To Whom It May Concern:
My name is Elaine Gordon, and I started my housecleaning service, American Maid, in the Puget Sound Area nearly 20 years ago. I started the maid service because I first had a passion for women, mostly moms and single moms who were forced, so to speak, into the work force to support their children. I wanted to create a position for women which would provide them an opportunity to go to work and be empowered in their own businesses, and at the same time, have enough time at home to be moms and parent their children.
I created American Maid housecleaning service to do just that. What my maid service does is give women an opportunity to engage in entrepreneurial skills while at the same time they can be home when their children return from school at 3pm.
What I do through American Maid Housecleaning Service is teach women how to open their own maid services and at the same time sub-contract under American Maid so that they will always have enough work and encouragement to be successful. In just a short time, the majority of women literally work herself out of a job with my maid service and goes on to become very successful in their own housecleaning businesses.
I also created a strong market place in which I service approximately 120-140 homes per week. I have 80 people with businessess as sole proprietors working through my maid service and at the same time I was able to successfully start the process in creating a non-profit organization as well. My non-profit organization, Elaine's American Maid Foundation, gives away free maid service to women with cancer and breast cancer. I also clean homes for men who have lost their wives due to cancer, and also I am able to clean homes for moms who's children are also stricken with the deadly disease of cancer.
My maid service, American Maid, is a wonderful service, and besides keeping our , homes beautifully clean and providing countless jobs for women who need to support their families, I also am able to meet a need of women in the community that there is no other service that takes care of keeping cancer patients homes cleaned.
At a time when women are fatigued with kemo therapy and radiation, my housecleaners go into their homes with cheerful attitudes and begin to clean their homes from top to bottom. The girls also occasionally bring in flowers, and offer to help out in any way they can- to assist the cancer patient.
I am in the process of establishing my foundation to underwrite the cost of housecleaning for our community's cancer patients on a weekly basis. I have been donating my paychecks every week for the past year. I feel the cleaning is so needed at this time that I did not want to wait till my foundation was up and running. The most amazing thing is that giving is so infectious. My cleaners often give extra time in addition to the three hours that I do pay them for. It is so exciting because it is all about women helping