Sarah is our Director of Outreach and Operations. Sarah started working for us while she was in transitional housing and has since transitioned into working for us full-time! Each week, Sarah works closely with the women in the facilities we work with and is an amazing asset to our company!
Q: How did you feel at first about working for Strings for Hope?
A: I knew a couple of women who were making guitar string jewelry, and I always thought it was so cool. When the opportunity presented itself for me to get involved, I was so stoked! I went to the first class and immediately knew this was something that I wanted to do.
Q: Do you feel as if working for Strings for Hope helped you while going through a recovery program?
A: Absolutely. It afforded me the opportunity to be able to focus more on my recovery and my children. Also, the act of actually making the jewelry is very therapeutic for me. It relaxes me and helps me to focus on the present.
Q: You have been working for us for a while now, how do you now feel about the company?
A: Yes, I have been working for Strings for Hope for almost 2 years now. I started making jewelry while I was in a transitional living home. I was promoted after a year, and I now get to work with other women who are in a recovery program. I have been exactly where they are, and I love watching them change and grow. I've watched women graduate programs, get their own homes, regain custody of their children, obtain a driver's license, get their GED, and just become productive members of society. It's truly a beautiful thing to be a part of.
Q: What are some of the biggest changes you’ve seen in the company?
A: I love Strings for Hope. I love our team. It's a small company that strives to make a big difference, so we all tend to wear a lot of hats. I think the biggest thing I have seen is our growth as a company. We have started to do bigger/more events. We are partnering with more companies and individuals who have like- minded goals. Our staff has more than doubled since I have been a full-time employee. We are employing more of the women in the facilities full- time. All of this means that we are making a bigger impact. I think as long as we continue to keep the mission our first priority, we will keep growing. The more we grow, the more lives we can touch.
Q: What is the biggest piece of advice you would give to someone considering utilizing Strings for Hope’s program?
A: I understand how difficult it can be to balance everything that is so important in early recovery. Strings for Hope gives women the opportunity to do just that. We are adults, and we have to have an income to survive, but in early recovery, there are so many things that are equally as important. It can be so overwhelming, and I truly believe this is a huge factor in relapse. We provide a way to earn an income on an extremely flexible schedule so that things like meetings, therapy, and networking can still be a priority. If you get the chance to participate in Strings for Hope, absolutely take it.
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Q: Why did you choose to take over Strings for Hope?