Greetings and salutations! My name is Kisha Munson, and I am the Design and Creative Associate for KNO Clothing. I am currently a Master of Fine Arts student, majoring in Graphic Design at The New York Institute of Technology in New York City. I wanted to find an internship that would not only give me experience in Graphic Design, but also give me the opportunity to make a difference in this world. When I first heard about KNO, I went on their website and was immediately impressed that they were a fashion company whose primary goal was to help end homelessness. When I was accepted into the internship, I thought it was kind of funny because I never thought I would work for a fashion company (I’m not what you would call fashionable). However, I respected and believed in their mission, and wanted to be a part of that.
My interest in the issue of homelessness began in 1995, when I was 18 years old. A friend of mine needed help feeding the local homeless citizens in my town. Like many people, I never really had one-on-one contact with homeless people. I didn’t know what to expect when I walked into that church. My shift finally started, and it was eye opening. There were homeless people from every ethnicity, different ages, and different educational backgrounds. Some had mental disabilities. It was at that moment when I realized that homelessness does NOT discriminate; it can affect anyone. Homeless people are not “lazy bums looking for a handout”, which the public is often led to believe. When I saw these people, I saw myself. I could easily be in their situation. Anyone could.
I am proud to have the opportunity to work with KNO; their founders, Anthony and Stephen are amazing and very receptive to new ideas. My fellow teammates are great, and work extremely hard to get KNO out to the public. We all come from different locations and backgrounds, but we have one common ground: to help end homelessness.