Foundation Donations Help Provide Safety and Security for Local Family

Foundation Donations Help Provide Safety and Security for Local Family

While a miracle may have saved his life almost 50 years ago, today it’s the generosity of Foundation donors that provided needed safeguards for John and his mother.

In 1966, while walking home from school, John spotted his brother and some friends on the other side of the street. He waved, then darted across the street. The next thing he remembers is waking up from a coma in the hospital three months later.

“It’s a real miracle he lived,” Nova, his mom, said.

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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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Foundation presents scholarships/awards to deserving staff

Recently, the Rehabilitation Foundation’s annual Scholarships & Awards reception honored several staff members and departments with grants to fund their dreams and goals which will return to benefit the Agency.

Each year it’s a tall order to go through the requests and choose a person to receive each particular scholarship or award. For their conscientious deliberation in selecting the award winners and scholarship recipients, the Foundation thanks Jen Eaton Miller, Tracy Karl-Lebrenz, Lisa Hennig, Patrick and Gloria Carroll, and the scholarship committee. Continue reading…


Foundation exceeds fundraising goals on #nygivesday

On“Giving Tuesday,” The Rehabilitation Foundation surpassed its fundraising goal of $1500 in participation in #NYgivesday.

#NYgivesday is a 24-hour challenge to celebrate nonprofits across New York State. The day brings together nonprofits to raise awareness, collect donations, and build a stronger sense of philanthropy throughout the local communities.

The Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation (CRCF) brought a local touch with “Cattaraugus Gives,” the first giving day in Cattaraugus County. Continue reading…


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

 

 

 


Comedy Night brings out community support

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…


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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Leadership Cattaraugus tours Agency production sites

Terry Johnston, Kathy Melvin, Diana Enders, Brian Eddy, and Nancy Giardini proudly teamed up to show off InTandem Solutions’ new branding.

Leadership Cattaraugus, comprised of more than 20 area professional members, toured the Charles Ried and SubCon campus in late September to gain a greater understanding of the entrepreneurial social enterprise in which the Agency is engaged.

“The ReHab Center has been a long-time community partner and an active supporter of Leadership Cattaraugus,” Brian Eddy, director of marketing and business development, said. “Each year we host site tours from this group at SubCon Industries and The Employment Connection.   This year we presented to a large group of 20 representatives from a variety of area businesses.  Their mission is to “grow a network of informed, active leaders who work collaboratively to build a better community. ”

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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…


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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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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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…


Wish Trees provide gifts to those in need

Community generosity warms many this winter

tommy-kleever-2They are only two of many people who now have warm clothes and gifts for the children for Christmas thanks to the Foundation’s Wish Tree.

Brittany Tarr and Tommy Kleever both received Christmas gifts through the Wish Tree which they otherwise would not have received.

Brittany’s daughter, Maggie, received new boots, just in time as winter weather stormed into the area last week.
“Brittany was giddy when I delivered her gifts,” Karen Hunt, her MSC, said. “She was so happy and especially grateful for the new boots for her daughter.”

Tommy, who lives in an upstairs apartment in Olean with his mother, has no car or job, and is often seen riding his bike through town.
“Tommy is an outdoors guy,” Karen, who is also Tommy’s MSC, said.

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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

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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‘We Remember Committee’ honors those who have passed

Dan Evans, owner of PleasantValley Greenhouses & Nursery, provides wreathes to Linda Manross for the graves of people we supported.

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.

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Holiday Candle Sale!

Holiday Candle Sale! Support a local badusiness and local people.

16oz. Hand-poured, eco-friendly soy candles. Available in 12 fragrances. These make a perfect Holiday Gift! We have partnered with The Potato Creek Candle Company out of Smethport, PA on a Holiday Candle Sale fundraiser. Proceeds from the sale benefit The Rehabilitation Foundation. The Foundation financially assists programs and services of The Rehabilitation Center and people with disabilities in the community.

Candles are $15 each, and can be picked up at The Rehab Center Admin Building (1439 Buffalo Street, Olean, NY 14760) or shipped for an additional $5 (select option at checkout).
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Rehab Foundation names award, scholarship winners

The Rehabilitation Foundation held its annual Scholarships and Awards Reception last week to support employee professional development.

Mari Howard, CEO, thanked the selection committee which included Jen Eaton Miller who was unable to attend, and Tracy Karl Lebrenz, Lisa Hennig, and Nick Lyons and Kyle Henzel, both Foundation Board members for “their commitment and guidance in making these decisions.” 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.

Mari 100 power women for SN
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Dine Out & Donate – Friday Chicken BBQ

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At Tredway’s Famous Chicken BBQ on September 23rd

Tredway’s Pit Stop  – 904 West State Street Olean, NY

You dine out. They donate! Purchase a chicken dinner on Friday, September 23rd from Tredway’s Pit Stop, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Rehabilitation Foundation!

$10 Includes: 

1/2 chicken dinner, two homemade sides, roll and butter 

Side choices : applesauce, tomato/cucumber salad, macaroni salad, potato salad, salt potatoes, BBQ beans, coleslaw. 

Pre-sale tickets are encouraged, and include a ticket for our *dine-out door prize!

Purchase Pre-sale Tickets Below -or- at one of the following locations:

Rehab Admin: 1439 Buffalo Street, Olean  Rehab Allegany: 3799 South Nine Mile Rd., Allegany

Rehab Subcon: 338 N. 15th Street, Olean   Tredway’s: 904 W. State Street, Olean

Order Pick-up is from 11am-4pm at Tredway’s Pit Stop. Regular take-out orders are available from 11am until sold out! 

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Delivery is available for large group orders in the immediate area. Please contact us directly to place those orders.

*Our dine out door prize includes either a basket of picnic goodies, or items and certificates from local businesses!

Questions: foundation@rehabcenter.org   I  716-375-4730 ext. 562

Any purchase of a chicken dinner on Friday, September 23rd contributes to the Rehabilitation Foundation, and helps to support people with disabilities in the local area. Thank you for your support! Learn more here


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…


Fitness in the Park Olean – First Event Success!

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.
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Foundation donations help child with autism

rehabcenteroleanny-6He 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.
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Weekday Jackpot Drawing Winners

Drawing to win cashThanks 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.

2016 Winners:

$1,000 July 4th Winner

Laura McGovern

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

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Seafood Fest 2016 nets big catch

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.

Seafood Fest 16 026As 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.

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