For The Public, Lindy Gramm
Job Title: Lovett Recovery Center home cook.
What I do in my job: Set up meals, make menus, buy food, supervise residents cooking and take them to appointments. It’s a great, diverse job.
Why my job is important: I help those with drug and alcohol problems. I help nurture them and provide good, balanced meals. I also provide a listening ear. In the kitchen, we do a lot of talking.
The special skills and talents I bring to a job: I like creating a homey atmosphere so that residents feel comfortable. I love to teach people to cook so they can have fun doing it.
Best part of my job is: When I see people’s lives change. It’s exciting when I see them get clean and sober and know there’s another way to live their lives. And I work with a great staff.
The part of my job I like least: The devastation that I’ve seen from what drugs and alcohol cause.
How I got my job: A friend who worked here told me about a part-time temporary job opening, and it became a full-time permanent job. I know that God put me here.
How long have I been working here: Five and a half years.
My dream job would be: I never knew it before, but what I am doing now.
My family: My husband, Dan; five children – Charlie, 36, Shanna, 35, Heather, 34, Danika, 18, Gus, 16; grandson, C.J.; and four granddaughters – Cory, Kelsie, Leeanna and Kiley.
Hobbies: Horseback riding, gardening, going to yard sales.
When I was a kid, I: Loved going with my dad to ranches in Half Moon Bay and riding horses.
If money were no object, I would: Open a recovery home with transitional living to help those that are less fortunate; feed the hungry … Maybe open up a soup kitchen.
My dream vacation would be: To see places in the U.S. I’ve never been. There are so many beautiful places right here in our country.
If a movie were made of my life, I would be played by: I don’t know. My husband says Dolly Parton because she’s so bubbly.
People who have made the biggest difference: A dear old friend named Bobbie Leinhart, and Dorothy Wallace and Bobbi Laferriere, because they all mentored me.
My hero: Jesus Christ.
The best book I’ve read recently: “The Purpose Driven Life,” because it shows you how your life can change for the good and how you can find purpose. It opens your eyes.
The soundtrack to my life would include: “Born in the USA,” “Stand By Your Man” and “Over Jordan”
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