Inclusion in the Workforce
Inclusion in the Workforce
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Fostering a More Inclusive Workforce: A Message from our CEO
People Inc. is proud to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Held each October, NDEAM aims to spread the word about disability employment and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s national theme is “The Right Talent, Right Now.”
People Inc. has long been an advocate for vocational training and employment opportunities for people with varying needs and abilities. Through our Vocational Services, we have helped people train, prepare for, secure and maintain employment. Of course, we couldn’t have done this without support from inclusive employers. Companies like The Salvation Army recognize the importance of hiring a diverse array of talented people. Examples are included in this special edition of People Inc. in the News.
Also worth recognizing are TJ Maxx and Pfannenberg USA, two businesses that have partnered with our agency to provide wonderful employment opportunities to the people we support. In honor of their great work, People Inc. nominated TJ Maxx and Pfannenberg for the NDEAM Business Recognition Awards, hosted by the Western New York Employment Consortium last week.
Do you own a business or know a business interested in becoming a partner of People Inc.? To learn more on how to employ people with disabilities, call 716.817.5750.
Everyone plays an important part in fostering a more inclusive workforce, one where every person is recognized for unique abilities all year-round. I encourage everyone to recognize those with disabilities as valuable employees and encourage hiring them.


Rhonda Frederick
President and CEO, People Inc.
Your Business Resource
Celebrating “The Right Talent, Right Now” is at the core of what we do each and every day. When you partner with People Inc. Contract Manufacturing, you are supporting meaningful employment for local hardworking people, including personnel with developmental disabilities.
There are many ways that our talented team can assist your organization. Is your business looking to complete assembly/disassembly, packaging, labeling, light manufacturing or inspection in a timely and cost-effective manner? Or perhaps you would like to find an alternative to temp agencies to meet your fluctuating production demands? Look no further than People Inc. Contract Manufacturing. We offer a variety of options to meet your short- and long-term needs, which are represented in this video.
Contact our Contract Manufacturing Sales Department today to see how we can provide your business with a customized solution: Email or call 716.683.7100.
Workers and Businesses Benefit from Supported Employment Program
This October marks the 13th anniversary of Carol Ervolino joining the team of the The Salvation Army Family Store in Williamsville, NY. She is now responsible for stocking on the sales floor, pricing merchandise, re-organizing items and assisting customers.
“Throughout her employment, Carol has shown great growth and willingness to assist in any part of the store operation,” declared Kaylin Schreiner, store manager. “She is our most dedicated employee – reliable, motivated and always on time.”
Carol is known to help her co-workers when they ask for assistance and when the store is busy, she will help cashiers by bagging purchases. She clearly enjoys her job and loves being part of the team.
“I get to meet new people all of the time and enjoy greeting returning customers,” stated Carol. “I recommend the People Inc. Supported Employment Program because my job coach assists me on the job and with other issues when concerns come up.”
Carol enjoys working to keep herself busy. She drives her own vehicle and likes to spend time at festivals and going out to dinner.
The People Inc. Supported Employment Program offers supports to people with developmental disabilities in community-based settings with a focus on assessment, placement, training and stabilization. Seeking to offer placements based on people’s talents and interests, we currently collaborate with more than 200 businesses across Western New York and the Greater Rochester region. Interested in becoming a partner? We encourage businesses of all sizes and industries to contact us at 716.817.5750.
Become an Inclusive Employer
People Inc. is seeking new businesses in Western New York and the Greater Rochester region to employ people with disabilities year-round. We also help companies create jobs around a person’s talents and interests. Hiring a qualified person with a disability brings greater benefits beyond just filling an open job. To learn more about how you can partner with us, call 716.817.5750.

