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…
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.