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People Inc. and WNY Urban Arts Collective Seek Community Feedback on Mural Theme

November 6, 2019 – Buffalo, NY:  On Wednesday, October 30 at 5:30 p.m., over 70 people came out to make their collective voice and vision heard and recorded at a community meeting in the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Branch Library Auditorium. Committee co-chairs and People Inc. employees Christie Nelson and Bradford Watts joined Jocelyn Bos and Rachel Rodriguez of People Inc., alongside fellow committee members including John Baker, president of the WNY Urban Arts Collective; Constance D. Strother, vice president of the WNY Urban Arts Collective; and architect Mark Brooks of Long Associates, who surveyed and collected the community's suggestions for the theme of artwork to be displayed at 1140 and 1166 Jefferson Avenue Apartments. The ground floor of both buildings will contain a total of 16,500 square feet of commercial space, which will include retail shops and house a People Inc. recruitment office.

A huge thanks goes to the committee and Ms. Rodriguez for fielding and answering questions from the community, as well as for their valuable time and expertise to help push this initiative and vision forward.

Well known for its development of group homes for individuals with developmental disabilities and affordable senior housing, People Inc. continues to serve the community by bringing various audiences together for a unique housing model. The Jefferson Avenue Apartments house 89 total apartments (71 one-bedroom and 18 two-bedroom). Some apartments have been specifically designed for people who are mobility and vision/hearing impaired; the remaining apartments are handicapped adaptable. 

People Inc., a multispecialty non-profit health and human services agency, provides programs and services to more than 10,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, special needs, their families and older adults throughout Western New York and the Greater Rochester region. Since 1970, People Inc. has assisted individuals to achieve greater degrees of independence and productivity. With nearly 4,000 employees, People Inc. is one of the region’s largest employers. To learn more, visit, follow People Inc. on Facebook or Twitter @PeopleIncNews.

Western New York 1219 North Forest Road | P.O. Box 9033 | Williamsville, New York 14231 | Phone: 716.817.7400 | Toll Free NY 1.888.7PEOPLE | Fax: 716.634.3889

Rochester 1860 Buffalo Road | Rochester, NY 14624 | Phone 585.441.9300 | Fax 585.441.9398

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