Making strides toward achieving goals

Making strides toward achieving goals

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Making strides toward achieving goals

​Our Community Habilitation Team has helped several people they support become more independent within the last few months. From finding new homes to the freedom of getting their driver’s licenses, people we support are achieving their goals!

Managers and staff have helped multiple people move to new homes. They have moved throughout the community  to better areas, desired homes and more financially attractive locations. Our Community Hab Team has also continued to support people in looking at apartments. They have helped with filling out paperwork and applications, and making new community connections.

Staff are also assisting individuals in getting their driver’s permits as well as their driver’s licenses and vehicles for some.

Congratulations to those we support on achieving your goals! Thank you to our Community Hab Team for helping those we support make these strides toward independence!

A picture of a person we support opening the door to their new home
A picture of a person holding key to their new home
A person we support holding up their driver's permit

Virtual Rockin’ with Every1 fundraiser a success

Virtual Rockin’ with Every1 fundraiser a success

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Virtual Rockin’ with Every1 fundraiser a success

Our second Rockin’ with Every1 event certainly looked a little different this year, but the amazing support from the community remained the same! Due to the pandemic, we held a virtual fundraiser with a free live concert that participants could stream and a digital silent auction. Local band The Strictly Hip played a live show at Lakeward Spirits and viewers were able to place bids on some wonderful prizes, such as a trip to Italy.

Funds raised from the event will go directly toward enhancing our services and supporting the people we serve. We would like to thank our platinum sponsor Parkview Health Services, our gold sponsor Northwest Bank, our silver sponsor M&T Bank, and our bronze sponsors Wegmans, Independent Health, KeyBank, and Rusiniak’s. We would also like to thank all our generous donors, community partners, The Strictly Hip and Ripe Audio for making this event possible!

A picture of The Strictly Hip playing a virtual concert

Spreading cheer during the season of giving

Spreading cheer during the season of giving

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Spreading cheer during the season of giving

One of our Northtowns residential sites is getting into the season of spreading cheer and giving thanks!

Recently, the boys made special Thanksgiving cards, using their handprints to make turkeys and markers to write cheerful messages inside.

The cards will be delivered to local nursing home residents in the hopes that they make their holiday a little brighter this year.

Thank you to everyone at Continental for making this possible and for helping to make this Thanksgiving a special one for so many!

A collage of boys we support making Thanksgiving cards for nursing homes

Halloween party brings spooky fun

Halloween party brings spooky fun

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Halloween party brings spooky fun

Our Community Based Day Habilitation Team have been getting ready for Halloween and recently celebrated with a costume party! Everyone came ready to have some fun, dressed in their costumes and Halloween apparel. They helped make spooky crafts and decorations to hang around the room, enjoyed a nice lunch and participated in fun Halloween activities. There was also a costume contest where everyone got to vote for their favorite costume, with the winner receiving a prize. Thanks to our staff for organizing this event!

A man we support is dressed like a priest for Halloween
A woman we support holds up a Halloween picture that she colored
A woman we support is dressed as a princess for Halloween

Federal funding announced to assist survivors of domestic violence

Federal funding announced to assist survivors of domestic violence

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Federal funding announced to assist survivors of domestic violence

Congressman Brian Higgins joined Community Services for Every1 and the Family Justice Center to announce two federal grants from the Department of Justice totaling $875,000 earlier this month.

The first grant, totaling $550,000, provides resources for transitional housing and support services for individuals escaping domestic violence. The second grant, in the amount of $325,000, supports WNY’s first ever domestic violence program designed to help survivors with a disability.

The Transitional Housing Grant will provide housing and services for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. Grant funds for our Victim Assistance Program will focus on providing person-centered services assisting each individual’s needs on a case by case basis. Supports will include rent and utility assistance, case management, safety planning, childcare, counseling, support groups, legal assistance and more.

Our Victim Assistance Program is the first of its kind in WNY to specialize in providing services to people with an intellectual or developmental disability who are survivors of domestic violence. People with a disability are three times more likely to experience domestic violence or abuse in their lifetime than someone who does not have a disability.

Community Services and the Family Justice Center discovered that the region was lacking in the appropriate resources to help survivors with a disability, so they formed the collaboration known as HOPE of WNY. With the help of these two grants, HOPE of WNY will be able to assist even more survivors in getting the help they need.

For individuals who may have been victims of domestic violence, Community Services and the Family Justice Center can provide assistance by contacting 716-558-SAFE.

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