People Inc. Senior Living provides home of vibrant mural
People Inc. Senior Living provides home of vibrant mural
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The mural depicts Mark Twain and his friend, John T. Lewis. Located at 1188 Hertel Avenue in Buffalo, NY, next to Ristorante Lombardo.
North Buffalo Senior Living Location Provides Canvas for Vibrant Mural
People Inc. is proud to have a beautiful and vibrant mural by renowned Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra displayed on our People Inc. Ivy Rose Senior Living apartment building on Hertel Avenue. The mural depicts Mark Twain and his friend, John T. Lewis. Located at 1188 Hertel Avenue in Buffalo, NY, next to Ristorante Lombardo, the mural is the result of the Albright-Knox’s Public Art Initiative’s innovative partnership between the museum and the County of Erie. Special thanks to all who made this exciting project possible, including Albright-Knox Art Gallery, City of Buffalo, Councilmember Joel P. Feroleto, County of Erie, Ristorante Lombardo and a huge thank you to Eduardo Kobra for his amazing talents! Learn more about this project from feature stories in The Buffalo News and WKBW-TV Channel 7.
A photo of Christopher Smith.
Giving Back to the Community
Christopher Smith is making changes, one lawn at a time. With help from People Inc., Christopher has gained the confidence to be more involved in his community in Newfane, NY. He has helped to better his surroundings through services such as mowing, weed-trimming, hedging and gardening for his neighbors, friends and local churches. He receives support through People Inc. Self-Directed Services, a person-centered program encouraging people with developmental disabilities and their families to manage a plan based on their needs to experience personal growth, live in the home and community they choose, work, volunteer and enjoy recreational activities.
As a result of his reliability and great work, Christopher has gained the trust of churches and other groups. At St. Brendan on The Lake in Newfane, for example, his volunteering tasks include mopping, vacuuming, polishing and cleaning. He also volunteers as a coach for Challenger’s Sports and partakes as a team member and leader for a couple local bowling leagues.
“Christopher is a motivated person who has found his place in his home and community through an amazing amount of devotion, diligence and compassion,” said Patrick M. Prawel-Sexton, life coach, People Self-Directed Services. “His goal is to be a part of something bigger than himself by using skills he has honed throughout his life.”
Christopher truly feels valued and needed when he is providing these volunteer services for those who have welcomed him.
Nominations Now Accepted for DSP of the Year
People Inc. is accepting nominations for its annual Direct Support Professionals (DSP) of the Year Awards! Award recipients are staff members of People Inc. who provide direct support for people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and demonstrate superior care and consistent dedication. Fifteen winners will be selected and announced during DSP Week, September 8-14, 2019, and will receive a $1,000 monetary award. DSP Week is observed nationally and honors these wonderful professionals for the valuable contributions they provide. We are seeking nominations from people we serve, parents, guardians, family members, community members and fellow staff. Winners will be chosen through an impartial committee review. Submit a nomination through printable PDF or online. Nominations must be received by August 9.
It’s Not Too Late to Donate – Amazon Wish List Makes it Easier
We’re continuing to collect items to support our People Inc. Foundation Annual Drive Fore Disabilities Golf Tournament and Auction! Held on Monday, August 12, at the Orchard Park Country Club, this is People Inc.’s largest fundraiser. Donations like prepared gift baskets, gift certificates to stores and restaurants, trips, winery tours, spa packages and unique items are greatly appreciated. To make it easier for those who would like to make a donation, People Inc. is registered with Amazon Wish List at – you don’t even have to leave your house to shop! Amazon will ship the items purchased directly to our People Inc. Foundation office, so no delivery needed. For more information, go to or contact Melanie Brown at or 716.817.7450. Thank you for your support!
A partial photo of the mock dragon built by People Inc. and participants attending the parade. A People Inc. banner featuring our values.
Disability Pride in Full Force
A team of People Inc. program participants and staff members from our Respite Programs and staff from one of our group homes in Buffalo took part in the Disability Pride Parade and Festival at Buffalo Canalside on July 27. Hosted by Western New York Independent Living Inc., the event celebrated the 29th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. People Inc. had a unique float in the parade and information at the event to promote its services. The float’s theme was a Medieval Fairy Garden – many program participants and staff dressed to match the theme. An amazing dragon costume was handmade for the parade. The “stigma dragon” was adorned with negative words that were crossed out, such as “No Labels,” “Fear” and “Misconception.” Positive words were promoted to use, instead, to help defeat disability stigmas.
Kudos to the planning committee and all of the staff members and program participants who helped coordinate this creative demonstration!
Bradford Watts, People Inc. community relations coordinator and others.
In the Community
We’re proud to have a dedicated group of Ambassadors who represent People Inc. with smiles and knowledge about the programs and services we provide! This summer has been a great and busy time for our volunteers to make connections within the community. Recently, Ambassadors took part in the Williamsville Farmer’s Market, Taste of Buffalo and a Community Meet Up and Clean Up. If your company would like to partner with People Inc. for upcoming activities, contact Brad Watts, Community Relations coordinator, at or 716.817.7420.

