At Healthy365, our Support Navigators are dedicated to connecting Hancock County residents to important local resources. They provide a non-judgmental confidential listening ear when making connections that can alleviate suffering, and improve overall wellness for your mind, body and spirit. In the first of our Super Support Navigator blog series, we’re introducing Jessica Abraham, a Hancock County native who loves working with those in need in our community.
A Passion for Helping Others
Jessica Abraham has a long history of wanting to help people. She studied psychology in college and worked at Fairbanks Alcohol & Drug Addiction Treatment Center after graduating. When she started a family, she chose to return home to Greenfield and work with her long-time mentor Kevin Minnick of the Hancock County Probation Department to fill a grant-funded position that would help create and implement an 18-week program within the jail, known as “The Jail Intervention Program.”
“We started having one-on-one meetings and created education to support them after discharge,” said Jessica. “And so I spent three years going inside a women’s cell block.” Called the Recovery Block, Jessica spent time with these women working on a discharge plan, teaching them the steps for coping and identifying triggers that could cause them to struggle post-discharge. “It was a really impactful job for me,” she said. “I learned a lot about available local resources and how to help people make a plan.”
Transitioning to Healthy365
Eventually, the grant for her position ran out and she was in a place of transition personally as well. When she was hired by Hancock Health, she was pregnant and going through a divorce. “This job saved my life, working full-time with insurance,” said Jessica. “I see that in other people, the hopelessness that I felt, and I got so passionate about this job because I was in their shoes.” Now, as she works to help others in our community, she is able to tell them not to be ashamed, because everyone gets stuck in a struggle sometimes.
A Heart for Hancock County
Over the past year, and in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jessica Abraham has seen incredible growth of the Healthy365 model to connect people in Hancock County to necessary resources. It was a year full of surprises, but she enjoyed seeing how the Healthy365 team rose to the challenge to work together and support the community, making healthy food deliveries, helping with mental health needs and more. “I love working here because we meet people in their struggle,” she said. “It blew my mind how we were able to work together and help people.”
She is proud to live and serve this community, because she has seen people come together to make things better. “Being born and raised in Hancock County there is one aspect that sticks out to me throughout the years,” she said. “And that is that we really do our best as a community to help each other.”
And now for our Super Support Navigator rapid-fire questions:
If you were a superhero, what superpower would you have?
“To see things in advance, because it would definitely help my job. You get attached and you care about these people, and you don’t want anything bad to happen to them in the future.”
What is your favorite Indiana season and why?
“The fall, because I like to hike, and I love all the fall festivals in Greenfield. We have the Riley festival with vendors from all over. You get to walk around downtown and it smells like kettle corn. I just can’t get over how much the city does, even at Christmastime, to decorate.”
What is your favorite way to kick-off a Monday?
“Coffee! I like to go to local businesses, because my family owns a business in town. But I also love the vanilla latte at Starbucks. The girls will tell you I usually always have one.”
What’s your most recent favorite read or movie?
“My favorite author is Max Lucado. I’ve read every single one of his books, and I just keep reading them over and over again. I like to recommend his book, ‘You’ll Get Through This,’ to anyone I come across who is a reader. I also like Caroline Leaf’s podcast and I love Ted Talks. The people we work with are often in the middle of a struggle, so giving them positivity whatever way we can find it.”