Celebrating 60 Years of Service

A Jack of All Trades: Al Davis

When you look into the eyes of Al Davis, you see a gentle soul who’s lived a life of hard work and dedication to his craft. Al, whose father was a mechanic, learned at an early age that working with his hands could bring steady work to support his family. 

Al can be found anywhere and everywhere at the Center. One minute he’s setting up the Jacobi Room for a fitness class, and the next he’s tending to roof repairs at the House of Welcome. Though on-call 24 hours seven days a week for the Center’s alarm system, his regular work day starts at 8:00 a.m. He’s often here well into the evening if there’s an event or repair at the Center. Outside of his job description, big-hearted Al also has played Santa Claus for the past two years for the children of the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program.

Al started his career with the Center as a contractor in the Evanston (now Niles) office, where he worked for 12 years. With 30 years of experience as a landscaper, cleaner, plumber, painter and all-around handyman, it was a natural fit for him to join the Center full-time two years ago when there was an opening for a property operations technician. He still maintains the Niles office and owns his own handyman business.

Al not only does his job exceptionally and humbly, but also embodies the core values of the Center. He pursues excellence in everything he does and takes his responsibilities to heart, ensuring each aspect of his job is done to perfection. Although the property operation technician’s job requires two people, Al worked alone for six months before Eddie Colon came on board early last year. On a given day, the dynamic duo sets up the gym a few times for group fitness classes, sets up and tears down various rooms throughout the day for classes and clubs, ensures that AV equipment is operational, maintains the grounds, and takes care of emergency clean-ups, trash removal and recycling. They accept deliveries, move furniture and supplies as needed, and oversee outside vendors for big repairs and events. North Shore Senior Center is fortunate to have Al at the helm of its operations.

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