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Marco Altieri Named 2017 Best Buddies Champion

Champions are often overlooked and don’t necessarily have to be a sport’s or even a war hero.  A person who helps a senior struggling to load their groceries in their car, or the individual who stops to catch a loose dog wandering the road looking to find their way home, embody the spirit of a champion.  Champions are found in all walks of life and are the unsung heroes of everyday existence.  Today we recognize Marco Altieri and Bailey Geoghegan as they embody the definition of a champion in the truest sense of the word.

Marco, the CEO of All-American Homecare, is a tireless advocate for people with disabilities having spent 14 years of his life working towards the goal of independence for all people with disabilities.  Bailey Geoghegan, a senior at Norman Howard High School, is a stoic, intelligent and reserved high schooler embarking on life’s journey on a road paved with potential.  He is also a Buddy through Rochester’s Best Buddies program.  Together they were able to raise over $13,000 for programming that goes directly to Rochester’s Best Buddies chapter during a twelve-week stretch.  This feat is an amazing stand-alone accomplishment, considering how vast of an impact $13,000 can make in the field of human services.  This money will have a tremendous impact on the programming that Best Buddies provides and of course the school-aged children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Perhaps there is a subtle, even greater accomplishment, overshadowed by the tangible result of having raised such substantial funds.  It can’t be defined, measured or weighed, however, it can be observed.  It is the result of pairing a driven, accomplished, community leader with a young adult who hasn’t quite found the confidence in themselves they need to realize their full potential.  It is that exact mission espoused by Best Buddies and it is the result of what happened when Marco and Bailey were paired together.  A friendship was created, a monumental task accomplished and a bridge was gapped.  Marco summarized his experience stating “It was a great experience.  I was able to meet a great young adult and witnessed first-hand how his experiences with Best Buddies helped break down social barriers.  I felt like I made a friend out of this and, to me, really reinforced the power of inclusion.”

Congratulations to Marco Altieri and Bailey Geoghegan as well as all the other Champions who participated in this year’s Best Buddies Champions Fundraiser.

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AAHC Welcomes Mary Margaret Willoughby as VP of Human Resources

Mary Margaret Willoughby possesses the kind of experience that can fundamentally change an organization – and the people within that organization. She has certainly left her imprint on countless individuals throughout her career, but perhaps none more so than All-American Home Care CEO Marco Altieri.

“As a young professional she taught me a lot about what it takes to be a responsible leader; for my employees, my company, and my community,” Altieri said.  ” She was a long time mentor and I’m pleased she’s joining our organization.”

Willoughby had recently retired from her role as Director of Human Resources and Administration at a 1,400-employee not-for-profit organization in Rochester, NY. She decided she would return to the work force when an opportunity arose at All-American Home Care.

“I was planning on retiring, but this company represents so many of the beliefs I have, including independence, empowerment, and quality health care for Individuals with Disabilities” Willoughby said. “I just couldn’t resist the opportunity.”

“Mary Margaret will help shape the culture and future of the agency,” said All-American Home

Care CEO Marco Altieri. “All-American Home Care is fortunate to have Mary Margaret join our organization as she brings the expertise that will continue to make All-American Home Care the premier CDPAP provider throughout New York.”

Mary has been able to distinguish herself as a human resource executive because she has proudly accepted the challenges bestowed of her above and beyond what is typically associated with human resources executives. Mary has successfully ensured corporate compliance, quality assurance, development, and facilities management while simultaneously overseeing all human resources functions. Mary will be responsible for Human Resources, Organization Development, Quality Assurance, and Facilities Management at All-American Home Care.

Willoughby has taught at a variety of local colleges including Nazareth College’s School of Management. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Organization Management and a Masters in Human Resource Development and maintains her SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications.

Willoughby has been actively involved in human resources communities both locally and nationally. She has served on several boards in a variety of capacities including academic, and health care related not-for-profit organizations. Willoughby will continue her roles as the Secretary of the Board of Directors for Family Service Communities of Rochester, and as the Second Vice President of FC Dynamo ROC.

