Theory of Change
Offering community, employment and personal development.
We are a 501(c)3 social enterprise that is an accessory company creating beautiful, one of a kind bags from upcycled fabrics, handcrafted by women who are winning their fight against addiction.
- In our mission of ending relapse, Unshattered currently enjoys an overwhelming success rate.
- In more than six years of employing women in recovery, we've only experienced a single relapse for our employee base.
- 100% of our employees have been able to move out of transitional housing into a home or apartment within 12 months of employment with Unshattered.
When you shop at Unshattered, you are offering women a combination of community, employment, and personal development giving them the opportunity to find their purpose and live an addiction-free life.
"I started putting meth in my orange juice when I was 10 because that's what my mom and grandma did every morning."
The average age that the women on our team began using substances is 11 years old.
One began as early as age 5 at the hands of her father who provided alcohol in order to abuse her. One began at age 8 when a 15 year old neighbor thought it would be funny to see her get high. Often women’s journeys with addiction begin because they have experienced molestation and/or sexual violence. Substance abuse was a way to numb the tremendous trauma they have experienced. Overcoming addiction means facing the multiple layers of pain that have long been concealed or buried. Acknowledging this and moving forward to take responsibility for choices made requires courage, support of a community, pathways to economic independence and meaningful ways to rebuild a life.
After completing a substance abuse recovery program, then what?
We are solving the critical need for a next step
When someone has completed a substance abuse recovery program, there is rarely a viable next step. Most individuals lack job skills, education, or most importantly a safe community to return home to. Unshattered focuses on the “then what?” solution for women overcoming trauma by paving the road between recovery and long term sobriety.
Relapse often leads to an overdose, frequently fatal
Preventing relapse takes work
In the population of opiate users, it is estimated that greater than 80+% relapse after going through recovery. According to the CDC, more than 93,000 Americans died of an overdose in 2020. A safe community and valuable work can be the difference between life and death.
"Unshattered lets me be creative and gives me a place to belong"
Empowering and enabling women to choose sobriety through economic independence and purposeful employment
We believe that artistic work is healing, work is a calling and a purpose, and economic independence creates choices. The journey of healing and recovery is long, but the combination of employment, education, and community based on a spiritual foundation leads to transformation, and ultimately gives our women the opportunity to find their purpose and live an addiction-free life. Our customers and donors make this possible for the women we employ to win their fight against addiction.
When you support Unshattered, you are offering women a combination of community, employment, and personal and professional development. This combination gives them the opportunity to find their purpose and live an addiction-free life. Just like your handbag, these women are being made new again.