GRANTEE SPOTLIGHT: AGING COMFORTABLY WITH CHORE SERVICE

We are sad to learn that Karl Saliter, a beloved Sharon resident and client of Chore Service, passed away on Tuesday, October 25, 2016. Below is a brief spotlight written about Karl, his daughter Donna, and their relationship with Chore Service. 

Karl Saliter moved to Sharon, Conn. in 1969 with five kids and no job. He had been let go at the worst possible time for a fuel purveyor to get started in a new market. “So I decided to fight the problem,” says Karl in a recent interview. “I went out and competed with the company that had fired me.” 


Over the course of nearly 30 years, Karl went from a client base of zero to 3,000. “Everybody in the tri-state area knows him,” says Toli Fliakos, Karl’s caretaker. “He’s always been modest about his success.”

When Karl retired in 1997 and began to lose his mobility, he did not want to give up his busy social schedule. His daughter Donna connected him to Chore Service, a nonprofit organization that helps senior and disabled residents of all economic levels continue to live their lives comfortably with support from caretakers and housekeepers. For the last three years, Chore Service has received funding from Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s Madeleine Beattie Wildes Fund, which provides grants to nonprofits serving residents of several northwest Connecticut towns who require assistance to due sickness or financial need. (Chore also invests its endowment with BTCF).  

Karl was matched with Toli last year. Toli, who was a foreign student on scholarship at The Hotchkiss School in 1963, fell in love with the area and made it his home. 

Restless in his own retirement, Toli became a Chore Service worker as a way to meet people and make a difference in the community. He provides chauffeur services to Karl, driving him to appointments, errands and social events. “It’s more than just a service to us,” says Donna. “Toli has become our dear friend.”

Once a week, Chore Service also sends a housekeeper to maintain the Saliters’ home. 

“If I could speak with the donors who give their money to Chore Service, I would say that because of their generosity Chore can offer high-quality services to people like my dad,” says Donna. “It means the world to us.”