Employee of the Month: Sarah Hasse
What originally made you want to work with EA?
I spent many of my summers working at summer camps with children and adults as a counselor. I have always felt called to help people, which lead to me to pursue a degree in education. Often we create plans for our lives and we find it takes us other directions. I found myself wanting to change directions and continued my search for opportunities in human services. Here is where I found E.A. and starting my position as a case manager working with adults struggling with mental health. I so appreciate E.A.s dedication to our clients and helping them build the skills and strategies to cope with symptoms and make steps toward independence to help improve quality of life while making progress toward their goals.
Describe what your best day on the job looks like:
I would say that the best days are when I am able to work with a client and see them making the steps toward their goals and celebrating their successes with them.
What do you wish people knew about working in your field?
Some days offer unique challenges and taking the time for self-care to care for our mental and emotional health is crucial in order to continue to offer the quality of service and support to our clients.
How do you practice self care?
I love to spend time outside gardening. It is a common occurrence for me to swing past my local nursery store on my lunch breaks and bring back a variety of plants into the office so they don’t burn up in the car. I also love to go exploring with my husband and our dogs in the mountains, mushroom hunting, hiking, and slowing down to enjoy the small things in life.
What's a hidden talent you have, or something about yourself that would surprise most people?
A hidden talent I have yet to find, though I would like to develop the skill to keep my eyes open when I sneeze.
Anything else you'd like to add?
"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow." - Helen Keller