Employee spotlight: Sherry Gricar

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What do you like most about your job?
I really love the Christian values and I appreciate our mission. My favorite thing is supporting people directly, and in the day program I have the opportunity to do that. I also appreciate the closeness with the families. That gives us direction and encouragement and I appreciate that.

Describe your best day.
I love when we’re really busy in the bakery and Ihave people participating who maybe wouldn’t traditionally participate. I love challenging myself to get another person to challenge themselves. I also love it when we’re out volunteering, like with Meals and Wheels. I just love being busy!

What is something that surprised you about working here?
I think – going back to the Christian values – I wasn’t sure if that was going to be suited for me. But now I feel like I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else because of our encouragement to support people in their faith and to have devotion and prayer as part of our days. It helps to give us direction and to help support people in the best way and to help encourage each other! I’m not really churchy, but I would miss that part of my day if I worked anywhere else.

Is there a personal passion of yours that you are able to share at work?
I love cooking for other people and breaking bread with friends, so I love that I get to run the bakery at the day program! I also love sharing a laugh with people, so it’s great to be able to bring humor to my job every day.

Is there something about you that would surprise people?
I guess sometimes it’s hard for me to not do for a person. I joke that I am a cruise director style of person, so I challenge myself to support people in doing for themselves. I need to slow myself down to support people in that way. I have to really concentrate on it for it to happen.