Faith, Hope & Charity's Employee of the Year, Nancy Young, is still in shock of receiving her award.
Nancy began in 2002 with Faith, Hope & Charity working in their Community Service program. For two years, she worked with children after school and on the weekends. In 2004, Faith, Hope & Charity was looking for fulltime help in their residential homes. Nancy felt it was her calling to be more active in the daily lives of the residents at FHC.
She currently works as a fulltime CMA and also continues to help out in the Community Service program.
"It's the simple things that keep me at Faith, Hope & Charity," Nancy says, "the smiles on their faces, the hugs they give, and the love they are so willing to give us. How could you not want to return that?"
Over the course of six years that Nancy has been with Faith, Hope & Charity, she says one of the things she enjoys most is knowing that her work is making a difference in the lives of the children and allowing parents and caregivers a break from the hard work they do.
"This job can be challenging at times but the rewards, such as a smiling face, far outweigh those challenges."
In 2007, Nancy was selected as FHC's Employee of the Month for September. Employees nominated her because of her cheerful mood and positive attitude. They also state that when it comes to being a team player, she's the best. But the one thing that remained constant in her nominations was the obvious genuine love she displays toward the children. As one person wrote, "She is a reliable person, hard working, friendly and most of all - she loves the kids!"
The 2007 Employee of the Year was recently announced at Faith, Hope & Charity's All Employee meeting on April 4.
"I was in utter shock! I wasn't sure if I would be able to stand up to accept the award. My heart was pounding so hard!" Nancy said. Now that Nancy has had time to reflect on being the 2007 Employee of the Year she says, "I am so deeply honored and humbled for being selected. It takes a whole team to make our jobs work and I couldn't do mine without the other wonderful staff at Faith, Hope & Charity. Everyone here is great and it's a wonderful place to work. Thinking of this whole experience and being selected for this award still brings a tear to my eye."
Nancy is the first to receive the honor of being named Employee of the Year.