The LA Original program is dedicated to helping support creative entrepreneur programs across Los Angeles.

Proceeds from the LA Original program received by the Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles will go to supporting the Downtown Women’s Center’s “Made by DWC” program that teaches job training and maker skills to women transitioning out of homelessness.

LA Original intends to support a variety of programs for LA's creative entrepreneurs and manufacturers in the future.


Founded in 1978, the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) is the only organization in Los Angeles exclusively dedicated to addressing the needs of women overcoming poverty and homelessness in Skid Row. DWC's mission is to provide permanent supportive housing and a safe and healthy community fostering dignity, respect, and personal stability, and to advocate ending homelessness for women.

Located in the center of Skid Row, DWC understands, listens to, and works with the women in our community to secure them housing and other services. We know every individual needs a sense of purpose and a point of connection. When a woman comes to DWC, there are no closed doors, only opportunities.

We believe that homelessness is not inevitable, but that it's a societal problem that bears especially hard on women. And it can be ended. Of the women we serve, 95% are housed permanently—a high success rate and a major milestone towards ending homelessness.

MadeByDWC program is a social enterprise created by DWC  to break the cycles of chronic homelessness and unemployment in Los Angeles. By empowering women to rebuild self-esteem, discover talents, and develop skills through vocational opportunities, MADE by DWC generates economic and social capital that enables them to overcome barriers to employment.

handMADE is the signature line of artisan products created by DWC program participants. By purchasing these handmade products, people contribute to breaking the cycles of chronic unemployment and homelessness for women in the Skid Row community. 100% of handMade purchases goes directly to DWC programs and services.

handMADE X LA Original are selling a series of candles created by women from the MADEbyDWC program and are available for sale.