woman Elyria changes companies to focus on mental health | Lorain County
Elyria entrepreneur Mone’t Roberts has seen his pillow business change during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
While Roberts has long been passionate about advocating for mental health, she has recently developed a passion for mental health activism.
For the past three months, Roberts, 24, has held pillow-making workshops to give women the opportunity to share their emotions and skills in a space where they will be heard and accepted.
In recent weeks, she has worked with In Our Backyards, a non-profit organization that has partnered with the Lorain County Community Foundation, to raise funds to give women who cannot afford her classes a chance to participate.
IOBY is a crowdfunding organization that helps neighbors take care of each other, encourages civic participation and builds trust among community members, according to the Community Foundation website.
“I want to at least raise enough money so that 30 women who cannot afford the program can participate and make their own pillow and discuss their issues,” she said.
Since starting the classes, Roberts said she was inspired to rethink her business model and website as she grew more passionate about the service work she did.
“I realized I wanted to do more with my business,” she said. “I’m changing the website and want to add more classes and really focus on mental health.
“I’ve done some polls to make sure I’m not doing this for myself. I do this for others, and I wanted to know how it went.
“I want to see a transformation, I want people to release their baggage and their scars.”
Roberts said she was able to help more people sooner than she imagined.
In her hopes of expanding her pillow workshops, Roberts said she wanted to add more classes and create spaces for women to heal in groups.
“I have seen women change over the course of the workshops,” she says. They smile a little more, they welcome new women and share their emotions.
“They cry. They laugh. They eat. It’s a beautiful thing.
Register for Roberts’ workshops on agapeinmo-tionstudios.com