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  • Aug 10, 2010

    People Inc.'s Training Center and Museum of disABILITY History have moved!

    The People Inc. Training Center, previously housed on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo moved its spacious new location at 3826 Main Street in Amherst. The Training Center provides improved office space and training rooms as well as a permanent home for the Museum of disABILITY. This shared space will make the history of developmental disabilities a more central component to the agencies orientation process. It also provides additional space for museum exhibits and easier access for community groups touring the museum. This move helps People Inc. to continue to grow and enhance its out reach to the community and its employees and is one more progressive and exciting step. For more information, call the Museum of disABILITY History at 716.629.3626.

  • Jul 06, 2010

    Ribbon-Cutting with Congressman Brian Higgins, County Executive Chris Collins and Mayor Hub Frawley to Celebrates the Opening of People Inc.'s Holly Senior Living Apartments in Angola

    What: People Inc. celebrates the opening of its 17th affordable Senior Living site, Holly Apartments, in Angola with ribbon-cutting and program. When: Thursday, July 8th from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Where: Holly Apartments 174 N. Main Street Angola, NY 14006 Who: Please join People Inc. President and CEO James M. Boles, Ed.D., People Inc. Board Chairperson William M. Collins, Congressman Brian Higgins, County Executive Chris Collins, Angola Mayor Hub Frawley, HUD Field Office Director, Stephen Banko, The WNY Foundation, community leaders and Holly Apartment tenants. Why: Nearly 33% of seniors aged 65 and over are relying on their Social Security benefits as 90-100% of their total money income, according to the U.S. Census Bureau report titled 65+ in the United State: 2005. The need for affordable housing is far outpacing supply. People Inc is responding to the needs of our growing senior population with the opening of its 17th affordable senior apartment complex. These apartments are designed to allow older persons to age in place, and maintain their independence and a high quality of life at a cost they can afford. Located in Angola, this site provides a new home to seniors, age 62 and up, who meet the federally mandated income guidelines. Tours will be provided of the building and apartments. Tenants from Holly Apartments will share their stories about the importance of having affordable apartments in the Angola community and how it has impacted their lives. People Inc. is thrilled to now provide our exceptional senior living program in Angola, ensuring that the housing needs of seniors are met within this rural community. For more information, please contact Kevin Horrigan, People Inc. Public Affairs Director, at 716.817.7475 or 716.866.5893.

  • Mar 18, 2010

    People Inc. Announces Rehabilitation Promotion

    BUFFALO, N. Y., March 17 --- People Inc., Western New York's leading social services organization serving individuals with disabilities and their families, announced the promotion of Shelley Curl, PT, to the position of Assistant Director or Rehabilitation Services. Curl has worked with People Inc. as a physical therapist for over 10 years, and will assist with the coordination of agency rehabilitation services. A North Buffalo resident who earned a microbiology degree at the University of Maryland and a physical therapy degree at the University at Buffalo, she will be consulting with therapists, program managers and directors of various People Inc. dayhab locations. "I'm also a consultant to the IRAs (Individual Residential Alternatives), I oversee four dayhabs, there's teaching and my normal caseload at the Elmwood Health Center," she said. For more information, contact Kevin Horrigan, Public Affairs Director, at 716.817.7475 or click here !

  • Mar 02, 2010

    Spread the Word to End the Word!

    Self Advocate Fair About: Spread the Word to End the Word is a campaign to engage schools, organizations and communities by raising the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the word "retard(ed)" and encouraging everyone to stop using the R-word. Date: March 3, 2010 Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Location: 3131 Sheridan Drive Door Prizes Information Make New Friends Take the Pledge to Say No to the R-word! For more information, please contact Rick Banner at 817.3817.

  • Jan 28, 2010

    People Inc.'s Children & Young Adult Services Fair is ON!

    Come learn more about People Inc.'s 50 unique and innovative programs! Date: January 29, 2010 Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Location: People Inc. 3131 Sheridan Drive (Northtown Business Center) Amherst, NY 14226 We are easiest to find by turning into the plaza from Bailey Avenue. People Inc.

  • Jan 26, 2010

    "African Americans and the Disability Experience" Exhibit Debuts at

    BUFFALO, N.Y., January 26, 2011: People Inc.'s Museum of disABILITY History is pleased to unveil its newest exhibit called, "African Americans and the Disability Experience." An opening reception, to coincide with Black History Month, will be held on Thursday, February 3, 2011, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main Street in Amherst. The keynote speaker will be Ellen Grant, Ph.D., LCSW-R. The one-of-a-kind exhibit chronicles the perspective of African-Americans in relation to their experiences with disability from colonial times, desegregation, advocacy and achievement. The goal is to bring awareness and attention to uncover the history of African Americans experiences with disabilities covering the first African slaves brought to colonial America, Brown vs. Board, civil rights, and medical accomplishments. It took three years for the Museum's researcher to uncover buried history to make a valuable and respectful exhibit. "This is a part of American history that has been mostly ignored. It is just now starting to receive attention from scholars," said Researcher Reid Dunlavey. From her health and educational background, Dr. Grant was instrumental with guiding the Museum's staff to help complete the exhibit. "The information is heart wrenching in many respects, but it is important that we force our eyes to look at it and be reminded of one's treatment of man to man," Dr. Grant shared. "The good news is that we continue to overcome and build bridges where once there were fences and walls." Dr. Grant provides management of the Buffalo City Mission's Women and Children's Shelter. She is managing partner of her consulting firm First Advantage Consulting. Dr. Grant began her career as a nurse at Erie County Medical Center. She was vice president and administrator of Buffalo General Hospital's Community Health Center. She was the first African American to be appointed Erie County Mental Health Commissioner and was the former chief executive officer of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Grant serves on numerous boards and has earned many awards for her accomplishments. The exhibit will be open to the public to view from February 4 to April 22. Educators, students, community groups, religious leaders, and medical and human service professionals are encouraged to visit. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 716.629.3626. Walk-ins welcome. The Museum of disABILITY History is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and display of artifacts relating to the history of people with disabilities. The mission is to tell the story of the lives, triumphs, and struggles of people with disabilities as well as society's reactions. Located in the Amherst/Buffalo border and at, the Museum offers educational exhibits and activities that expand community awareness.