Introduce Friends and Family to a
Human Service Career

The People Inc. AmeriCorps ETHOS Program introduces people to a career in human services while providing them valuable job skills, a living allowance, student loan deferment, an education award toward college and other benefits during their year of service. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and cannot be current People Inc. employees. Those who have served in the U.S. Military (including the Guard and Reserve), their families and those with a disability are encouraged to apply. As the application process may take a few months, applicants are encouraged to apply NOW for the 2020 service year. Visit to review position descriptions, eligibility and apply. For more information, contact Jeff Sanderson, or 716.817.7463.
Affordable Apartment Options for Older Adults 62+ in Southern Tier and Western New York
Older adults in the southern tier and families who advocate for them have an affordable housing option. Apartment applications are now being accepted for Academy Place Senior Apartments, located at 1 School Street, Gowanda, NY. Academy Place Senior Apartments, managed by People Inc., is a HUD Section 202 Affordable Housing and New York State Tax Credit complex. The apartments provide affordable and safe housing for independent older adults age 62 and up who meet the federally-mandated household income guidelines.
The HUD Section 202 Affordable Housing apartments are income-based. Some utilities are included. The Academy Place Senior Apartments, featured in this video, include a kitchen with appliances, a community room and laundry facilities. Additionally, storage and a 24-hour on-call emergency service are provided. Tenants may have one small pet.
To learn more about Academy Place Senior Apartments or any of the 19 apartment locations managed by People Inc. Senior Living throughout Western New York, call 716.817.9090.
Featured Job of the Month:
Vocational Specialist
People Inc. is seeking a vocational specialist
who is responsible for maintaining a case
load of participants. Duties involve the development and amendment of a participant’s service plans, delivery of direct program/training services and monitoring progress. The vocational specialist is required to collaborate with staff in alignment with participant and agency goals, along with interacting with program participants in a supportive role to foster appropriate social, vocational and interpersonal skills; among other duties. Minimum requirements include: Bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, psychology or social work or closely related field and two years’ experience in a rehabilitation program with people who have disabilities, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and a valid NYS driver’s license that meets agency policy. Apply today or encourage someone you know to join our team. Employment openings are updated regularly on our website.
Your Donations Mean So Much
Your generosity throughout the year ensures that people with developmental disabilities, special needs and older adults receive the numerous services provided by People Inc. Often times, friends and family wish to remember someone through a memorial or acknowledge a special event, such as a birthday, retirement or anniversary. The People Inc. Foundation welcomes Tribute Giving year-round and honors requests in a sincere, dignified manner. Donations can be made online or a printable form can be downloaded. For more information, contact Jennifer Robinson at or 716.817.7269. We appreciate your support!
Book Fair Offers Something for the Whole Family
The holidays are right around the corner, so in the spirit of this time,
the Museum of disABILITY History
will have a Book Fair and Sale on Saturday, November 30, from
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The ever-popular children’s books, like Olivia the Bully, Kyle and the Cape of Courage and the Mubu the Morph series will be great gifts and learning tools for kids. Plus, books in the Museum of disABILITY History’s Abandoned History Series are for sale, including The Colony Chronicles, Buffalo State Hospital: A History of the Institution in Light and Shadow, Of Grave Importance: ­The Restoration of Institutional Cemeteries and J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital: Her Inside Voice. All of these books spread awareness about people with disabilities and their history. For more information, email or call 716.629.3626
Annual Membership Meeting
Headway of WNY, an affiliate of People Inc., is pleased to announce its Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 21, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, 742 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY. An educational presentation, “What to Consider When Arranging Homecare,” will be offered by David Hoock of Buffalo Homecare, Inc. This free event is open to current Headway members and the general public, including those who may be interested in the topic and anyone considering becoming a new member of Headway. Pre-registration strongly encouraged by Thursday, November 14. For more information or to reserve your spot, email or call 716.408.3117.

A Magical Homecoming
Deaf Access Services, an affiliate of People Inc.,
is hosting a homecoming event for everyone
who is part of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community, along with people from the Hearing community who support them. All are welcome
to attend “A Magical Homecoming” on Wednesday, November 13, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Joseph’s Country Manor and Grove, 275 Columbia Avenue, Depew, NY. Admission is $55 per person. Guests will be treated to a performance by Magic Morgan, Deaf magician, and other fun activities. Interpreters, Deaf leaders and community partnerships will also be recognized. For tickets, go to and for more information, contact Stacy Allen at or call 716.335.9192. Deaf Access Services is the only local community organization solely dedicated to serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities.
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