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.
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!
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!
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…
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.