News, events and programs for Niagara County
News, events and programs for Niagara County
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A rendering of the People Inc. Grant Street apartments.
Now Accepting Applications for Affordable Apartments in North Tonawanda
People Inc. offers affordable housing in various locations across Western New York, including one of its newest apartment buildings opening soon in North Tonawanda, NY. As part of its Mixed-Income Housing, People Inc. Grant Street Apartments, located at 25 Grant Street in North Tonawanda, NY, are for people 18 years and older who meet income eligibility; rental vouchers accepted. Rental applications are currently being accepted. Encourage family and friends to apply today for a spring move-in! Located in the heart of North Tonawanda, the apartment building is just minutes from local shopping, restaurants, grocery stores, theatre, banks, schools and so much more.
The apartments also provide an opportunity for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who live independently to enjoy quality integrated housing. This is critical during this time as new housing development opportunities through OPWDD are severely limited.
An Apartment Application Day will be held for those interested in these apartments to address any eligibility questions. This opportunity will be held on Saturday, February 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at People Inc. Highland School Apartments, 105 Highland Avenue, Tonawanda (which is an additional Affordable Income Housing location managed by People Inc.). For more information or to RSVP, email or call 716.880.3890. If you can’t attend, you can download the apartment application or contact us with any questions.
Laugh and Give Back at Rob’s Comedy Playhouse
Coming Soon

Join us for some laughter while raising funds for the Hinman Street Apartment Project in Youngstown, NY, to support people with special needs. The Rivershore Foundation will host a fundraiser at 7:30 p.m. at Rob’s Comedy Playhouse, 1340 North Forest Road, Williamsville, NY. The fun evening will include basket raffles and 50/50! Tickets are just $25 per person. Plus, enjoy dinner at Dandelions Restaurant (next to Rob’s
Comedy Playhouse). Ten percent of the evening dinner proceeds benefit the Rivershore Foundation. More details will be added to our
website, For more information or to support this event,
contact Melanie Brown at or 716.817.7450.
A photo of Rivershore Foundation Board members Denise Bienko, Charles Malcomb and Jerold Wolfgang present sponsorship recognition to the Hodgson Russ team.
Rivershore Foundation Board members Denise Bienko, Charles Malcomb and
Jerold Wolfgang present sponsorship recognition to the Hodgson Russ team.
2019 Fall Fundraiser a Success
Thank you to all who joined us for the Rivershore Foundation Raise the Roof Event held
this past September at the historical Griffon House in Lewistown, NY. Guests enjoyed live music, cocktails and gourmet food. The event raised $16,512 to help support the Hinman Street Apartment Project in Youngstown, NY. Check out this recap from Niagara Gazette. We’re grateful to our generous sponsors: Hodgson Russ, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, People Inc., Upstate Pharmacy and Wegmans.
Stay tuned for news about our 2020 annual fall event!
Program Highlights
A photo of a supported employment professional posing with a colleague both are wearing restaurant uniforms.
Since 1999, Ian Rolfe (pictured left) has worked for Metz Culinary Management, which provides
dining services for Niagara
University. He is pictured with
Chef Anthony Renda (right).
Businesses in Niagara County Encouraged to Become an Inclusive Employer
The People Inc. Supported Employment Program serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to help promote and maintain employment opportunities. The program is seeking new businesses to employ people with disabilities throughout Western New York, including Lewiston and Niagara Falls. We help companies create jobs around a person’s talents and interests. Join fellow businesses like these: Denny’s Restaurant and Home Depot, both in Lockport, plus Walgreens in Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda, Niagara University in Lewiston and Market in the Square in North Tonawanda. Hiring a qualified person with a disability brings greater benefits beyond just filling an open job, including: return on investment, marketing and innovation. To learn how your Niagara County business can employ people with disabilities, contact our Vocational Services Department at 716.817.5750.
Enroll a Loved One to Benefit from Community Habilitation
There are immediate openings to join the People Inc. Community Habilitation Program, which supports people with disabilities who need assistance to live an independent life. Openings are available throughout Western New York, including Niagara County. Community Habilitation services have valued outcomes that are skills-based and include life-enriching activities. Assistance is provided for people to learn skills to improve their lives, like training and support for travel/transportation, life skills to increase socialization and independence with meal preparation, shopping, cleaning and laundry. Our trained team works with people in their homes and in the community to build a network of support. To learn how this program may have a meaningful impact on the quality of life for your family member or someone you assist, email or call 716.880.3700.
A photo of a canine officer and his handler being presented a check by a People Inc. staff member.
Spotlight: People Inc. Senior Living
Niagara County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit Receives Support: Over the years, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department has conducted many educational programs for tenants at People Inc. Pine Senior Living in Lockport, NY. Tenants were shown engaging demonstrations, including some from a dog in the department’s K-9 Unit. Sadly, the dog passed away just months after tenants had seen him. In response, they were inspired to do something special for the Sheriff’s Department. Through several fundraisers last year, they raised more than $500, which was donated to the Sheriff’s Department to buy a bulletproof vest for one of their K-9s!
A tenant enjoying a cup of coffee in the kitchen of a People Inc. Semior Living apartment.
Locations in Niagara County Accepting Apartment Application: People Inc. Senior Living accepts apartment applications year-round for all of its locations, including apartment buildings 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. If you’re 62 or over and need affordable living or if you advocate for family members who may qualify, 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) 716.433.3381
People Inc. Willow Senior Living
3990 Forest Parkway, Wheatfield (North Tonawanda border)
For information about other locations and for an apartment application, call 716.817.9090.
Support for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Last year, Deaf Access Services formed an affiliation with People Inc. to meet the growing needs of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Western New York. Services include: In-Person Interpreting, Video Remote Interpreting (VRI), American Sign Language classes, community services navigation and advocacy, Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART), assistive technology supports, employment placement and Life Skills and Literacy adult education classes. Formed in 1983 by a group of dedicated Deaf leaders and volunteers concerned about the welfare of the Deaf community, Deaf Access Services is the only local organization solely dedicated to serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities. To learn more about these supportive services for yourself, a loved one or for your business, email
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’re looking to work part or full time. There are many career openings within Niagara County, including behavior technicians, community-based instructors, direct support professionals and respite instructors, as well as LPNs and RNs. If you know someone who may be interested, refer them to learn more or apply online at
In The Community
A photo of two people decorating a Christmas tree.
Photo Credit: JAMES NEISS
and Niagara Gazette
Decorating for Festival of Trees
Members of the People Inc. Young Adult Life Transitions (YALT) Program in Lockport, NY, took part in the Festival of Trees at the Niagara Power Project’s Power Vista in Lewiston, NY. Their decorating skills were featured in the Niagara Gazette and designs delighted visitors throughout the month of December.
Check Out NEW Museum of disABILITY History Website
The Museum of disABILITY History, a project of People Inc., is pleased to share its new website. The only museum of its kind in the U.S., the Museum of disABILITY History is dedicated to the collection, preservation and display of artifacts relating to the history of people with disabilities. Located at 3826 Main Street in Buffalo, NY, the Museum of disABILITY History offers educational exhibits, programs, publications and activities to create awareness and a platform for dialogue and discovery. The new website provides various resources, a virtual tour and an online store, along with news and events.

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