  • Nov 19, 2009

    FREE Health Screenings

    November 30 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Where: Maple Apartments A People Inc. Senior Living Community 3511 Union Rd. Cheektowaga, NY 14225 ARE YOU AT DISK FOR DIABETES? Over 5.7 million Americans are unaware that they have diabetes. Risk factors include: - Family history of diabetes - Excess body weight - Lack of exercise - Smoking Stress Tests Include: - Blood Pressure - Blood Glucose - Hemoglobin A1c* *Hemoglobin A1c test will only be performed on those who are interested or show signs of being "at risk" for diabetes. Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center will provide free hearing screenings as well as informational handouts on hearing loss and hearing aids. Feel free to stop by and have a licensed Audiologist: - Visually inspect your ear for wax - Perform a short screening to tell you if you have a hearing impairment Brought to you by VascuScript Inc. Health Mart Pharmacy, Buffalo Hearing and Speech, and People Inc. To learn more, call 683.3027.

  • Nov 10, 2009

    People Inc. to Observe Veterans Day with a Marine Corps Tradition

    Patrick Welch, director of Erie County Veterans Service Agency, to attend Buffalo, N.Y., November 9 --- People Inc., Western New York's leading not-for-profit human services agency, will celebrate Veterans Day tribute along with the United States Marine Corps Anniversary including a famous Marine tradition on Tuesday, November 10. The ceremonial "cake-cutting", honoring the 243rd anniversary of the Marine Corps, will be part of a Veterans Day tribute at the People Inc. Sunflower Apartments, 146 Franklin Street in Lackawanna. It will follow remarks by keynote speaker Dr. Patrick Welch, Director of the Erie County Veterans Service Agency. The ceremony begins at 4 P.M., followed by a reception and tours of the apartment complex from 4:30 to 6 P.M., and is open to the public. The birthday cake ritual is codified in the Marine Corps Drill and Ceremonies Manual, a dramatic and longstanding tradition that involves the eldest Marine present cutting the cake with a military sword. The second cut is made by the youngest Marine, symbolism invoking military heritage and continuity. The Marines date their history to November 10, 1775. Sunflower Apartments is one of 16 locations in People Inc.'s Senior Living Apartment communities throughout Western New York. More information on People Inc. Senior Living, please contact 716.817.9090 or email .

  • Oct 28, 2009

    Foundation and Federal Grant Will Allow City Health Center to Better Triage

    Buffalo, NY, October 27--- The Elmwood Health Center at 2128 Elmwood Avenue (between Hertel and Kenmore Avenues in Buffalo), the North Buffalo health facility which offers a comprehensive range of quality primary and specialized health care and can be seen as a model for the community health initiatives currently being debated in Congress, will celebrate its 15th anniversary of service on Wednesday, October 28 from 12 - 1:30 P.M. with a significant grant announcement. The Patrick P. Lee Foundation of Amherst, NY, will provide $130,000 in funding to the Center for upgrades to its physical plant, specifically a redesign of its registration area and improvements in the efficiency of its communications equipment. The grant announcement is in addition to a recent award from the federal government of almost $400,000 for an electronic medical records (EMR) system. "Inefficient, unwelcoming and inaccessible facilities are a significant barrier to services for people with special needs. Upgrading both our phone and computer system along with modernizing our physical plant will enable us to better triage calls and visits resulting in better outcomes for our patients," said Dr. James Boles. President and CEO. Added Boles, "This grant from the Patrick P. Lee Foundation is going to put us ahead in the area of healthcare delivery in our community. It speaks volumes to the Lee family's commitment to the City of Buffalo and WNY." Founded in 1994 by People Inc., Western New York's leading not-for-profit human services agency, the Elmwood Health Center is what Anna Korus, People Inc. vice-president for health and senior services, describes as "a very inclusive and comprehensive neighborhood health center." The Center sees 3,600 patients per month, or 43,000 visits per year. Elmwood Health Center Director Frank Azzarelli referred to the health center as "a place where people can come and we can take care of all of their medical needs." It is a successful and thriving model of a neighborhood health center, the type offered as an example of a low-cost and high-result facility often mentioned in the current national conversation on health care reform. The Elmwood Health Center provides a wide range of medical, rehabilitative therapies and counseling services for the general public - adults, seniors, teens, and children - as well as specially designed services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Services include adult and pediatric primary health care, audiology, podiatry, mental health counseling services gynecology, neurology, occupational, physical and speech therapies, and support groups.