Chelsey Rhodes

Chelsey Rhodes has worked with Blair Senior Services, Inc. for seven years. Currently, Chelsey’s title is Home Delivered Meals Program Supervisor, but she also oversees many other programs and services.

“I oversee the production kitchen that makes the meals for the Home Delivered Meals Program as well as the congregate meals served at all the senior centers,” Chelsey explained. “I also oversee the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, Farmer’s Market voucher distribution, as well as the Senior Olympics.”

Chelsey enjoys all of the programs she supervises, as it gives her the opportunity to get out into the community she loves. “I think the position I’m in now, with all of the different programs I supervise, it allows me to constantly be in the community interacting with seniors and their families,” shared Chelsey.

Among all of the programs that Chelsey oversees, she has been able to meet many different people who have each impacted her life. “Blair Senior Services, Inc. hires staff and volunteers who are so passionate and are a good fit for our agency. That’s what keeps me coming back, a great work environment with great staff and volunteers,” said Chelsey. “However, finding volunteers can be a challenge, especially for the Home Delivered Meals Program. We’re so lucky to have our great group of dedicated volunteers, but there is always a need for more as our region continues to age.” For more information on how you can become a Home Delivered Meals Program volunteer, please contact Chelsey Rhodes at (814) 946-1235 or visit www.blairsenior.org.

Scott Moyer & Amy Williamson

Scott Moyer and Amy Williamson share a common goal: to introduce Tai Chi for Health to as many interested participants as they can! Both Scott and Amy were trained as instructors in Tai Chi for Health in March of 2018 and have been working together since then to grow the program and bring the classes to many different sites throughout Blair County.

Scott and Amy became Blair Senior Services, Inc. employees after having very different career paths. “I was involved with human services, serving as a program director for a number of Blair County programs for about 30 years,” Scott shared. Previously an interior designer at an architectural firm, Amy is now a professional musician. To fill the need for additional instructors at the Blair Senior Services, they both took the opportunity to learn Tai Chi for Health, an evidence-based program created by Dr. Paul Lam.

Once trained, they began teaching classes in several of the senior centers. “Scott and Amy teach the classes together, which is really nice because that allows participants to see all of the moves no matter their position in the room,” said Angel Dandrea, Volunteer Program Supervisor. “Each one of them brings something different to the table which is great.”

Thinking that there were many more adults over age 60 who would enjoy and could benefit from Tai Chi classes in Blair County, Scott and Amy began taking the classes out into the community. “The response has been great!” noted Amy. “We’ve held classes at a variety of sites, including churches, YMCA’s, and a library.”

Classes are held once per week starting with the 8-week Beginning class,” explained Scott. “Then, if there’s enough interest among the participants, we offer our one-day Fall Prevention Workshop, followed by the 8-week Advanced class.” The series can be extended by adding the level three class, “Continuing Your Journey.”

Practicing together for that length of time, the class members become very comfortable with each other. “It makes a great atmosphere for learning, one that’s very positive, encouraging, and enjoyable,” said Amy. “By the time we hold the Fall Prevention Workshop in the succession of classes, we can engage in some really meaningful discussion because most everyone feels comfortable enough to talk about and share their experiences.”

Scott and Amy both feel that making these connections with the participants is the most rewarding part of being a Tai Chi for Health instructor for Blair Senior Services, Inc. “We’ve gotten to know so many wonderful people at each site,” Scott remarked. “It’s great to see them attending multiple classes and telling their friends and family about the benefits of Tai Chi. Agreeing, Amy said, “Many participants have shared with us how Tai Chi has positively influenced their lives. We are happy to be teaching this beneficial wellness exercise and look forward to bringing the classes to many more sites!”

For more information on our evidence-based classes, including Tai Chi for Health, Fall Prevention Workshops, and Living a Healthier Life With Chronic Conditions, a Self-Management Workshop, please contact (814) 946-1235 or toll-free (800) 245-3282, or visit www.blairsenior.org and Blair Senior Services, Inc.’s Facebook page for a full calendar of classes and events.

Rick “Mac” MacIntyre

Rick “Mac” MacIntyre has been a dedicated Van Driver for Blair Senior Services, Inc. for 32 years.
Mac, who began driving when things were much different, reflected back on the differences when he started as a driver: “The whole operation has just changed completely. We are now working on a more computerized system, so now there’s computer schedules instead of paper,” he said. “I tell the new drivers they’re lucky, because before we didn’t have a garage, so we’d have to clean off our vans in the winter time just like everyone else. Now, we report to work and we have a nice, dry van to start up and move on with our day.”
Before Mac started as a Van Driver, he worked at United Service Company, a linen supply company out of Johnstown. Looking for a career change, he found out about the job through his neighbor and has worked as a driver ever since, into his retirement years.
Mac’s favorite aspect of his job is the connection he feels with his riders. “I really like the people you meet and the interaction you have with the consumers. I’ve had a lot of friendships with consumers since I’ve worked here for 32 years,” Mac said.
Just by speaking with Mac uncovers his passion and love for driving for Blair Senior Services, Inc. His biggest accomplishment over the course of his career is a clean driving record.
“Over 32 years of driving and I’ve never had an accident,” Mac said. “I’m kind of proud of that.”
Not only is this a great accomplishment overall, but especially in today’s world with all of the distractions everyday drivers face. “Today my biggest challenges are distracted drivers and making sure I keep my consumers safe,” Mac said. “It’s definitely harder to drive today than what it was when I started. We have to be very diligent as drivers and drive very defensively to ensure everyone stays safe on the road.”
One of the things Mac would like to remind readers about Blair Senior Services, Inc. Transportation Services is that they can take you to more than just doctor’s appointments. “We can provide trips to family visits, hair appointments, the store… you name it. If you qualify, we can take you,” Mac shared. To inquire about transportation services, call Blair Senior Services, Inc.’s Transportation Office at 814-695-3500.