March Staff Spotlight: Amanda Young

“You are working alongside people who really care about each other and what they are doing.”

Home Health Aide Amanda Young feels like she is with family when she comes to work, between her co-workers and the residents she has cared for at Camphill Ghent for the past four years.

A firm believer in the philosophy that by giving, you receive, Amanda is a longtime champion of working toward Camphill Ghent’s mission for success. “For it is in giving that we receive,” quotes Amanda of St. Francis of Assisi, which she believes speaks to Camphill Ghent’s underlying mission. Helping people is something she enjoys and definitely helped her choose her work path. Amanda is taking the Camphill Ghent care course this year with co-workers as part of her ongoing commitment to improve her skills.

“Amanda is very sweet and she is very much loved by staff, residents and families,” said Adult Home Administrator Jo-An Ellithorpe. “Amanda is someone who is so valuable to us. She is capable, kind, caring and extremely flexible with her schedule,” said Jo-An. “Amanda is also attending the care course this year, which shows us how much of an interest she has in Camphill and continuing her understanding and knowledge.  I cannot say enough about her because she truly is an incredible employee.”

Amanda, 29, joined Camphill Ghent in May 2014, having watched the community being built as she drove by every day on her way to other jobs. A Chatham native, Amanda is a 2007 Chatham High School graduate. She and her two sisters grew up nearby, daughters of Joe Young and Laurel Northup. When she is not at Camphill Ghent, Amanda loves to spend time reading and being with family and friends.

Noting the relative longevity of staff, Amanda attributes it to a combination of a strong support network. “If your heart is in it, you are working alongside people who really care about each other and what they are doing,” she said. “It’s a beautiful place filled with beautiful people.”