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 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.
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.
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…
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!
Community Habilitation and Respite, a lifestyle of caring
Maureen and Nasir enjoy working out together at the Olean YMCA.
Fresh out of college and armed with a degree in Recreation Leadership, Maureen Boza started her career with the ReHab Center bursting with enthusiasm to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the people we support.
When she began in 1979, it was as a care professional at a former residence on State Street. A year later, Maureen became recreation director for SubCon, a grant-funded position she held for eight years. When she married and began her family, she took a leave of absence from the Agency. Continue reading…
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…
Smiling, bashfully, Johnny studied a Facebook 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.
The wisdom of their years is only amplified by the joy they share at the Linwood Center.
After a lifetime of hard work, raising families, fighting and surviving wars, recessions and many hard northern winters, today 30 seniors enjoy their well deserved day in the sun.
As an adult day center, the Linwood Center is a deeply honoring and welcoming place for adults over age 60. While some are fully independent and just need the social interaction of others of their own generation, others may need a little extra support to remain independent in their homes.
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*
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…
The ReHabilitation Center has initiated a significant effort to complete a comprehensive self-assessment process in preparation for an onsite review by the Council on Quality Leadership, CQL, in late fall of 2016.
Twenty different groups have been actively meeting to assess all operational indicators encompassed in the CQL Basic Assurances and Shared Values. Continue reading…
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.