Intake Specialist’s Persistence Pays Off

Christina Pagan has worked with Luz, a 53-year-old woman from Puerto Rico for nearly a year. Luz has an intellectual disability and has lived with family her entire life. When her mother passed away last year, Luz was placed in the care of her brother. It has been difficult for him to provide long-term assistance because of his own pressing health needs. The … Read More

A New Home for April

April was very unhappy living in an Individual Residential Alternative (IRA) home that was a poor fit for her needs. Care Coordinator Jenna Benjamin advocated for her, helping April identify a new place to live. With Jenna’s support and coordination, April moved into a new IRA during the month of April! While moving in the midst of a pandemic presented obstacles and challenges, it was ultimately worthwhile. “It took … Read More

Mallory Lends a Helping Hand

Mallory is selling handmade bracelets for $5 to raise money for Fantastic Friends of WNY, a social organization for people of all abilities! The bracelets will be sold through November 1st. Mallory accepts cash or checks by mail at 11 N. Roberts Road, Dunkirk, NY 14048 for orders, and customers are able to choose their own colors. Jessica Pietrkiewicz helps support Mallory’s goals … Read More

Jake Gets Behind the Wheel

Since Jake was a little boy, he enjoyed driving lawn mowers and anything that allowed him to get behind the wheel. As a child, he drove Power Wheels vehicles and even owned a gas-powered go-kart! As soon as Jake turned 16, he went to the DMV and obtained his permit. After this step, Megan, a Care Coordinator at Person Centered … Read More

Person Centered Spotlight: Meet Stephen

Growing up, Stephen Siracusa was your typical, active child: running around on the playground with friends, playing soccer, and dreaming of being in the NFL someday. As Stephen grew older he became clumsier and slower. While doctors said it was just a phase, Stephen and his mother searched for answers. At the age of 12, Stephen was diagnosed with Friedreich … Read More

John the Custom Woodworker

John posing next to the wood lade in his workshop in front of a wall of other tools.

John Siradas has his own custom woodworking business where he creates one-of-a-kind items. As a custom craftsman, John makes and sells products such as pens, bottle stoppers, pepper mills, ice cream scoops, bowls and lamps. These items can take anywhere from an hour to a whole day to create. “His pieces are phenomenal and unique,” says Leigh Colangelo, a Care … Read More

Person Centered Spotlight: Meet Dustyn

Dustyn, an aspiring sports broadcaster and junior at Allegany-Limestone Central School, had the opportunity to shadow Joe Buscaglia, sports reporter for Channel 7 News in Buffalo, NY. After meeting and impressing Shane Costa, a certified sports agent and Allegany-Limestone alumni, during an interview, Costa offered to set Dustyn up with Buscaglia for a day of job shadowing at WKBW. A … Read More

Person Centered Spotlight: Meet Richard

Everyone dreams of being an Olympian at some point in their life. For Richard, his dream was no different, and that dream became a reality in 2017 when he joined the Special Olympics New York – Western Region soccer team. When Krista Brairton, Richard’s care coordinator at Person Centered Services, began working with Richard in 2017, he had already made … Read More