WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

Anew Nature was founded by Robert Karleskint, in 2013, as the result of recognizing communal needs, volunteer work, and a little creative problem solving.

When Robert volunteered with Mission: St. Louis, a St. Louis based non-profit that does GREAT work with our local community, he taught job skills to inner city, marginalized men for only 10 hours a week, outside of his design build construction job.

As he grew to know the men going through Mission: St. Louis' Job and Leadership Program, he realized his life needed to be about equipping them with marketable skills that would translate into REAL jobs that could be retained over time.


In order to fund the startup of Anew Nature, Robert refinished and painted furniture to sell,
which allowed him the chance to teach job skill classes full time.

Another year passed, and Robert knew he wanted to expand the skills he taught.
His goal was to offer unbiased employment to men, with past felony convictions, who completed the internship program.

Specifically, Robert wanted to hire the men that big companies deemed "too much of a risk" to employ at anything but entry level positions, if at all. 


THE FUTURE OF ANEW

I want Anew Nature to be a landing pad, where interns can immediately begin work after they graduate while we help them network into a GREAT job.
— Robert K.

Anew Nature has hired six men who graduated from the internship program.  They have been employed with Anew Nature for 4-23 months until moving on to another job.

Anew Nature serves dozens of interns every year, equipping them with workplace culture skills, tool literacy, professional communications, worksite safety, and most of all - CONFIDENCE. 


ANEW NATURE PRESS


News Channel 4 - Imagine a Better St. Louis: Anew Nature helping ex-felons find a new calling

News Channel 4 - Imagine a Better St. Louis: Anew Nature helping ex-felons find a new calling

FOX 2 News St. Louis

St. Louis Magazine - St. Louis Furniture Company Owner Hopes to Give Ex-Felons a New Lease on Life With its Rise Collection

St. Louis Magazine - St. Louis Furniture Company Owner Hopes to Give Ex-Felons a New Lease on Life With its Rise Collection

News Channel 5 - Show Me St. Louis - From ex-felons to furniture makers

News Channel 5 - Show Me St. Louis - From ex-felons to furniture makers

LADUE NEWS

LADUE NEWS

St. Louis Style Magazine - Anew Nature: Furniture Restoration and Custom Design Company that Gives Back!

St. Louis Style Magazine - Anew Nature: Furniture Restoration and Custom Design Company that Gives Back!

Clayton Highschool Newspaper - Pages 16-17

Clayton Highschool Newspaper - Pages 16-17

Renewed - A Short Film by Ashley Seering

Renewed - A Short Film by Ashley Seering

Dikore Article - How Furniture Restoration is Restoring Lives at Anew Nature

Dikore Article - How Furniture Restoration is Restoring Lives at Anew Nature