In 2011 while trying to raise two young children as a single mother and full-time student, Grace started Handmaid Cleaning as a personal mission for a trade she had always admired and loved. Starting in Grace's earliest stages in life, she found cleaning to be a therapeutic outlet, a concrete atmosphere of peace, in the midst of the abusive home were she was raised. As Grace grew on her personal journey she came to a cross road, where she decided to take the leap into doing the work she had always loved as a way to support herself and her children.
From the beginning of this journey, although she was naturally skilled in the trade of housecleaning, she still spent hundreds of hours educating herself in best practices to ensure that she would be prepared from the start. Having graduated college with a degree in General Sciences with a focus and Honors in Psychology, only several months after starting her service, it seemed as though many family and friends felt she had "wasted" her talents and "sold" herself "short" to much of her family and friends around her. This experience helped her wake up more fully to the stigmas surrounding this trade. Through this apparent dilemma, she was grateful to have the opportunity to see this stigma face to face, on such a personal level a new and greater mission to help others - She made it her mission to open the eyes of the public to see cleaning as a vital trade and skilled profession.
Since then Grace and Kevin Reynolds have effectively created a new respect for Cleaners, in the small town of Walla Walla, Washington, where cleaning as a true profession was something not yet even available, nor understood as a reality. Now, with the Help of their Office Manager, Sheryl Milligan, have formed a movement and NPO, the American House Cleaners Association, raising respect and awarenesses of House Cleaners around the world.
From the early days of the company in 2012, Kevin brought the leadership, marketing and advertising skills necessary to effectively spread the mission his wife held dear to her heart. His love for this mission and movement developed over time, by his devotion and desire to make Grace's dreams come true. Starting small, Kevin and Grace first created a new respect for Cleaners, in the small town of Walla Walla, Washington, where House Cleaning as a profession was something not yet even available, nor understood on even the lowest levels. Within the first few years of starting, they successfully gained an unstoppable momentum in creating a new culture toward Cleaning Professionals by implementing the building and promotion of their local team of Handmaid Cleaners. Today they have a thriving and award winning service in their local community and have set a higher standard of cleaning skills and overall respect for this profession in Walla Walla.
Now, with the Help of their once cleaner, now Director of International Relations, and CDO, Sheryl Milligan, Kevin and Grace Reynolds have formed a world wide community and movement on Facebook and are effectively spreading the Mission through recognition of multiple media outlets, including Forbes, Huffington's Thrive Global, Medium, among others. The Handmaid Cleaning Community movement was brought to life for the purposes and mission of the American House Cleaners Association, raising respect and awarenesses of House Cleaners around the world.
In 2015, Sheryl, started her first days working as a cleaner for Handmaid Residential Cleaning. She quickly gained notice from Kevin and Grace, as they recognized her innovation, independence, and unique ability to implement effective leadership within our local team, by adapting to each unique circumstance, finding ways to address difficulties and conflicts with both humility and love.
Although she originally joined Handmaid Cleaning's team as a temporary endeavor during a time of transition in her life, she took on her position as a House Cleaner with her heart and with this approach, she was able to recognize what an impact this work had on members of the Walla Walla community, on both families and local businesses. In her previous world, before joining the Handmaid team she had always seen cleaning a mundane duty.
After a short period of time, by the level of cleaning she was able to accomplish for family homes and businesses by the transforming methods of cleaning and established standards provided by the company's established systems, she was able to see the industry's vital role in providing a true civil service for the local community of Walla Walla and humanity as whole. She has since gained a new found respect for those who serve the world in this way and from this has put her whole heart into the vision of this Mission.
Since becoming a member of our foundational leadership team, Sheryl has not only helped develop and implement new and better ways of leadership and direction for our local cleaning service team, but continues to help cleaners through her deep understanding of the vision for this Mission, helping and contributing to ever evolving methods and approaches valuable to the growth and development of the mission and purpose of the AHCA.
Steven Reynolds, has recently joined our team as a Board Member of the AHCA. After years of consideration Steven has now committed to providing for the ongoing success and implementation of technical strategies for the ongoing structure and development of our mission. He will be utilizing his unique skills developed through his education and experience as a civil engineer and program designer in the Bay Area of California. With his skills, intellect and experience he is effectively providing the AHCA better and more effective ways of implementing strategies colliding the necessary components of technical integrations. By this generous contribution of his time and talents, the Mission will continue to develop in its ability to provide the best ways to serve our members, making possible the development of informational materials and tools allowing comprehensive methods and materials to be more accessible for our industry's growth and ongoing evolution!
Love Giving Back?
Share your Story with us and you may have the opportunity to receive press for the charity cleanings you are giving to those in need and the great example you are providing to your community! This sharing of our gifts as house cleaners helps build up communities in providing charitable services, but also gives selected businesses an opportunity to gain a greater recognition for their services in their area, bringing a deeper respect and awareness for what we all do and how necessary our services truly are for our local communities by providing our services for those in need.
HOw are you Spreading respect for our trade?
We want to know HOW you believe our industry can improve in the way of growth and respect for this skilled trade. Tell us about what this mission means to you and how it has effected your life as a cleaner and/or business owner in this industry. By becoming a part of this movement and sharing your stories with us, you may be chosen to come on board for a #LIVE on Facebook, as well as given Promotional Recognition in your local area from our PR on facebook and/or other media outlets, to share more about your story, your struggles, your lessons learned and your overall accomplishments since becoming a part of this industry.
Key Elements to True Sucess.
Are you a leader who understands that success is something that goes far beyond your "title" or the number "zeros" on your paycheck? You know that success is ultimately a mindset of betterment for oneself and the world around you, and a constant journey of growth! Have you already been sharing with others the tools you have learned to help them succeed in this industry? Do you want to give them more? Do you want to grow with this movement for the success of all those in our industry for generations to come? Join our Advocate Family and have the opportunity to become a shining member of influence to give greater opportunity and success to our industry as a whole.
We Are House Cleaners! We are a community of extraordinary cleaning professionals. We are paid to clean houses. We are employees of cleaning companies. We are managers of maid services. We are cleaning & maid service owners. We are family. This is our home for a lifelong journey in the industry. Here in our community, we build each other up, daily. We help each other become better cleaners, & better business owners. We talk about strategies, we share tips & tricks, we help each other bid jobs. We share before & afters, wins & struggles. We talk about products & equipment & industry news. We are on this lifetime journey together!
We are on a Mission Together. Together, we are raising awareness, recognition, & respect for house cleaners. We are effectively changing the way we & the public sees professional cleaning.