Lisa Moyer’s dedication and passion for her work as the Long Term Living Program Supervisor for Blair Senior Services, Inc. shows just in the number of years she has worked for the Agency. Lisa started at Blair Senior Services, Inc. as a Care Manager in the Options Program 19 years ago and has worked her way up through the department in various supervisory roles into her current position.
In her position, Lisa directly supervises the Options, Caregiver Support, Intake, Ombudsman, and Choices Programs. In this capacity, Lisa oversees staff, participates in various groups and committees, and does some administrative work.
What Lisa enjoys most about her job she states, “There are no two days that are the same. We have a great team and they are all wonderful people. I enjoy seeing how these programs are able to help the seniors in the Community. I know this from personal experience, seeing how the programs helped my grandmother and my family. I know the programs work and truly help consumers and their families.”
Lisa said that one of her favorite memories was a Secret Santa Christmas event for some consumers several years ago. She says, “I was able to participate in giving a gift for a consumer. I remember seeing how truly grateful she was for the gift she received almost to the point of tears. It still brings me to tears knowing I made such an impact on someone.”
Lisa stated that the Ombudsman Program is always in need of volunteers to help with visiting the facilities. “We very much appreciate our volunteers. I encourage you to call if you feel you have skills and talents that you can contribute to this program.” If you are interested in volunteering for this program, please call 814-296-6336.
Jaime Rose has been working for Blair Senior Services, Inc. for over 7 years. She went to school at Shippensburg University and worked in another county for two years in the Ombudsman Program and other programs. She moved back home after being hired at Blair Senior Services for a position in the Aging Waiver Program in April of 2011. In July of 2011, Jaime moved into the Ombudsman Program.
Jaime is the Blair County Long Term Care Ombudsman. In her position, Jaime visits 43 long term care facilities. The Ombudsman visits with residents to determine if their rights are being upheld, needs are met, and concerns have been resolved. “No problem or concern is too small! The Ombudsman will help to resolve the issue,” states Rose.
When asking Jaime what she liked most about her job she stated, “No two days are alike. So it makes it very interesting. I would have to say the best part is the people. The residents I get to meet have lived such diverse lives. Our team of people I work with and our volunteers. They are all so passionate about what we do and are awesome people.”
Jaime said her favorite event is the month of October when they have “Residents Rights Month”. She travels to different facilities and says, “I really like being able to interact with the residents at the facilities. One of my favorite activities to do with them is the resident bingo. It’s so enjoyable seeing them get involved, educated and having fun at the same time.”
Jaime stated that the Ombudsman Program is always in need of volunteers to help with visiting the facilities. “Without our volunteers, this program wouldn’t be so successful. They truly make a difference and I appreciate every one of them” she stated. If you are interested in volunteering for this program, please call 814-296-6336.
Tina Fultz has been working for Blair Senior Services since December 2012, when she applied for a position open with the Agency.
Tina is the Northern Blair Senior Center Coordinator for Blair Senior Services, Inc. In that capacity, Tina oversees the day-to-day operations at the Center, planning all activities and preparing and serving of the meals to the consumers who visit the Center. Tina also holds the paint classes at all of the Blair Senior Services’ Senior Centers. Tina said, “I used to attend paint classes with my friends and at one of the classes I thought to myself, ‘I could teach this at the Center!’ So it started and has really taken off. I now have a paint class every month at the Northern Blair Senior Center and every other month at the other Blair Senior Services Centers.”
When asking Tina what she liked most about her job she stated, “This truly is the best job I have ever had! It uses all my skill sets I have acquired over the years. The most rewarding thing is to work at a place where everyone loves and appreciates you. I feel that with my job. It is the most rewarding job I have ever had!”
Tina said one of many special memories she had while working at Blair Senior Services, Inc. was at a Phil McCaulley Concert at the Northern Blair Senior Center. She stated, “We had a group of Skills consumers who attended Phil’s concert here that day with our senior consumers. One guest was pretending to strum a guitar in the audience while Phil was performing. Phil called him up and actually put his guitar on the gentleman and had him play or strum along as he sang. The gentleman had the biggest smile and all that attended were standing up and clapping and cheering him on. It just filled my heart with so much love to see all this kindness for him and support for one another. Such a heartwarming experience!”
Tina stated that Blair Senior Services, Inc. is always in need of volunteers. She is always looking for volunteers at the Northern Blair Senior Center to help in the kitchen with cleaning and cooking. Also for volunteers to help teach a craft class, crochet class, etc. If you are interested in volunteering for this or for one of the many Blair Senior Services, Inc. programs, please call 814-946-1235.
Scott Moyer has been working for Blair Senior Services, Inc. for almost 2 years now. He initially applied with the Agency as a van driver, but ended up working in the Apprise Department and helping with consumer education activities.
Scott meets with consumers regarding Medicare options and provides them with information and knowledge so they are able to choose the plan that is best or make informed decisions when changing their current plan coverage.
When asked what he likes best about working for Blair Senior Services, Scott stated, “I enjoy helping people. This is a way to get out of the house but know that I am making a difference by helping people. I also like the staff and all the education the Agency provides you to do the best job you can to help the consumers.”
