Meet Davalyn!

On Friday I met HandUp member Davalyn and her partner selling her amazing crocket work at Justin Herman Plaza at the Embarcadero.

Davalyn became homeless after loosing her job. She sleeps outside, but is working towards self-sufficiency with the ultimate goal of attending nursing school.


Davalyn used HandUp to get her street vendor license and a table and a chair so she could sell her work on the streets. Check out some of her beautiful crochet work below!


Valentine’s Day was a good day for business. As we were chatting, one particularly cute customer stopped by to get a warm hat.


Now that Davalyn is bringing in business through street vending, she needs to get materials to continue selling her products- things like yarn, crochet hooks, and presentation materials for her table. The bag pictured below contains all of Davalyn’s remaining yarn. At the rate that she’s crocheting, she’ll need new supplies very soon.

In addition to selling her work, Davalyn is also thinking of teaching crochet lessons. If you’re interested in learning how to crochet, stay tuned!

Learn more about Davalyn and help her reach her goals by donating directly to her at her HandUp profile here.