Sarah Wood

Project Manager
at MM Solutions
Fort Collins, CO
5 years at MM Solutions

Through this initiative, we are advancing the way we collect and share the voices of workers we serve. The intent of this initiative is to develop a collection of interviews and professional images reflecting workers’ experiences. This interview is with Sarah Wood, a Project Manager at MM Solutions. She has been with MM Solutions for 5 years.

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On Her Career
I work as a project manager for a manufacturing company. I started there as a temp several years ago and have worked my way up and been promoted several times. I like my job because I get to build relationships with people and really connect with them. As a single person, I have a lot of flexibility with my schedule!

On What She Does with Free Time
I like being able to make last-minute plans with friends and socialize. I’m definitely the organizer of my friend group! I am also a certified yoga instructor and am active in Northern Colorado’s arts community. I recently began participating in storytelling groups and love connecting with others through creativity.

On Her Challenges
Being independent comes with challenges. My financial situation can be precarious at times, and I do worry about what would happen to me if I ever needed care and couldn’t work.

Several years ago, I was renting a mobile home and, out of nowhere, started receiving eviction notices from the landlord. I was caught up on my rent, so that wasn’t the issue. I felt like they were manufacturing reasons to try to intimidate me and push me out without a legitimate cause. It was a scary situation and, while I didn’t think they had much legal standing and I didn’t think I’d be immediately evicted or anything, I felt like trouble was coming. I wanted to understand my options and be able to protect myself. I needed to learn what recourse I had, but I didn’t have time during my workday to try to sort it all out on my own.

“Connecting with the WorkLife Resource Navigator and learning what resources were available broadened my scope of what was possible for me. What started out as a stressful situation with my landlord eventually led to me being on a path to buy my own home.”


On Her Interaction with WorkLife Partnership:
“Reaching out to WorkLife Navigator led me to a really unexpected outcome. While discussing my situation, the Navigator and I discussed that even once this particular issue gets resolved, there would likely be another issue with this management company in the future. While we could look at short-term solutions, the better path would be to consider something long-term. Over the course of our conversation, the Navigator suggested I look into what it would take to buy my own home.

I didn’t even think that homeownership was in the cards for me – that I had the resources to do that on my own. But the navigator suggested I attend a first-time homebuyer class held by a local organization. I went to the class and was shocked to find out I was closer than I thought I was to being able to buy my own home.”

Where She Is Now:

“I like my job because I get to build relationships with people and really connect with them.”

I’m a first-time homeowner
The resources the Navigator pointed me to were beyond what I expected. I wasn’t even looking at homeownership as a potential solution to my problem, but connecting with the Navigator and learning about the class and resources available broadened my scope of what was possible for me.

Having this situation resolved took away a layer of chatter and worry.
“Of course, I have my mortgage to worry about…but that’s different. I don’t have to worry about unpredictable rent hikes or being bullied to move out of my place. The experience opened my eyes to what was possible for me, and my living situation wasn’t something I had to worry about while at work anymore. Granted, the transition took some time, but having that hope and the steps laid out in front of [me], provided me with enormous comfort and stability.

What She’d Like Others to Know:
You don’t need to be experiencing an emergency situation to get their [a Navigator’s] help. For me, what started out as a stressful situation with my landlord eventually led to me being on the path to buy my own home here in Fort Collins.

Having this situation resolved took away a layer of chatter and worry.
“Of course, I have my mortgage to worry about…but that’s different. I don’t have to worry about unpredictable rent hikes or being bullied to move out of my place. The experience opened my eyes to what was possible for me, and my living situation wasn’t something I had to worry about while at work anymore. Granted, the transition took some time, but having that hope and the steps laid out in front of [me], provided me with enormous comfort and stability.

 

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WorkLife’s Worker Voice Initiative aims to advance the way we uplift the voices of workers we serve, focusing on authentic stories from workers who experience systemic and societal issues that impact their ability to bring their whole selves to their jobs. If you’re interested in sharing your story, please email us at [email protected].