What is a Social Enterprise?

A social enterprise is a business created to address a social need. In addition to meeting a growing demand for made-in-the-US manufacturing with high-quality textile production, Open Arms trains and employs refugees living in the Austin area.

  • We offer free, advanced industrial sewing training for refugees who pass a skills assessment and are interested in employment.

  • We offer refugee-specific life skills support & training to our staff in areas such as English-as-a-Second-Language, computer literacy and financial literacy.

  • We hire qualified refugee staff, even if they have low English proficiency.

Open Arms Studio is one of three social enterprises operated by parent nonprofit, the Multicultural Refugee Coalition.

Paid hours of work by refugee staff


in 2016


in 2017

Multicultural Refugee Coalition

MRC is an innovative nonprofit organization blending skills-based education with social entrepreneurship to connect refugees to dignified, fair-wage work in Austin, Texas.