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…
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…
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…
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.