Hamilton County inmates learn sewing, business skills for life after jail

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The Launch HOPE Foundation is working with nine inmates to teach them skills to be able to sew marketable products.

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — Women incarcerated in Hamilton County are taking steps toward business ownership after their release. 

The Launch HOPE Foundation, led by Butler professor Kristi Mitchell, is working with nine inmates to teach them skills to be able to sew marketable products, which will allow the women to run a business when they get out of jail. 

One of the program’s participants, Kaitlin Vanderpool, has already launched a shop on Etsy to sell some of her creations. According to the Hamilton County Jail, Vanderpool was sentenced to three months in jail earlier this summer for a third DUI offense. The 36-year-old said she has struggled with addiction…

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