Meet the Skills Team

Name/Title
Mary Rhodes – Respite Supervisor

What is your current role at skills?
My current role at Skills is in between right now. I am still doing the Lifesharing Specialist job until I am replaced, while also working on hiring staff and get all the paper work and house ready to open soon.

How long have you been with Skills and what other roles have you had while you’ve been here?

I started at Skills November 16th, 1991. I started out working in the group homes. Later I moved to a Team Leader position. After several years I went to Dual Team Leader. When I found out about Lifesharing, I knew it was something I wanted to do. This November I will have been in Lifesharing for 18 years. A respite house for people to have a safe place to get away has been my dream for many years. That dream has finally come and I am looking forward to the house being a success and possibly expanding into other counties.

How does your program help people overcome obstacles in their lives?

Lifesharing helps people learn they can trust. They learn that whatever happens the family is still there to support them. They have opportunities to do the same things I would like do. Join groups, go to Bingo, hang out with the girls, or just lay around and do nothing. I believe the Lifesharing programs helps people that say, “I think I can do it,” finally say, “I did it.”

How do you determine what type of support someone needs in order to best help them? 

The ISP (Individual Support Plan) is an important document. It contains peoples needs, wants, dreams, and desires. Staff working together as a team can pull out all the wants and needs and find all the services the persons needs for support. I have learned over the years if there is a way and someone needs something with enough planning and determination it can happen.

What do you love about working Skills?

Being at Skills over the years has taught me that you get what you give. Hard work and determination can pay off. Skills has allowed me to raise my family, now my grandchildren by being able to flex my schedule when needed. They helped me to get a Master in Human Services by having a tuition program. I would never have been able to do that while working and raising a family.