Theresa Williams

Theresa Williams has been a volunteer at Blair Senior Services, Inc. for 6 years as a Senior Companion.
Theresa, who was forced into retirement after an injury, started to feel like she needed something else and wanted to supplement her income. “After a few years, I had some boredom and wanted to do something else. I enjoy taking care of people so the Senior Companion Program was perfect for me,” she said.
As a Senior Companion, Theresa assists consumers by providing assistance around the home, sharing in conversation about past memories, or even attending social events together.
“I enjoy being a Senior Companion because I enjoy building those relationships,” Theresa said. “I love being able to make them laugh and to see that I am making a difference in their day.”
Along with all of the other companionship roles, Theresa can also provide transportation when needed for her consumers. “I always enjoy taking them grocery shopping. I think it’s fun to take them out to the store, and it’s nice to see them getting out. We always have a lot of fun,” Theresa commented.
Along with being a Senior Companion, Theresa also works as a Certified Nurses Aid (CNA) at Hillview Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center and assists with activities and breakfast at Allegany Lutheran Social Ministries (ALSM) for the residents. She is also a family caregiver, taking care of her mother full-time.
“I’m a very busy person, so my time with my clients through the Senior Companion Program is really helpful to me. It’s very relaxing,” she said. “It lets me press pause on my day to really focus on the clients and assisting them.”
Along with the relaxation, Theresa feels with being a Senior Companion, she’s also found a second family. “My clients have become like a second family to me. There are some that I just have a great relationship with and we share so many things together,” she shared.
Above all, Theresa enjoys the rewarding aspects of her role the most. “It’s very rewarding to be there for people and to help them with every day things,” she stated. “I never would’ve pictured myself doing something that I love so much. Blair Senior Services has really helped me along the way and I couldn’t be more grateful.”
If you are interested in volunteering for Blair Senior Services, Inc.’s Senior Companion Program, please call 814-946-1235.

Vocational Training Industries of Skills of Central Pennsylvania

Wednesdays and Fridays are special days for the individuals from the Vocational Training Industries of Skills of Central Pennsylvania who volunteer their time to deliver nutritious meals to Blair County residents, age 60 and older, who are unable to prepare meals for themselves. For over twenty years, Blair Senior Services, Inc.’s Home Delivered Meals Program has counted on this group of dedicated volunteers to help fulfill this very important need and they always do it with a smile.

Mary Camber, Production Supervisor with Vocational Training Industries of Skill of Central PA, says their people like the interaction with the Home Delivered Meals consumers. Eight members of the Skills team volunteer every month on a six-month rotation. This gives everyone a chance to participate.

“Our volunteers love to help people. It makes them feel good that they are making a positive difference. They come to know the consumers and think of them as friends”, shared Camber. “The Home Delivered Meals Program provides opportunities for them to get out and meet people in the community while learning new skills.”

The experience the Skills individuals receive through the Home Delivered Meals Program helps them gain confidence and preparation for future employment. Blair Senior Services, Inc. sends a very sincere thank you to all of the Skills volunteers!

If you are interested in volunteering with or receiving Home Delivered Meals, please call
814-946-1235.

Dottie Hull

Dottie Hull has been a Blair Senior Services, Inc. volunteer for the past 7 years.
Dottie started as a volunteer with Blair Senior Services, Inc. in the Ombudsman Program. Dottie stated, “After I retired as a Registered Nurse, one of my nurse friends asked me to go along with her to see what the program was about. I decided it was something I would like to do.”
Dottie helps with facility visits in Blair and Bedford Counties. Her duties include talking with the residents to make sure their needs are being met and about the care they are receiving. Dottie states, “I also look at the facilities and make sure they are clean, odor free, fire extinguishers are in place, and review the menus. I make sure the residents are being treated with the respect and care they deserve. If they have any concerns, we discuss them and then I bring those concerns to the Ombudsman, Jaime Rose.” Dottie volunteers usually one day a month in Blair County and one day a month in Bedford County, or as needed.
When asked what she likes the most about volunteering for the Ombudsman Program, “With my nursing background this keeps me busy. It gives me something to do and a way of still caring for people. My favorite thing is the people. The wonderful people I work with and the residents,” Dottie said.
Dottie stated there wasn’t any one memory in particular that was special, but the special feeling she gets from helping and being around the residents is what is so special and meaningful for her.
Dottie said she would encourage anyone to volunteer for this program, but especially any retired nurses. She states, “The nursing background just helps you to know what to look for I think. Anyone can learn, but it gives you a better understanding. I encourage anyone to try volunteering for this program. It is a great experience for you and helps people in sometimes a difficult situation.”
If you are interested in volunteering for this program, please call 814-296-6336. For volunteering with any of the other programs at Blair Senior Services, Inc., please call 814-946-1235.