Austin Raises More Than $11K for Charity

For over ten years, Heather Johnson, a Care Coordinator at Person Centered Services, has helped empower Austin and his family. As someone with a giving heart, Austin has long held a passion for raising money for the Ronald McDonald House. He began fundraising about four years ago and has completed an annual fundraising event each year to coincide with the … Read More

Tinnias Finds the Perfect Apartment

Martinnias “Tinnias” Hardy has long been a caring neighbor and friend to all who know him in the Lackawanna community. With the support of his employer and job coach, he has maintained employment at an area restaurant for 25 years. This year, Person Centered Services was proud to help him reach his goal of living more independently! Care Coordinator Hillary … Read More

Leanne Shares Her Perspectives in a Renowned Magazine

Leanne Strong is an accomplished writer who has published six articles in Autism Parenting Magazine! Her work offers an insider’s perspective on topics that impact people with autism. Leanne’s most recent article, “Reporting vs Tattling: Teaching Kids With Autism When to Tell a Trusted Adult,” was featured in Autism Parenting Magazine’s latest issue. Autism Parenting Magazine has been praised by author … Read More

James Embraces a New Life

For a long time, James lived in his parents’ home and relied on their support. He did not know what the next step in his life should be. James participated in Supported Employment services, but had yet to find a job that fit. Care Coordinator Laurie Bush helped James pursue a more fulfilling and independent life. She transitioned him from … Read More

The Swanson Family Brightens the Lives of Their Neighbors

Some families go the extra mile to support their communities and advocate for the needs of people with developmental disabilities! Person Centered Services is proud to offer Care Coordination to one such family in the Orchard Park area. The Swansons have three children with autism, two of whom receive Care Coordination support from our company. Prior to COVID-19, Care Coordinators … Read More

Seeing a Case to the Finish Line

In 2016, Care Coordinator Shannon Thomas began working with Michael, a man who hoped to become more independent. Michael wanted a job, but needed to develop more life skills to reach this goal. Shannon reviewed different options for him and his family. He agreed to attend counseling to learn skills that helped his growth immensely. With Shannon’s encouragement, Michael obtained … Read More

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