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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