Mend on the Move program aims to empower women who have survived abuse

DETROIT – Sabrina Miller is a 40-year-old mother of three. She has three daughters, a 22-year-old, a 16-year-old and an 11-year-old. Sabrina is a  survivor of human trafficking.

“I was moved from I-94 and Conner’s Avenue to Chicago and Cleveland,” Miller said.

Sabrina said that, during her long times of being dealt through the nation, her life was loaded up with sexual maltreatment and medications and she believed she had no chance to get out.

In a long way, the police led a sting and Sabrina was liberated. She said she is presently getting her life on track.

“I’m presently a better parent. I’m not on medications,” Miller said.

Sabrina said her activity as a jewelry artist at a nonprofit called Mend on the Move has been instrumental in her recovering.

Miller said, “I am presently carrying on with an organized life. I am in environments where I have nothing but support”.

Mend on the Move, worked by Joanne Ewald, who is likewise a survivor of maltreatment, is a jewelry business that utilizes ladies who have endure misuse.

Working at Mend is something beyond a vocation to the ladies who work there. It is a home and safe haven.

“I know I’m protected here,” Miller said. “I’m ready to share whatever individual things I experience, and I’m able to be supported throughout those decisions “

During its initial days, Mend worked out of a rotating number of kitchens and basements. Yet, presently, Ewald has tied down a recreational vehicle to go about as portable jewelry making a studio.

“It’s our place we can call our home,” Ewald said. “Also, it’s so happy and wonderful to be in there.”

Since the buy of the mobile studio, Mend has had the option to extend its business to Pontiac and offer chances to more survivors than any time in recent memory.

“I can say that I’m going to give you occupation and treat you with the regard and pride you merit,” Ewald said. And, hopefully, that will give you a jump-start into getting your life back in order.”

Sabrina and the other 40 ladies who have been employed by Mend demonstrate that Ewald’s mission is alive and well.