Services, events and community news for Niagara County
Services, events and community news for Niagara County
Rivershore Foundation Mission
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Dear Friends:
Welcome to our first edition of the Rivershore Foundation
e-newsletter, part of a renewed outreach to our community! Founded in 1987, we support critically important services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities living throughout Niagara County. In fact, over 670 county residents and families benefit from services operated by People Inc.,
which is supported by the Rivershore Foundation. With this newsletter, we hope you learn a little, are inspired to help us reach meaningful goals…. and we even hope to meet you! Our annual event on Wednesday, September 11, at the Griffon House in Lewiston, NY, is the perfect opportunity to talk one-on-one, enjoy great food and help “Raise the Roof” on an important project!
Hope to see you there! Don’t hesitate to reach out if you can help or want to learn more!
With thanks,
Denise Bienko, Executive Officer


676 people with developmental disabilities served in Niagara County.

100 older adults served by People Inc. Senior Living in Niagara County.
325 Health Services patients residing in Niagara County.
Niagara County residents employed by People Inc.
270 Niagara County vendors work with our agency.
Mary Alice Demler of WGRZ-TV Channel 2, Jerry Wolfgang along with Dr. Simanjeet Mangat are pictured.
Jerry Wolfgang presenting awards at a past Rivershore Foundation event.
Meet our Board Chair –
Jerald Wolfgang

“Jerry” Wolfgang of the Village of Youngstown has served as Chair on the Rivershore Foundation Board since its inception – an incredible sign of commitment given his busy professional and civic life. He also serves as a trustee on the Niagara County Community College Board, the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency and is chair of the Niagara County Community College Foundation. Early in his career, Jerry was an elementary educator with the City of Niagara Falls Board of Education. He presently serves as an adjunct professor of hospitality and tourism at Niagara University, in addition to the duties as executive director of the Western New York Regional Education Center for Economic Development – a position held since 1983. He holds a master’s degree of administration and supervision from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, where he also earned his undergraduate degree in elementary education. Jerry’s genuine concern about people with special needs can be felt clearly as he leads our Board of Directors to focus on raising funds for our latest project – “the Hinman Project.” To be located in Youngstown, NY, the project addresses the need for additional supportive housing for people with disabilities. “We have the momentum, we just need to continue to focus on raising the funds to build these apartments – people are waiting and counting on us.” We’re fortunate to have his passion and energy. Thanks, Jerry!
Event News
Join us September 11 for a
Fun Event!
Enjoy Gourmet Food from Lewiston Griffon House

We’re pleased to announce that the Rivershore Foundation Raise the Roof Event will be held on Wednesday, September 11, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at The Griffon House, 810 Center Street, in Lewiston, NY. Join us for gourmet food and drinks from the famous Griffon House gastropub. Enjoy live musical entertainment by the Sans Britt Band and a basket drawing/silent auction. This is our signature annual event and proceeds will help build the Hinman Street apartment project in Youngstown, NY, which will support people with special needs to live more independently.

Sponsorship opportunities are available and donated auction items are welcome. Registration for sponsorships and attendance is available online. Event tickets are available and include two drinks and gourmet food. For more information or to assist, contact
Melanie Brown at or 716.817.7450.
Incredible Years Training Program Available
Through the Incredible Years Training Program, a series of sessions are provided to help parents support children with developmental disabilities who may be exhibiting disruptive behaviors. Families who attend will acquire strategies to address and better manage the behavioral problems in their homes. The overall affect is a strengthening of parenting competencies and a fostering of parental involvement, in order to promote children’s academic and social competencies and reduce conduct problems. We are currently evaluating needs and will add a Niagara County venue location, if there is an interest. To learn more or to register for upcoming training sessions, contact Shannon Bianco at or call 716.880.3826.
Supported employment participants of target in Target uniforms
Become an Inclusive Employer with Supported Employment Program
The People Inc. Supported Employment Program serves a large spectrum of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to help promote individualized job interests. The program is seeking new businesses in Niagara County, as well as throughout the Western New York community, to employ people with disabilities. We help companies create jobs around a person’s talents and interests. Hiring a qualified person with a disability brings greater benefits beyond just filling an open job. To learn more about how you can partner with us to employ people with disabilities, contact our Vocational Services Department at 716.817.5750.
Community Habilitation Accepting Participants
There are immediate Community Habilitation openings for people who need assistance to live an independent life throughout Western New York, including Niagara County. Community Habilitation services have valued outcomes that are skills-based and include life-enriching activities. Each service uses a person-centered approach to ensure an equal balance between support, skill-building and independence. Some of the more common goals are: Money management, cooking, home and community safety, personal organization, household responsibilities and developing community independence. If a family member may benefit from this service or to learn more, email or call 716.880.3700.
Dawn Newell, a tenant of People Inc. Senior Living.
People Inc. Senior Living in Niagara County Accepting
Apartment Applications
People Inc. Senior Living is accepting apartment applications year-round for all of its locations, including two apartment buildings in Niagara County in Lockport and Wheatfield, NY.
Two benefits of People Inc. Senior Living are the affordability and safety features. Apartments are for independent older adults age 62 and over who are income eligible. As an added cost savings, some utilities are included. The apartments include a kitchen with appliances. Safety features include stove fire prevention devices, grab bars in the bathroom, emergency pull-cords and a secure entrance. The apartment buildings include a furnished community room, laundry facilities and a 24-hour response system. Tenants are welcome to have one small pet. Amenities vary.
If you’re 62 or over and looking to downsize to safe, affordable living or interested in helping a family member do the same, call us today to set up a tour:
People Inc. Pine Senior Living
6231 Tonawanda Creek North, Lockport, NY (off Transit Road near Millersport Highway)
People Inc. Willow Senior Living
3990 Forest Parkway, Wheatfield, NY (North Tonawanda border)
For information about other locations and for an apartment application, call 716.817.9090.
In the Community
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. 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.
Lockport Recreational Respite participants pictured with a faux tree that has a kindly face at Wolf Maple Products in Middleport
Fun and Learning During
Maple Weekend
Each spring, community members are invited to partake in Maple Weekend, an annual celebration in which people can visit participating farms across New York State to learn about maple sugar-making processes and traditions. This year, People Inc. program participants joined in the fun, using the opportunity as a great way to socialize and learn tons of new things along the way! A group from Lockport Recreational Respite visited Wolf Maple Products in Middleport, NY. Although
it was a cold day, everyone had a great time
riding into the woods on a tractor-pulled trolley
to witness, firsthand, how maple syrup is made. It was a wonderful way to support the community!
People Inc. employees at the People Inc. table at DD Day
DD Day Participation in
Niagara Falls
People Inc. and its affiliates were proud to take part in Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day (DD Day) on May 30. Held at The Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls, NY, staff shared information about our programs and services through table displays and workshop presentations, as well as brought joy to event attendees with therapy dogs. The conference brings together local and regional agencies, industry-connected vendors and suppliers, direct support professionals, families and the people that all of these groups support. To view photos from the event, check out our Facebook photo album!
Now Hiring in Niagara County
People Inc., a multispecialty non-profit health and human services agency, provides services to more than 10,000 people throughout Western New York and the Greater Rochester region. We have exceptional opportunities for numerous career paths, whether you are looking to work part or full time, including in Niagara County. There are many career openings, including behavior technicians, community-based instructors, direct support professionals and respite instructors, along with LPNs and RNs. If you know someone who may be interested, refer them to learn more or apply online at
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