Construction starts for new apartments!
Construction starts for new apartments!
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Happy Holidays from People Inc.!
From the People Inc. family to yours, we wish you happy holidays and a joyous new year! To view our holiday message, click here or on the above image. Thank you to all of our families, community partners and donors for your continued support!
Construction Kick-Off for Jefferson Avenue Apartments
With support from government partners and organizations, People Inc. held a Construction Kick-off event for its Jefferson Avenue Apartments on December 19. New York State Homes and Community Renewal, City of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown and People Inc. proudly announced the start of construction on the $31 million affordable housing and supportive housing development on Buffalo’s East Side.
Government and community leaders joined together at the Johnnie B. Wiley Amateur Athletic Sports Pavilion to mark the occasion, including: Mayor Byron W. Brown, Herb Bellamy of Bellamy Enterprises, Upstate Development Director of NYS Homes and Community Renewal Lenny Skrill, NYS Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, State Senator Tim Kennedy, Congressmember Brian Higgins, Common Council President and Ellicott District Common Council Member Darius Pridgen, Erie County Legislator Barbara Miller Williams, Ellen Hardy, acting director of the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities Region 1, Nick Sinatra of Sinatra and Company Real Estate and People Inc. President and CEO Rhonda Frederick.
People Inc. Jefferson Avenue Apartments, to be located at 1140 and 1166 Jefferson Avenue, will include 89 affordable apartments in two buildings with 16 set aside for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The ground floor of both apartment 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.
“I’m proud to be a part of this development in the historic Jefferson corridor,” said Rhonda Frederick, president and CEO, People Inc. “We are so pleased to have the support of many community leaders and organizations, as we work together to provide an affordable housing opportunity for individuals ages 18 years and older. We are so grateful to the funders and elected officials that are making this project a reality.”
The project is funded by: City of Buffalo Home Funds, NYS Empire State Development, NYS Energy Research and Development Authority, NYS Homes and Community Renewal, NYS Housing Finance Agency and NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.
To learn more, click here. To view photos from the event, click here. This story was picked up by multiple media outlets, including: Buffalo Business First, The Buffalo News, Spectrum News Buffalo, WBEN-AM 930, WBFO 88.7, WGRZ-TV Channel 2.
Graphic with words: This holiday season, make a difference.
Make a Difference this Holiday Season
We love hearing from family members who are happy with the services they receive for their loved ones. Tom Meyers, a brother, shared a letter with us about how he and his family have been long-time supporters of People Inc. and are happy that his sister, Gay, has a variety of programs to help her live independently. He shared:
“As long as I can remember, both my mom and dad were committed to helping my sister, Gay, who has special needs, to lead a fulfilling life while they were alive. More importantly, they wanted this to continue for Gay even after they were gone. We believe in People Inc. because of all the wonderful work it has done, not only for our family, but for hundreds of other families just like ours. As difficult as it was to lose our parents, we’ve experienced how rewarding it can be to celebrate their memory through giving. We hope you’ll join our family in making a gift to People Inc. this holiday season.”
This is just one example of thousands of people whose lives are impacted by People Inc. every day. You can learn more about the Meyers family in our November 2018 Emagine e-newsletter by clicking here (third story).
In the spirit of giving this holiday season, will you make a donation to the People Inc. Foundation? Your generosity will help ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities, special needs and older adults receive the supports they need to lead healthy, independent and productive lives. To make a donation with a credit card, click here. If you would like to donate by check, click here for a printable form. For more information, contact Jennifer Robinson at or call 716.817.7269. Thank you for your support!
Man labeling a box in an office environment.
Contract Manufacturing Benefits Local Businesses
Since its inception in 1970, People Inc. has grownto offer more services than any organization in the region, by assessing and addressing the needs of the communities where we operate. We are innovators who develop person-centered, creative and cutting-edge service options for our program participants and their families.
Ensuring that individuals with developmental disabilities secure and maintain meaningful and competitive employment is an important part of what we do at People Inc. Over the years, we have established several business services that offer high-quality work, ranging from janitorial and carpet cleaning to workforce solutions. Most recently, our work center that is dedicated to Contract Manufacturing has been added to the list as one of People Inc.’s complete Business Solutions.
We offer complete assembly/disassembly, packaging, inspection or mailings in a timely and cost-effective manner to our community business partners. The program is a terrific alternative to temp agencies that provides a quality-driven, flexible workforce with on-site supervision to ensure all jobs are done to a business’s expectations and satisfaction. Not only does this valuable service provide meaningful employment for hardworking people, but it positions People Inc. as an important partner in our community. Whether it’s us working at a company’s location or bringing the work to our site, our Contract Manufacturing benefits companies.
Some of our valued customers share why they are so pleased with our service, including:
“We at Great Lakes have depended on the work center to assemble and package various products that we sell worldwide. Our business relationship is a strong one and, I believe, will continue for many years to come.”
- Terry Cowles, Great Lakes Orthodontics LTD
