by M Lapham
Want some jewelry with a story behind it?
How about some that represents a whole new life for someone?
On February 10 you can get a bauble made by women who survived abuse and were provided with a job making jewelry by Mend on the Move.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the event is called “Love in Motion.”
There will be jewelry for sale, a silent auction, hors d’ouevres and a performance by Rochester Hills’ singer-songwriter Olivia Millerschin and her band.
The event takes place from 7-9 p.m. at Northbrook Presbyterian Church, 22055 W. 14 Mile Rd., in Beverly Hills. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance at Eventbrite.com.
The slogan of the group is “Mend the Motor City.” In keeping with that name most of their jewelry supplies are leather and metal automotive parts.
Founder Joanne Ewald says the donated materials “advocate that nothing is a throw-away, especially people’s lives. We are passionate about helping survivors discover renewed purpose for their lives through healing and independence.”
Ewald, a West Bloomfield resident, who was herself a victim of abuse.
“I was abused from age four to 13,” says Ewald. “I was one of the fortunate ones. My abuse didn’t lead to trafficking, addiction, homelessness or domestic abuse. Through Mend on the Move I hope to help break the silence of abuse and trafficking, empower survivors, and be their voice until they become strong enough to find their own.”
According to the Mend on the Move website, one in four girls will experience child sexual abuse.
That often leads to broken adults who are vulnerable to many of society’s injustices.
“This is the common story of the women we serve through Mend on the Move,” Ewald says on the site. “My heart aches for those women who are still trying to find their way.”
Some of those who take advantage of the organization are drug addicts or have prison records in addition to a history with abuse.
Early on Mend on the Move partnered with Aliyah’s House, a five-bed safe house in Howell for women abuse. “Each week we work with the women there, teaching them jewelry-making skills,” says Ewald. “They are paid for their work and are able to see the results, which is a big confidence builder.”
For more information on Mend on the Move and the Love In Motion event, please visit the organization’s web site at http://www.mendonthemove.org .