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

brittany-photoshoppedRehab Wish Tree brings single mom holiday hope

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…

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…

Pathways mentors plan for success

Pathways mentors plan for success


Don Salter’s internship working at the Best Western Plus hotel in downtown Olean helped him discover what it’s like to work in an active downtown hotel. As part of The Rehabilitation Center’s Pathway to Employment program, he stepped into all aspects of the hospitality business to determine if that’s the kind of work he’d like to do on a permanent basis.

Pathway to Employment, funded by OPWDD, is one of the agency’s new person-centered vocational programs that offers individuals the opportunity to explore a variety of jobs, identify preferred careers, and develop a plan for obtaining employment in their community.  Individuals enrolled in the program participate in career exploration, discovery, and job readiness training to enhance their personal skills and create a path to success in the workplace. Continue reading…

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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Ways to Donate

Determining what gift is right for you is just as important as making the gift. Our hope is to work with you to determine what you wish to accomplish for yourself, your family and your charitable interests.

Make an Online Donation

If you would like The ReHab Foundation to contact you about personalized giving options, please contact us or call 716-375-4730 ext. 562

Annual Campaign

Your tax-deductible donation to our annual fund, allows the Rehabilitation Foundation to continue providing financial assistance to the Rehab Center’s supports, services and people, as they need it.

Donate to our Annual Fund

Gift in Tribute / Memorial

Celebrate a special occasion, honor family members and friends, remember special people or offer condolences with a gift to the Foundation. Your gift is tax deductible in accordance with the law.

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Abigail V. Dulmus Holiday Endowment

This restricted fund within the endowment at the Rehabilitation Foundation has been Abbydesignated to provide an income to support annual holiday celebrations within the continuing day treatment programs Abby attended. In November 2008 the Abigail V. Dulmus Holiday Celebration Endowment was created by her family with an initial donation. This fund supports two things that she particularly loved – holidays and friends. The fund provides financial support for an array of CDT holiday celebrations throughout the year including Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Abby’s family chose this specific purpose because they knew how much joy she received from each and every holiday celebration and thought it would be a wonderful and fun way to honor her memory, and allow all of us to continue celebrating for her.

The beauty of this endowment is that Abby’s memory will continue in perpetuity to ensure a measure of celebration at holiday times that might not otherwise occur within these programs due to not-for-profit funding constraints. These modest holiday celebrations have a great meaning to those in Abby’s programs.

Donate Online to the Abby Fund

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Planned Giving

Please contact the Foundation directly to discuss planned giving opportunities. foundation@rehabcenter.org or 716375-4730 ext. 562


A bequest provides a gift to the Foundation  in your will. Donors who remember The ReHabilitation Foundation in their wills, allow us to continue to support The ReHab Center’s programs and services that go unfunded. A bequest is a simple way to provide for our future and can be done in many ways. You may arrange for us to receive:

  • a specific dollar amount
  • specified assets, such as securities or property
  • all or a percentage of the remainder of your estate after all other obligations (a residuary bequest)

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Barby Ried Social Fund at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation

This fund was established in memory of Barbara “Barby” Ried, a longtime SubCon employee.

One of Barby’s favorite parts of SubCon was attending the holiday parties and social events, inspiring her siblings’ decision to establish this fund after her passing in June of 2016. The Barby Ried Social Fund will provide annual grants, of up to $1,000 per year, to the SubCon division for holiday/social/entertainment activities and events to enhance the working experience of SubCon employees.

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We appreciate your generosity! Your gift allows us to carry out our mission of enhancing the lives of people with disabilities in the Cattaraugus, Allegany and Chautauqua County areas, every day. Learn More

Foundation Continues to Make “Dreams Come True”

Foundation Making Dreams Come True -2Ronan 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.
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The ReHabilitation Foundation

Making a Difference in the Lives of the People We Support


The ReHabilitation Foundation financially supports the ReHabilitation Center, Inc. when no other funding is available.

Through fundraising efforts and generous community support, The Rehabilitation Foundation has been providing much needed medical supplies, equipment and supplemental program funding since 1992.

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Where the Money Goes

ReHab Center program support

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.

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