Graduation Day!

Graduation Day!

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Graduation Day!

Samer, a resident at one our Northtowns sites, recently achieved a huge milestone. Samer graduated from Autism Services Inc. (ASI) in late June, a goal he has been working for a long time.

To celebrate this moment, ASI hosted a drive-up graduation ceremony for each graduate. Teachers and staff from ASI were there with signs to welcome Samer and his staff when they arrived. Samer wore his cap and gown and was presented with his diploma. He was able to pose for graduation pictures in a specially decorated tent. Our staff also made congratulatory signs and decorated their van to celebrate Samer on his special day.

We are so proud of Samer’s hard work and all that he has achieved. Congratulations, Samer!

Samer received his diploma during his graduation ceremony.
Samer poses with his teachers and Community Services staff as they hold up signs of support and congratulations.
Samer receives a photo collage as part of his graduation ceremony.

Celebrating Disability Pride

Celebrating Disability Pride

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Celebrating Disability Pride

July is Disability Pride Month!

Community Services LOVES celebrating every1 for who they are and where they are at all months of the year, but July is special to us! We welcome any chance to celebrate our wonderfully diverse disability community.

So in July, we celebrate people of ALL abilities! And we bring attention to the progress made for equality and accessibility and the work that still needs to be done. While we celebrate the 31st anniversary of the passage of the ADA this year, we also remember that we have work to do to make the world accessible to all.

Happy Disability Pride Month!

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Welcoming golfers back on the course

Welcoming golfers back on the course

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Welcoming golfers back on the course

Despite a little rain, our 8th Annual Chipping in for Community Services Golf Tournament was another success this year! We were thrilled to welcome golfers back to the beautiful Wanakah Country Club to hit the links and enjoy a nice dinner in the evening.
 
We would like to thank our Platinum Sponsor Parkview Health Services; our Gold Sponsor USI; our Silver Sponsor M&T Bank; and our Bronze Sponsors Allied Mechanical, Carmina Wood Morris DPC, Edgemere Development, Inc., Independent Health, KeyBank, and Rusiniak’s. We would also like to thank our wonderful volunteers for helping to make this a successful event!
 
Funds raised during the event will go directly to our programs to provide enhanced supports and new opportunities for the people we serve. Thank you to everyone for their generosity and support of our mission and the people we serve!

Foundation Board welcomes new members

Foundation Board welcomes new members

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Foundation Board welcomes new members

The Community Services Support Foundation Board recently inducted Mike Kelly, Kaitlin Sines and Tom Waters to its Board of Directors.
 
Mike is the CFO and VP of Finance at New View Alliance/Gateway, and he actively participates in a number of professional memberships. He serves on the board of directors at Community Connections of Buffalo (CCNY) and the Health and Wellness Insurance Consortium (HWIC). Mike is the past president of the Buffalo Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. He holds a Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and is a graduate member of Leadership Buffalo among several other associations.
 
Kaitlin is an associate attorney at Gibson, McAskill & Crosby LLP in Buffalo. She recently graduated from the University of Buffalo Law School and also has her Master’s Degree in Public Administration. While in school, she was very active in the legal arena, including clerkships in both the City of Buffalo and Erie County law departments. In addition, she worked as a student attorney in two legal clinics, the Community Justice Clinic and the Civil Liberties and Transparency Clinic. Kaitlin also participated in the Student Ambassador Program and was a teaching assistant.
 
Tom is a senior private client advisor at Wilmington Trust, providing wealth management advice to high-net-worth individuals and families, institutions, foundations and endowments throughout Western New York. He has more than two decades of experience working in the institutional asset management industry. Tom holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 securities licenses and has authored various research and white papers.
 
We welcome Mike, Kaitlin and Tom to the board and look forward to working with them!
Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly

Board Member

Kaitlin Sines

Kaitlin Sines

Board Member

Tom Waters

Tom Waters

Board Member

Celebrating Pride Month!

Celebrating Pride Month!

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Celebrating Pride Month!

Celebrating Pride Month June 2021

Diversity and inclusion have been at the core of our Agency’s mission for many years.  This month we celebrate our support for employees and the people who receive our services that are part of the LGBTQ+ community. The Agency is proud to be an ally of the LGBTQ+ community.  An Ally is a person who supports the
self-advocacy, equality, respect and equal treatment of all people.

The best way to start getting involved is to visit https://buffaloprideweek.com/events/month/. You will find various free events to attend both in person, and virtually in the Erie and Niagara County area!

Quality pay for quality care

Quality pay for quality care

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Quality pay for quality care

Our industry is in crisis. Many businesses have experienced firsthand the shortage of workers in today’s economy; however, when we are short staffed, the disabled community suffers tremendously. Our current employees are putting in extra hours and fighting to make ends meet. And while it is heroic and necessary, it shouldn’t be. This is where mistakes can happen and crisis begins.

On May 24, Community Services for Every1 joined its Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York (DDAWNY) peers to sound the alarm to New York State. We are no longer asking for funds, we are demanding a living wage that is just and equal to the work that is required. Our industry has not seen a fair adjustment in over a decade, all while legislators fight for a higher wage for fast food workers – a wage higher than what they allocate for our direct support professionals. It’s discriminatory and unjust.

This crisis isn’t going away without the State’s intervention. Until we see change, this movement is only the beginning. We ask our friends, followers, and supporters to join us in sounding the alarm. We are in crisis. Please help us! Call on the Governor and ask your State Representatives for a 35% increase for direct support professionals. We need to start providing quality pay for quality care!

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