Staff Spotlight: Teresa!
I grew up on Long Island, and moved to Pennsylvania where I met my husband at Slippery Rock State College. Soon after our first child was born, we moved to Oklahoma where we lived for 12 years. We moved several times after that, ending up in Lancaster County in 2017. I have a BA in Theology from Kansas Newman College and an MA in Religious Studies from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. I worked for the Catholic Church in several states and worked in several social service agencies as well. I like to help people.
How did you get involved with Tabor? What do you do at Tabor?
When we moved to Lancaster County, I applied for the Supportive Services Coordinator job that was listed online. It seemed like a good fit. I’ll be 65 this year and was looking for a part time job serving others that I could continue to enjoy for many years.
What do you like most about working at Tabor?
I like helping people. Assisting the residents at the apartment complexes I serve is rewarding. I also like working with the most dedicated and compassionate coworkers I’ve ever had.
What is most rewarding about your job; what makes it all worthwhile?
Knowing that I’ve made a difference to the residents. Whether it is helping them complete applications for benefits or helping them pay less for their prescriptions, or helping them get needed services, it makes me feel good to make their lives better.
What’s one moment that stood out to you?
Last fall, I helped a resident get community support to replace his electric wheelchair that had worn out. After several months of feeling trapped in his apartment, he was able to go where he wanted without relying on neighbors and friends.
What is something about you that not many people know?
I am a trained spiritual director.
Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
Hawaii. The sun was shining all the time, the temperature was ideal, there are no insects, the music is enchanting, the beaches are delightful and I love ahi tuna.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I’d love to learn to bake intricate pastries, quilt better and play piano.
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life - what would it be?
Pizza, you can do so much with it. Savory or sweet, cheesy or not, you can top it with anything.
Tabor provides supportive services at six Community Basics, Inc. (CBI) locations. CBI provides affordable housing for families and individuals in the Lancaster County and the surrounding areas. The primary objective of our supportive service coordinators is to help residents stay independent in their home and help them with anything they may need.