Mari Howard to receive prestigious C-Level leadership award

Mari Howard, president and CEO or the ReHabilitaton Center and Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara,  has been a visionary and driving force behind the ReHabilitation Center’s rise as an emerging leader among NYSARC chapters in the state and vital collaborative partner in the Western New York community.

     Her significant achievements have been well noted by other leaders in the Western New York business community. Most recently, she has been named among 20 of Western New York’s most effective business leaders by Business First. She will be presented with the prestigious C-Level award at Buffalo 612,’ the newspaper’s sixth annual awards luncheon on October 19 in Buffalo.

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Learning job skills at PreVoc Bingo

Learning job skills at PreVoc Bingo
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Learning is often a subjective experience, drawing from each person’s individual strengths.  But, for everyone at the table from the PreVocational training program, a round of Careers Bingo stirred their creativity, igniting their interest and spiking their unique learning edge.

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Supported employment makes a perfect blend at Union Tea Cafe

Supported Employment makes a perfect blend at Union Tea Cafe

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Nicole Herbert, left, whose new job working as a dishwasher at the Union Tea Cafe, has met the delight of Owner Amy Sherburne.

A portrait of the Queen’s coronation, crystal chandeliers and a fireplace displaying items from the Victorian era might seem out of place in an Olean cafe. Quite the contrary.

The city’s newest business, the Union Tea Cafe and Tea Shop, is a hit with the locals. Offeringmore than 90 different teas and a delightful pallet of English tea pastries along with delicious and healthful American and Middle Eastern cuisine, the cafe is a jewel in the city’s emerging business district. Continue reading…


Nursing is a joy for residential LPN

Nursing is a joy for residential LPN

Carolyn Lawson 005 photoshoppedCarolyn Lawson worked for Olean General Hospital for 19 years before coming to the ReHab Center four years ago.  She thought she loved her job at the hospital until she met the people she cares for at the three residences where she’s an LPN.

“I love my job,” she said, matter-of-factly.  “It’s actually a job I truly enjoy.  I found my niche.”

She began at Hinsdale and then Big 6 was added, and more recently Fall Road joined her already busy schedule.

While Carolyn is working closer to 60 hours a week rather than her regular 40 hours, she’s happy for the extra hours. She rises at 3:30 am to be at Fall Road by 5 am to give meds. Despite the early hour, she looks forward to her day ahead. Continue reading…


2017 Seafood Fest

Seafood Fest Olean NY

Presented by Our Admiral Sponsors:
Bryans & Gramuglia CPA’sUnivera HealthcareIroquois Group, Inc. 

Relph Benefit Advisors AN ALERA GROUP COMPANY  Kinley Corp of NY 


14th Annual Seafood Fest: Friday, March 24th 


Thanks to overwhelming community support, the 2017 Event is sold out!

Please e-mail or call us to be notified of next years event!

The Rehabilitation Foundation’s 14th Annual Seafood Fest promises another exciting night on the high seas to benefit the important work of the Rehab Center. This years event is planned for Friday, March 24th, 2017 at The Old Library Event Center in Olean, NY. This event usually sells out quickly, so mark your calendars!

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Employment Connection expresses gratitude to disability employers

baskets-for-employersAs long-term advocates of disability inclusion in the community’s work force, Employment Connection will participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month by commemorating the local businesses who employ people we support.

Initially, the Agency offered educational opportunities for children with intellectual disabilities through the Children’s Learning Center. Later, As the children grew into adulthood, the Agency began offering vocational and employment opportunities, which led to the Agency’s work centers, SubCon Industries in Olean and Salamanca.
About 20 years ago, the Agency realized the need to offer community employment. While recently the government has called for an end to sheltered work shops and an increase in community employment for people with disabilities, the Agency was already well ahead of those new mandates.

Photo:  Zack, Adam, Darcy, Tim, and Todd (standing behind  Darcy) joined to artfully assemble 25 baskets to deliver to their employers in gratitude for their jobs.

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Today, the Agency’s Employment Connection actively prepares people, and finds them in jobs in the community.
As much as it is Employment Connection’s forward-thinking, successful employment is clearly a shared achievement by local employers who took a chance on our people. They are the real heroes to those who are now employed. Without their faith in our people, many might not be living with the high levels of independence and quality of life they enjoy. The number of employers in the area who have hired people through Employment Connection is up to 25.

The Agency is deeply grateful to all of them, which include: SCS, Ponderosa, Holiday Inn, Allegany Country Transit / First Transit, ReHab Center residences at Fall Rd., Henley Rd. and Buffalo Rd., Aramark, Park and Shop, Mazza, Walmart, St. Bonaventure University, Best Western Hotels, Cattaraugus County DSS, Absolute Care, Head Start, Tops Friendly Markets, Healthcare Services at The Pines, St. Mary’s Church, Holiday Valley, City of Olean, Fred’s Contract Cleaning, Burger King, and Pete-As Ria.
This year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme is “#InclusionWorks, and highlights the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.

 


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…


Prevocational Services assists Interfaith Caregivers with mailing

Prevocational Services assists

Interfaith Caregivers with mailing

Theresa, Megan, Andy and Adam at InterfaithIt’s a win-win for everyone.

The ReHab Center’s Community Prevocational Services program helps people learn valuable on-the-job skills while volunteering for a participating non-profit organization. This synergistic relationship helps gets a job done that serves the greater good of the community.

Case in point.  Adam Panebianco and Andy Gillespie, who are in the Community Prevocational Services program recently helped Interfaith Caregivers in Allegany complete a mailing to raise funds on behalf of Adopt -A-Ride. Continue reading…


Foundation funds Care Coordinator at YMCA to meet ‘people where they’re at’

cutline for Patty Blue sstryEach year, millions of Americans face the challenges of living with a severe mental illness. The facts are staggering: 2.6 million are bipolar, 16 million live with major depression, and 42 million have anxiety disorders.

When a young Olean mother ended her own life after struggling for 10 years with bipolar disorder and depression, her mother, Barb Sweitzer, who works with the YMCA of the USA, knew something had to be done to address this disease.

“It is a challenge to find a balance between the state of depression and a manic state,” she said. “When a balance is found, people can lead a normal and productive life.” Continue reading…


Hiring Event!

Hiring Event!

We’re hiring people who care about people.  In fact, we have several openings for Direct Support Professionals to work in any one of our 18 residences.  Your job might entail cooking with the residents, enjoying the laughter and joy of being in a family-like environment or an overnight shift keeping a watchful eye on the home.

If you’re a caring person and want to make a difference in someone’s life, stop by our hiring event, fill out an application and you’ll get an interview on the spot. Our Hiring Event is from 9 am to 2 pm Monday, July 18 at the ReHab Center’s Administration Building, 1439 Buffalo St., Olean.

You can also send your resume ahead to dclark@rehabcenter.org to get a head start.
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