Our Manifesto

We will appreciate and acknowledge the skills, gifts and purpose God has given us. We will pause and intentionally recognize God’s work in our lives that has prepared us for the purpose He has given us.

“..in all your ways acknowledge Him…”  - Proverbs 3:6

We will participate in our own thriving and pave a way for others.  Unshattered is about more than making bags. The products we create represent transformed lives. We are living out our own transformation and paving a way forward for others by creating employment opportunities that enable women to sustain a life of sobriety and stability.  

How can you say you love somebody if you don’t care about their economic well-being?”   - Becca Stevens, Founder Thistle Farms

We will tell our stories to spread hope and healing.  Unshattered is a mission, not a product. #iusedtobe tells the transformation story of both cast-off materials and broken lives being made into items of beauty and purpose. Our goal is not to exploit women’s experiences, but to use our lives to tell the stories of hope and healing. We will share our stories through words, pictures, videos, etc. because we know that the honest sharing of the trauma, transformation and triumph motivates others to invest in rebuilding women’s lives.

No one can tell how big the miracle is until they know how far down we started.” - Anna Grady

We will solve problems and overcome challenges.  We gain leadership, self-confidence and problem solving skills through the experience of learning new things. The ability to overcome challenges is both a professional and personal asset. Taking ownership to find a solution is the most valuable skill any employee can offer. The confidence to take on challenges makes one unstoppable.

Failure is not the opposite of success, it is a part of success.”  - Unknown

We will act professionally and responsibly.  Our attitudes, voices, and appearance will reflect professionalism. We will be the employees other companies seek to hire. Our quality is not just in our bags, it’s in our team that creates them.

"Responsibility is the price of greatness."  - Winston Churchill

We will function as an intentional community.  We will support, encourage, and help one another to do our best work every day both at work and outside of it. We will work together to create products that we are proud of. We will function as an intentional community intent on sustaining our recovery and continuing our growth.

People learn from one another, just as iron sharpens iron.”  - Proverbs 27:17 GNT

We will pursue excellence (not perfection) at all times.  Our bags are a tangible representation of the transformation that has happened in our own lives - worn out, broken, discarded pieces put back together into something beautiful and purposeful. We will produce well-made products that demonstrate the renewing of our lives and reflect the quality of our program.

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters."  - Colossians 3:23 NIV

Isaiah 58:9-12 (The Message)

If you get rid of unfair practices, quit blaming victims, quit gossiping about other people’s sins,

If you are generous with the hungry and start giving yourselves to the down-and-out,

Your lives will begin to glow in the darkness, your shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight.

I will always show you where to go. I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places  — firm muscles, strong bones.

You’ll be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry.

You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of your past.

You’ll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again.