Programming and Wellness Specialist
Andrew Noorman says, “Helping others help themselves is my pride and joy.” Andrew has a degree in Interdisciplinary Health Services, with a double minor in Social Work and Addiction Studies, so he’s well suited to his role as Programming and Wellness Specialist at our John Street men’s facility. He graduated from Western Michigan University in 2013.
Andrew is a person in long term recovery himself. He says, “I will forever be grateful that I found a life in recovery. And I want to share my ‘experience, strength, and hope’ with others. If I can give at least one-person hope, then I’ve done my job for the day.” Andrew thinks of Sanford House as a family and a brotherhood. He often tells the men at Sanford House at John Street to start, “Being comfortable with being uncomfortable. If you’re not uncomfortable, then you’re not growing.” Another favorite quote of Andrew’s is, “If you do good things, good things will happen!”
Living a healthy life-style has been a huge part of Andrew’s recovery. And he sells the importance of exercise and fitness to Sanford clients. Every week he facilitates psycho-education groups on health and wellness. He also oversees programming at the men’s house.
Sports are a big part of Andrew’s life. He played hockey growing up and he’s a die-hard Red Wings fan. Besides watching sports in his free time, you will find him cuddled up next to Chloe (his boxer) on the couch – getting a well deserved rest.
Andrew says, “My recovery must come first so that everything I love in life doesn’t have to come last.”