Designing A Difference started November 2013 by gathering volunteers monthly and handing out lunches to people in need. The efforts received an overwhelming amount of support from the community, which developed into a strong, consistent group of volunteers and funders, making every month more successful than the last. Making headlines and catching the attention of dozens of news, media and press outlets, exposing the cause of helping our hungry neighbors in need. The movement received a tremendous amount of support from sponsors which include Golden State warriors, Citi Bank, NFL Alumni Association and many more, providing over 25,000 lunches!
The support received through this movement empowered the founder Rebecca Cahua to do more, she realized her ability to effectively gather people and to make change but more important she noticed that people were ready to be part of that change. Cahua brainstormed and researched for a year and created a model that would not only leverage her efforts but the efforts of other creatives in the design community in San Francsico.
Her background consist of a bachelors degree in Apparel Design & Merchandising and received her Masters in Consumer Sciences.
Homelessness in the City is an issue that can not be hidden. There are over 6,400 accounted homeless living in San Francisco and you can almost guarantee that you will run into a homeless person in every neighborhood of San Francisco. The improvement over the years has been minimal, despite the cities strong efforts.
The apparel manufacturing industry in San Francisco has significantly decreased since the 1980's. Since then, most of the apparel manufacturing businesses has transitioned to overseas. Domestic and local apparel manufacturing options are limited and apparel manufacturing business are constantly shutting down due to lack of skilled employees and increasing rents. In result, 100's of graduating fashion industry students, brands and designers relocate out of the Bay Area every year.
Its evident that there is a need to train and develop job skills in the apparel manufacturing industry by combining these two issues we have truly created a way to “Design A Difference.”