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In the Media
People Inc. has recently been featured in media stories to share our services, advocacy and expertise:
With a widespread nursing shortage challenging health care providers across the country, People Inc. is addressing the local needs with a unique program that allows our employees to attend nursing school at Niagara County Community College part time and work part time for full-time pay and benefits. Learn more from a feature story in The Buffalo News.
Our Board member BJ Stasio and David Wantuck of Deaf Access Services, an affiliate of People Inc., are among the advocates fighting for greater degrees of accessibility throughout our community. Learn more from WBFO.
People Inc. Earns CQL Reaccreditation
We’re pleased to share that People Inc. has earned The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) reaccreditation, which human service organizations and systems use as a proven framework for quality monitoring and enhancement. The CQL reaccreditation process includes people receiving services, employees and family members. The purpose of maintaining the accreditation helps our agency to strive for gold star service and to receive feedback from outside our organization, guiding us on our quality journey. People Inc. became accredited with CQL in 2014, and proudly was reaccredited in 2018 and again this year.
Help Open Worlds this Holiday Season
Your Donation Helps People Thrive

When you support the essential work of People Inc., you assist more than 12,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and seniors to live healthier, more independent and productive lives.
Brenda Morgan, a participant in our Supported Employment Program, is one example of your dollars at work. Before joining the program, Brenda had been looking for new ways to use and expand her work experience, to gain independence and, ultimately, to thrive! With assistance from one of our employment specialists and a positive attitude, Brenda is successfully working at the Courtyard by Marriott in Niagara Falls.
The Supported Employment Program is just one of dozens of life-changing services at People Inc. Every program, every person and every gift to support them is important. Please consider contributing to our 2022 Holiday Appeal. Your donation this holiday season is greatly appreciated. For more information, contact Christine Melchiorre at or call 716.817.7269.
People Inc. programs and services help people thrive, opening their worlds in ways that make a lasting difference.
Learn more about Brenda from a recent Spectrum 1 News Buffalo story and on our website.
People who attend the Room 5 program.
Suzanne D’Amico (wearing hat) with members from People Inc. Orchard Park Day Habilitation Program
People Inc. Orchard Park Day Hab Connects with the Community
A group of people who attend our Orchard Park Day Habilitation Program are always crafting to expand their skills and creativity! With guidance and support from Direct Support Professionals Michelle Booth, Doreen Evans and Deb Moreland, participants work on a number of different projects each year, from handmade holiday decorations to household items. Group members have developed great relationships with community organizations.

One example of a partnership is with Suzanne D’Amico. Suzanne, director of development at WNY Women’s Foundation, is eager to work alongside staff to develop meaningful projects for participants attending our program. In September, the group made fall decorations and put together dish towels – combining pot holders and hand towels – to bring some cheer to women in need.

“I’ve enjoyed getting to know everyone,” Suzanne shared. “Watching them all grow has been so fun and rewarding. I love their spirit and everything they represent. Our missions align. It’s all about supporting people, and People Inc. brings such sunshine!”
Out and About with People Inc.
Senior Living

Tenants at People Inc. Burchfield Commons Senior Living recently enjoyed some festive fall activities! They painted pumpkins and visited Ellicottville for lunch at Gin Mill. Many of our Senior Living locations enjoy activities in the building’s community rooms, too. Tenants can socialize as much or as little as they choose and often form great friendships.

People Inc. Senior Living provides safe, comfortable and maintenance-free one-bedroom apartments for independent older adults age 62 and up who are income-eligible. We provide HUD approved apartments. Many locations are accepting applications, including Amherst, Angola, Blasdell, Gowanda, Grand Island, Lackawanna, Lockport, South Buffalo, Springville and Wheatfield.
For more info about People Inc. Senior Living or to be added to our wait list, call 716.880.3890.
Rendering of Folwell Apartments.
People Inc. Folwell Senior Apartments Under Construction
Slated to Open in Spring 2023
Now Accepting Applications to be Postmarked by February 6, 2023

People Inc. is pleased to bring additional new affordable housing to the Buffalo area. Currently under construction, People Inc. Folwell Senior Apartments, located at 140 Hodge Avenue in Buffalo, NY, is slated to open for occupancy in spring of 2023. Tenants must be 62 years and older and meet income guidelines. Section 8 vouchers accepted.

Information, including monthly rent and maximum income and the apartment application (available in English and Spanish), is available at Applications must be postmarked by February 6, 2023, to be opened by lottery on Monday, February 13, 2023.

