Our Mission – Mend on the Move

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Our Mission

Mend on the Move, a 501(c)(3) non-profit social enterprise, employs survivors of abuse in Metro Detroit to create jewelry which provides them with an income while in recovery. Our jewelry is created from salvaged auto parts and car seat leather, symbolic of our commitment to serve women locally in the "motor city".

Jewelry making is the tool we use to do our real work, which is helping our makers feel valued, gain confidence, independence and healing in a caring, safe work space. Our makers are contributing to an empowering movement that is helping abused women take back their lives.

With a mission to empower women survivors of physical and sexual abuse, many of whom form addictions to cope with their struggles, Mend on the Move employs survivors of all kinds of abuse, to create necklaces, earrings, and bracelets from repurposed car seat leather and donated auto parts.

The pieces are sold on our website and by metro Detroit retailers, with some proceeds providing an income to our makers. Crafting and selling jewelry isn’t just a way for the women to earn some cash. For those like our founder Joanne Ewald, jewelry making is a part of the healing process.