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Ceremony Marks Restoration of the Niagara County Almshouse Cemetery
The Niagara County Almshouse Cemetery Restoration Ceremony, hosted by the Museum of disABILITY History, People Inc. and Niagara County officials, was held on June 5, at 5526 Niagara Street Extension in Lockport. Staff members from the Museum of disABILITY History and People Inc.; Catherine Emerson, Niagara County historian; William Ross, chairman, Niagara County Legislature and cemetery restoration volunteers were in attendance.

The event marked the restoration of the neglected cemetery and honored the lives of the more than 1,400 Niagara County Almshouse residents who died and were buried there, most with unmarked graves, between 1830-1916. The ceremony included the unveiling of a memorial plaque and refurbished Merritt monument, the only inscribed gravestone at the location. Approximately 40 names of individuals laid to rest in the cemetery were read during the program. Click here to see photos from the event on Facebook.
Proclamation presentation: Museum of disABILITY History Director Doug Farley, People Inc. Chief Operating Officer Rhonda Frederick, People Inc. Associate Vice President Dave Mack-Hardiman and Niagara County Legislature Chairman William Ross.
Cheers for Mitch Weis of People Inc.’s Themed Learning Club
It was a great year for the Grand Island Lacrosse Team….and Mitch Weis would agree! As the team manager and ball boy for four years, he did not play in the game. Mitch, who has Down syndrome and is a participant of People Inc.’s Themed Learning Club, recently got a chance to play! The coaches and fellow team players were determined to have Mitch in the game! To find out what happens, click here for a story about Mitch that aired on WGRZ-TV Channel 2.

The Themed Learning Club is one of People Inc.’s After School Respite programs, which provides families with quality care after school or work for family members with developmental disabilities ages 10-21. The program offers participants a variety of recreational activities to enjoy. For more information about the program, call 716.817.9049.

Service Coordinator Netta Rowe Celebrates 40 Years!
As People Inc. has flourished over the years, so has Netta Rowe, People Inc. service coordinator, who has worked with the agency for 40 years! A service award celebration was recently held in honor of Netta. She has helped hundreds of individuals with developmental disabilities receive services. Netta has held numerous positions within the agency, including secretary, receptionist, administrative specialist and admissions specialist. She has been in her current role as service coordinator since 2004. Netta’s dedication to People Inc. is admired by many and she has been a positive representative for the agency.
Pictured L-R: Senator Tim Kennedy, Assemblymember Harvey Weisenberg and his wife Ellen, Senator Mark Grisanti and Senator George Maziarz participated in the rally on the steps of the Capitol in Albany.
New York Senators Join Rally for People with Developmental Disabilities at State Capital
A diverse group of approximately 400 advocates converged on the steps of the State Capitol to send Governor Andrew Cuomo a message, “No More Waiting!” Individuals with developmental disabilities, parents and caregivers, as well as professionals in the field of serving people with developmental disabilities rallied in front of the state capitol in Albany on May 20. They were joined by New York Senators Mark Grisanti, Timothy Kennedy and George Maziarz and Assemblymember Harvey Weisenberg of Long Beach and Chairwoman of the Mental Health Committee Aileen Gunther. Rally participants called attention to the immediate need for group home living. Presently, there are 1,200 individuals on the waiting list in WNY waiting for residential living; 12,000 statewide and 4,000 that need immediate living. The rally focused on sending Governor Cuomo a message that the time is now to develop a plan on this ever-growing crisis. Barb DeLong, parent, advocate and co-chair of the Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York (DDAWNY) Family Committee, was interviewed, for the Capital Press Room radio show with Susan Arbetter. It aired locally on WBFO-88.7 (41:00 mark). Click here to see photos from the rally on Facebook.
People Inc. is Hiring!
Do you have friends or family looking for a rewarding career? People Inc. is looking for qualified candidates that are passionate about changing lives and making a difference. Available positions include group home staff, registered nurses and licensed practical nurses. Evening, overnight and weekend shifts are available with an immediate need in Boston, East Aurora, Eden, Hamburg, Orchard Park and Silver Creek. Apply online: www.people-inc.org/careers.

The following community events are hosted by the Museum of disABILITY History, a project of People Inc.:

Person First Forum Featuring Local Artist Cindy Few

Challenged with a learning disability and schizophrenia, Cindy will share her personal experiences and her whimsical artwork, which has helped her overcome life’s hurdles and inspire others in the process.

