Day Hab joins in on Olympic fun

As the Winter Olympics excitement came to a close last week, so did a special International project that our day hab program participated in. Each classroom, 11 in total, was given a country to focus on for two weeks in February. They decorated, learned, shared fun facts, made crafts, and dressed in the  colors of their respective location. There was no lack of creativity, as the rooms were decked out in Olympic medals, flags from around the world and educational facts.

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2018 Weekday Jackpot

Weekday Jackpot 2018

The Weekday Jackpot is back!
The Weekday Jackpot gives you 51 chances to win $100-$1,000 with weekday drawings from April 23rd – July 2nd, with a special $1,000 drawing on July 2nd.
How to get tickets:
Stop into our Rehab Center Admin Building at 1439 Buffalo Street in Olean or, print the form below and mail in with a check or cash, and we will send you your ticket!

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Tickets are $25 each (double your chances with two!)

Proceeds from the Weekday Jackpot Drawing benefit The ReHab Foundation Learn More Here.

2018 Winners

Week 1

Rachelle Clark – Monday $100
Mary Ann Chambers – Tuesday $100
Kim Bihler – Wednesday $100
Joseph Veno – Thursday $100
Tom Stephens – Friday $500

Week 2

Katie O’Connor – Monday $100
Kristina Bald – Tuesday $100
Gregg & Rhonda Eaton – Wednesday $100
Joan M. Bell – Thursday $100
Chris Strade – Friday $500
Week 3
Susan Little – Monday $100
Hilda Kosciol – Tuesday $100
N. Mollica – Wednesday $100
Ed Roche- Thursday $100
Norma Reed – Friday $500
Week 4
Sarah Forney – Monday $100
Tricia Brdecka – Tuesday $100
Jim Straight – Wednesday $100
Sally Mattys- Thursday $100
Kim Potter – Friday $500
Week 5
Monday ($100) – Laurie Pavlock
Tuesday($100) – Diane Rzepka
Wednesday ($100) – Ernie Kallenbach
Thursday ($100) – St. Stephen’s Club
Friday ($500) – Tim Quattrone
Week 6
Monday ($100) – Eileen Turner
Tuesday($100) – Robert Styles
Wednesday ($100) – Joy Singleton
Thursday ($100) – Paul & Lori Eade
Friday ($500) – Dick Windsor

Week 7

Monday ($100) – Don (Soupy Kendzior)
Tuesday($100) – Kathleen Morton
Wednesday ($100) – Joy Singleton
Thursday ($100) – Jim Straight
Friday ($500) – Ann Schifley

GAP program offers time for friendship

 

The group of friends, each one carefully carrying hot chocolate, tea, sandwiches or bagels laden with cream cheese, found a warm place around the fireplace at Tim Horton’s on a cold Thursday afternoon.

It’s always a special time, one among many, offered through Respite’s site-based GAP program for a group of people who gather each day from different programs, schools or their home to enjoy a few hours together sharing stories, playing games, socializing and even line dancing. Continue reading…


Foundation Wish Tree Brings Happiness and Hope to Local Families

 

 

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.

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Donation provides interactive music event

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.

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Wish Tree Project

 

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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!

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Questions? Call the Foundation at 716-375-4730 ext. 562 or e-mail: foundation@rehabcenter.org

 

 

 


Walmart stands out as employer of people with disabilities

Walmart shines in Olean as an employer of people with disabilities

Walmart employees from the ReHab Center Nate Sledge and Bernie Snyder take a moment from carting to stand with Mary Coss, Walmart’s Human Resources Director, in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month which runs throughout October.

The Rehab Center is proud to celebrate Walmart Supercenter in Olean for employing five people the Agency supports.  Thanks to Walmart’s commitment to the community as an employer of people with disabilities, it has helped each to reach greater independence in their lives, gain in self-confidence, and succeed on the job. Continue reading…


Comedy Night brings in unique, award-winning talent

Comedy Night features two award-winning comedians

The Rehabilitation Foundation’s Comedy Night is set for Saturday, Nov. 4 at 6p.

m. at Good Times of Olean, 800R East State Street. The Foundation is bringing in two award-winning, nationally touring comedians with a unique skill set.

The featured comedian of the annual event, which raises funds for The ReHabilitation Center, is D.J. Demers who is hearing-impaired. Demers was diagnosed with a hearing disability at age 4.  As a young boy, he found a way to make friends with laughter. “Comedy and making my friends laugh was a way for me to connect with people and be something other than a boy with hearing aids,” he stated at America’s Got Talent last year.

