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Open House Scheduled for People Inc. Afternoon Respite in the Town of Gates

Afternoon program for young people with disabilities accepting applicants

People Inc. is pleased to announce an Open House to provide an overview of the Buffalo Road Afternoon Respite Program for children with developmental disabilities who meet eligibility criteria as set by the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Care Coordinators, teachers and families are invited to attend on Thursday, August 5, from 2 to 7 p.m. to take a tour and meet some of the staff.

The Buffalo Road Afternoon Respite Program, located at 1860 Buffalo Road in Gates, NY, is currently accepting participants. The program offers youth ages 11 to 21, who have a developmental disability, participation in activities available in both group and individual formats. Various opportunities for socialization are provided, along with assistance with homework, movies, basketball, sensory activities and board games. A grassy area and a paved section affords opportunities for outdoor games. Trips to Homesteads for Hope offers planting, gardening, fishing and picnics. One of the hallmarks of this respite program is Martin, a standard poodle and certified therapy dog, who brings extra joy to members of the program and is trained to help them relax if they are having a tough day.

The goal of a respite program is to provide engaging activities for the participants, while providing an opportunity for their parents or guardians to complete their work schedule, attend medical appointments, go to the gym or take a break from their own busy schedule.

Anna Korus, Senior Vice President, People Inc, of Monroe County, commented, “Afternoon respite care is truly an important program that can have a positive impact on those being supported and their families. Parents can feel comfortable that their family member’s needs are met in a safe and encouraging environment.”

The Buffalo Road Afternoon Respite Program operates Monday through Friday, from 2 to 6 p.m. There is no program fee, pending OPWDD eligibility. Transportation is provided by the Gates Chili Central School District. Interested families from other school districts will need to provide their own transportation.

For more information, call 585-719-3415.

Western New York 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

Rochester 1860 Buffalo Road | Rochester, NY 14624 | Phone 585.441.9300 | Fax 585.441.9398

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