Member Spotlight: Sherry Elaina Martin

What prompted you to join Southside Wellness Coalition?

I have seen firsthand, both personally and professionally, how substance use disorder can impact not only an individual and their family, but an entire community. Being part of an organization that is dedicated to reducing the impact drugs have on our community is a privilege, as well as a labor of love.

What do you consider to be one of Southside’s biggest challenges?

I believe the rural nature of Southside can make it difficult for people and services to connect effectively. Lack of public transportation combined with a very large service area makes it difficult for a large portion of our population to identify and access the resources they need.

What do you consider to be one of Southside’s biggest strengths?

Southside has a deep and truly remarkable sense of community that I believe will continue to contribute towards the success and well-being of all its citizens.

If you are employed outside your home, what kind of work do you do?

I am a Housing Case Manager at Tri-County Community Action Agency, where I work primarily with clients who are experiencing or have experienced chronic homelessness.

What is a fun fact about you that not many people know?

I love words and etymology! One of my favorite words is “petrichor” – it’s that really wonderful smell that comes with the first rain after a long dry spell.

What is your favorite quote?

“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” -Lewis Carroll