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CEO Marco Altieri Aims to be Best Buddy Champion of the Year

Join All-American Home Care CEO Marco Altieri and Best Buddies for Champion of the Year.  

Champion of the Year is an annual 12-week fundraising competition featuring a select group of individuals, professionals and community leaders prominent in the Rochester community. These philanthropic trailblazers compete to raise the most funds for Best Buddies in New York and earn the ultimate title of Champion of the Year. The winner will be revealed November 16 

Altieri has been teamed with 17-year-old Bailey Geoghegan of Attica, NY. He’s a Norman Howard School student who will join Altieri as one of 15 teams from the Rochester, NY region to raise as much money as possible for Best Buddies.  

“Bailey is a great young man, and I really enjoyed meeting his family,” Altieri said. “We’re going to make a good team and give the competition a run for their money.” 

By reaching out to the community to raise funds and spread awareness, candidates champion for Best Buddies, their mission, and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout Rochester. 

“Best Buddies has been great for Bailey,” said Mark Geoghegan, Bailey’s father. “There’s so much positive reinforcement, and that makes a big difference in the lives of these young folks.”  

Following the twelve-week campaign, Best Buddies will recognize the candidate who has raised the largest amount in donations at the annual Champion of the Year Gala. By definition, that candidate will have surpassed all rivals in the competition and becomes a champion. He or she will aptly receive the title of Champion of the Year, along with a surprise trip for two. 

You can support Marco and Bailey by clicking or tapping here to donate. You can also click or tap here to learn more about Best Buddies in New York.  

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CEO Marco Altieri Speaks Out on Elder Abuse

All-American Home Care consumer Deziree Alexander-Geuse and caretaker Alberta Coleman

By Marco Altieri

For every case of elder abuse reported, there are 24 that go unreported.  

There’s a silent tragedy happening across New York State, and the numbers back it up in this study. Abuse can be physical, financial, sexual, or most commonly, psychological. According to the National Council on Aging one out of 10 Americans over age 60 have experienced one of these types of abuse.

Completely unacceptable. 

That’s why I’m very encouraged to see a recent bill signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that strengthens protections against elder abuse.  The new law directs the New York State Office for Aging to develop guidelines to assist healthcare providers and others working in healthcare settings to identify suspected self-neglect, abuse and maltreatment of older adults, according to sponsors of the bill, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, D-Endwell, Broome County and Senator Sue Serino, R-Hyde Park, Dutchess County.  

Guidelines crafted by the state may include identifying common signs and symptoms of abuse, new screening tools and questions that can be used during visits for detection, training materials for distribution to health care providers and others in healthcare settings, information regarding options for reporting suspected cases of self-neglect or abuse and maltreatment, and available resources for older adult victims.  

Education is often the answer. It’s one of the ways we can fight abuse and shift the culture. 

All-American Home Care will do our part to teach our employees, consumers, and loved ones of consumers to ensure there is zero abuse, and if identified, will be reported immediately. The only way to stamp out elder abuse is to be part of the solution, and we’ll do everything in our power to make change.       

You can report elder abuse in New York State to the Bureau of Adult Services of the New York State Office of Children & Family Services Adult Services Help Line at 844-697-3505. All calls are confidential. If you’re reading this and need help, please report it. No one deserves abuse.     

We also invite you to reach out to us at (585) 454-1776.                                                  

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Elisa Heckathorn Emerges as Leader through United Way of Rochester

All-American Home Care is proud to support Elisa Heckathorn in her graduation from the United Way of Rochester’s Latino Leadership Development.  

Heckathorn, the Director of Operations for All-American Home Care, will graduate in a commencement on September 27 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Rochester. 

“We’re all so proud of Elisa. She’s worked hard to become an emerging leader in the Latino community, and in the local human services field,” said All-American Home Care CEO Marco Altieri. “United Way’s Latino Leadership Development encourages community awareness, leadership and networking in the local Latino community. It’s a fantastic program.” 

