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Upcoming Events 

Grand Opening for “The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic” Exhibit

When Willard Psychiatric Center in New York’s Finger Lakes closed in 1995, workers discovered hundreds of suitcases in the attic of an abandoned building. Since their discovery, an incredible exhibit was created that showcases the moving stories behind these suitcases. “The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic” exhibit has found a home at the Museum of disABILITY History, a project of People Inc. A grand opening will unveil one of the suitcases. The suitcase and its contents, once belonging to a man named Mr. Lawrence Mocha, will be displayed as part of the exhibit, thanks to support from his family and the New York State Museum.

During the grand opening event, Max Donatelli of the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition will speak about the stigma surrounding mental health. Attendees are encouraged to join the conversation with a question and answer session.

The event is a fundraiser for the Museum of disABILITY History. Admission is: Adults $10, Seniors (60+) $6, students and human service employees with identification $6, children under 6 free and members of the Museum of disABILITY History are free. For more information or to register, contact David Mack-Hardiman at or call 716.629.3606. Refreshments provided. Reservations for the event are required.

“The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic” was curated by Darby Penney and Peter Stastny for the Community Consortium. Copies of their compelling book, by the same name, will be available for purchase. The goal of the exhibit is to bring the stories of the suitcase owners and a patient-centered view of the history of psychiatry to a wider audience. For almost ten years, the exhibit traveled the country from coast to coast, hosted by 30 venues in 11 different states and seen by thousands of people.

Saturday, October 20, at 11 a.m.

Museum of disABILITY History

3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY

People Inc. Senior Living 25th Anniversary Celebration 

People Inc. Senior Living will recognize its 25th anniversary with a celebration event. Learn how the independent apartments started and see why 875 older adults call People Inc. Senior Living home! The event will include a presentation, tenant stories and a video. Community leaders will be in attendance to celebrate this exciting achievement.

RSVP by October 29 to Kaitlyn Coles at or 716.817.7292.

Thursday, November 8, at 11 a.m.

People Inc. Iris Senior Living

4150 Sowles Road, Hamburg, NY

Headway of WNY Annual Meeting and Educational Presentation 

Headway of WNY, an affiliate of People Inc., is pleased to announce that Jess Young, MS, CCC-SLP, speech language pathologist, will be the featured speaker at its Annual Meeting and Educational Presentation. Young will present, “Brain Injury Rehabilitation: Benefits of Cognitive-Linguistic Treatment – There’s More to Speech Therapy.”

The evening’s itinerary will also include a question/answer session with Young, followed by Headway’s Annual and Quarterly Advisory Council meeting. Refreshments will be served. Event admission is $10 and there is no fee for Headway members. New members are welcome to join at the event and throughout the year. For questions or to reserve your spot, email or call 716.408.3100. RSVPs must be made by November 7

Wednesday, November 14, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Museum of disABILITY History

3826 Main Street, Buffalo, NY


1219 North Forest Road | P.O. Box 9033 | Williamsville, New York 14231
Phone: 716.817.7400 | Toll Free NY 1.888.7PEOPLE | Fax: 716.634.3889

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