On behalf of the Rivershore Foundation and People Inc.
, we wish you a season that’s safe, merry and bright! We’re pleased to share our video holiday card
, featuring artwork by participants of the People Inc. Artisan’s Edge Program, which is based in Niagara Falls, NY. We’re grateful for your support of our work throughout Niagara County, assisting people with disabilities. To stay connected, contact Denise Bienko, executive officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit the Rivershore Foundation website
is welcome and appreciated.
Board Member Profile: Meet Joanne Beaton
We’re pleased to have Joanne Beaton as treasurer of our Rivershore Foundation Board of Directors
. Learn more about her community involvement:
Tell us more about yourself.
I am a very active person in the community. I sit on various boards, along with being president of Women United of Niagara.
What is your work experience?
I am a financial planner and special care planner. I have worked in the financial field with over 25 years of experience. I am also a Medicare advisor and owner of Resource Health Advisors. I have two children, Joseph and Katelyn.
Why did you get involved with the Rivershore Foundation mission?
As a special care planner, I know how difficult it is for parents to get help for their children with disabilities. I like to say that I help families advocate for people with disabilities. With Rivershore, it is important that as part of the board, we are a voice and advocate for all involved. Seeking resources which might not be readily available, we can assist people to lead a full-purpose life.
What ambitions or goals would like to see realized while serving on the Rivershore Foundation board?
Our Rivershore board is focused on bringing in community involvement and partners. It is important to create awareness of our Rivershore Foundation and provide a stronger connection to the community and those we support. We welcome donations
throughout the year to benefit our Rivershore Foundation.
Artisan’s Edge Program Participants Present Gifts to Niagara Falls Memorial
Participants from our People Inc. Artisan’s Edge Program recently presented paintings to staff of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center
. Artisan’s Edge is a one of several unique People Inc. Day Programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Located at the Golisano Center of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, the program provides a balance of community involvement and on-site activities. The beautiful and vibrant butterfly paintings were created by program participants Mike and Mark and gifted to Memorial’s President and CEO Joseph A. Ruffolo and Chief Operating Officer Sheila Kee.
Pictured (left to right): Nan; Jodie; Meghan; Mark, Joseph A. Ruffolo; Mackenzie; and Mike O’Shea, senior day Supervisor and Jill Magno, program director, both for the People Inc. Artisan’s Edge Program.
Need a speaker for your event? Access our Speakers’ Bureau!
Do you belong to a club or organization that invites guest speakers? We would love to schedule time to come to your club or organization to present information about our mission, what’s in the works and how it impacts our community! Sessions can be arranged around your group’s schedule, in-person or virtually. It’s an easy way to be an ambassador in sharing our message with others. To set up a speaker, contact Michael White, Board Speakers’ Bureau chairperson, at 716.745.3071.
Telling the People Inc. Story: 50th Anniversary
As the People Inc. 50th Anniversary celebration comes to a close, we’re so proud to have marked this milestone through a commemorative video
and stories highlighting historical moments.
In 2014, Rivershore, Inc. merged into People Inc., further expanding supports to people with developmental disabilities in Niagara County. Today, the existing Rivershore Foundation continues to raise funds and promote advocacy efforts – enabling people with developmental disabilities in Niagara County to live independently.
Partnerships with other organizations are examples of how People Inc. has grown and diversified its services, while supporting organizations that expand our reach. The agency is thankful to the community and to all of its partners for joining together to be part of the People Inc. family.
To learn more about People Inc. 50th Anniversary celebration, check out the agency’s historical moments
and Then/Now series
, featured in separate photo albums on the People Inc. Facebook page.
