When the management of Freightliner Trucks wanted to go in a different direction Phil Davidson was among the managers who took the buyout and began looking elsewhere.
The then 54-year-old had 30 years of manufacturing experience, but wasn’t sure what he wanted to do next. “There was no joy in anything I was doing,” he said.
Davidson decided he wanted to run his own business but wasn’t sure what to do. He hired a franchise coach who asked him two question, “what gives you a sense of self worth and what kind of satisfaction do you want to get?”
Davidson considered the question two weeks before he came to his answer. He wanted to help people and create job.
The franchise coach recommended the senior healthcare industry.
Davidson secured an Always Best Car Senior Services franchise to serve York, Chester, Cherokee, Chesterfield and Lancaster counties.
After more than a year in operation Always Best Care has made is reputation and is hoping to expand. Davidson has 30 active caregivers and expects to hired another 100 over the next year as he client base expands.
Davidson interviews prospective caregivers. We wants people that “have a loving, caring heart for seniors,” he said. He wants to feel so secure in his hired that he could send them to his parents home without any qualms.
Davidson does background and drug tests on his caregivers.
The most important interview question, he said, is “what is more important, the job or money?
“If it’s not the job itself you are not right for this,” he said.
In addition to home care, Always Best Care will advise families when their loved ones are no longer safe to live at home and will help people find assisted living or other options for them, Davidson said.
For information on Always Best Care call 8-3-329--79 or go to www.alwaysbestcarerockhilll.com
• Founders Federal Credit Union has opened its 23 school credit union at Gold Hill Middle School.
The goal of the in-school credit union program is teaching students how to save by offering incentives for varying savings levels.
The credit union will be open to students Monday and Thursday from 7:50 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and during lunch to deposit money and purchase school supplies from the school store.
By opening an account at the Gold Hill Middle School In School Credit Union, each student will automatically become a member of Founders Federal Credit Union.
• Agape Academy has opened a childcare center off Bird Street and University Drive, where the old Trinity School was housed. The center is for children ages 6 week to 12 years old. Registration forms and tuition information are available online.
Agape Academy uses an Abeka Based Curriculum using Christian principles and philosophies that works toward empowering children and encouraging spiritual, physical, emotional, creative and intellectual growth.
For information go to www.agapeacademyrockhill.org or call 803-324-4545. The center is offering discounts for early enrollment.