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James M. Boles, Ed.D.
Photo courtesy of Buffalo Business First.
Human Service Agencies Face Challenges
In recent years, People Inc. and other area non-profits serving individuals with developmental disabilities have monitored the nation’s fiscal challenges and New York state budget cuts that affect our agencies. At the forefront, changes from the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) will help shape program operations. New York State is embarking on a new way of providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities called the “People First 1115 Waiver,” which will bring significant programmatic, administrative and fiscal reforms.

Two recent articles in Buffalo Business First include information about these new initiatives. People Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer James M. Boles was interviewed.

Buffalo Business First: Care agencies facing challenges
Buffalo Business First - Editorial: Less regs may make DISCO live on 

People Inc. Chocolate Sale – Delicious Fowler’s Chocolate
Many Opportunities for Businesses Available

Join in our annual Chocolate Sale! People Inc. will receive 100 percent of the net proceeds! Please consider ordering chocolate (or Easter candy) for your kids, sweetie, family or for yourself through this event. Ask a few friends and family members to do the same! Ordering online through our pre-sale ensures the best selection and provides extra time to package your order personally.

All orders can be placed by visiting the People Inc. website and completing a secure online check out between now and February 10.
It’s simple: just visit www.people-inc.org, click on the Chocolate Sale button and choose that chocolate you have been craving all year. Even a small purchase helps so order some delicious Fowlers chocolate and support this great cause!

Attention businesses and organizations! You can help too! Join us in a Presale Partnership: a no hassle, convenient opportunity to make a difference! Features and benefits include:
• Recognition in Buffalo Business First
• Corporate representative to appear on “The Kiosk Presents” daily TV show
• Custom promotional materials
• Invitation to the media kick-off event
• Formal check presentation and photo plaque
• Delivery options available
For more information on the pre-sale or to customize a business or organization level of participation, contact Sarah Snyder at ssnyder@people-inc.org or call 716.817.7269.


People Inc. is Member Spotlight in Tonawanda Chamber of Commerce Newsletter
The Tonawanda Chamber of Commerce newsletter features People Inc. as the Member Spotlight. The article celebrates the agency’s 40th anniversary and a variety of programs. Thank you to the Tonawanda Chamber of Commerce! Click on the newsletter to read the article on page 3. 

Special Limited Time Offer at People Inc. Sunflower Senior Living
Do you know a senior, age 62 or older, with a limited income who is paying too much for an apartment or having difficulty maintaining a house? Does this senior live in Lackawanna or a surrounding area? People Inc. Sunflower Senior Living in Lackawanna has an answer! Subsidized rent is based on income. For a limited time, there is a $300 move-in allowance – there are just three easy steps:
‎1. Apply to People Inc. Sunflower Senior Living by May 31, 2012.
2. Move in by September 1, 2012.
3. Receive a $300 move-in allowance

For more information about eligibility or for a tour of People Inc. Sunflower Senior Living, call 716-823-1874.

People Inc. Senior Living Case Management in the news: The recent Leading Age Advisor New York Advisor highlights People Inc. Senior Living Case Management Services. Please see page 12.

Introducing the Museum of disABILITY History Blog
The Museum of disABILITY History has a blog at http://blog.museumofdisability.org/ and includes articles and information relating to disability history, awareness and education. Catch up on past blog posts about: Comic books and Polio, Entering The Fight Against Polio, Museum of disABILITY History artifacts and collections, the upcoming Kennedy advocacy book, restoration of institutional cemeteries and more.

Museum of disABILITY History on Facebook

People Inc. Provides Senior Outreach
People Inc. was awarded a grant through Erie County to provide case management services to seniors 60 years and older who live in Grand Island, Kenmore, North Buffalo and Tonawanda. The goal of the People Inc. Senior Outreach program is to provide the supports necessary to age in place.

Seniors enrolled in the program will gain access to appropriate services, benefits and entitlements, such as discount programs, food stamps, health insurance, home care services, Home Energy Assistance Program, Medicaid, Medicare Savings Program, personal care services and other programs. Seniors must meet specific criteria. If you know a senior who may benefit from People Inc. Senior Outreach or would like more information, call Case Management Coordinator Kaamalal Robinson at 716.566.5015. 

Click here for the brochure

Artists from Arts Experience featured at Starlight Studio and Art Gallery
The Arts Experience of People Inc. is pleased to announce that three artists will be featured at Starlight Studio and Art Gallery. Join us at an opening reception to celebrate the art of Brett Crawford, Dennis Henry and Royce Walczak. The event will be held on Friday, February 3, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., at Starlight Studio and Art Gallery, 340 Delaware Ave. in Buffalo. The exhibit is open from February 3-March 9, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 716.635.6526.


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