When: Saturday, June 21, 1 p.m.
Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main Street, Buffalo
Call 716.629.3626. Click here for the press release.
Person First Forum Featuring U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Champion Adam Page
Adam will share his experiences as a paralympian athlete. He was born with Spina Bifida, a birth defect caused by incomplete formation of the vertebrae.
When: Saturday, July 19, 1 p.m.
Where: Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY
Cost: Free
Information/RSVP: Call 716.629.3626


People Inc. Senior Companion Recognition Luncheon Honors Volunteers
Volunteers were recognized at the People Inc. Senior Companion Recognition Luncheon held May 30, at Schiller Park Community Center in Buffalo. Along with volunteers, elected officials and professionals in the area of senior services attended.

The People Inc. Senior Companion program helps seniors who are homebound and other adults who are frail maintain independence in their own homes. The program is provided in the cities of Buffalo and Lackawanna and the towns of Amherst and West Seneca with plans to expand.

The program would not be possible without the Federal Government’s Corporation for National Service, the State of New York, County of Erie, Cities of Buffalo and Lackawanna and the Towns of West Seneca and Amherst.

Top: People Inc. Senior Companion volunteers with Assemblymember Ray Walter; Erie County Senior Services Commissioner Randy Hoak; County Legislator Lynne Dixon; Bonnie Lockwood, representative of Congressman Brian Higgins office and Mitch Daniels, representative of Senator Patrick Gallivan. Bottom: People Inc. Senior Companion staff with Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes.
People Inc. Senior Living Locations Accepting Applications
Do you have a loved one looking for affordable and independent senior housing? People Inc. Senior Living provides affordable and safe apartments for seniors age 62 and up and who meet income guidelines. Monthly rent is based on income and includes some utilities. One-bedroom apartments include kitchen appliances and are small-pet friendly. Service coordinators are available to provide tenants with assistance. Group transportation to grocery stores and a variety of activities are provided for tenants who wish to participate.

Locations in the Northtowns and Southtowns are accepting applications. Starting June 16, applications will be accepted for the newest location under construction in West Seneca scheduled to open in September. For more information, call 716.817.9090.

Watch our new senior living commercial airing on WIVB-TV Chanel 4 and WNLO-CW Channel 23.

Gifts for Dads….and Grads
Looking for a unique gift for Father’s Day? The Museum of disABILITY History is offering shoppers an opportunity to “Build Your own Basket!” Choose from shirts, wooden pens, tumblers, DVDs and more! Gifts are also great for uncles and grandfathers, too! Choose whatever combination of items you would like based on your personal budget! Staff will create the basket and payment can be made upon pick-up. To place an order, call 716.629.3626 or stop by our store in person! These trinkets are also great for college graduates and summer birthday gifts!


Hassle-free Registration for Drive Fore Disabilities Golf Tournament and Auction
Have you signed up for one of the area’s most relaxed golf tournaments? The People Inc. Foundation’s 13th Annual Drive Fore Disabilities Golf Tournament is Monday, August 18, at East Aurora Country Club. There are still spots available for the morning and afternoon rounds! The early round will tee off at 7:30 a.m. and the afternoon round will tee off at 12:30 p.m. As always, snacks and beverages will be regularly offered throughout the course! Donations for the auction are also greatly appreciated.

Please take a minute to register now by going to www.people-inc.org and clicking in the Event Registration and Online Orders button. For more information or if you have an auction donation, contact Sarah Snyder, annual giving manager, at ssnyder@people-inc.org or 716.817.7269.

Recent news stories that include information from People Inc. representatives
NY bill would remove “handicapped accessible” from signs: News story about New York legislators proposing the words “handicapped accessible” be removed from parking signs. Museum of disABILITY History Director Doug Farley was interviewed. WGRZ-TV Channel 2, May 19, 2014.

Overcoming Challenges: Parent and advocate Aimee Levesque wrote a review about the moving Raising Matty Christian, which was the featured movie at the Disabilities Film Festival and Speaker Series held in April, an event hosted by the Museum of disABILITY History and People Inc. Buffalo Healthy Living, June 2014.

Vantage Points: Radio show included information about People Inc. Senior Living and a Living Healthy workshop series being offered. Becky Orton, manager, People Inc. Marigold Senior Living in Grand Island and Kristen Obarka, service coordinator, People Inc. Senior Living, were interviewed. 89.9 FM, May 31, 2014.

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