The mission of the Latino Leadership Development Program is to identify, train and promote the placement of Latinos in policy-making positions of community organizations in order to ensure these organizations are tapping the full potential of the Latino community, according to the United Way. 

For more than 30 years, the United Way’s Latino Leadership Development Program has been crafted to do just that, giving Rochester Latinos the opportunity to enhance their professional and personal skills as business and community leaders. 

The program includes thorough training with guest speakers, and networking.  

“I’m truly honored to have been afforded this opportunity,” Heckathorn said. “I look forward to further developing as a leader for the community and assisting others.” 

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All-American Home Care named Sponsor of St. Kateri Walk-A-Thon

All-American Home Care is proud to have been named a sponsor of the Saint Kateri School Walk-A-Thon.  

The annual event raises funds for much-needed classroom supplies, and All-American Home Care has donated $1,000 to kick off the event.  

“I love what St. Kateri stands for, how they educate and help build a community,” said All-American Home Care CEO Marco Altieri. “The Walk-A-Thon gets kids active, involved, and helps raise money for a great cause.”  

Altieri’s son, Cristiano, is a 5-year-old first grader at St. Kateri School of Rochester. He’ll also be taking part in the event, October 4.  

To donate, or for information, visit www.saintkaterischool.org 

“I invite the Rochester community to get involved and support these students of St. Kateri,” Altieri said. “Please join me in making this the most successful St. Kateri School Walk-A-Thon ever.”

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All-American Home Care Supports Sunshine Campus

Ensuring ALL Kids Have a Fun Summer at Camp

All-American Home Care, Rochester, NY, is the title sponsor for the 2017 Rochester Rotary Sunshine Campus Golf Invitational, an annual fundraising event in support of Sunshine Campus. Since 1922, Sunshine Campus has provided a summer camp where children with disabilities can simply have fun, without any barriers. Today, this 157-acre camp in Rush, N.Y. meets the needs of thousands of children with disabilities and their families.

“Having dedicated my life’s work to helping individuals with disabilities, I’m truly touched and honored by the opportunity to help Sunshine Campus and its many campers  — more than 2,500 children and young-adults with disabilities. This inspirational camp ensures that EVERY child in our community has a magical summertime adventure,” says Marco Altieri CEO.

At All-American Home Care, we believe that individuals with disabilities should have no barriers to fun and life. Every individual in our community has the right to realize their self-defined potential and revel in the joys of life in the pursuit of happiness.”

Thank you to the Rochester Rotary, the event committee, fellow sponsors, golfers, “hackers” and the many volunteers. The All-American Home Care team is honored to be a supporter of the Rochester Rotary’s Sunshine Campus.

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All-American Home Care Gives School Supplies to Needy Rochester Students

The school year has begun, and All-American Home Care is happy to send kids back with school bags loaded with supplies. 

All-American Home Care joined the Small Business Council of Rochester‘s Backpack Give Back Program, which gives backpacks full of supplies to children in the region. All-American Home Care contributed 100 backpacks with supplies.  

“Having a business in the community means helping build community,” said All-American Home Care CEO Marco Altieri. “Far too many children in the Rochester region live in poverty and school supplies aren’t a possibility.” 

In fact, an overwhelming 52% of children in Rochester area live in poverty, and the purchase of school supplies is a burden. SBC Cares Backpack Give Back program provided 1,000 students with backpacks with the help of small businesses in the Rochester, NY area. That is double the number of backpacks given out last year.  

“We are committed to improving communities and lives,” Altieri said. “We wish all these students the best of luck in the coming year and beyond.”  

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Marco Altieri To Serve On Mary Cariola Children’s Center Board of Directors

All-American Home Care CEO, Marco Altieri, has been appointed to the Board of Directors at Mary Cariola Children’s Center “I’m truly honored and humbled to be invited to join the Board of Directors at Mary Cariola Children’s Center. Through my many years of service in the human services sector, I’ve been a longtime admirer of Mary […]