Amanda has been working at FRESH Start Emergency Shelter and Resource Center for three years but volunteered for a year prior to accepting a job offer. She is a supportive services coordinator, a job which entails walking alongside of guests as they work to achieve their goals.
Amanda works with clients one-on-one as they set their own personal goals and work on life skills such as cooking and budgeting. Her job is to build them back up and get them on their feet again so they are ready for the world.
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When it comes to why she volunteers and works for LCCM, Amanda’s reasoning is nothing short of selfless.
“I do this to make an impact on someone’s life and to know someone might not be eating today and this might be their only meal,” she said. “I do the paid position because this was my own call to help others.”
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The reasoning being why she chose LCCM in the first place is because she has walked in the same shoes as the ones she’s helping now. She had just given birth to her youngest daughter and was without a job. Interviews were falling through, so she started volunteering for noon meals and eventually, Wenda, a case supervisor, pulled Amanda’s resume out of a case file and offered her a job.
One of her favorite parts of her job is seeing familiar faces in the lobby and ask her for help.
“I’m the support system for them, whether they’re here or not," she said. "Every client, I’ve walked in their shoes, been homeless and hungry. The Lord has found a way for me to stay out of that predicament.”
Written by Lauren Schrott
Lebanon County Christian Ministries is working in conjunction with Lebanon Valley College students to tell the story of LCCM through the lens of its volunteers, guests, staff and board throughout the season of Lent.
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