Over 15 families and 150 individuals had the opportunity to exchange gifts this holiday season thanks to The Wish Tree, a collaborative project between The Rehabilitation Foundation, The Olean YMCA and the N. Union and Walmart Olean Subway locations. The project began six years ago when Shelley Pollock, Foundation Board member and Subway owner offered to host the wish trees at her Subway establishments.
Rachel Bell’s accordion sang into the halls of the Allegany building in a recent concert, stirring the packed Linwood Activity Room with a curiosity about the instruments and upbeat response to her French and English country dance music.
The musical performance was offered to the people we support in memory of the late visually-impaired David Shipley, who had attended Allegany’s day services and loved music and theatre.
The Wish Tree is a wonderful opportunity to give a Christmas gift to a person the Agency supports at a time when they otherwise might not receive one. The project is a collaboration between local businesses and organizations who come together with the community to provide meaningful Christmas gifts to people the agency supports and their families.
Each Holiday Season, the wish tree is hosted by community locations.
Thank you to our 2017 locations!
The Olean YMCA – 1101 Wayne Street, Olean, NY
Subway in Walmart Olean –1869 Plaza Drive, Olean, NY
Olean Subway – 502 N. Union Street, Olean, NY
All year long, you can make an online donation to go directly towards the Wish Tree Project. $25 sponsors one person, and $50 sponsors a family of two, and $100 sponsors a family of four. Anything you can donate helps put one more gift under our Wish Tree!
Online donations will be used to supplement the gifts purchased by the community to ensure everyone who has submitted a request will have gifts to open on Christmas morning. The Wish Tree Committee collects, wraps and works with agency staff to deliver gifts in time for the Holiday. Join us in making someone’s Holiday a little brighter this year!
The Foundation’s annual Comedy Night drew hundreds to this year’s laugh-in featuring two nationally-renowned comedians in a rave performance in early November.
The event, hosted at Good Times of Olean, offered the community an opportunity to laugh and dine together while making an important contribution to the ReHab Center’s mission of supporting people with disabilities.
D.J Demers, a Canada native; and his opening act and MC, Jose Barrientos, who is currently living in Los Angeles, were just as hilarious off stage as on. While the audience was enjoying Italian cuisine, the comedians casually slipped into the venue prior to the show and inquired about the Olean area to customize their act to the audience. That effort paid off later in uproarious laughter and applause.
“When they walked on that stage, they didn’t hold back and had the crowd laughing from start to finish,” a member of the audience said.
Barrientos warmed up the crowd by satirically poking fun at growing up Mexican in America. His act continued to stir laughter without compromising its meaning with a comedic rendition of his reaction if he was ever mugged.
Following Barrientos, Demers, who is hearing impaired but dynamic and natural, kept up the comedic momentum. By making fun of his hearing aids at times, his gentle, self-deprecating humor showed just how the once America’s Got Talent contestant has succeeded against stiff competition. In the end, Demers real life teasing resonated with the crowd which knows well the ReHab Center’s work in the community. Continue reading…
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.
The Day Hab classroom buzzed with activity as would-be artists from Day Services made colorful fish, traced maple leaves, and other craft projects under the direction and guidance of five interns from St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts this week.
“The interns from the center’s ArtMobile brought all the materials and are helping the people make art projects and crafts,” Deena Holcomb, Day Hab DSP, said.
Tim Hollamby and Emily Sullivan in “Les Miserables” 2012.
Tim Hollamby’s career path led him in several directions. But, one thing they all have in common is his love of people, expressed in his acting and music as well as support of people with disabilities as a Health Homes Care Manager. Locally, he’s a well-known actor and singer but he also supports people with physical and mental health issues and developmental disabilities for the Agency.
He always knew he wanted to help people and make a positive difference in their lives. But what exactly that looked like evaded him for a while. After his time at the State University of New York at Fredonia where he studied Sociology and Psychology, he worked a couple jobs in the area until he was alerted to his current position as a Health Homes Care Manager by a friend who also works for the Agency. Continue reading…
“We are all ‘Mother.’ We are the stewards of our planet and we are working together to resolve these intersecting issues.”
– Kim Baker, Lifeskills Manager
Μotherhood is an idyllic, radiant ray of humanity’s most beautiful primal drive. It is the expression of unconditional love while nurturing the vulnerable and helpless infant in the predatory jungle of life.
While instinctual, these qualities of upholding, supporting, nurturing, and embracing those who are vulnerable are among the best qualities of evolved humanity. One doesn’t need to be a mother to support the voiceless and marginalized. This fact was never more evident than during the Women’s March on January 21 which was one of the largest marches in history drawing more than 4 million participants in cities across the U.S. in addition to Washington, D.C.
