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.
Abbey recently graduated from Belmont University with a degree in Entrepreneurship. As apart of Strings for Hope Abbey’s goal is to expand our brand to its fullest. We couldn’t be more excited to have her a part of our team.
Q: How did you become involved with Strings for Hope?
A: I met Emily at an event at my previous workplace, we got to talking and I got asked to intern. My internship started in January and when I graduated I got to become full time.
Q: Where do you see this company going within the next few years?
A: I would definitely see us expanding. I would love to see us go towards working with musicians and working with the community as sustainability pieces. I'm also excited about the growth of the women we employ and the impact we have.
Q: What big ideas do you have for us?
A: Partnerships, and getting us into venues. New locations for pop-ups to utilize our #followthestrings. Overall the structure so we are a well-oiled machine so as we grow we can sustain growth.
Q: What is one thing you have learned since joining the team?
A: I feel like I'm learning every day something new, especially when it comes to structure and accountability. Not only with myself but employees in general. One thing I've learned its f***ing hard to run a business. A startup is not easy and there is nothing a textbook could have taught me.
Q: What tips do you have for recent graduates when looking for jobs?
A: Don’t be afraid to do a job that you might not have initially thought about. You will always be learning, but also look for a job you can become passionate about. When you take a job you are passionate about it never feels like work.
Q: What is one thing you Strings for Hope has given you?
A: Hope, it's really awesome to be apart of a company that really cares about what they're doing and wanting to make an impact. I'm hopeful for not only my generation but for other businesses to do the same. I think we are setting a new standard for how businesses should be run. It’s cool to be apart of a team that cares about the impact we are making and where we are going.
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Q: Why did you choose to take over Strings for Hope?