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Celebrating our Caring Staff

The following awesome staff are among the more than 850 employees of the ReHab Center, all of whom in his or her own way is doing outstanding work with a single-minded focus on supporting the people.  To each we say THANK YOU!

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Big 6 Residence

Big 6 Direct Support Staff include: (front left) Sonya Pesock, DSP III and SRI behavioral tech; (back) Alissa Munday, DSP I; and Teresa Morey, DSP III mentor; and (front right) Kristen Holly, DSP II.

 

They’re a team of professionals, each lending a unique skill and bright smile to the Big 6 residence. Their years of service blend well to support each other as they all support the residents.

Kristen has been with the Agency for four years. She had been in the Army National Guard for seven years and was assigned to go to Kuwait when she found out she was pregnant. She applied to the Agency then and left her military career. Continue reading…


Service to others over self: celebrating our outstanding staff

As we move through a week of celebrating and expressing sincere gratitude to our staff for their outstanding support of and service to people with disabilities, one quality stands out among many. They all are focused on service to another. They get up very early or work late, on weekends, on holidays, despite inclement weather – to be there for another person, and to be fully present, alert, attentive and responsive as they actively support people who are reaching for greater independence and greater quality of life through achieving their goals. They are champions of our mission – in accountability, innovation, learning, positivity and perhaps most of all – in trust.

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Congratulations to all our staff, continued . . .

Nancy Ogden, Supervisor of Linwood Center

Nancy is supervisor of the Linwood Center which is the Agency’s senior community center. She began her career with the Agency close to 27 years ago working at the Children’s Intermediate Care Facility on Fall Road.

Then, from 2000 to 2003, she was a Direct Support Professional at Osgood residence. In 2003 she accepted a position as a day care assistant at the Linwood Center, then managed by Cattaraugus County and operated in the former Allegany High School.

Eight years later, the Linwood Center merged with the ReHab Center and Nancy found herself back at the ReHab Center.

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Congratulations to all our staff for Staff Appreciation Week!

All our staff make it possible for the ReHab Center to support more than 850 people with disabilities across three counties. 

They get up every day and go to work to support our people in a million different ways, but always with the intention to do their best to ensure that each will reach their goals and gain even a small measure of independence that day.

And, if they aren’t in a position to provide direct support, they support those who do. Together, we are the team that makes our mission such a great success.

Without them there would be no ReHab Center, no home and day services for Billy Jo or the many others who attend Day Hab, Community Hab, LifeSkills, the Youth Residence, 18 residencies, supportive apartments, seniors in the Linwood Center, Medicaid support services SubCon Industries, InTandem Solutions, Employment Connection, and the young and old throughout the community who need and receive our support.

As one of the largest employers in Olean, without each of our 484 staff members, the economic, social and cultural quality of the area would not be as significant or profound. 

The Rehab Center thanks all our staff for making us an awesome, flourishing place, creating beautiful lives for many who might never have found the enrichment and means to greater independence the Agency offers them.

The following individuals were named by their supervisors and managers for their exceptional service and commitment. But, that equally applies to each of our fantastic, caring staff.

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Agency provides a lifetime of enrichment

Agency provides a lifetime of enrichment

A bright smile spread across Billy Jo Olkosky’s face as he shared memories from his many years at the ReHabilitation Center, which has been home, rehabilitation provider and employer for most of his 67 years.

“It’s been a long time,” he said, smiling at his mother, Estelle, and step-dad, Keith, who stop by once a week to visit him and take him home for an occasional weekend and for holidays. Continue reading…


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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SWEET MEREDITH’S FUDGERY

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Sweetness goes a long way at Cuba’s newest business enterprise. It’s in rich supply in the delicious, creamy chocolate, peanut butter, caramel, even strawberry cheesecake fudge Meredith Doyle sells to benefit the Palmer Opera House in Cuba.

Starting a business had always been a dream of the SubCon employee, a dream she never stopped believing in.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to have a business and I’ve always loved fudge. So it’s a perfect match,” she said, adding she continues to work three days a week at SubCon.
“I love seeing everyone come in.”

She talked the idea over with her parents, Connie and Michael, who assisted with the purchase of the fudge kettle and other items needed to open the fudge shop in the Opera House.
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St. Bonaventure’s ArtMobile visits Day Services

BAM 001The 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.

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Linwood champions in Golden Olympics

Golden 1There’s nothing like a little competition to stir up some fun.  It may also be the impetus for creative ingenuity which bolsters self-esteem which the disabled and elderly too often feel a loss.