Video Debut to Recognize 2021 DSP of the Year Honorees
We’re fortunate to have some of the most dedicated and hardworking direct support professionals (DSPs) working for People Inc. across the region, including in Niagara County. They are important to so many people – they are caring, creative, focused, skilled, compassionate, fun, trusting – and so much more. All of our DSPs are heroes whose work makes a true difference in the lives of the people we support, especially during the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic. For the seventh consecutive year, it is our pleasure to share the People Inc. DSP of the Year Awards. For all of this and more, including thoughts from People Inc. President and CEO Rhonda Frederick, view our 2021 DSP of the Year Recognition video
Interested in becoming one of our DSPs or do you know a compassionate person who would be ideal to join the People Inc. team? Learn more at people-inc.org/careers
Now Hiring Compassionate, Energetic and Creative People in Niagara County
People with experience in retail, restaurants, customer service and education often become an outstanding part of our agency’s team
People Inc. has immediate full time and part time openings for direct support professionals, LPNs, RNs and behavior technicians to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A variety of shifts and locations across Western New York, including Niagara County are available. People with experience in retail, restaurants, customer service and education often become an outstanding part of our agency’s team. We have a place for people of all skill levels – from entry level to many years of experience. People Inc. offers paid comprehensive training and a wide variety of flexible and consistent schedules, which are great for college students to gain hands-on experience and for people returning to the workforce. Staff earn lots of PTO and PTO buyback. Some of the other great benefits provided include health insurances and tuition assistance. A starting hourly rate of $15 per hour is available for select direct support positions. A sign-on bonus of $750 is now offered for some designated full time direct support positions and a $375 sign-on bonus for part time. For designated management positions, a sign-on bonus of up to $1,500 is also available. (Note: The sign-on bonus is subject to change and/or may be discontinued at any time). If you know someone who may be interested, refer them to learn more or view employment openings at people-inc.org/careers
or call 716.322.7050 for more information.
Niagara Falls State Park Recognized as an
Ensuring that people with developmental disabilities secure and maintain meaningful, competitive employment
is an important part of People Inc. Our team works with businesses throughout Erie, Niagara and Monroe Counties to employ people and create jobs around their talents and interests. People Inc. encourages everyone to join us in raising awareness by supporting inclusive businesses and encouraging companies to hire workers of all abilities year round!
One example of an inclusive business is Delaware North - Niagara Falls State Park, which was recognized in October by the WNY Employment Consortium and New York State Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) for their extraordinary efforts to provide on-site opportunities to young adults through the People Inc. Supported Employment Program. A new business partner, Delaware North showed great flexibility with scheduling and provided an exceptional work-based experience for the participants.
Michael Barnes remarked, “We find that employing people with special needs and different abilities is beneficial not only to the employee, but to our business and, most importantly, our guests. Delaware North is excited to work with People Inc. to expand this program because of the value of giving back to the community.”
Another example of the success of the People Inc. Supported Employment Program is Ian Rolfe, who was previously featured in the Niagara Gazette
To learn more about how to get employed through the People Inc. Supported Employment Program
or to become a business partner, contact James Scutt at email@example.com
or call 716.817.5750.
Pictured (left to right): Delaware North General Manager Michael Barnes, Delaware North Director of Government Affairs Shannon Patch and People Inc. Program Director Tina Polito.
People Inc. Senior Living and Affordable Apartments Available
Locations in Niagara Counties and Nearby Accepting Applications
People Inc. is pleased to offer housing opportunities for the general public who qualify. We offer a number of affordable locations across Western New York, which accept apartment applications year-round:
People Inc. Senior Living:
Affordable and maintenance-free one-bedroom apartments for independent older adults age 62 and up who are income-eligible. Many locations are currently accepting applications, including those in Niagara County:
People Inc. Pine Senior Living
6231 Tonawanda Creek North, Lockport, NY (off Transit Road near Millersport Highway) 716.433.3381
People Inc. Willow Senior Living
3990 Forest Parkway, Wheatfield (North Tonawanda border) 716.694.1486
For information about other locations, call 716.880.3890.
People Inc. Affordable Apartments:
Reasonably-priced, safe apartments for people age 18 and over OR age 55 and over, who meet income eligibility
. Rent subsidies and/or rental vouchers accepted. Adaptable apartments are available, with some that are specifically designed for people who have mobility and vision challenges or for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing. Numerous locations are accepting applications, including in or nearby Niagara County:
Olmsted Apartments, managed by People Inc. (preferences for people with physical disabilities or vision impairments are noted):
The apartments listed below are also accepting applications
(certain eligibility applies):
- Grant Street Apartments, 25 Grant Street, North Tonawanda, NY: 18+ years of age and who are income-eligible (affordable rent); or are intellectually/developmentally disabled.
- Highland School Apartments, 105 Highland Avenue, Tonawanda, NY: 18+ years of age and who are income-eligible (affordable rent); have a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or are intellectually/developmentally disabled. Currently, a two-bedroom unit with hearing and vision accommodations is available.
For additional information about any of these or other apartment locations, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 716.880.3890.
The Rivershore Foundation E-publication is for supporters of our mission.
Contact Rivershore Foundation:
Denise Bienko, Executive Officer, email@example.com
The Rivershore Foundation E-publication is produced by the
People Inc. Marketing Communications Department.
Newsletter feedback welcome:
Nicole Forgione, Assistant Director, Marketing Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org
Designed by Michelle Richter, Graphic Designer