Making the Change to a Meaningful Career
Twelve years ago, Amy Stearns decided she wanted a career change to make a difference in the lives of others.
What Amy did not know when she started at Liberty ARC was how her daily interactions with the individuals she supports would change her own life.
“It’s a human services job, so it works both ways, where our job is to take care of the individuals, but what I didn’t know when I first started here is that they take care of me,” Amy said. “They feed my soul and my spirit. I chose to do this because it is so life enriching.”
Amy started as a Direct Support Professional as Float Relief Staff and worked her way up to her current position as a Residential Manager. The decision to transition from working in the restaurant industry to a job at Liberty ARC came about after she took care of her ailing grandparents. This is when she realized she wanted a career helping others.
Liberty ARC staff helped make Amy’s change easy. During the interview process, she was met with a warm smile from her interviewer and reassurance that her years in customer service would make her a great addition to the agency’s team.
“I started and it was just a huge eye opener,” Amy said. “I remember going through training and learning about all the individuals we serve and the many ways we enrich their lives every day. I was totally amazed.”
Working at Liberty ARC is not just a job for Amy. The individuals she supports and the relationships she has built are extremely important to her.
Amy loves learning about their lives, what they love to do, what motivates them, and forming relationships with their families.
“You get paid monetarily, but this job pays you in ways beside what money would ever give you,” Amy said. “You learn that the individuals make your life better. They teach you patience. They teach you kindness.”
If you are interested in joining the Liberty ARC team and want a meaningful career, please visit https://www.libertyarc.org/careers-at-liberty-arc/ to see our current openings.