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The only marked headstone in the poorhouse cemetery.
People Inc. Initiates Cemetery Restoration at the Niagara County Almshouse Cemetery
Staff and volunteers from People Inc., Western New York’s largest human services agency, will restore the Niagara County Almshouse Cemetery on Niagara Street Extension in Lockport. James M. Boles, Ed.D., president of People Inc., received permission from county officials to begin this project. This is the fourth institutional cemetery in which this agency has been involved. Dr. Boles conducted a presentation about the history of the project to a Buffalo State College Anthropology class on June 11, at the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.  Click here to read more...

“People To People” Features 40th Anniversary Edition
The newest issue of “People To People,” our external newsletter is at the presses! Here is a sneak peek to the issue that commemorates People Inc.’s 40th anniversary. This issue highlights interesting facts about the agency and significant achievements in a timeline, along with feature stories and testimonials from supporters. Please click the newsletter image to view the Spring 2012 “People To People” issue!
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Our Scotch Tasting Dinner a Great Father’s Day Gift
Tickets available now for our Scotch-Tasting Dinner Pairing event on Wednesday, September 5! Co-Chairs Burt Notarius and Larry Skerker invite you to enjoy some of the world’s best spirits while learning from Scotch Master Spike McClure flying in from Scotland for this special evening. Offerings from Premier Wines & Spirits, scrumptious food from Oliver’s Restaurant and delectable desserts from Dessert Deli, finished off with Coffee Culture coffee bar...a unique and memorable evening that will thrill the senses, with proceeds advancing the mission of People Inc. The event will be held at the Buffalo Historical Society on Nottingham Court, you won’t want to miss this! Tickets are $125 each or table of 8 at $1,000.

COMPASS Program News
“In March, many staff and individuals we support participated in a multi-day ‘Validation Visit’ by NYS OPWDD, which serves as their focused onsite review of how we are doing to comply with the standards of COMPASS. I’m happy to share that People Inc. remains recognized within the Top 1% of service providers in New York State. All of us contribute to making this agency an effective, responsive, caring and high-performing organization – from our Board Members, to our staff and to our individuals who challenge us to bring our best each day. Thank you for the important role you play in advancing the quality of life for those we serve and supporting our mission. Congratulations on this important outside recognition of excellence.” – James M. Boles, People Inc. President

Campaign for Disability Employment Announces Winners of “What Can YOU Do?” Video Contest
The Campaign for Disability Employment, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, has selected the winning videos in the 2012 “What can YOU do?” video contest. This nationwide contest challenged filmmakers to produce videos that show the diverse skills that people with disabilities offer and challenge misconceptions about people with disabilities in the workforce.

What WILL you do to inspire others? Jake from People Inc.’s Young Adult Life Transitions Program at University at Buffalo shared what he will do through a video contest, “Campaign for Disability Employment’s “What can YOU do?” He was won first place for the “What Will You Do?” Youth Category. Congratulations, Jake! Check out the video!
The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) is a collaborative effort among several disability and business organizations that seek to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers and others to recognize the value and talent they bring to the workplace, as well as the dividend to be realized by fully including people with disabilities at work.

People Inc. Ambassadors Volunteer at Buffalo Marathon
Approximately 5,200 runners from around the world took part in the 2012 Buffalo Marathon’s full and half marathons, and four-person relay race, which were held May 27, in Buffalo. People Inc. Ambassadors: Rhonda Frederick, Concetta Ferguson, Mary Beth Iwanski, Andy and Wende Burgio, Joanne Haberer, Serenity Hamlin, Gayle Mertzlufft and Matthew Iwanski were cheerleaders and gave out refreshing water and Gatorade at Mile Marker 25 nearing the end of the race. Elmwood Health Center staff: Mark Zambron, Lisa Zambron, Brian Porebski, Jenee Harding, Lisa Passarelli, Ann-Didio-Harbin and Michael Ralbovsky provided medical support and aide to runners at the finish line. The morning cloud cover that kept temperatures down below 70 degrees was very welcome certainly by the runners and volunteers, too. With terrific weather and great enthusiasm it was a fantastic day of service for People Inc. Ambassadors.
Staff members from the Elmwood Health Center, an affiliate of People Inc., treated a number of runners during the Buffalo Marathon on May 27, 2012. Pictured: Mark Zambron, Lisa Zambron, Brian Porebski, Jenee Harding, Lisa Passarelli, Ann-Didio-Harbin and Michael Ralbovsky.

While at Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day on May 24, 2012, Education Coordinator Brie Kishel and Kids on the Block puppet Mark Riley spent some time with Zach Anner, host of “Rollin with Zach.”
Recapping Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day
The 24th Annual Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day (DD Day) took its 2012 Conference to Niagara Falls, New York. This year’s keynote speaker was Buffalo native Zach Anner, host of “Rollin with Zach,” on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN television network travel show. The day was informative with workshops and an exhibitor fair. People Inc. Ambassadors were on hand to assist and inform the community at its exhibit table. Lizbeth Booth, Ph.D., A.C.S.W. of People Inc., presented a workshop entitled “Informed Choice.” The convention is the largest of its kind in the United States and has long been a key event in Western New York.


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