Meet Julie Amundson: 35 Years With Us and Counting
Julie Amundson has been working at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home for as long as she can remember (over 35 years to be exact). Throughout those years she has touched the lives of hundreds of residents, everyday making sure to have a positive impact on their quality of life. Her enthusiasm spreads to everyone that she interacts with, which is what makes her one of the best at what she does. We decided to interview Julie to show the impact she has on our community…
Tell us a little about what you do…
I coordinate the Resident Activity Program—lots of planning, scheduling of musicians and special events, making sure things are implemented and communicated. I interview residents as to what their preferences and interests are, their leisure activity and work life, getting to know them as a person, seeing to their individual/social/group activity needs. I participate in care planning and care conferences and do lots of computer charting on each resident. I supervise activity personnel, volunteers, and the Resident Council. I am a member of and work with the MCHS Auxiliary on our two major yearly fundraisers (Heritage Days in July and the annual Bazaar in the October.)
How long have you been working at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home?
I have worked at Minnewaska Lutheran Home for 35 years. I was hired as the Activity Director and Volunteer Coordinator in July 1984.
Favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of this job is being able to work with a variety of people and tasks every day!
How have the residents made an impact in your life?
I have met so many wonderful people over the years through this job. The residents have taught me much about life and what is really important. They have willingly shared their wisdom and life stories with me so that we as a whole staff can better serve them and give them the quality of life they deserve.
What is the overall environment like at the Lutheran Home?
It feels like home here, a family type environment. People are engaged and connected with each other. It’s a happy place!
What is one of your favorite memories that you have made here?
One of my favorite memories—I took a group of residents on a picnic to Swift Falls Park back in the mid 1980’s. One of our residents, who was a very spry, active, and helpful gentleman, got out of the van first and started walking towards the picnic area with our food and beverages. As I continued to help the others out of the van, I heard my name being called. I looked over towards the playground equipment and there he was—he had climbed the ladder and was on top of the big slide waving at me with a big smile on his face! He did climb down safely again so all was well, but I remember thinking “Oh boy, what am I going to do now?” What an adventuresome spirit he had—I will always remember that smile 🙂
“I love working with the older generation. We have great staff, families, and volunteers, and the community of Starbuck is very supportive and dedicated.”