MEET OUR TEAM
Hi, I’m Stephanie. I am a recovering drug addict who takes great pride in offering and receiving the mutual support that is offered at the respite. It is such an honor to not only spread my message but to receive the continued support I need daily to continue my journey.
Grassroots Empowerment Project has been there for me in one way or another since 2006, helping me to find my life’s purpose. They have been there to inspire me, give me a voice and an opportunity to channel my passion to “pay it forward”. There is no better place to do that than in the nurturing, supportive and healing atmosphere that is Grassroots Wellness. What an amazing and loving group of people to work with! Many thanks to all of you who bring such varied talents in such a loving way!!! Peer Support for me has felt like “HOPE on Fire” but to start with all I needed was just one tiny little spark from someone who had been through similar struggles and had come out even stronger because of it.
My name is Sammie Jasper. After spending two years at UW-Stout as a hospitality major, struggling with the question of, “is this the right path for me?”, a life changing event occurred that answered my question for me. Over the summer of 2017, I was away for an internship as an event planner when I got the phone call that I had lost my mom to suicide. This news was a big wake up call for me, and lead me to search for a career path that I felt would be more fulfilling. It was during this dark time that I stumbled across Grassroots Wellness Peer Run Respite. I actually followed the Respite on social media as a resource for learning coping skills and things similar to that, as a way to help heal myself. I ended up spotting a job opening, and the rest is history!
I feel deeply blessed to be working in a field that allows people to reach out for help without facing any repercussions, which is something that kept my mom from reaching out as she was scared to have a mental health record due to the fact that she as a nurse practitioner, which is a career field that sometimes looks down upon that. This is a judgement free zone, where people are free to explore their own versions of therapy (Self-care, being connected to their community, yoga, art therapy, new coping skills, etc.) and figure out what is best for them, without other people telling them what they think is best for them. I absolutely love the fact that this Respite provides people with an alternative to medical model therapies. In the future, I plan to become a certified yoga instructor with hopes of bringing yoga practice to rehabilitation centers, respites, and to the community.
Outside of work I love to travel (who doesn’t?!), spend time in nature with my two boys (boyfriend and dog-child), work on photography projects with my sister, and learn about energy work.
My name is Sarah Ferber. After spending many years struggling with drug addiction, mental illness and the subsequent contact with the criminal justice system, I was able to find recovery. The biggest factor in my recovery has been connecting with other people who understand what I have been through and who are willing to walk on this journey of recovery with me.
I started working at Grassroots Peer Run Respite and Wellness Center in April of 2016 as a Peer Supporter. My position with Grassroots has blessed me with the opportunity to walk with others who are still trying to find their path to recovery. There is no better feeling than that of helping a fellow human being figure out what that path looks like for them.
I also work as a community organizer with EXPO (Ex-Prisoners Organizing) where I can lift my experience, and the experience of others, with addiction and the criminal justice system. We are all in this together, and each voice and experience has something unique to offer. The power of our collective voices is sure to bring about major transformation.
Hi! My name is Lynette and I was born in Eau Claire, WI and have lived here all my life. My passions include living my life, rather than have it happen to me, and DOGS! I love dogs! I am currently mom to three rescues, with more to come most likely. I like to walk, read, garden (although I’m not great at it — I can kill anything), and cook (even worse at that!).
I am super excited to be working with Grassroots and be of service wherever I can! I have dealt with addiction and depression my whole life and can relate to a wide variety of emotions and situations stemming from these issues. I believe that recovery and a happy life is possible for anyone! I also believe that without those times, I would not fully appreciate what I have now.
I will be glad today for the clouds or the rainbows. Both are meant for my good. And without both, neither has meaning.
Hello! I’m Mary! I’ve been with Grassroots Wellness for a year now and have fallen in love with it more everyday. The training opportunities and personal lessons I have learned while working with and around such amazing people has turned my life around in such a positive way.
If I am not working I can be found hanging out with my two kids… my son and my cat. If I find any free time I can usually be found roaming parts of Minnesota or Wisconsin trying to find the next trail to hike or video arcade to conquer.
I was always told to leave my personal life at the door and being a part of everything I have been the past year has shown me that you can be yourself with all of your strengths and weaknesses and still make a difference.
I am huge fan of using your creativity, struggles, and passion to help you achieve whatever it is you are working towards at whatever point you are in your life.