In 2006, a board member for the shelter came up with the idea to make jewelry from broken china. That board member, along with two staff members, attended a training session with an artist who assisted them in learning the process of making the pendants from broken plates. The initial goal for this project was to sell 200 pieces. The board of directors at the time sold the pieces. After the initial 200 pieces sold, the project lost a little momentum. It was quite a labor intensive project for only a couple of people to produce, in addition to doing the demanding work of the shelter. In 2007, shelter volunteer Linda Fullerton stepped up as Jewelry Project Coordinator. She then learned the process from staff and took the entire project offsite. This jewelry has been hand crafted by a group of dedicated volunteers who meet to produce, package and sell it, ever since. The scope of the project has widened considerably. The project has generated operational funding for the shelter in a time when grant funding and private donors aren’t steadily increasing. In addition, major projects have been completed with funding from the Broken China, including replacing the shelter roof, and purchasing a vehicle for transporting shelter residents.
What sets this project apart from other fundraisers, is that it is so relatable to the cause. Victims of domestic abuse often feel broken, they feel used, they feel as if their lives are not the same as they used to be. However we believe that victims can transition to survivors, and that they can be independent and beautiful. The process of making the jewelry changes broken dishes, broken china, into independent, beautiful pieces of jewelry that have a new purpose in life. It mirrors the path the victim walks to become a survivor.
If you would like more information about the jewlery project please contact Jewelry Project Coordinator, Linda Fullerton at 501-514-5022 or firstname.lastname@example.org