Supporting sustainable futures with repurposed handbags

It’s one thing to rescue women in need, but quite another to empower them to use their strengths to live self-sufficient and successful lives. Unshattered, a nonprofit social enterprise based in Hopewell Junction, NY, is doing just that by fostering long-term recovery for women winning their battle against drug and alcohol dependency.

Founded in 2016 by CEO Kelly Lyndgaard, Unshattered has worked with more than 100 women in various stages of overcoming addiction, homelessness and criminal behavior. After completion of a recovery program with partner, The Walter Hoving Home, the women of Unshattered participate in an apprenticeship program where they create and manufacture upcycled handbags and accessories. Using repurposed fabrics from Broadway sets, military uniforms, reclaimed manufacturing scraps, as well as creating custom designs from personal items, the women of Unshattered are not only provided technical, leadership and management skills, they are given a pathway toward economic independence.

These innovative workforce solutions have earned Unshattered some high honors.  Just days before being recognized as the 2018 Business Excellence Awards as Nonprofit of the Year, Unshattered, was recognized as a leader in fighting the opioid epidemic by the White House, and recently recognized by the Huffington Post. The company holds the capacity to impact local economies by not only creating jobs, but promoting civic engagement as their team members are part of many leadership and faith-based activities.

The bags are sold out of Unshattered’s retail location in Hopewell Junction, NY. This facility also serves as the main training, production, warehousing and distribution facility.Dutchess County nonprofit social enterprise Unshattered's upcycled Mercedes bag featured in the Huntington Post

To date, the company has grown to 11 full-time employees with many of the women who started the program celebrating a full 3 years of successful, sustained sobriety.

As demand continues to grow from both customers seeking high-quality craftsmanship and those in recovery seeking skills and employment, Unshattered is expanding. Unshattered will soon move their headquarters to Fishkill, NY. The expansion will allow the company to double its workforce and production capabilities.

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