Sheriff Michael Ashe honored by Human Service Forum

Sheriff credited with helping people live productive lives once out of jail

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Human Service Forum is honoring Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe for his decades of service.

Human Service Forum, or HSF, has more than 100 members, representing nonprofits and other businesses in health and human services. Ashe was the guest of honor at their breakfast Thursday morning at the Delaney House in Holyoke.

The sheriff was celebrated for creating hundreds of partnerships that helped people become productive members of society after serving time in jail.

“He’s literally created more than 300 connections out there in the community,” said Kathleen Dowd, Executive Director of the Human Service Forum.

The retiring sheriff also gave credit to those who work alongside him in the sheriff’s department.

“I’ve been very blessed to have a very dedicated, committed staff, and we’re doing work of trying to impact people’s lives, make a difference,” Ashe said.

At Thursday morning’s event, about 15 people shared their personal stories of how Sheriff Ashe has impacted their lives through his initiatives.