In April, Food Service Manager Kathleen McNama will be finishing two years of excellent service at Christian Encounter. According to Kat, the job combined “making people happy with food” alongside teaching and training the residents, making it an “ideal position for my gifting.” “An unexpected blessing was being able to work so closely with people...I always want to be a part of the Ranch. It just becomes a part of you.” A natural networker, Kat invited many in the community to join in the work happening at Christian Encounter. As Kat joins her husband Glenn in retirement, she plans to remain active volunteering locally.
In the fall, we had two residential volunteers join the Maintenance department, both of whom are former interns. Holly McClain came on as a part-time work program assistant upon completion of her internship, while Joseph Snyder’s (‘18) duties primarily consist of landscaping.
In the Food Service department, we welcomed Kim Gilliland, long-time Grass Valley resident and local AWANA Club Director, as assistant to Food Service Manager Chris Unitt. Olivia Crissman finishes up her one-year internship this month and will transition into the Food Service department as a residential volunteer early next year.
In August and September, Salena Berger and Austin Sather stepped into staff positions upon finishing their two-year and one-year internships, respectively. Salena came on as a full-time receptionist, a position formerly shared by two people. Austin joined Dave LaRash in the Maintenance Department as the Maintenance Coordinator.