House Manager Sanford House at John Street
Roderic (Rod) Townes loves his job as the House Manager at Sanford House at John Street for Men. He enjoys interacting with clients, keeping the house in order and and keeping his clients safe. Rod started with Sanford House as a part-time Resident Support staffer after 3 1/2 years as a Resident Care Provider for a behavioral health facility. He rolled up his sleeves and did any task that needed to be completed – cleaning, transporting the clients to off-site support meetings, lending a hand and a sympathetic ear.
He was promoted to House Manager six months later. As a person in long term recovery, Rod finds it gratifying to share his experience, strength and hope with the men in his charge. Rod says he’s allowed to be himself in his position and that it never feels like a “job” or that he’s wearing a “mask”. In his free time, the self-styled “square” watches movies at home, goes to recovery meetings and gets together with friends to hit the local parks.
Rod says, “Sanford House has given me the best of both worlds. I have the opportunity to give hope and help as it was given to me. I’m rewarded with more than I could have hoped for…”