Plenty of people start a new job and eventually grow into liking their work. But for Amanda Guevara, she was all-in from her very first interview for a position at Central City Concern’s Sobering Station.
“I had the opportunity to watch how the staff helped people when they were most in need, and I knew immediately – I wanted to do this,” she remembers.
That was 10 years ago. Since then, Amanda has grown from an on-call employee to a permanent Detox Worker, then to a manager. Today, Amanda is CCC’s Assistant Director of Detoxification Services, overseeing and ensuring the safety of the staff and clients of the Sobering Station, the CHIERS program, and the Hooper Detox Center.
While she spends much of her day providing support to her staff, she is intentional about staying closely in touch with the individuals receiving services. After all, it was the opportunity to assist individuals in vulnerable situations that resonated so much with her.
Despite her own penchant for establishing a rapport with the people who are admitted from the street as a result of being incapacitated due to substance use, Amanda knows how people in the public may judge the individuals served by the CHIERS van, Sobering Station, or Hooper Detox. After years of seeing people start their journeys to recovery as a result of receiving these services, what Amanda sees is potential and hope.
“Getting to know the people we serve is what changes everything. I love hearing someone say, ‘This is the day that I’m going to change my life.’”
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Amanda's story is part of Central City Concern's week-long series to celebrate National Health Center Week by highlighting just a few of the many extraordinary people who make the work of CCC's health centers possible. The week of August 9 through August 15 is a time to recognize the services and contributions of health centers that provide affordable, high quality, cost effective health care to medically vulnerable and underserved people throughout the United States.
Learn more about CCC and National Health Center Week by reading a post introducing this series from Leslie Tallyn, CCC's Chief Clinical Operations Officer.