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Our Mission

Our mission is to employ disadvantaged women in Detroit, to educate them on financial management, life wellness and business, and to empower them to successfully transition to an independent life.



About Us

Rebel Nell was started with the sole purpose of employing, educating and empowering disadvantaged women in Detroit. We make jewelry from unique local materials, while providing a transitional opportunity for women in Detroit. Our goal is to help these women move from a life of dependence to one of self-reliance, overcoming barriers to employment through the fruits of their own labor. Working directly with local homeless shelters, we identify women who are ready to make this transition to a new…

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  • Female
  • Joined July 30, 2013

Favorite materials

Graffiti, Sterling Silver, Brass

About

Our Mission

Our mission is to employ disadvantaged women in Detroit, to educate them on financial management, life wellness and business, and to empower them to successfully transition to an independent life.



About Us

Rebel Nell was started with the sole purpose of employing, educating and empowering disadvantaged women in Detroit. We make jewelry from unique local materials, while providing a transitional opportunity for women in Detroit. Our goal is to help these women move from a life of dependence to one of self-reliance, overcoming barriers to employment through the fruits of their own labor. Working directly with local homeless shelters, we identify women who are ready to make this transition to a new phase in their lives.

Rebel Nell’s product line starts by repurposing graffiti, an abundant local resource here in the Motor City. We collect this graffiti after it has fallen off of walls. Initially these scraps of graffiti look a little rough on the surface, just like many people’s first impression of Detroit. However, after we take it through our process, we’re able to reveal all the beautiful layers that make up the graffiti, just like the intricate layers that make up our city. After some hard work and TLC, the women of Rebel Nell turn that scrap of graffiti into a unique piece of wearable art.

Our primary goal at Rebel Nell is to restore the confidence in the women we hire. In addition to employment, we provide financial literacy, business education and a focus on life wellness to help them successfully transition to an independent life.



Programs We Provide Our Team Members

Rebel Nell provides a strong support system for the women that we hire. In doing so, we aim to help them transition through challenging situations, overcome barriers that have been prohibitive in the past and empower them to transition to an independent life.



Financial Literacy and Management

We believe that the key to independence is through financial management. We provide financial literacy and management classes to give our team members a better understanding of their financial situations and present a course toward financial wellness. We understand that each person is different, as are their financial situations. Our dedicated financial advisor guides each woman based on their individual needs. We have regular meetings to ensure continuous progress toward each team member's financial goal.



Empowerment Classes

We offer regular mentoring sessions to assist in confidence building and self realization. Our women's empowerment advisor aides our team on how to recognize their inner strength and challenges their emotional barriers in order to realize their highest potential.



Entrepreneurship Classes

Our entrepreneurship classes occur throughout the year. During these classes we explore how creative and innovative thinking can lead to entrepreneurial opportunities. We learn how to turn a passion project into a business, while also understanding the economics of running a business. It is our hope that one day these classes will result in a new woman owned business, furthering the progress of our ladies and their impact on Detroit.




Day to Day Support System

We offer flexible work schedules so that our team members have time to focus on their families, in addition to working full-time. All employees earn a living wage, well above minimum wage, to help them overcome financial challenges. Further, we offer micro-loan assistance, legal aid, housing assistance, yoga and wellness classes and team building experiences, among many other programs.



We pride ourselves on being a self-sustaining social enterprise. Every piece of jewelry that we sell goes directly toward supporting our mission. Your purchases help support the programs we provide and change the lives of our team members and their families.

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