Sara Knox, Director

I started my human service career as a volunteer at a crisis hotline because I knew what it was like to feel hurt and isolated, and I wanted to give back to others who felt that way. I became trained as a Peer Support Specialist in 2015. I worked with the Iowa Peer Workforce Collaborative on creating the Peer and Family Peer Support Specialist trainings and wrote some of the training, including the unit on Trauma-Informed Care. I have experience working as a Peer Support Specialist and training and supervising Peer Support Specialists.

What do I love about Peer Support?

I think many of us experience trauma and suffering that feels meaningless at the time, but when we are able to help others who are experiencing those things, we give meaning to our own experiences and theirs. Peer Support demonstrates that our painful experiences can actually bring us closer together, and those relationships are what foster healing and growth.