Q: Why did you choose to take over Strings for Hope? A: Once the former owner decided she did not want to continue on with the company anymore, I realized how many women would be out of work that was so important to their life and I couldn’t leave them jobless.
Q: How long have you been a part of the company? A: 4 and a half years
Q: What has been the biggest change in the company since you have taken it over? A: The structure of the company, I feel our focus has changed to the lives we are impacting and employing rather than just making money.
Q: What is your favorite part of Strings for Hope? A: My favorite part is being able to see an impact in a measurable way. Being able to connect with my employees shows our strength and our vulnerability.
Q: What have you learned about the company since taking it over? A: It is hard AF. I’ve learned its hard to trust people and do good when trying to run a company. It's easy to do a kind thing but it takes a lot to devote your life to trying to change others lives and I’m continuing to learn each and every day while running this company.
Q: How would you define our company culture? A: TBD, we are in a process of change right now. Culture is ever changing especially in a company that employees a lot of different types of people that come and go for personal reasons. We have our WHY, but every day is different and soon we will be at a point where we know for sure.
Q: What were your first thoughts on Strings for Hope? A: Honestly, it took me a minute to consider doing Strings for Hope. I had a lot of shame in my past and the route of sex trafficking I had taken. I didn’t feel like I belonged here so I had to change my perspective and realize by working with Strings for Hope I am giving back to women. Q: How has Strings for Hope help you while in the program? A: Strings for hope gave me discipline. I was able to save up for a car, I made money and I fell in love with the company and would rather be making bracelets every day. Q: How do you think Strings for Hope will help you once you transition out? A: This is my career, not a job. I don’t plan on leaving strings for hope at all. I am just excited to grow with the company and see where it takes me and what doors it will open for me. Q: What sort of impact has Strings for Hope had on you? A: I never thought I would have a 9-5 working in an office with a desk, I love the staff, its mind blowing. It has opened a lot of doors for me and gave me self worth. Q: Do you enjoy working for us full time? A: Yeah I love working full time, it's different working somewhere when you enjoy your job. I don't think of reasons to call out because I actually want to be here. Q: What advice might you have for people who are in the program now?A: They need to realize this is a job, not a hobby. What we're doing here is something way bigger then what it may look like. I hope they will take it seriously and they won’t take advantage of it.
Thank you for being such a huge part of our team Smiley! We appreciate all of the hard work and dedication you put into each piece of jewelry that you make!
We've had a busy past couple of weeks here at Strings For Hope, here's an update on our past few events!
CMA Fest: 6/6 - 6/9 Were you in town for CMA fest? We were so glad to see so many of you CMA fest weekend. We were set up outside of the Valentine and had such a great time listening to all of the great bands, meeting new people, and getting to share our mission. Thank you to all who supported us over the weekend. Come see us again next year!
Bonnaroo: 6/13 - 6/16 This past weekend we were at Bonnaroo! Our tent was set up right in front of Centeroo Fountain. We had a blast meeting so many different people, putting on a dance contest with other vendors, and spreading our mission! Thank you to all who supported us, we can't wait till next year!
Atlanta Apparel Market: 6/12 - 6/15 We had a great week at Atlanta Apparel Market, this was our first experience at market and we learned so much! We met so many great boutiques from all over the nation, and made great connection! We are looking forward to spreading our mission and our jewelry nation wide!
I just wanted to personally thank you for taking the time to come out and read our very first blog post. It's because of YOU and your support that we are able to continue our mission to provide opportunities and a platform to succeed for survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and addiction. Do you know how to keep up with Strings? You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter! There are so many ways that you can keep up with us, such as following our social media pages and by signing up for our newsletter on our website and now following us here on our blog. We are so excited about the amazing work that is going on here in Nashville, specifically with Strings for Hope, and we have so many amazing things in the works RIGHT NOW and we would hate for you to miss a beat!