Ashley is one of our residential advisors and is celebrating two years on our team. Get to know Ashley and what she loves about working at Home of Hope.
How did you first hear about Home of Hope?
I heard about Home of Hope through one of my classmates in college. She worked here at the time and told me that Home of Hope was hiring. I honestly was so happy [to hear of the job opening] because I wanted to use my psychology major in some way – I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. I was really excited to start here at Home of Hope, and I can’t believe it’s been two years!
What is your role at Home of Hope and what do you love about working here?
I am a residential advisor, and I make sure things are running smoothly in all the program areas. I help the residents with various needs and answer any questions they may have. For example, I might help them find cleaning supplies, provide assistance with their chores or watch their children while they go to the car. Mostly, I am here to assist our guests as much as I can.
What do you want others to know about Home of Hope?
I want others to know that Home of Hope is a great program. Everyone that works here truly wants the moms to succeed. Not only do we want the best for the families that stay with us, but we are also their biggest cheerleaders. We really want to help them as much as possible, and one of the ways we do that is by holding moms accountable.
I also want others to know that my coworkers are great people and wonderful to work alongside. We make a great team, which really helps our workflow and how we support our residents.
What difference have you seen Home of Hope make in women’s lives?
We give moms the confidence to know that they can succeed and can do anything that they put their minds to. The moms that come to our shelter are broken and hurt and we definitely help them get their confidence back to succeed in every aspect of their lives. We let them know, “This is just a stepping stone, this is not forever”. We remind them that being here is only temporary and that they have the whole world ahead of them.
Tell us about your family and life outside of work.
My parents have been together for over 30 years. I have an older sister and younger brother and my siblings mean everything to me. I talk to my sister a million times a day and my brother and I are like twins – just born ten years apart. My family means a lot to me, and I would do anything for them. As I’ve gotten older, I realize how important family is to me – my family truly knows me and I wouldn’t know what to do without them.