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. These makers went through our part time employment program. Our goal is to full time employ more women who have transitioned out of our part time employment 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


​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! 

Lainey Fallgatter

Director of Outreach

Raised by artistic parents, Lainey fell in love with making things at an early age. She has years of experience in the jewelry industry and uses that knowledge to make quality Strings for Hope products. She works directly with the women in the facilities, teaching them how to make our jewelry and witnessing their growth.

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.


Head of Quality Control

Smiley started out in our part time 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,