East Chicago handyman honored for honest work

2014-04-24T10:30:00Z 2014-04-24T17:43:20Z East Chicago handyman honored for honest workRob Earnshaw Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 24, 2014 10:30 am  • 

EAST CHICAGO │ A local handyman was honored recently by the Concerned Citizens of East Chicago for his honesty and integrity.

Greg Bloskey has owned and operated his handyman service, No Job Too Small, since April 2005. He’s been taking care of his own 98-year-old building in East Chicago – where he was raised and currently lives – for 30 years.

Bloskey was awarded by Concerned Citizens with an Honest Businessman certificate.

Concerned Citizens President Bert Flores said it is the organization’s responsibility to bring attention not only to the negative aspects of the city, but the positive ones such as Bloskey.

“Bloskey possesses a quality that you do not find in a handyman anymore – honesty,” Flores said. “His integrity can be immediately recognized by his potential customers because he is forthright and honest in assessing his customer’s needs. While other businesses may try to gouge money from their customers for simple projects, Bloskey only charges for what is absolutely necessary, therefore saving his patrons money.”

Flores said Concerned Citizens has fielded numerous calls from Bloskey’s customers complimenting his service and professionalism.

Bloskey said he thought the recognition was rewarding but doesn’t really feel he should be awarded for being honest.

“It’s the kind of thing we’re all supposed to do,” he said. I’ve just always done the best I know how. In grade school we were all taught to care about others. Sadly these days too many folks forget that creed. They forget that associating with good people makes all our lives fuller, more enriching.”

Bloskey said the “most rewarding thing in the world” is going to a customer’s house, a customer who braces to “get the shaft” again by a handyman, but instead ends up thinking highly of him.

Bloskey said the most difficult part of his job is undoing damage by other handyman who weren’t essentially honest with a customer.

“It’s hard for me to overcome that,” he said.

A lot of work Bloskey does is for the elderly or disadvantaged people in East Chicago.

He even found a special tip for the cane of one customer who had no one else to assist her. He found out who the manufacturer was and had the tip delivered to the customer at no charge to her.

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