Mend on the Move is a 501(c)(3) non-profit social enterprise serving Metro Detroit that empowers and employs women survivors of abuse through jewelry making. Our workers take pride in seeing their creations being admired and sold retail. In selling and promoting our products, we strive to increase awareness of the injustices that silence and hold captive the women we serve. We currently travel to our workers and set up shop where they live while they are in recovery But to serve our women more efficiently, we are raising funds for a mobile studio with dual purpose as a creation station and a retail space.
My Story: Founder Joanne Ewald
One in four girls will experience child sexual abuse. These broken, abused children, if not given the opportunity to heal, grow into 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. It is also my story and why I was inspired to start Mend on the Move. I, too, am a survivor of child sexual abuse. But I was one of the fortunate ones. My abuse did not lead to trafficking, addiction, homelessness or domestic abuse. I have been able to heal. My heart aches for those women who are still trying to find their way. 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.
“How to use what has happened to me, something so ugly, and turn it into something so beautiful that can lift other women —that’s the ultimate goal.” — Joanne Ewald