

See a calendar of our events by clicking here.  

Minneapolis Synod WELCA Fall Convention 2015

Many thanks to the WELCA for inviting us.  We had a great time!  The convention was held at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Anoka.

 WELCA 2015 Fall  WELCA 2015 Fall 2 (Redeemer Lutheran Anoka)

Fair Trade Fair

November 3 and 4, 2015, at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Excelsior.  Thanks, Kat, for setting this up for us.  The sale was a lot of fun!

Mt Calvary sale Nov 2015


Many thanks to Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove for the generous donation to purchase much needed fabric and batting for the women’s larger quilts.  Thanks to Joan Freeberg for writing and submitting the request on our behalf!  You have helped make the New Year bright for our students.

Joan Freeberg and women 2014  Lord of Life image


The “Under One Roof” logo was chosen to represent the inclusiveness of the program as it serves immigrant and refugee women from all Sub-Saharan Africa. It is currently being used on price tags and on printed materials advertising the program.

The logo has been changed to make it easier and less expensive to reproduce.

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Please contact us at or 651-644-3983 for more information.

Our services are free, confidential, and nonjudgmental.
We serve all Africans regardless of country of origin, culture, language, and religion.

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SAYFSM is so very grateful for the financial support that has allowed us to get this amazing program going. We have purchased spinning wheels, fiber, and make the program accessible to African immigrant and refugee women. The project especially focuses on those who are the most isolated, often depressed, and feeling hopeless. The women share their amazing fiber arts with fiber artists from the Weavers Guild of MN who, in turn, share with the ladies some other fiber techniques and expand on their fiber choices.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural fund.