Scott’s favorite memory thus far was the warm welcome he received from the staff when he first started with Blair Senior Services.
Scott stated he would definitely encourage people to work or volunteer stating,
“Blair Senior Services has great opportunities in both the volunteer and work capacities. If you are looking for something to do you should try it. It’s a great place to be and know you are part of an agency making a big difference in the senior community.”
If you are interested in volunteering for one of the many programs at Blair Senior Services, Inc., please call 814-946-1235.
Craig Russell has been working for Blair Senior Services for nineteen years. He initially began his employment as a part-time Van Driver for the Transportation Department in Hollidaysburg. Craig added to his responsibilities with becoming a part-time Mechanic for Transportation as well. Over the years, his duties have increased and he is now the Operations Supervisor in the Transportation Department.
Craig’s responsibilities include helping with vehicle maintenance in the garage when needed, software implementation and computer technology, and even helps with answering the phones and scheduling transportation for consumers. Craig says, “I am responsible basically for anything that needs to be done on a day-to-day basis that helps to keep our daily operations running as smooth as possible with the exception of driving the vans.”
When asked what he liked best about working for Blair Senior Services, Craig stated, “My favorite part of working for this agency is knowing that we are providing such a valuable service. For many of our consumers this is their only means of getting out of the home. To doctors, medical treatments or just to socialize or go shopping. I am very proud to be part of all of it!”
Although Craig said there are many great memories, he shared one special memory he had with Blair Senior Services while being a driver, “When I was driving, at times we would have to take disabled or behavioral challenged students to school. They weren’t able to ride a regular school bus. I did this for two years with the kids and I really liked knowing that I was able to help them. By our Agency providing this service, they were able to go to school. This is just one example of what makes this job so rewarding and helps you to realize what an important service the Transportation Department at Blair Senior Services provides for the community.”
In addition, Craig encouraged others to consider either volunteering or possibly working for the Transportation Department saying, “Blair Senior Services is providing such an important service to many people in our community that this is their only means of transportation. It is a very rewarding experience as a person to know that every day you are making a difference in someone’s life.” If you are interested in volunteering or working for one of the many Blair Senior Services, Inc. programs, please call 814-946-1235.
Angel Dandrea has been working for Blair Senior Services, Inc. for approximately 12 years. She initially began with the Agency as a college intern during the summer of 2002 in the Care Management Department. Angel realized that Blair Senior Services was a place that she wanted to work someday. Upon graduation, she applied for a job opening and was hired. She currently supervises and works directly with the Senior Centers, Congregate Meal Program, and Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs.
When asked what she liked best about working for Blair Senior Services, Angel stated, “What I like best is seeing the positive impact that our programs and services have on the older adults that we serve in Blair County. Whether it’s through volunteerism, participating in programming at the Senior Centers, receiving a hot meal or transportation, there is something positive that everyone can be a part of. I’m truly blessed to be a part of such an amazing team at Blair Senior Services.”
Angel said she would definitely encourage people to volunteer stating, “Blair Senior Services has a number of volunteer opportunities available. Our Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs are currently in need of volunteers, specifically Foster Grandparents. The Foster Grandparents volunteer 15-40 hours per week in elementary schools, Head Start programs and daycares throughout Blair County. If you know of anyone who might be interested, let us know. We would be happy to discuss the opportunity with them!”
If you are interested in volunteering for one of the many programs at Blair Senior Services, Inc., please call 814-946-1235.
Bernice Newberry has been working for Blair Senior Services for 30 years. She initially began her employment in Care Management, which she still does, but she also works in Protective Services.
Bernice’s responsibilities include assessing the needs appropriately for consumers so they are able to stay in their homes. Bernice states, “In Protective Services, I help people who may be at risk for abuse, neglect, or abandonment, those type of scenarios. Some of the cases are simply self neglect. Others are more complicated. It is very exciting because you never know what you may run into and every situation is different.”
When asked what Bernice liked best about working for Blair Senior Services, she stated, “All my life I wanted to be a Social Worker. I enjoy the variety of people I meet. These people come to Blair Senior Services, Inc. because they don’t know what to do or where to turn for answers or assistance. Our Agency has ways to help so many people in so many different situations. For me, I believe it is the best feeling knowing that I was able to help someone achieve their ultimate goal of being able to stay in their home.”
Bernice said that she would encourage others to volunteer or work for Blair Senior Services, Inc. saying, “Blair Senior Services is always in need of volunteers and is a great place to work. It takes a special type of person to work for us. It is an Agency where everyone truly wants to help the elderly and to make their lives a little better with one of our many programs. There is no better place to work and know that you made someone’s life a little bit better by helping them out of a situation or to stay in their home!” If you are interested in volunteering for one of Blair Senior Services, Inc. programs, please call 814-946-1235.
Stephanie Sanford has been working for Blair Senior Services for three years. She initially began her employment as a Transportation Assistant at the Transportation office in Hollidaysburg, then saw the job opening for her current position as Domiciliary Care Coordinator, which she felt better utilized her degree. She has held the position for a little over two years now.
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