Meet the Skills Team: Christine Ensor, Amelia Estrada, and Elizabeth Robertson, Team Leaders

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text border_color=”transparent”]Skills’ team leaders are an essential part of our staff. They keep our community homes running by providing direct care to the people we support while also supporting, encouraging, and leading their teams of direct support professionals.

Team leaders Elizabeth Robertson from Mechanicsburg, Amelia Estrada from York, and Christine Ensor from Biglerville all love their jobs, their teams, and the people they support. Keep reading to learn more about the work they do, and why they find it so rewarding.

What do team leaders do?

Elizabeth Robertson: I make sure the needs of the people I support are met, coordinate programming and staffing, and encourage teamwork.

Christine Ensor: I’ve known the people I support for 26 years, so I know them inside and out. It’s up to me to introduce new staff to the wants and needs of the people we support.

Amelia Estrada: I work with an amazing, amazing staff. I literally work side by side with them, no hesitation. I’m not going to ask them to do something I myself wouldn’t do. The staff I have are very dependable and caring, and they interact so well with the people we support. It’s like one big family.

 

What are some of the things you do with the people you support?

Christine Ensor: We do a lot of activities, spend time with them. With COVID and them not being able to go out that
much, we’re limited to walks around the neighborhood and visits to the park. I bought them a giant Connect Four, because with them being in wheelchairs, it’s hard to find things for them to do that aren’t just tabletop games.

Elizabeth Robertson: The people we support like to go out and do things; they’re social butterflies for sure. They can’t wait until regulations are lifted. We’ve gone to Knoebels, Hershey, renaissance fairs, church community functions, aquariums.

Christine Ensor: The girls in our house love to go on cruises. We’ve gone down to Florida and gone to Disney. One of the people we support is going to the Bahamas this year. They’ve gone to hockey games, baseball games, concerts, camping trips. Staff accompany them and plan activities for them.

 

What is rewarding about working with people living with disabilities?

Amelia Estrada: Number one is, it’s a family. You walk in the door, and I don’t know how to explain it. The accomplishment for me is knowing that I was able to meet their needs that day.

Elizabeth Robertson: Taking care of the individuals is the most rewarding part. Seeing them happy and smiling, helping them do the things they may not be able to do on their own. When you can help them learn new things, it makes you feel so good.

Christine Ensor: It brings a smile to my face when I come in. I know the people I support know they’re going to have a great day when they see me.

 

What would you say to someone considering working at Skills?

Christine Ensor: You might not know if this is a job for you, but once you get your foot in the door, this could be something that could be a career path; could be your calling.

Amelia Estrada: You’re going to be a companion for someone. You’re going to introduce them to new experiences. They’re going to become your family. It’s not a job where you’re just sitting around, you’re constantly moving, you’re constantly doing something.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_button button_color=”color-584883″ border_width=”0″ link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fskills.local%2Fjobs”]Join our Team[/vc_button][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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