As we enter the new year, I pause in gratefulness for all that God has done over the past year through Vi Bella Jewelry. As I reflect, YOU are the team to thank for making such an incredible difference. The impact of your hard work has changed the lives of our artisans and their families, our site managers and our employees. Along the way we created beautiful jewelry together that made lives more beautiful.
We are blessed with so many committed team members and are so very grateful for all that you do to stand behind our mission. Thanks for making the 2014 Holiday season, and the whole year shine brightly.
As I look to the horizon of the coming year, there are many exciting happenings that will launch Vi Bella to make an even greater impact in Haiti, Mexico, and here in the United States.
I want you to be the first to celebrate them with us!
• Our home office here in Iowa is bustling year-round with product selection and development. New jewelry collections are in production and we are constantly forging new local, national, and international partnerships. We also pray diligently each morning for the entire company and for all those we serve.
• In addition to providing full-time employment and a living wage to 30 artisans in Haiti and Mexico, we provided good jobs in an encouraging environment for women in the USA who were referred to us from transitional housing situations or women’s shelters.
• Vi Bella empowered many other artisans in Haiti and Uganda by partnering with like-minded artisan groups to market their goods.
• We finished construction on a new building in Haiti that our artisans will be able to move into and work in soon.
• We helped send 40 children to school by supplying school sponsorships in Haiti.
As an organization-wide initiative in 2015 we are focusing on gratitude and recognizing the beauty all around us. Each center, group, and individual who is part of Vi Bella Jewelry is being encouraged to keep an informal journal. This is a simple exercise, listing a few beautifully things that we discover each day. We look forward to capturing these moments as way for us to focus together on the beauty to be found all around us. We look forward to hearing YOUR stories of beauty and sharing them with our supporters. Together we can focus our efforts on telling beautiful stories of redemption.
We have a printable to download HERE that you can use for this!
Thank you for bringing the Vi Bella mission to life.
Founder and CEO, Vi Bella Jewelry
Beautiful Staff Updates:
Marsha Larson has been appointed as ViBella’s Production Manager. She will work as a liasion between artisans and the home office in creating beautiful products. Marsha has been with the company since July of 2013 and has enjoyed working with the Ambassador program. She is gifted with production processes and new ideas, so she will soar in her new position! Marsha can be reached at Marsha.Larson@vibellajewelry.com
Janelle Hultquist is stepping into the role of Ambassador and Customer Care. Janelle began working at Vi Bella in September and has a bachelor’s degree in social work. She is excited and committed to working for a Christ-centered business. With a heart for women and children and moving them toward a better version of themselves, Janelle fell in love with Vi Bella’s mission. She is looking forward to working with Shirley, our field director for ambassadors in supporting and encouraging our team. In her free time, you can find Janelle working in the garden or creating floral designs. She is a creative spirit and we’re so excited to have her! You can contact Janelle at email@example.com
Amy Breitmann started with Vi Bella in December and will be moving the mission forward as The Director of Marketing and Partnership Development. Amy comes to the Vi Bella team with an extensive background in non-profit leadership as the Founder of The Lydia Project, a ministry that provides support to women with cancer worldwide. Amy is a writer and speaker and she brings excitement and passion, spreading hope and light through media and written words. Amy writes at BelovedinBlueJeans.com. Amy will be based out of Augusta, Georgia, but will be traveling to the home office in Iowa and throughout the country to spread Vi Bella’s mission. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelby Breitmann is ViBella’s new fashion blogger! She will be reflecting on our mission while demonstrating all the creative ways our jewelry can be worn for fashion that make a statement AND a difference!
In the News!
In case you missed all this goodness, here are some links that brought Vi Bella’s mission into the spotlight:
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