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Lutheran’s Leadership Team has announced the hiring of Amanda Christy as the new Director of Community Life. In her new role, Amanda will be responsible for activity programing for residents and volunteer recruitment for the Lutheran Home and Rehabilitation Center.
“Amanda is uniquely qualified for this new position and we’re excited to see the department continue to provide the highest level of programming and services to our residents,” said Tom Holt, president and CEO of Lutheran. “Amanda’s enthusiasm is infectious and she’ll bring that to the rest of her activities team.”
A graduate of Jamestown High School, Jamestown Community College, SUNY Fredonia, and University of Phoenix online, Amanda’s education background focused on youth education, administration, and management of programming. Most recently she was employed by G.A. Family Services as a Family Resource Coordinator in the Foster Care program and also held positions with Chautauqua Opportunities, Winifred Crawford Boys and Girls Club, Heritage House Childcare and Learning Center, and Zion Covenant Preschool. Amanda has also received specialized training in crisis intervention, mental health first aid, and solution-focused trauma informed care.
“Being a part of the Lutheran family has been very encouraging and uplifting. I want as many people as possible to feel that too, from volunteers to residents,” said Amanda. “Intergenerational learning through activities and life experiences will be one of my prime focuses here at Lutheran,” she said. Amanda will continue to connect the youth of the area with an active senior population at Lutheran to help both groups learn from one another.
Aside from her work with the residents at Lutheran, Amanda will also be working with the new and existing volunteers of the organization. Volunteer opportunities exist for all ages and abilities, from playing games with residents to working at the facility’s gift shop, which will be expanding in the coming months.
“Our gift shop is one of our most popular gathering places for residents and volunteers. With the gift shop expansion plus our new programming, we’re always on the lookout for new volunteers to help enrich the lives of our residents,” said Pam Nordin, assistant administrator for Lutheran. “Chautauqua County has a growing population of students and adults entering the medical field for employment in the future. Volunteering through Lutheran is a great way for those seeking medical professions to be introduced to medical related jobs and experiences.”
For more information on Lutheran or for volunteer opportunities, please call 716-665-4905 or visit Lutheran on the web at www.lutheran-jamestown.org.
Lutheran, a Christian organization, is a comprehensive continuum of community, residential, and home based supportive services that help people of all ages gain or retain independence.