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!
Dan Evans, owner of Pleasant Valley Greenhouses & Nursery, provides wreaths to Linda Manross for the graves of people we supported.
The lives of 40 people we once supported are remembered with gratitude, as our staff and a local business give back.
Linda Manross and Mike MacWilliams, both of whom launched the Agency’s staff-supported “We Remember Committee” several years ago, placed wreaths on graves of people we once supported in St. Bonaventure, Allegany and Five Mile cemeteries, all in Allegany; Mt. View in Olean, Pleasant Valley in Hinsdale, Crawford and Calvary cemeteries in Salamanca, and Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Portville.
It was a night of laughs and levity. The Rehabilitation Foundation’s Comedy Night, held Saturday, November 5 in the Premier Banquet Center in Olean, featured stand-up comedians Tony Boswell and Bill Boronkay. Continue reading…
Drawing will be held on November 5th, 2016 at our Comedy Night Event. You do not need to be present to win. Winner will be contacted by phone and/or e-mail. * Certain Restrictions may apply. Tickets can be used for any domestic location where jetBlue flies*
ReHab Center’s ‘Fitness in the Park’ draws crowd to Zumba
Olean, NY – The ReHab Center and City of Olean’s first of five “Fitness in the Park” Zumba classes drew more than 50 people to Gargoyle Park yesterday. The classes are led by Lilian Dirito who has her own practice for Zumba and health and wellness in Ellicottville.
They were all ages and levels of fitness, but all were enthusiastic about the unique opportunity to dance together outside on a beautiful Olean summer evening. Continue reading…
He was a preemie who was growing as a healthy child. By the time Odin was 19 months old, he was verbal, walking, and on his way to a normal childhood.
Then, for unknown reasons, he suddenly regressed and was diagnosed with autism.
His mom and dad, Elida and Alex Green, can’t say exactly what caused Odin’s sudden regression. At his well-baby visit he was fine. After that, for no known reason, he became non-verbal. Continue reading…
Thanks to all participated in our 2016 Weekday Jackpot Drawing!
The Weekday Jackpot gives you 51 chances to win $100-$1,000 for $25! The 2016 Jackpot has ended, but stay posted to get your 2017 tickets! Proceeds from the Weekday Jackpot Drawing benefit The ReHab Foundation Learn More Here.
$1,000 July 4th Winner
Week 10: June 27th – July 1st
Monday $100 Mallory Singleton
Tuesday $100 Joan Mitchell
Wednesday $100 W. J. Schwabenbauer
Thursday $100 Holly Nidell
Friday $500 Jerri Cygan / Keith Custer
Olean’s brightest stars came out Friday night, April 1, to support The Rehabilitation Foundation’s elegant Seafood Fest 16 which reeled in a whopping catch of more than 220 attendees.
As Dan Carter’s auction chant rang out in the glittering candlelight of The Old Library Restaurant, dozens of individuals and corporations responded generously by purchasing lobsters and porterhouse steaks for hundreds of dollars. Together they dug deep and gave unsparingly to the important work of The ReHab Center throughout Cattaraugus, Allegany and Chautauqua counties benefitting hundreds of people with disabilities.
Ronan Balcom is a happy and active two-year-old little boy. Ronan’s life started a bit early – he was born at 36 weeks and was a preemie.
Eighteen months later, Ronan was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Cerebral Palsy. He was also recently diagnosed with hyperkinesis and apraxia of speech. Despite all this, he doesn’t let very much slow him down, as you can see by the smile on his face. Continue reading…
Children and their families watch a live glass-making demonstration at the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY.
Family Peer Support Services achieved a double win at the Rehabilitation Foundation’s annual Scholarship and Awards Reception on August 19, 2015.
It earned both the Roger Hennig Memorial Art Enrichment Grant and The Patrick J., Jr. & Rita L. Carroll Memorial Award for its innovative use of art to support families of children and youth with mental health issues. Continue reading…
We have funded needed supplies and equipment, bridged funding gaps in programs such as Lifeskills, offset the costs of recreational activities, and supported SubCon’s work center
Aid for Families We Support
We have helped a family leave a domestic violence situation, funded fences and shatter-proof windows for autistic children so they could play safely, and purchased leg braces for a child with cerebral palsy.
Funds for the “We remember Committee”
We have provided funding to a group of volunteers who maintain the grave sites of 35 individuals who previously lived in our group homes.
Staff scholarships & focused trainings
The Foundation facilitates an annual program that gives staff the opportunity to expand their knowledge, skill set and implement new program initiatives
Employment Support for the People We Serve
We have provided funding for clothing for people to be presentable in job interviews, as well as short-term transportation support to allow people to sustain their job.