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Pictured L-R: Ron Markezich, CVP Microsoft US EPG; Denise Paszkiewicz, People Inc. associate vice president and Adam Hojnacki, Microsoft Store, Buffalo store manager.
Microsoft Awards People Inc. $1,000,000 in Software and $10,000 in Hardware
People Inc. is excited to have been selected by Microsoft as a key nonprofit partner! On November 16, People Inc. was awarded $1,000,000 in Microsoft software to upgrade its operating systems and provide special programs to sites. The awards were announced during the grand opening celebration of the Microsoft Store at Walden Galleria Mall. Additionally, as part of the partnership, People Inc. was also awarded $10,000 in hardware, which was used to purchase Microsoft Tablets for use by staff working in individuals’ homes and community settings. Having mobile devices helps avoid unnecessary travel back to offices, and allows more immediate access to decision-making information, which all contributes to more efficient service-delivery.

All Microsoft employees from the new Walden Galleria location have toured some of People Inc.’s group homes, People Inc. Senior Living, the Museum of disABILITY History and have started volunteering with the agency. People Inc. will also have access to utilizing the Microsoft space and technology for training needs onsite at their store throughout the year. We look forward to this great partnership! Thank you to all of our new friends at Microsoft!

Benefits for Everyone with People lnc. Supported Employment
Having a job and maintaining it is very important to people with developmental disabilities. The People Inc. Supported Employment Program helps individuals do exactly that! Through the program, participants have a job coach, training and support from the business where they work. One such business is Scotch ‘N Sirloin Restaurant, which has been involved in the program for more than 20 years. Participant of the program, Martinnias Hardy, has worked at Scotch ‘N Sirloin for 25 years and is treated like family by the owners. His commitment is shown each day as he takes a bus, subway and another bus to get to work and then back home, Monday through Friday. WKBW-TV Channel 7 talked with the restaurant owners to find out why they are committed to this program....click on the story to learn more.

WKBW-TV Channel 7: Local Organization Helps Those with Disabilities Find Jobs
People Inc. Supported Employment Participant Martinnias Hardy is interviewed by WKBW-TV Channel 7 Reporter Hilary Lane in between his work tasks at Scotch ‘N Sirloin Restaurant in Amherst.

Parent Joe Ball is interviewed by WKBW-TV Channel 7 Reporter Jason Gruenauer at the People Inc. Northtowns Respite House in Wheatfield.
Northtowns Respite House Provides Relief
Respite care is temporary care away from home. It can also be a big relief for caregivers who have a loved one with a developmental disability. It is also a great time for the participants of the program! For many families, respite is crucial to caring for a loved one with a developmental disability. Parents and other family get a break, while guests have a great time with the fun activities available to them. Get a closer look for all of the benefits from the “Caring for the Caregivers” story that was on WKBW-TV Channel 7.

WKBW-TV Channel 7: Caring for the Caregivers

Senator George D. Maziarz visits People Inc. Pine Senior Living
In November, Senator George D. Maziarz visited People Inc. Pine Senior Living in Lockport in Niagara County. An informal visit, he spoke with 30 tenants about EPIC, the Do Not Call telephone registry and other local issues. People Inc. Pine Senior Living gets many referrals from Senator Maziarz’s office throughout the year – the visit was a great opportunity for him to meet tenants and tour an apartment!

People Inc. Seneca-Cazenovia Senior Living Proud to be in South Buffalo
People Inc. Seneca-Cazenovia Senior Living recently celebrated its 15 year anniversary of affordable and safe housing for seniors in South Buffalo. People Inc. Seneca-Cazenovia Senior Living has been a fixture at the corner of Seneca and Cazenovia Streets since 1998. Learn more about this affordable living opportunity from the article in the South Buffalo News. People Inc. operates 18 Senior Living apartment complexes throughout Western New York. To learn more, call 716.817.9090.

More senior related news:
The Buffalo News: AARP, others want state to add $26 million to caregiver assistance
People Inc. Public Affairs Director Kevin Horrigan is quoted about HUD funding for People Inc. Senior Living.

Pictured L-R: Anna Korus, People Inc. senior vice president; Barbara Jacobs, manager of People Inc. Pine Senior Living; Kevin Horrigan, People Inc. Public Affairs director; Phyllis Frost (and her dog Zoey), tenant of People Inc. Pine Senior Living; and Senator George D. Maziarz.

Maria Bell Shares her Story
Museum of disABILITY History Docent and participant of People Inc.’s services Maria Bell was featured in the Cheektowaga Bee. She shares her story about living with Cerebral palsy and enjoying her job at the Museum! Read more about Maria…

Business First: All About Nonprofits
People Inc. Chief Operating Officer Rhonda Frederick is quoted in a recent Buffalo Business First article, “Facing new challenges: Nonprofit agencies serving clients with special needs wonder if they can keep pace with changes headed their way.” Read the article…

Welcome to Agapé Parents’ Fellowship, Inc.
This past summer, Agapé Parents’ Fellowship, Inc. became an affiliate of People Inc. Agapé Parents’ Fellowship, Inc. is an interdenominational organization dedicated to parents and families of loved ones with disabilities. Read more in the article from the South Buffalo News.

Unique Gifts Available at Museum of disABILITY History
Looking for that perfect gift? Look no further than the quaint store located inside the Museum of disABILITY History!

The Museum Store offers merchandise made by individuals of the Day Habilitation programs of People Inc. Items include silk scarves, cement garden turtles and hand painted wine glasses. Each item is lovingly hand-made and no two items are the same. Additionally, holiday cards are for sale with designs made by individuals served by People Inc.

Many items are now 50 percent off, including: Braille jewelry, Nike golf balls and apparel. Books from the Ivan the Invacar children’s series make a great gift for the kids on your shopping list! The Abandoned Asylums of New England coffee table book and 2014 calendar make great gifts for architecture and photography enthusiasts!

The store is open in conjunction with the Museum, Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 716.629.3626.

Gifts from Embrace The Difference®
People Inc. is proud to be a charity that benefits from Embrace The Difference®! Check out their line of jewelry and specialty gifts – they make great holiday gifts! Robyn Zimmer, founder of Embrace the Difference, has teamed up with inspirational artist Colleen Wall Darby to create an Embrace the Difference® painting. This work of art is now available as part of the Embrace the Difference® collection for a limited time. The proceeds are donated to the purchaser’s charity of choice. When in the check-out, online or at ReedsJenss, please select People Inc. in order for the agency to be a recipient of the proceeds. Thanks for your support!

Assemblyman Schimminger Celebrates Independence at People Inc.
The December 2013 Newsletter from Assemblyman Schimminger includes a photo from a People Inc. event of its opening celebration of its multi-program location in North Buffalo. Please see page 4 of the newsletter!
Pictured with Assemblyman Schimminger are Pamela King, associate vice president for Day Services at People Inc.; Rhonda Frederick, People Inc. chief operating officer; Grace Ehrenberg, a volunteer and family caregiver, and Grace’s sister Jennie Calandra.

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