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About Unshattered

Unshattered is the social enterprise partner of the Walter Hoving Home (WHH). The Home is a 6 to 12-month recovery program for women whose lives have been shattered by addiction. The women of Unshattered are either currently in, or have completed, the recovery program at the WHH.

The women of Unshattered make handbags and other textile products out of repurposed items and other high-quality, donated materials. These products are tangible representations of the transformation occurring in their lives. The process of taking pieces of discarded materials and turning them into beautiful handbags helps our artists discover the power of true change, that wholeness can be returned to something once broken.

Our mission is to give women who are winning the fight against addiction a path forward to economic independence and sustained sobriety.

Unshattered & the Walter Hoving Home

Unshattered gives women in recovery a chance to express themselves creatively. The design and creation process is a cathartic experience for many of them, as it is representative of their own transformation. The women then have the opportunity to speak about their products at tradeshows and events, tell their stories in person and online, and receive direct feedback from the people who purchase their products. The affirmation they receive when people admire their work is deeply meaningful and impactful.

Unshattered also contributes financially to the Walter Hoving Home. The vast majority of the Home’s funding is dependent on private donations from individuals, churches, businesses, and foundations, as the Home does not accept government funding. 100% of Unshattered’s profit goes to support the WHH. And when you donate, you help us grow our staff of disadvantaged women so that we can give even more back to the Home.

The 3 Stages of Unshattered

How we make our products

We apply the Japanese art style of Kintsugi to many of our products. Kintsugi uses gold to repair broken pottery, making the once broken object more valuable than it was in its original condition. This is why gold stitching appears throughout our product line. It symbolizes the transformation of our women and serves as a reminder that brokenness is not permanent.

Kintsugi (golden joinery)
Kintsugi (golden joinery)

Meet Kelly Lyndgaard

“Why Unshattered? To turn the could-have-beens into real success stories.”
– Kelly Lyndgaard

Kelly is the founder and CEO of Unshattered. She is an engineer and physicist by training, but a problem solver and strategist at heart.

Inspired by the strength and commitment of women doing the hard work of recovery at the Walter Hoving Home, she wanted to build them a path forward to sustained sobriety, independence, and economic stability.

Having long admired the social business model which uses enterprise to solve social issues, Kelly began Unshattered in 2013. In 2015, she stepped out of her executive role in the technology industry to focus solely on the organization. She also serves as Chair of the Board for the Walter Hoving Home.

For the full story of how Unshattered was started, read What Inspired Unshattered.

Our History

  • 2012
    • Emily speaks at Valley Christian church and shares her story of being the family caretaker at age 8 and having a friend’s 15-year-old brother finding it funny to get an 8-year-old high. 10 years later, she was a homeless, mainline heroin addict. Years later, she goes through recovery at the Walter Hoving Home and stays on as staff member.
  • 2013
    • In the worst snowstorm of the year, Kelly pitches the idea of Unshattered to the Executive Director of the Walter Hoving Home, Beth Greco.
    • A few months later, Kelly begins teaching women at the Home how to sew and begins collecting material and discarded coats.
    • Unshattered is officially started.
  • 2014
    • Unshattered begins selling its products at events and online.
    • Unshattered creates the first custom bags using material from family heirlooms and is invited to the prestigious Garrison Art Fair as an Artist/Vendor.
    • Unshattered surpasses its revenue goal by more than double.
  • 2015
    • Unshattered is featured in two major publications: Parade Magazine and Hudson Valley Magazine.
    • Unshattered is commissioned to make backpacks from retired US Army Combat Uniforms for the age group winners of the West Point Triathlon.
    • The first graduate of Unshattered lands a job as the Program Director at the New York City Rescue Mission when they open their doors to their first ever women’s program.
    • Unshattered launches its second studio at the Accelerator in Newburgh, NY.
    • Unshattered doubles its 2014 income.
  • 2016
    • Unshattered begins collaborating on designs with two global companies.
    • Unshattered is commissioned to make a bag for an Olympic Medalist Figure Skater.
    • Military line is launched with bags made from retired US Army uniforms.
    • Bags are carried in seven stores, including on the campus of United States Military Academy at West Point.

Unshattered 2015 Impact

Unshattered provides meaningful work to women recovering from
addiction while returning 100% of our net profit to the
Walter Hoving Home.

$28,554 returned to the Walter Hoving Home    |    100% of our business expenses were covered by donations

Behind the Scenes