“The work center is basically an extension of our company on certain projects. We can always trust them to represent our company in the most efficient and competent way as possible.”
- Tony Cirelli, RMF Print Management Group
We are currently looking to expand our services to more companies across Western New York and the Greater Rochester region. If you know of any companies that may benefit from innovative and customized solutions to their current workforce challenges, we’re happy to accept referrals. Our high-quality work with quick response times at a very reasonable cost can be an important extension of any local business. For more information, email or call 716.683.7100.
People Inc. Senior Living Celebrates 25 Years
People Inc. is celebrating its twenty-fifth year of providing affordable and safe apartments for older adults. Last month, an event was held to mark this significant achievement and a commemorative video made its debut. Click here or on the above image to get a glimpse into 25 years of supporting independent living for older adults. Apartments are for independent older adults age 62 and over who are income eligible. To learn more about People Inc. Senior Living, click here for a Buffalo Healthy Living story and here for an article in Forever Young. For an apartment application, to schedule a tour or for more information about the various locations throughout Western New York, call 716.817.9090.
People Inc. 2018 holiday cards.
Picture of Magenta Rose Crawford at People Inc. Arts Experience program site.
Magenta Rose Crawford
Picture of Mary Espinosa outside with wildflowers in the background.
Picture of Robert Kneitinger at home.
Holiday Cards Feature Talented Artists
Need to send holiday greetings to family and friends? Our holiday cards are for sale for a limited time to support the People Inc. Foundation. This year’s cards feature artwork created by three of our program participants. Here are some highlights about each of them:
Magenta Rose Crawford designed the Country Snowman card: She is a participant at People Inc. Arts Experience, a fine arts day habilitation program, and enjoys drawing and singing. While attending the program, Magenta Rose has been encouraged to explore the use of new mediums and artistic techniques. Her artistic talents embrace a blend of Korean and American culture.
Mary Espinosa created the Skater Girl card: She loves being creative as a participant at People Inc. Agapé Day Habilitation Program. Creating artwork is one of her favorite pastimes because she finds it fun and relaxing. Being creative has also been a helpful way for Mary to express herself and develop friendships.
Robert Kneitinger created the Winter Scene card: He receives support from People Inc. Self-Directed Services, a person-centered program that encourages individuals with disabilities to manage a plan, based around their own needs and decisions. Robert takes pride in living on his own in an apartment in Cheektowaga, NY. He is so passionate about his artwork and can’t wait to see where his talents lead.
Packages of cards can be reserved by contacting Jennifer Robinson at or call 716.817.7269. They can be picked up by December 21, at our administrative headquarters at 1219 North Forest Road, Williamsville, NY.
An older adult and a senior companion having coffee.
Volunteers Needed to Support Seniors
The People Inc. Senior Companion Program supports older adults, 55 and up living in Erie County, who need assistance with daily living tasks. The program is dependent on companion volunteers, who assist with grocery shopping, light cooking and housekeeping, while providing a break for caregivers. The program is in need of additional volunteers, who are also age 55 or over, live in Erie County and meet income guidelines. Volunteers earn a stipend, mileage and meal reimbursement. They also receive training and enjoy rewarding experiences, while those who receive services can remain independent in their familiar surroundings. To learn more about volunteering, call 716.768.2381. To view a video about volunteering, click here.
A nightime photo of the Academy Place Apartments.
Academy Place Senior Apartments Accepting Applications
Academy Place Senior Apartments in Gowanda, NY, managed by People Inc., are accepting applications. Located at 1 School Street in Gowanda, NY, the complex provides HUD Section 202 Affordable Housing and New York State Tax Credit apartments. If you have a family member or work with an older adult who may be interested in these apartments, please share this information. The apartments provide affordable and safe housing for independent seniors age 62 and up who meet the federally-mandated household income guidelines.
Monthly rent is based on the tenant’s income, which includes some utilities. Apartments include a kitchen with appliances; some of which have been specifically designed for individuals who are vision and/or hearing impaired. A community room and laundry facilities are available. Additionally, storage and a 24-hour on-call emergency service are provided. Tenants may have one small pet
For an apartment application or for more information, email Senior Living or call 716.817.9090.
A collage of images of items that can be purchased at the Museum of disAbility History; books, wine stoppers.
Unique Gifts Available
Are you looking for unique holiday gifts? The Museum of disABILITY History, a project of People Inc., has you covered! Various items for people of all ages are for sale in its store, including wooden pens and wine stoppers handmade by program participants of People Inc.’s Hamburg Day Habilitation, plus DVDs, CD’s and jewelry are available. There are also a number of books for sale, including the Abandoned History series and children’s books like, Olivia the Bully, Mubu the Morph and the Ivan the Invacar. The newly released book published by the Museum of disABILITY History, The Colony Chronicles, by Char Szabo-Perricelli and David Mack-Hardiman, is also for sale. This book is a rare account of life inside the Craig Colony, an American Institution. It’s packed with personal memoirs, riveting research and eclectic photographs. Shop during the Museum’s regular hours at 3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY, Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The store and gallery will be closed for the holidays on December 24 and 25 and January 1, 2019. For more information, call 716.629.3626.


