Goals achieved, First Niagara Foundation boosts program, March events
Goals achieved, First Niagara Foundation boosts program, March events
Coaching to Success
People Inc.’s Life Quality Coaching (LQC) Program helps an average of 50 individuals each month, and provides each with the opportunity to work towards a goal that does not necessarily fit into the box of traditional programming. Individuals work closely with a life quality coach to achieve their goals in a three to six month time span, enough time to gain the confidence and tools needed to move forward with the goal on their own. See the successes of six LQC participants here or by clicking on the image.
People Inc. Receives Grant from First Niagara Foundation
Our Life Quality Coaching Program recently received a $5,000 boost from the First Niagara Foundation so that we can keep the success stories coming! In addition to supporting the overall program, the funds will help young women in our program learn personal finance skills like budgeting and saving. To learn more, click here.
Brendan Curry, participant of People Inc.’s Young Adult Life Transitions Program.
Program Participants Gain Practical Skills
Participants from our Young Adult Life Transitions Program recently began interning at our Museum of disABILITY History to build their vocational skills. They have gained experience working the cash register, learning about exhibits and answering phones. Participants happily shared what they enjoy:

“You can help people when they ask!”
– Courtney Mergel

“I love talking to all the people.”
– Halee Glanowski

“My favorite part is when people come in and I get to greet them.”
– Jenna Molle
Community Leaders Named to People Enterprises Board
Six area leaders have been appointed to the board of directors of People Enterprises, a for profit corporation that was recently formed to identify and implement innovative ideas to help People Inc. advance its mission. Board members will serve one year, renewable terms and will be responsible for reviewing plans and strategies, offering insights and acting as a sounding board for new business development. To learn more, click here.
Featured Job Opportunity
We are hiring registered nurses for our residential and home health programs. This position monitors and coordinates the delivery of health care services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Our RN positions offer flexible hours for a more balanced life, generous paid time off, health insurance for full-time employees, 401(k) plan and tuition reimbursement. Click here to apply.

Learn more about career opportunities at our upcoming Open Interview Days on February 24 at McKinley Mall and on March 16 at our People Inc. recruitment office. Can’t attend? Apply online.
Support Available for Seniors and Caregivers
If you or a family member are caring for an elderly loved one, many services are available through our agency to lend support. Our senior services were recently featured in The Buffalo News.

To learn more about our Senior Services, click here.
Photo credit: The Buffalo News, Mark Mulville
Recent news stories that include information from People Inc. and agency representatives.
“People Inc. growing for-profit enterprises:” People Inc. President and CEO Rhonda Frederick interviewed. Buffalo Business First, February 12, 2016.
“Super Bowl 50 Ads Feature People with Disabilities:” Museum of disABILITY History Director Doug Farley interviewed. WIVB-TV Channel 4, February 6, 2016.
“Super Bowl Commercial to Feature Girl with Down syndrome:” Museum of disABILITY History Director Doug Farley interviewed. WKBW-TV Channel 7, February 5, 2016.
“A Voice for Jessica:” A family served by People Inc. is featured. UB Reporter, February 3, 2016
USDA Homeownership Workshop
The offices of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and USDA Rural Development are offering a free USDA Homeownership Workshop on February 24, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Genesee County Building 2, 3837 West Main Street Ro
ad, Batavia. The workshop is for low to moderate-income families who are interested in low interest loans to use for home buying or home repairs. To learn more, click here.
The Buffalo News (Opinion): Max Donatelli: People with disabilities thrive with support
“We then began a quest to become expert with his inclusion, seeing that he could reach his full potential.”

CBS Evening News: Down syndrome couple gets their happily ever after
“Tim Harris is the only restaurant owner in the country with Down syndrome….So what drives a man to give up a job he loves more than anything? A girl he loves more than anything, Tiffani Johnson.”

St. Louis Post Dispatch: Autism, developmental disabilities get big budget recommendations from Nixon
“Gov. Jay Nixon’s final budget recommendations as the head of the state’s executive branch will include significant investments in developmental disabilities.”
February 2016
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Give $10 a Month or More and Receive Exclusive Supporting Member Benefits
Pledge a recurring gift of $10 a month or a one-time gift of $100 or more to become a People Inc. Supporting Member and receive our 2016 calendar featuring photos of individuals we serve who benefit from your generosity.

As a Supporting Member, you can identify a loved one and we will mail him/her a calendar on your behalf. Please include your loved one’s name and contact information in the “note” section. An additional benefit this year is an exclusive Entertainment Reward Card valued at $500 in savings and good at more than 360,000 places! Plus, Supporting Members receive admission to our appreciation event in the spring.

To become a Supporting Member, click here. For more information, contact Stephanie Sullivan, at ssullivan@people-inc.org or by calling 716.817.7269.
Advocate for Direct Support Professionals
Your support is needed to encourage Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to include staff who support individuals with disabilities in his proposed minimum wage increase. While Governor Cuomo has proposed a $15 minimum wage for all, he has not put funding in for direct support professionals, special education staff and other workers whose rate is set by the state. To show your support, click here.
Film Screening of Capturing Grace
The Museum of disABILITY History Film and Speaker Series will feature Capturing Grace on Saturday, March 12, with two showings at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. A reception will take place between showings at 5 p.m., at the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main Street, Buffalo. Capturing Grace is about dancers with Parkinson’s disease joining forces with a famed modern dance company to stage a unique performance.

The event is co-hosted by the Museum of disABILITY History and Danceability. Admission is free; donations accepted for the Museum of disABILITY History, Danceability and the National Parkinson Foundation WNY Chapter. No-cost admission tickets are required, which are available at the Museum of disABILITY History and Danceability.

For more information, call 716.629.3626.
Dining Out for Headway: A Nourishing Event in Support of Headway of WNY, Inc.
In recognition of March as National Brain Injury Awareness Month, Headway of WNY, an affiliate of People Inc., is having a dining out event.
When: Wednesday, March 16
Where: Select restaurants for lunch and/or dinner
Info: Click here for a flyer to present to your server.