We are so proud of the moms we have employed both locally + globally and feel blessed to have several of them working along side us in our office and workshop in Nashville. Their stories inspire us and are a reminder that we all have overcome and are ABLE to find purpose in our work. Read the stories of 4 of these moms below!
TERRI | Leather Processing + Shipping: I’m a 2006 graduate of the Magdalene program. I am a mother of 6 and have 3 grandchildren. I was on drugs for 15 years of my life and in the process, lost custody of my children. In 2004 I got my youngest daughter back at the age of 3 and got to raise her myself...her name is Sunshine. After coming to the program, I always struggled with staying clean -- experiencing relapse after relapse. When I turned 40, I thought I was going to lose my mind. My son got charged with murder and on my 40th birthday, I went out and got high. The day after, my oldest daughter came and found me and I haven't used ever since - I’ve been sober now for 6 years. My kids and my grandkids are my life and help keep me sober. If I ever want to give up, I think of them. They are all back in my life now & so I can’t give up. I have no reason to give up anymore. Working at FASHIONABLE now I am ABLE to love again and I am able to communicate with people because I had shut down. And I am able to be myself and know I am accepted no matter what I have been through and for who I am today. I am no longer a number anymore- I don’t belong to the state. I belong to me again.
BARBARA | Jewelry Production: I am 27 and am recently married to my wonderful husband, Travis. Together, we have 4 beautiful daughters. I currently am in school studying Psychology because I struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for many years. Having overcome this by the grace of God, I now hope to be able to help others that share the same struggle. By making jewelry, I’ve been able to find a creative side that I didn’t even know I had. I love making things from scratch and seeing the beautiful pieces they turn into. And I have found a love/appreciation for jewelry that never existed before. I am now ABLE to help provide for my family and be encouraged by being around my work family. I am also ABLE to help encourage other women who join our team and have struggled with similar issues as myself.
CHELSIE | Jewelry Production: I’ve been an alcoholic and an addict since I was 13 years old. I was actually in jail when I had an interview with the Women’s Life Recovery Program in Nashville to begin taking steps towards recovery. That program saved my life. I began the program on a Monday in October 2015. The Thursday of that week, I found out that I was pregnant. I wasn’t detoxed yet but had to quit cold turkey. It was a huge wake up call for me that I needed to make a change. I already had 2 children previously that were taken away from me, and I didn’t want to lose this one. One year later, in October 2016, I met FASHIONABLE. I had graduated my recovery program and had my 4 month old son. I was attending a chapel at the Nashville Rescue Mission, and FASHIONABLE was there, teaching women how to put together jewelry for the evening. Two of the employees noticed that I was helping all of the other girls finish their jewelry before I started my own, and came up to talk to me. They asked if I would be interested in a job making jewelry for their company. Just the fact that someone had noticed me was so encouraging. I’m a single parent. I’m the mom and the dad and was pretty down in the dumps still until they found me. I started making jewelry at FASHIONABLE the end of October 2016. I make all the necklaces, the wire wrapping, the stamping. It’s fun, I love it. I just think it’s awesome that there’s a greater purpose behind what we’re doing. There are other women I’m working with who have been through similar things. It’s not like going to work, it’s a family, that will give you advice and love you through it. I am now ABLE to fully function without the use of substances in my life. It showed me how to be happy and to actually be who I am. I didn’t know who I was before. But I got sober and found good people. When I found out the greater purpose behind FASHIONABLE, I realized how awesome it is to be a part of something so much bigger than me. Our mission is worldwide and empowering women to work in a safe environment. It has really inspired me to go back to school to become a paramedic, and to think about helping other people that don’t have the means and money for medical care. My job here is helping me dream bigger for my future.
ANGIE | Leather Processing + Shipping: I was in the emergency room last January due to my addictions, and I cried out to God, asking him to send me somebody to help. My family had always helped me, but this time I had gotten so far down, I couldn’t put them through it again. I was in Mississippi at the time, and God opened the doors for me to enter a recovery program at the Rescue Mission in Nashville. I was at the Nashville Rescue Mission when I heard about FASHIONABLE. I was looking for a job and started thinking that is where I should be. I wanted to work with good women and have good surroundings. Then FASHIONABLE came to the Rescue Mission and it was the perfect timing to talk to them. While they were there, they taught us how to make jewelry, and to this day I wear the necklace that I made there. We were supposed to stamp a word on it, and I put “Overcome” because of how much I’ve been overcoming this year. I didn’t even know that was part of FASHIONABLE’s mission statement, but when they brought me in for an interview, and said their mission statement was “beautiful products by women who have overcome,” I began to cry. I knew it was confirmation that God had put me right where I needed. This is where I need to be. I love working here. I need this community. We help each other and support each other. I have a much better relationship with my family now. My mom’s birthday was recently and she told me that me being sober and clean was the best birthday present I could have given her, to know that I was safe. Now I can be there for her, and for my grandkids and my daughter, like I’ve always wanted to be. I love my family more than anything in the world.