It may explain why a wheelchair tennis champion like David Wagner, left a paraplegic at age 21 after an accident in the California surf, would pursue his lifelong dream to be an Olympic tennis player and go on to become the world’s leading wheelchair tennis player.

This same spirit prevails at the Golden Olympics, sponsored by the Southern Tier Activity Association (STAA), in which the champions at Linwood Center placed this year.

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Love of people drives the music and service

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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…


Creativity in Day Hab knows no limits

Smiling, bashfully, Johnny studied a Day Hab 004Facebook picture of his dog on Deena Holcomb’s cell phone.

“Go show your friends the picture of your dog,” Deena, who is a Day Hab DSP, said urging Johnny to interact with his Day Hab peers.

“Who’s that right here?” Deena continued, pointing to the picture on her phone in Johnny’s hands.

“Gigi,” Johnny whispered as a blush spread across his face.

The dinner-table kind of conversation moved on to Michelle who reported she’d listened to music the night before and ate spaghetti for dinner. And, Katie said she went for a long walk on the spring-like evening the night before. Nick reported he went to his mom’s house, watched TV and ate goulash and a salad. He added that weight control which included daily exercise was one of his goals.

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Modern motherhood breathes fire

“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

Kim and Ashleigh at Women's marchΜotherhood 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.

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14th Annual Seafood Fest – A Success!

Seafood Fest ’17 exceeds fundraising goals

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As the annual Seafood Fest auction sailed through the Old Library Event Center on Friday, March 24th,  attendees from Olean and beyond outdid themselves this year in support of The Rehabilitation Foundation. Prizes were won and gourmet food was served including a bountiful buffet with various seafood dishes, beef tenderloin and chicken. It was a fun night out for all full of excitement and entertainment.

“It was an exceptionally successful sold-out year,” Elena Bombardier, Foundation director, said, adding, “We exceeded this year’s fundraising goal.”

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GOV. CUOMO SUPPORTS DSP WAGE INCREASE, CALLS FOR $55 MILLION ALLOCATION IN BUDGET

NYS LEGISLATURE, GOVERNOR AGREE TO MAKE INITIAL INVESTMENT IN DISABILITY PROVIDER WORKFORCE

The following is reprinted from a news bulletin by the Developmental Disabilities Alliance of WNY:
Yesterday, in the State Capitol, Governor Cuomo and the leaders of both Houses, along with the mental hygiene committee chairs, promised a group of bFair2DirectCare demonstrators that they all support the addition of funds to increase direct care salaries. The Governor said he would not sign a budget that didn’t include $55 million for direct care providers. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein and members of the Senate Republican Conference including Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan were unified in their support and all commented on the effectiveness of the campaign and the unanimity it evoked among legislators. The Governor noted that this funding would come on top of the increase provided to bring workers up to the minimum wage, with a total 6.5% wage increase occurring over two years. Continue reading…


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…


Family Care, a gift from the heart

Family Care, a gift from the heart

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It’s hard to imagine the historic old house, now a beehive of activity as a home and family care residence, was once the site where Verne Cummins ran the Cummins Cider Mill.
The former cider mill was artfully redesigned with a vaulted cathedral ceiling and winding stairway to an upper loft to make room for an expanding family.

Today, it is home to Verne’s nephew, Jerry Cummins and his wife, Deb, who raised their four children there and now provide family care support to Jeff, Bruce and Rhonda who are as much a part of the family as their own four children and seven grandchildren. Continue reading…


Rehab Wish Tree brings single mom holiday hope

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The season may be blogo2right with the excitement of children’s “sugar plum dancing in their heads,” or of dasher and dancer and lonely little Rudolph.

But, for mothers and fathers of less abundant means, the holiday tugs at their hearts.  Do they pay their bills late to make a memorable Christmas for their child? Certainly none suffer more with this dilemma than Brittany, a single mom, living on her SubCon Industries pay with higher than usual heating bills nipping at her wallet. Continue reading…


2017 Seafood Fest

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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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Anxiety-The New “Common-Cold” of Mental Health?

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By Tony Sowers, LMSW

Tony is a clinician in the Article 16 Clinic. He wrote the following article for the ReHab Center’s health and wellness monthly newsletter.

 

Paying bills. Our health. The economy. Common, everyday worry and anxiety can take many forms and everyone has things they are concerned about from time to time. Unfortunately for some people anxiety and worry can become an everyday, sometimes constant, struggle. The number of cases of anxiety disorders, which include among them generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and certain phobias, have steadily increased in the United States. In fact, they are close to unseating depression as the number one mental health issue in our country. Continue reading…