“I was really passionate about the history, cultures, and I was there, I lived there several times in college,” she said. “I was dead set on doing that.”
But during her last trip to Africa, something changed.
“I realized that wow, I love the places I’ve been there and treasure those experiences, [but] there was also just huge cultural and historical barriers,” she said. “And I felt like they weren’t insurmountable, but they were significant and that there was so much going on in my own community and our country that needed to be worked on.”
After deciding to stay in the U.S. and apply for jobs here, she came across a job as a youth care worker at Mercy Home.
“It was in Chicago, and I did not want to live in Chicago,” she said “I was like, I’m going to go live in L.A., I’m going to live in Louisiana. I was gung-ho to live anywhere else because I didn’t want to be in the Midwest, which is funny because I grew up in the Midwest. I just thought Chicago was too close to home.”
Despite her reservations, Sasha took the job at Mercy Home and started four days after she was hired in Sheil Home.
Even though her four years in Sheil Home had their difficulties, Sasha was determined to stay at Mercy Home and make a difference.
“I was very determined to master this … I didn’t just want to quit and leave and not have fully gotten the results or success that I wanted,” she said.