Super Staff Series: Sarah House

Super Staff Series: Sarah House

Our newest Support Navigator, Sarah House, joined the Healthy365 team in January 2022. She is happy to be home again in Hancock County, using her years of experience in the realm of resource connection on our team of Support Navigators. Our staff members go far beyond simply handing people a list of available resources, and Sarah is a great example of going above and beyond for our community. 

A background in providing resources

As Sarah explained, she has always worked professionally with families to connect them to resources that can support them. “I was a Peace Corps volunteer after college and I lived abroad for 4 years teaching English in Namibia,” she said. “When I moved back home in 2019, I knew that I wanted to get back into that grassroots, community level of work.”

When she returned to Indiana, she took a position with the Department of Child Services, “And that refocused me to want to be back in my specific community,” said Sarah. “I really wanted to be in Hancock County and was very fortunate to join the Healthy365 team.”

Choosing to work at Healthy365

Sarah first heard about Healthy365 through a family member, and she was really struck by the mission. “I love how Healthy365 is going back to basics by meeting people where they’re at and removing barriers,” she said. “And I love the community aspect.”

Healthy365 serves as a free and confidential centralized connection to resources for those living in Hancock County, especially with regard to those in need of mental health and substance misuse support. For Sarah, her favorite part of Healthy365 is “how we serve as the connection to the service and I think what sets us apart is how personable it is,” she said. “Plus, it’s a great team here, just a wonderful group of women and I’m very grateful for them.”

As a Support Navigator, Sarah also loves the consistency she can provide to clients in the community. “Once you establish that connection with a patient, you are going to be the one working with them going forward,” she explained. “Every time they call, they’re going to be connected back to you. They’re going to work with you and you are going to walk alongside them.”

Serving the Hancock County community

Sarah especially enjoys how the work she does with even just one patient can lift everyone in Hancock County. “Helping an individual be healthier and happier – that benefits the entire community,” she said. And why does she love living and serving in this community? “It feels small but we have big resources available.” Hancock County is a small world, and Sarah loves how you so often “know somebody who knows somebody” in nearly every interaction. “I really enjoy knowing that I am making a difference one person at a time in my community.”

Rapid-fire questions:

If you were a superhero, what superpower would you have? “I think I’d want to fly.”

What is your favorite Indiana season and why? “Fall. I love Halloween, I like the leaves changing, I love being outside but not sweating. Indiana in October, you can’t beat it.”

What is your favorite way to kick off a Monday? “A very hot cup of coffee.”

What’s your most recent favorite read or movie? “I love to read and I loved the book ‘Station Eleven’ which they just made into a tv series. I was very concerned they were going to ruin it but it was totally different and really phenomenal.”