Pathways mentors plan for success

Pathways mentors plan for success

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Don Salter’s internship working at the Best Western Plus hotel in downtown Olean helped him discover what it’s like to work in an active downtown hotel. As part of The Rehabilitation Center’s Pathway to Employment program, he stepped into all aspects of the hospitality business to determine if that’s the kind of work he’d like to do on a permanent basis.

Pathway to Employment, funded by OPWDD, is one of the agency’s new person-centered vocational programs that offers individuals the opportunity to explore a variety of jobs, identify preferred careers, and develop a plan for obtaining employment in their community.  Individuals enrolled in the program participate in career exploration, discovery, and job readiness training to enhance their personal skills and create a path to success in the workplace. Continue reading…


SubCon Honors Employees’ Service

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The 34th annual SubCon Years of Service and Awards Banquet, held last Tuesday in St. Bonaventure University’s Hickey Dining Hall, was another year to remember.

More than 200 people attended the event that honored employees with SubCon Industries and the Employment Connection in five-year increments and those with outstanding work achievements. Continue reading…


Rehab Center CEO among WNY’s Power 100 Women

Mari Howard among WNY’S Power 100 Women

The Rehabilitation Center is proud to announce that Mari Howard, president and CEO of both The ReHabilitation Center – NYSARC Cattaraugus, and Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, was named among Buffalo Business First’s Power 100 Women in Western New York. The cover story is in the July 29, 2016 issue.

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Bridging barriers to care-giving

Bridging barriers to care-giving

Julian Martinez 7Julian Martinez draws from a well of wisdom to connect with the young people he mentors at the Community Residence in Olean.

His unique supportive style could stem from Plato who advised teaching through play, or 20th Century psychologist, Carl Jung, who said creativity draws from “the play instinct rather than the intellect.”

Julian’s intentionally open, non-anxious, presence elicits a playful response from the teenagers he supports. It also builds a trusting relationship based on mutual respect and the warm rapport they share. It was Julian’s on-call work as a Direct Support Professional at Five Mile Residence earlier in
his career that set him on this course.  Once challenged about his ability to support
residents who needed a greater level of care, he has since learned that laughter and play are key to supportive bond-building.Julian's quote

“At first, when I had to help someone in the bathroom, I didn’t know if I could do this work,” he said, recalling an experience which caused him to doubt his ability to give someone a shower.

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Spoon-bending vents teen angst

Spoon-bending

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away . . . Suzi wanted a spoon ring. But, the cost of the precious jewelry was a deterrent to its purchase.

Spoon bending 6Then, Angie had an idea. She realized she could make one, even purchase all the tools to make it, at a much lower cost than purchasing it. So, she did.

In fact, she not only made a spoon ring for Suzie, but she made hundreds, maybe thousands, of them for almost anyone who wanted one. And, thus, they grew their business, “Our Twisted Tree,” which includes other items born similarly out of the imagination of both women.

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