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Kelly Lyndgaard, Unshattered – It was never about the bags

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When Governor Cuomo ordered non- essential businesses to close March 20th Unshattered, a manufacturer of handbags, needed to abide by the mandate and close their doors.

In less than 24 hours, however, Unshattered saw the critical need for face masks for healthcare workers, drafted a mask, consulted with a physician from Vassar Brothers Medical Center, and began producing a safe and effective product. By Saturday at noon back to being essential and in full production mode.

In this episode Johnnieanne Hansen from the Council of Industry interviews Kelly Lyndgaard, Founder and CEO of Unshattered, a 501c3 nonprofit social enterprise located in Hopewell Junction, NY.  The mission of Unshattered is to end relapse by providing job skills, training and employment for women in recovery from addiction. Since 2016, Unshattered has been manufacturing handbags and accessories crafted from repurposed materials designed and produced by women winning their battle against addiction.


We learn how Kelly was called to found Unshattered, a little about the women they employ and how Unshattered is funded and supported.  We also learn about the challenges they face, plans for the future and other ways the pandemic is effecting the organization.

If you are curious to learn more about Unshattered and Kelly you can visit their website www.unshattered.org or visit https://masks.funraise.org/ to help.