Jana Hayes

Jana Hayes

Family Resource Developer

What is your role at Family Service Association of Greater Elgin Area?

As a FRD I am able to link families in crisis to resources that they may need to help them cope with their crisis and that is available within their community.

Why did you choose Family Service Association of Greater Elgin Area?

I chose to work at Family Service Association of Greater Elgin because I thought that the position that I applied for would be a rewarding position and it turned out that was correct.

If you had to give a 2-minute elevator speech on what you do every day, what would you say?

In a 2-minute elevator speech, I would say that my position entails working collaboratively with families, children, agency staff, and other providers in the community to link families in need to resources in the community.

What is the best part of working in the mental health field?

The best part of working in the mental health field is knowing that I am hopefully making a difference in the lives of people that I work with on a daily basis. It is a rewarding experience helping people in need.

What is the favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of my job is meeting new people because I have had the chance to go out on home visits and meet people in person and it helps foster a relationship that may not have been there talking over the phone to them.

Who has had the most influence on your work career?

I feel that life experience has been the most influential factor in my career decisions. Because of what I’ve experienced in my life and those that God sent along my path to help me, I decided that I wanted to do the same for someone else.

What is your favorite quote?

My favorite quote of all time is from the Bible, Jeremiah 29:11. It says, “ For I know the plans that I have for you says the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope.” This quote helps me realize that God is in control and all things work together for my good and that there are distinct plans that God has in mind for my life.

If you could meet someone, dead or alive, who would it be?

Other than Jesus Christ, if I could meet anyone in the world, I’d like to meet Benjamin Netanyahu. I am a supporter of Israel and I feel that he has been an awesome leader of Israel.

People would be surprised if they knew I...

...love amusement parks and water parks.

If you could pick a superpower what would it be?

If I could pick a superpower, it would be to read people hearts and intentions. Reading the mind would be nice, but reading the heart and knowing what someone is really feeling would be neat.

Favorite Food?

My favorite foods are Thai food and Indian food.

What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?

The weirdest thing that I have ever tried was chitterlings or pig intestines and it tasted just like it sounds, gross.

What is the most interesting place that you've visited?

The most interesting place that I’ve visited was Motown, in Detroit. Motown is very influential in a lot of great music.

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