About the Founder
I am Ashley’s mom. Much like many homeless, my beautiful daughter had difficulty navigating society because of her mental illness and chose to live on the streets. She was a pretty, petite girl with no “street smarts”. Those who loved her worried endlessly about her safety and wellbeing.
Like many of our County’s homeless, she often went without shelter, clean clothes, food, drink and personal hygiene items. Somehow she managed to live homeless for 8 years…until that tragic night when she was killed at the young age of 25.
Since Ashley’s death, our goal is to provide the homeless with gently worn clean clothing and accessories at no cost to them. This population deserves more than they currently receive from public agencies and other service organizations. Most have been cast aside by our society. We at Ashley’s Hope are dedicated to assist them in regaining dignity and Hope by providing them with clothes and other essential items.
The people we serve belong to families. They are parents, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, aunts and uncles and grandchildren. No one in our city should have to go without basic necessities. We are here to help change that.
Ashley’s death has turned our extreme pain into purpose. She would be happy and proud that she is the inspiration for us to help others in the same situation. The greatest gift I received from Ashley was unconditional love.
Love keeps Hope anchored. God is love.
In the last year of her life, Ashley had a dream that she saw her grandpa, who passed away 3 years earlier. She dreamt he handed her a sunflower. Perhaps he knew what it meant…
Meaning of the Sunflower
- Loyalty and strong bonds between people, as represented by the strong and upright stem
- Seeking out positivity and strength, as the bloom turns to face the sun
- Nourishing one’s self and others, as the sunflower produces an abundance of edible seeds
- Brightening your mood, through the vibrancy of the yellow or orange petals
- Good luck and lasting happiness