As Lifespace Communities celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, team members across the organization are reflecting on their success thus far, and planning for a bright future.
Friendship Village of South Hills’ Kelly Michel has been part of the Lifespace family for 22 years and counting. Kelly began her journey as a dining server when she was just 16 years old. She loved working at the community so much that it turned into a decades-long career.
“It’s the residents,” said Kelly. “I feel so blessed to be around people who have lived such long, fulfilling lives.”
She says her close relationship with her grandparents also helped shape the strong bond she has with the community. Over the course of her career, Kelly’s passion for working with seniors led her to positions as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and concierge at Friendship Village. She’s currently the arts and communications director at Friendship Village, and you’ll find her leading art and fitness classes, as well as a variety of social activities and events.
“It’s exciting to get up every morning and do what I love in such a great atmosphere,” Kelly said.
She also points to the camaraderie among fellow team members, and says functions to foster team bonding make Friendship Village a great place to work.
After more than two decades of service, Kelly shows no signs of slowing down. She says she’s thankful for the wonderful memories she’s made so far, and is looking forward to making plenty more.