Learn More about Careers at Open Interview Event
People Inc. has grown
into the area’s largest multispecialty non-profit health and human services agency, providing services to more than 12,000 individuals throughout Western
New York and the
Greater Rochester region.
As a result, we have exceptional opportunities for numerous career paths, whether you are looking to work part or
full time.
If you or someone you know wants to become a valued employee, there are many career openings within our agency. Attend our upcoming Open Interview Event to learn more on January 16, 2019, from 5 to 7 p.m. at 4150 Sowles Road, Hamburg, NY. Opportunities include: behavior technicians, community-based instructors, direct support professionals and respite instructors, along with LPNs and RNs. To apply or to view all of our openings, click here. To view a fun video about working at People Inc., click here.
Featured Job of the Month: Speech Language Pathologist
People Inc. is currently hiring a part time speech language pathologist to provide services to children participating in the Erie County Early Intervention Program. Responsibilities include: Provide reports of multidisciplinary evaluation and makes recommendations to Erie County, based on child’s eligibility for service; provide direct speech therapy service to participating children; document responses to therapy, following NYS Department of Health guidelines; maintain appropriate billing records and other duties. Minimum requirements: Must be licensed and currently registered by the State of New York and meet the education and experience requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Pathology granted by the American Speech and Hearing Association or meet the educational requirements for certification and is in the process of accumulating the supervised experience required for certification. To apply or to view all of our openings, click here.
Make a Tax Savvy Gift of Stocks in 2018 Your Legacy of Love
Year-end is an ideal time to review financial affairs and investment portfolios. Gains from appreciated assets present an opportunity to take advantage of tax laws that encourage charitable gifts of stocks and securities (mutual funds, bonds). Gifting appreciated stock directly to the People Inc. Foundation – rather than selling the assets and donating the after-tax cash proceeds – can significantly increase the amount of funds you have available for charitable giving while providing you with a larger tax benefit. This may be a great way to begin to fund your legacy during your lifetime.
For more information or to make your year-end gift of appreciated stocks and/or securities, contact Denise Bienko at 716.817.7470 or Christine Mathieu at 716.817.7256.
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Medical Cannabis Symposium
Headway of WNY, an affiliate of People Inc.,
will host a symposium called, “Medical Cannabis: A Promising Therapy for
TBI and Other Cognitive Disorders?” on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at the University at Buffalo Center for Tomorrow, in Amherst, NY (previously scheduled for January 23). The featured speaker will be Dr. Laszlo Mechtler, medical director, Cannabis Clinic at DENT Neurologic Institute.
The event will be from 8:15 a.m. to noon and includes breakfast. The symposium will also include representatives from Western New York medical cannabis dispensaries and a health/wellness vendor fair. Updates will be posted on Headway’s website and Facebook. For more information, call 716.408.3100.
Purchase Embrace the Difference® Bracelets
Embrace the Difference® bracelets make a meaningful gift, just in time for the holidays! The wrap design features beautiful multi-colored beads with a People Inc. butterfly charm. Each bracelet is $30 and comes in a Reeds gift box. Proceeds benefit the People Inc. Foundation. Order online here. For questions, contact Jennifer Robinson at or 716.817.7269.
Shop and AmazonSmile Gives
Support People Inc.
this holiday season
while shopping for
family and friends! With AmazonSmile, .05 percent of every purchase is donated to the People Inc. Foundation. To start shopping, click here.
On your first visit, select People Inc. as your charitable organization for eligible purchases before you begin. From this point on, People Inc. will be saved and every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result
in a donation. Enjoy shopping for wish list items, like: electronics, games, toys, books and more!
DAWNY’s Annual Legislative Breakfast
The Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York (DDAWNY) Family Committee’s Annual Legislative Breakfast will be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. If you already registered for the event, (previously scheduled on December 7), you have been registered for the new date. To RSVP, click here. If you have questions, email DDAWNY Family Committee.

Recent news stories that include information from People Inc. and agency representatives.
“Construction Watch: People’s Linwood/Lafayette:” People Inc. featured. Buffalo Rising, December 3, 2018.

“In pictures: All About Nonprofits 2018:” People Inc. is slide 12 out of 20. Buffalo Business First, November 24, 2018.
“People Inc. celebrates 25 years in Hamburg:” People Inc. Senior Living featured. The Sun, November 16, 2018.
The Buffalo News: Another Voice – Support Professionals for People with Disabilities are Underpaid
“It is time to show people with disabilities, and the dedicated people supporting them that they are valued. The state should fund these positions well above minimum wage so we don’t continue to lose great people.”

NPR: Remembering George H.W. Bush, a Champion for People with Disabilities
“The law helped millions of Americans by banning discrimination based on disability in employment and public places.”

Taste of Home: 10 Amazing Restaurants that Hire People with Disabilities
“See how restaurants that hire people with disabilities are making the world a more inclusive place.”