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!

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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Recognizing inclusive workplaces

Recognizing inclusive workplaces

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Recognizing inclusive workplaces

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which celebrates people with disabilities in the workplace and raises awareness of the importance of having a diverse and inclusive work environment.

Each year, Community Services nominates a few employers that have gone above and beyond to support the people we serve in their jobs.

Our agency nominated Market In the Square as an exemplary employer for providing a rewarding work experience for Marcus. With the guidance of Collin Rambler, Marcus has been successful in building a transferable work skill set.

Community Services also nominated Target, located on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga. Target has ensured a supportive work environment for Andrea. The staff at Target have been essential to her success as a cashier and customer service representative.

At the start of the pandemic, Target worked with her support staff and job coach to assist Andrea in learning new safety protocols and cleaning guidelines. They also helped her overcome her anxiety and to perform to the best of her ability.

We are so thankful to the staff at Market In the Square and Target for their commitment to those we support and to providing an inclusive workplace!

Getting ready to shoot some pool

Getting ready to shoot some pool

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Getting ready to shoot some pool

Our Specialized Day Hab recently put together their new pool table at 1377 Abbott, which was purchased with a mini-grant. The group wanted to purchase a new table because the old one needed replacing and it is an activity that many of the participants enjoy. Our Specialized Day Hab Team have created lessons around the game of pool to build skills in teamwork, fairness, principle and more. The group was very excited to help put the table together and are ready to shoot some pool!

A man we support holds a piece of the pool table to help assemble it
An employee and a man we support use a drill to screw pieces of the pool table together
A DSP and two men we support help put together a pool table
A man we support moves an almost finished pool table

Celebrating the end of summer

Celebrating the end of summer

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Celebrating the end of summer

Our day programs spent the last few days of summer weather enjoying tasty treats. Our wonderful friends at Out of the Blue WNY donated ice cream treats to our day programs to help celebrate the end of summer. All of the ice cream treats were individually wrapped so everyone could enjoy them safely. Our program participants even made signs to show their thanks for the delicious desserts. Thank you Out of the Blue for bringing smiles to so many faces!

A man we support enjoys an ice cream treat
A woman we support holds up a thank you sign for the ice cream treats
A man we support gets ready to eat his ice cream bar
A man we support holds up a thank you sign

Welcoming back day programs

Welcoming back day programs

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Welcoming back day programs

In late July, we were very excited to welcome all of our friends back to our day programs!

After nearly five months of quarantine and social distancing, people were able to see their friends and staff members for the first time.

Everyone was greeted by decorative signs and balloons to welcome them back to programs. People were able to participate in fun activities, crafts and spend some time outside catching up with friends all while wearing masks and following safety guidelines.

We are so thrilled to be getting back into the swing of things and to see everyone’s faces! Thank you to our staff for getting everything prepared for our programs’ return and for continuing to follow all guidelines to ensure everyone remains healthy.