Features include: Kitchen with appliances, grab bars in bathing areas, intercoms for secure access, laundry facilities, central air conditioning and a community room with Wi-Fi. Tenants may have one small pet. The apartment building is located on a bus line with shopping nearby.

For questions, email or call 716.880.3890. More details are on our website about our various Affordable Apartments located throughout Western New York.
Clinical Associate Vice President Julie Barber
Staff Kudos
Congratulations to Clinical Associate Vice President Julie Barber, who was honored with a Buffalo Business First 40 Under 40 Award on Thursday, November 10. Julie, who has been part of People Inc. since 2003, oversees our behavioral consultants who help families to adapt to the unique needs of children and adults with disabilities. We’re proud to recognize Julie as an outstanding leader!
Shop and Support our Mission with AmazonSmile
Are you shopping on Amazon this holiday season? You can support our mission at the same time! Find gifts for everyone on your list, where .05 percent of every purchase is donated to the People Inc. Foundation. Get started at and on your first visit, select People Inc. as your charitable organization. Happy shopping!

It's Never Been a Better Time to Make an Impact
If you are compassionate, creative and energetic, consider joining the People Inc. team! The agency offers rewarding careers assisting people with intellectual/developmental disabilities in achieving their dreams and goals.
Use your skills and experience for immediate openings that include direct support professionals, behavior technicians, RNs, LPNs, clinical, behavioral/BIS, social workers, residential management and facilities, just to name some.
Outstanding benefits are also available. When you join the People Inc. family, you become part of a leading health and human services agency building on 50 plus years of experience and supports. Begin your journey at or call 716.322.7050. There is a place for YOU on our TEAM!
People Home Health Services Accepts Referrals Year-round
People Home Health Services, an affiliate of People Inc., for those with short-term health needs, is focused on providing high quality patient care for people with developmental disabilities and seniors. We have an amazing team of clinicians and disability experts, who deliver personalized care and respect. Whether you, a loved one or a patient you assist is living with a chronic condition, need a smooth transition from hospital/rehabilitation center to home, recovering from an illness/injury or need extra assistance, our highly-skilled staff are available to meet specific needs. We bring physical, occupational and speech therapies, along with nursing services, right to a person’s home. To learn more or to make a referral, call 716.874.5600.
A kitchen at Academy Place Apartments.
Two-Bedroom Apartment
Now Available at
Academy Place Apartments

Are you, a family member or someone you assist in need of an affordable senior apartment? A two-bedroom apartment unit at Academy Place Senior Apartments, 1 School Street in Gowanda in Gowanda, is available. Managed by People Inc., these HUD Section 202 Affordable Housing and NYS Tax Credit apartments are for independent, older adults age 62+ who meet income guidelines.

Vouchers accepted.
Learn more and download an application. For more info, call 716.880.3890.
News from Deaf Access Services
Learn ASL
Deaf Access Services, an affiliate of People Inc., is offering American Sign Language (ASL) classes in the Buffalo area! The $135 virtual classes take place weekly from January 23 through March 27, 2023, with a goal of encouraging students to become allies and advocates, to understand Deaf Culture and communicate using ASL. All experience levels welcome, from beginner to advanced. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today by emailing or register online. Registration closes on Monday, January 26, 2023.

News from Headway of WNY

Headway of WNY Hosts Successful Open House
Headway of Western New York, an affiliate of People Inc., hosted an open host on Tuesday, November 29, to showcase its new offices at Tri-Main Center in Buffalo. The event was well-attended by representatives from People Inc., Deaf Access Services, the University at Buffalo and more. It was the first in-person gathering since COVID-19 and Headway looks forward to presenting more events in the new year. Stay up-to-date on the latest happenings by following Headway on Facebook and Instagram.
Now Hiring Nurse Evaluator
Are you a NYS RN seeking a new challenge? Headway of Western New York, an affiliate of
People Inc., is hiring for a nurse evaluator. Three years of community nursing experience is needed, along with an interested in assessing people for in-home services through NY DOH waiver programs locally. Headway offers meaningful careers, a hybrid Monday to Friday work-life balance, and no weekends or emergency hours. Almost all assessments are done by Telehealth; they do not include medical procedures. The candidate must be a good communicator with excellent computer skills and have a valid NY State driver’s license. Apply for this role (including a full job description).
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