Mitsy Kit Inc.
Class: 2016 Winter
Mitsy Kit; Adaptable, Accessible, and Affordable Mitsy Kit Inc. is a nonprofit that provides kits and training to enable people of all abilities to participate in activities most meaningful to them. Our flagship product, The Mitsy Kit sewing and quilting kit, provides adapted materials and training to enable the blind to sew and quilt using their sense of touch in place of eyesight. Tammy Roussell, founder of Mitsy Kit, initially developed this touch based sewing and quilting process for her mom, Mitsy, a former seamstress, after she lost her sight due to Retinitis Pigmentosa. After realizing the dramatic improvement this had on her mom’s quality of life, Tammy was compelled to make it into a kit so that others could benefit in the greater blind and visually impaired community. The goal of the Mitsy Kit sewing and quilting kit is to provide the opportunity for people of all visual abilities to enjoy creating beautiful, hand sewn and quilted products with both visual and tactile appeal. Mitsy Kit Mission / Values: Our mission is to help people of all abilities to remove barriers and participate in activities that provide personal meaning, fulfillment, and life enrichment. Our key values center on accessibility, adaptability, and affordability for all. We believe that all people deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential with the right tools and right supports as active members of their community. Our employment and partnerships will support our mission as we seek to engage people of all abilities in our operations. We will promote positive changes in our community and environment by providing local work, volunteerism, and stewardship opportunities including a focus on recycle, reuse, and re-purpose of materials. We highly value volunteer and community involvement. Volunteers are essential to enable our mission, ensure sustainability, and to help build community awareness. We encourage and welcome the participation of all who share our mission. Finally, We strive to create life changing experiences and inspiration for all involved, including Mitsy Kit employees, partners, volunteers and customers. For more information concerning the Mitsy Kit program and related workshops / events, please go to https://www.facebook.com/MitsyKit