Our Luxury Basics Change Lives

by DouG Molidor | December 04, 2015

Road Twenty-Two uses the very best fabrics, designs each piece of clothing with a flattering fit that drapes beautifully on most body types, and creates each piece of clothing with a touch of edge that sets them apart from the rest. We employ women who need a second chance in life and give them a fresh start.

Together, we create pieces that you'll never want to take off, made in the USA with a whole lot of heart. The indispensable tee, the sweatshirt you never want to take off, the versatile tank to dress up for nights out and slip into for mornings in. Road 22’s luxury basics are made with the very best fabrics, in the most flattering cuts you’ll find anywhere, with perfect little details to set them apart.

At Road Twenty-Two we employ women who need a chance. By hiring women who were formerly incarcerated, homeless, or suffering from substance abuse, we provide them with steady income and valuable skills that will help them break through employment road blocks.

One part of the story can be told through numbers: 

There are 205,000 women currently incarcerated in the US, 64.1% are there for nonviolent crimes.

80% of women in prison are moms.

The number of women in prison grew 646% between 1980 and 2010 (from 15,118 to 112,797).

The number of women in prison grew 1.5x more than the number of men in the same period.

67% of women end up back in prison within 3 years of release. 

Source: www.sentencingproject.org

We empower these women re-write this story into personal tales of resilience and bright futures, driven by new skills, new opportunities and steady income that leads to self-sufficiency.

We would like to introduce you to some of the amazing women who work with us at Road Twenty-Two, telling their stories in their own words.

 

Meet Kerrigan

by DouG Molidor | October 16, 2014

Stuff in my life got really dark fast when I was younger. I didn’t have much guidance or structure, and I got into a lot of negative stuff, including drugs and alcohol. I was homeless, I was really alone, and I didn’t care. Graffiti helped to pull me out of that. I love visual problem solving, and that’s made working with Road 22 so interesting to me. The stuff in my life that has hurt is not the sum total of my parts. It’s a piece of me, and has helped to shape who I am today, a person I can be proud of. 

Kerrigan is our artist. Every piece of artwork on our shirts has been hand drawn by Kerri. She is beyond talented and we love to showcase her unique designs.

Meet Kim

by DouG Molidor | October 15, 2014

 

I was born in Palo Alto and grew up in the Bay Area with my mother. I don’t know much about my father, because I didn’t know him. As I got older, I got into some bad things that only God could get you out of. I lost my son to gun violence and it took a toll. Life has been hard.

Road Twenty-Two has enabled me to turn my life around and like myself more. Working here has helped me get better at working with co-workers and doing things I thought I never could do such as trimming, bagging, tagging and more. I just turned 52 and finally got housing in a SRO and steady pay. I can now take care of me. I’m grateful to Road Twenty-Two for giving women a chance.

Meet Rachael

by DouG Molidor | October 14, 2014

I experimented with things the way most teens do until a tragedy struck. My fiancé was brutally murdered, and I couldn’t handle it and turned to drugs. Before I knew it, I was strung out, living on the streets and found myself in jail.

Though I turned over a new leaf, it was hard to find opportunities to better myself. My record prevented me from getting jobs and housing. I knew that finding a job that I liked and wanted to be at was key. When I met the Road Twenty-Two family, I knew that I was home. I learn new things every day. I am doing things I never thought I was good at doing and doing them well. I am responsible for customer service and shipping. I now have the drive to work hard for a company I believe in and I am constantly pushed to be better, but supported when I fall short. I have learned a lot about life and how I fit in it from Road Twenty-Two. I want to thank our customers for your support, and for helping us reclaim our lives.

Meet Ellen

by Alice Larkin-Cahan | July 31, 2014


I was born and raised in Boise, Idaho.  My grandmother raised me.  I know my mother but not my father!! After I left my husband of 14 years I got into drugs and then pills.  I went to federal prison for 14 months.  I relocated to California.  I never really had a job before, however thanks to Road 22 believing in me, I have a job and am able to take care of myself