West Michigan Christian News – Feature

Ashley Ward has so many reasons to smile. In early 2017, the 28-year-old launched Hire for Hope LLC, a successful socially conscious recruiting firm that helps fill mid-to senior-level positions for West Michigan companies. The name, Hire For Hope, is inspired by Founder, Ashley Ward’s story of survival from domestic violence making the name a hand-in-glove fit.

These days, Ward’s life is happy, healthy and productively challenging. However, it was not always that way. Her drumbeat of distress started because of a toxic relationship she was in with a man who was physically and emotionally abusive to her and had forced her to cut ties with the outside world. Thankfully, Safe Haven Ministries was the catalyst that changed Ward’s life in 2013, which helped her build the confidence to believe in herself, escape her abusive relationship, and find a job which is how she ended up in the recruiting industry.

Now, Ashley’s connection with Safe Haven continues, but this time in a different vein. She serves on its event planning committee, speaks at their annual fundraising events, and continues to donate 10 percent of Hire For Hope’s revenue stream each quarter. She hopes to someday join the board of directors and continue in the healing process both for herself and other women.

“We’re just giving back hope to women who can be so much more than they currently are,” said Ward. 

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2018 Good For Grand Rapids Award

Local First hosted its inaugural Good for Grand Rapids Awards ceremony in March 2018.  Categories included: Good For The Environment, Good For The Community, Good For Governance, and Good For Employees. Local First has a passion for people living and working together in sustainable community.

As a branch under Good For Michigan, Local First is West Michigan’s leading resource for companies looking to make a positive impact in their community. Through Good For Michigan, Local First is equipping businesses with the tools they need to use their business as a force for good, and celebrating them for making a positive impact in the community.

Hire For Hope took home the “Good For the Community” Award because giving back is a permanent part of our mission! Partnering with a diverse client base while helping give women and children access to the same services and resources that helped Ashley Ward thrive is our company’s foundation. WZZM13 News covered the event to display how each company is using their business model to create jobs, build stronger communities, and a healthier region.

By utilizing Hire For Hope’s recruiting services you can make a difference. For every average candidate placement made at Hire For Hope, four families can receive a week of shelter and escape domestic violence situations. Safe Haven relies on local individuals and businesses to support their services.

Read more about other Local First Finalist & Winners and find additional coverage from the GRBJ here!