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People Inc. Receives $14,000 Quality of Life Grant from Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for Pressure Mapping System at Elmwood Health Center
People Inc. is pleased to announce that it has received a $14,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 74 grants totaling more than $500,000, awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families and caregivers. Find out more in the press release…

People Inc. in the Finger Lakes Region
People Inc. is pleased to be serving individuals in the Rochester and the Finger Lakes region with the creation of People Inc. Finger Lakes. The former DePaul Developmental Services, merged with People Inc. to provide quality services to individuals with developmental disabilities, families and the community beyond the Western New York area. Learn more about People Inc. Finger Lakes…
Top L-R: Chip McDaniels, assistant program director, Dale Hampton, vice president. Bottom: Anna Korus, senior vice president, Russian McGriff, program director.

People Inc. Senior Living Featured on WKBW-TV Channel 7
People Inc. Senior Living Tenants and Program Manger Barbara Jacobs of People Inc. Pine Senior Living in Lockport were recently featured on the “Good Things Happening” segment on WKBW-TV Channel 7.

People Inc. Arts Experience Participates in Lewiston Harvest Festival
The People Inc. Arts Experience Program is delighted to have artwork displayed at the Lewiston Harvest Festival on September 28 and 29. More than 100 of New York State’s finest craft artists are featured in the annual outdoor craft show along Center Street in historic Lewiston.

Happening this weekend: Stop by and visit People Inc. Ambassadors on Saturday, September 21, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. during the Healthy Living Expo at Fashion Outlets Mall, 1900 Military Road in Niagara Falls. They will be sharing information about programs and services!

People Inc. and Headway of WNY Assist Individuals Served by Phoenix Frontier
Longtime human service agency Phoenix Frontier recently filed for bankruptcy. Several organizations, including People Inc. and Headway of WNY, have assisted during this transition to assist individuals served by the agency. Find out more in The Buffalo News and Buffalo Business First articles:

Elected Officials Advocate for People with Disabilities
Recently in Rochester, Senator Patrick Gallivan met with parent advocates and representatives of Heritage Christian Services, Lifetime Assistance Inc., People Inc. and the Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York (DDAWNY). In addition to representing People Inc., Public Affairs Director Kevin Horrigan represented the DDAWNY Family Committee. The topic focused on the 980 individuals in Western New York waiting for residential placement. Participants, parents and providers shared personal stories about the need for residential placement and stressed to Senator Gallivan the need for the State of New York to address this need. Senator Gallivan listened attentively and said he will discuss the wait list issue with his colleagues in the New York State Legislature.

Advocating for people with developmental disabilities
Contributed by Assemblyman Ray Walter

Every year the state passes a budget and every year the Assembly spends days arguing over what to fund and what to cut. The most egregious part of this year’s budget was a $90 million cut to the Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) that only affected non-profit groups, like People Inc., that provide services to those with developmental disabilities. It is important to prudently protect our tax dollars, but it should never come at the expense of helping people who need it the most. I am proud to say that I stood with many of my colleagues and voted yes on a budget amendment that would have restored these devastating cuts. Continue reading…
Top: Senator Patrick Gallivan with parent advocates and representatives from Heritage Christian Services, Lifetime Assistance Inc., People Inc. and the Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York (DDAWNY). Bottom: Assemblyman Ray Walter.

James M. Boles, president and CEO of People Inc. and Assemblymember Brian Kolb, Minority Leader of NYS.
People Inc. President meets with Minority Leader of the NYS Assembly
New York State Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R, I, C-Canandaigua); President of People Inc., James M. Boles, Ed.D.; Chief Operating Officer Rhonda Frederick; and People Inc. Public Affairs Director Kevin Horrigan met recently to thank Minority Leader Kolb for his and his colleagues efforts to restore $90 million in proposed cuts in funding to programs serving people with developmental disabilities in New York State. Mr. Kolb was kind enough to drive out to the western end of the state and visit us at People Inc.’s headquarters in Williamsville.
With the continual communications with representatives such as Assemblymember Kolb, all members of the State Legislature and most importantly our members of the Western New York Assembly and Senate delegation, People Inc. will be able to make more gains to secure services. Their support this past spring was critical and should be commended.

So Much to Do and See at the Museum of disABILITY History
Many events are happening this fall season at the Museum of disABILITY History so mark your calendars! All events are held at the Museum (unless otherwise noted):
- Friday, September 27, 7 p.m.: Dialogues on disABILITY Speaker Series featuring Char Czabo Perricelli. Photography of J N Adam Developmental Center.
- Saturday, October 12, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.: Annual disABILITIES Film Festival and Speaker Series featuring the movie, Inclusion: The Joy of Drumming. Reception and speaker from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at the Museum of disABILITY History. Movies at Dipson Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main Street, Buffalo.
- Monday, October 14, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: “Columbus Day is Kids Day." The free family event will include: a Therapy Obstacle Course, Quest Scavenger Hunt, Kids on the Block of WNY performance, family puppet theater, the movie Dolphin Tale at 1 pm. and pizza at noon.
- Saturday, October 19, 11 a.m.: Dialogues on disABILITY Speaker Series – Author Michael Wehmeyer will present on his book, “Good Blood, Bad Blood.”

For more information, please click on each event title for a printable flyer, visit www.museumofdisability.org or call 716.629.3626.

Help Support People Inc.
Supporting Members Needed! It’s easy…by pledging a recurring payment of $10 a month or with a one-time gift of $100 or more, you are a Supporting Member of the People Inc. Foundation. Your gift will help ensure the continued growth and vitality of our mission – helping loved ones enjoy the greatest possible degree of independence and acceptance, in all aspects of their lives.
Through your tax-deductible gift of only $10 per month, you can continue to sustain vital and high-quality services that help individuals with disabilities and seniors all throughout Western New York. As a Supporting Member, you will receive regular updates and enjoy discount perks at local establishments. Take a minute and sign up online, or give us a call to start your membership today! Join others in making a difference.
Please visit our website at www.people-inc.org/donate to give online. For questions, contact Sarah Snyder, annual giving manager, at ssnyder@people-inc.org or call 716.817.7269.

Fundraiser for Stony Point Residence: On Sunday, October 13, a fundraiser will be held at the Town Boys and Girls Club to benefit the Stony Point residence of People Inc. Money raised will be used to purchase a backyard sun porch and a playground with turf. Donations are needed and highly appreciated! For more information, call 716.348.9886 and click on the flyer for more details!

Join the People Team for the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s
People Inc. is a proud sponsor of the Alzheimer’s Association WNY Chapter Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Additionally, A People Inc. team has been set up!

The Erie County Walk will be on Saturday, September 21 at 10 a.m.
Delaware Park/Buffalo Zoo, Buffalo, NY
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Walk begins at 10 a.m.

Go to this link and follow the directions to register

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