Cleaning Up the Environment

By Melanie Mowry Etters

Rob Blansett joined The Village, a senior living facility in Gainesville, as an intern more than a year ago. The team there loved his work ethic so much he was offered a permanent position with the Environmental Services unit.

Before landing a job, Blansett spent a lot of time at home not being as productive as he likes, which did not sit well with him. “I like earning a salary now and working as part of a team,” said Blansett.

Blansett is responsible for helping to clean and maintain an area of the facility. He vacuums the hallway carpets each morning to keep them clean. He then helps with cleaning resident rooms. He also details stairs, baseboards, and elevators. He is also called upon for any special cleanup projects within that section for residents. As an accommodation, The Villages has paired him with a long-time housekeeper named Mary Strickland, who has years of experience. She is great at teaching and keeping him on task.

Blansett said, “My coworkers are great, and they help me be a better worker.”

Environmental Services Manager Tasha Everett said, “Rob has a great attitude. He is always smiling and that is great for the residents. They enjoy him and he is good fit for our team. Rob is hard worker and enjoys his job. He is good with following directions.”

Blansett receives services from the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and the Arc of Alachua County.

In the future, Blansett plans to stay loyal to his employer. “I want to continue to work at The Village for a long time. Personally, I am working really hard to become independent enough to live on my own with supportive living services,” said Blansett.

When not at work, Blansett enjoys watching football either in person or on television. He has been to the Swamp to watch the Gators play and to Busch Stadium in St. Louis to cheer on the Cardinals.     

Rob Blansett works at The Village in Gainesville with his team partner Mary Strickland (L).