About Us

Founded in 2010, Strings for Hope has spent the past decade impacting the local Nashville community. Utilizing secondhand musical strings allows us to provide second chances for survivors of addiction, domestic violence, and sex trafficking. Through employment in our program, survivors receive supplemental income and learn job skills while in transition. Each of our makers come directly from transitional housing facilities, and most of our strings are donated by musicians and music stores throughout the local Nashville area.

We have successfully been able to full time employ 2 makers who went through our Work Development Program. Our goal is to full time employ more women who have transitioned out of our Work Development Program.

Our products embody everything that Nashville is: kind, creative, and musical. We are proud to give back to the Nashville community and change the lives of survivors in our city.

Strings for Hope would not survive without your business. We thank you for your support!

Our Team

Emily Winters

CEO

​With years of experience in the nonprofit world, Emily has a passion for giving back to her community. Her favorite part about working for Strings for Hope is impacting people!  Since taking over the company, Emily has watched the company expand immensely and is excited to watch its future growth.

Devon Rideout

General Manager

Devon started as a sales representative for Strings for Hope in her final year at Belmont University. After making her way back to Nashville in 2019, she rejoined the Strings for Hope team as our General Manager! Devon has a strong background in sales, management, and nonprofit work. She utilizes that experience to facilitate growth within the company! 

Kelsey McCarthy

Marketing Coordinator

Kelsey started as a sales rep for Strings for Hope. She began her role as marketing coordinator at the start of 2020. Her goal is to spread the word about the great work at Strings for Hope using social media and community partnerships. Our mission is close to her heart, and she loves working for a company that gives back.

Smiley

Head of Quality Control

Smiley started out in our Work Development Program as a jewelry maker in her earlier process of leaving addiction. She fell in love with the message of hope that this company promises. She is now head of quality control, proving that our mission changes lives for the better,

Rhonda Yaeger

Program Director

Rhonda Yaeger has over 20 years of experience working within the judicial system and with Metro Nashville’s Office of Family Safety as an advocate for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and trafficking. She completed a master’s degree in criminal justice and has also secured a Non-Profit Management Certificate. Prior to her career in the judicial system and Metro Nashville’s Office of Family Safety, Rhonda also worked as an International Marketing Manager for Capitol Records and also utilized her marketing skills while working for a property management company as well as working as a Realtor. Rhonda enjoys working with individuals to empower them to be their best selves and is very excited to be working with Strings for Hope as she fully believes in their vision and mission.  

Hannah Browning

Full Time Maker

Hannah started in our Work Development. Since graduating from the program, she was hired on full time! She lives our mission daily. She loves making jewelry and working in an encouraging environment that supports her recovery.