Alexis was a student at Vanderbilt when Lyme disease changed the course of her life. This unexpected diagnosis caused her to take a leave of absence, which she spent by walking the streets of Nashville connecting with the homeless population there. One man, a 60-year-old Cuban immigrant named Ray, was diagnosed with cancer around the same time that Alexis was diagnosed with Lyme disease. Together, they formed a close bond and met regularly to speak Spanish and enjoy meals.

Through all of this time spent with the local population of people experiencing homelessness, Alexis found that there was a true opportunity, and a true need, to employ the people that she met. She wanted to do something to help. During this period, she met Corbin, a fellow student with a shared passion for using business to help people in need. Together, they drafted out a plan for a jewelry business that would help employ those experiencing homelessness and share beauty with the world.

One day, Alexis received a call from Ray. He was dying. Alexis rushed to his side, and he shared something with her. He had been saving money for years and had stashed it in a duffel bag in a nearby storage unit. Ray told Alexis to take that money, and create the business that would help others experiencing homeless find a purpose through jewelry. And Unlocked was created.
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Jewelry that Empowers

Soon after Alexis and Corbin graduated from Vanderbilt, they began working on Unlocked full time. Soon after, they connected with a local non-profit organization that provides aid to the homeless population in Nashville: Community Care Fellowship (CCF). Unlocked and CCF are now partners and have created an initiative called the Unlocked Pathways‚ a 6-12 month program that helps with transition people out of homelessness. Unlocked Pathways helps through 5 key areas: Wages and Financial Empowerment, Housing Stability and Opportunity, Career Counseling and Development, Professional Counseling, and Community Support. Metal extraction is extremely costly and damaging to the environment, which is why Unlocked turns to 100% recycled silver for their beautiful pieces. Furthermore, Unlocked monitors their electricity and water usage to make sure that they are keeping up with sustainable methods and standards!

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