A corporate headshot photo of Ken Levan.
Meet Contract Manufacturing’s Ken Levan
As the Business Services manager for People Inc. Contract Manufacturing,
Ken Levan’s 38 years with People Inc. (formerly Southeast Works) have been rooted in ensuring that people with developmental disabilities secure and maintain meaningful employment. He is an integral part of the People Inc. Contract Manufacturing team. Find out more about Ken’s typical day and his keys to success.
Rhonda Frederick is pictured by a sunny window.
People Inc. CEO Named to the Power 125 Women
Congratulations to our President and CEO, Rhonda Frederick, who ranked sixth on Buffalo Business First’s Power 125 Women. The list highlights the most influential women in the eight counties of Western New York!
Dawn Newell, a tenant at a People Inc. Senior living community.
People Inc. Senior Living Accepting Apartment Applications
Wheatfield Location to Host Open House
and Multi-family Yard Sale on August 2

People Inc. Senior Living accepts apartment applications year-round for all of its locations throughout Western New York, including Amherst, Angola, Blasdell, Cheektowaga, Gowanda, Grand Island, Lackawanna, Lockport, South Buffalo, Springville and Wheatfield.
Apartments are for independent older adults age 62 and over who are income eligible. As an added cost savings, some utilities are included. The apartments include a kitchen with appliances. The apartment buildings include various safety features, a furnished community room, laundry facilities and a 24-hour response system. Tenants are welcome to have one small pet.
To showcase one of its apartment buildings, People Inc. Willow Senior Living will have an Open House and Multi-family Yard Sale on Friday, August 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 3990 Forest Parkway in Wheatfield (between Shawnee and Townline Road, off Niagara Falls Boulevard). A multi-family yard sale will be held with household goods, furniture, books, clothing and more available for sale. Apartment tours will be provided. For more information, call 716.694.1486.
If you, a relative or someone you assist would like more information about People Inc. Senior Living or for an apartment application, call 716.817.9090.
Featured Job of the Month:
Behavior Technician

People Inc. is seeking a behavior technician in Alden and Rochester, NY. Responsibilities include assisting with implementation of behavior plans and crisis intervention as assigned by the behavior specialist, as well as providing support to site management. The ideal candidate is patient and enjoys new experiences every day. Requirements include: a High School Diploma/GED and a valid NYS driver’s license that meets agency policy. To apply or to view all of our employment openings, go to our Available Jobs page on our website.
A group of older adults having brunch and smiling.
Brunch and Learn
Brunch with us and learn about our Charitable Gift Annuity, the smart way to help meet your financial and charitable goals. Join us on Saturday, September 21, from 10 a.m. to noon, at The Buffalo Club, 388 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY. For more information or to RSVP by September 15, contact Christine Mathieu at or 716.817.7256.
Book Reviews and Upcoming Kids Day Event
Are you looking for a good book to end your summer? Now is a great time to check out some new books, as well as some of our best sellers, including The Colony Chronicles, Olivia The Bully, Kyle and the Cape of Courage and many more. We are also looking for feedback on any of the books published by the Museum of disABILITY History. If you have read any of our books and would like to share your thoughts, send reviews to Alex Jusko at
Save the Date: Kids Day at the Museum of disABILITY will be held on Friday, August 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.! The event includes food, face painting, chalk and bubbles, a dance party, Museum gallery tours and more! Admission is $3. Join the fun with your kids and grandkids for a great day of excitement and creativity! Updates will be posted on the Museum of disABILITY History Facebook page. If you have questions, contact Alex Jusko at or 716.629.3622.
Potential Support Group for a Younger Audience
Headway of WNY, an affiliate of People Inc., continues to look for new ways to serve people with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). As a part of this effort and in the light of recent phone inquiries, Headway of WNY is looking to assess interest levels within the community about an additional Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group aimed at a younger demographic. Over time, the current TBI group’s average age has increased and a new support group for younger adults between the ages of 18 to 29 may provide a more comfortable place to talk about issues. In order to assess the community interest, contact Ginny Haynes at or call 716.408.3100.
Recent news stories that include information from People Inc. and agency representatives.
“Buffalo Scores an Eduardo Kobra Mural!:” People Inc. included, Buffalo Rising, July 18, 2019.
“Museum of disABILITY History:” Feature story included. Upstate Summer Magazine (New York Family Fun and Adventure Magazine), 2019 edition (page 19).
The Buffalo News: Brother with Special Needs Keeps New Bills Center Mitch Morse Grounded
“One of the greatest things about a football team is that it’s a cultural melting pot.”
CNBC: Major Retailers are Launching Affordable Clothing Lines for Children with Disabilities
“Scheier founded Runway of Dreams Foundation, a nonprofit working to make fashion more accessible for people with disabilities, and partnered with Tommy Hilfiger in 2016 to launch a line of adaptive clothing for children.”
HuffPost: Target Unveils Adaptive Halloween Costumes for Kids with Disabilities
“Two of the options – a princess dress and pirate ensemble – are aimed at kids who use wheelchairs.”

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