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Pictured left to right: Michele Dier, Jenna Carroll, Lorne Santoro, Bri Carroll and Romany Giove

JOB TRAINING NEWS

Polo Ralph Lauren Family Brings Cheer to Empower Day Program

Pictured left to right: Michele, Jenna Carroll, Lorne Santoro, Bri Carroll and Romany Giove

Pictured left to right: Michele Dier, Jenna Carroll, Lorne Santoro, Bri Carroll and Romany Giove

Empower’s Job Training and Day Program staff would like to express their sincere appreciation to the Polo Ralph Lauren store for their generosity throughout the year.  Store Manager, Romany Giove and her elves visited Empower on holidays throughout the year, bringing with them yummy treats.  At Christmas, two individuals received coats, boots, gloves, sneakers, pajamas, socks, slippers, purses, book bags, hygiene products and arts and crafts supplies.  Thank you, Romany and your elves for brightening our year with your cheer.

Employer Spotlight: C&W Services

Empower employment counselors, Jennifer Burns (left) and Mike Marra (right) present Robert Gordon (middle), C&W Services District Manager, with the Employer of the Year award in October

Empower employment counselors, Jennifer Burns (left) and Mike Marra (right) present Robert Gordon (middle), C&W Services District Manager, with the Employer of the Year award in October

C&W Services is an integrated facility provider that employs five individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.  Each worker is supported by an Empower employment counselor who helps them gain job skills and find a job that matches their interests and abilities.  After being hired, workers and their coaches continue to meet biweekly for ongoing coaching and follow-along support.

Established in 2010, the partnership between Empower and C & W Services has been strong and mutually beneficial. Workers earn a wage, feel proud and self-sufficient and meet many people. C & W Services and their clients enjoy clean spaces thanks to the hard work of individuals who are conscientious and pleasant to be around.

C & W Services received the Exceptional Employer Award in October in honor of its collaboration with Empower and the individuals it supports.

2 NEW BUSES GRANTED TO EMPOWER

Empower received 2 new trucks through the FTA Section 5310 Grant program

Empower received 2 new buses through the FTA Section 5310 Grant program

Empower’s Job Training and Day Program division recently received two new buses thanks to a grant funded by the United States Department of Transportation and by the Federal Transit Administration.  With the addition of these vehicles, Day Program participants can go on more community outings, and be transported to and from the Day Program, which is critical to those who live more than three quarters of a mile from a bus route and therefore cannot use public transportation.

Tree Decorated for Festival of Trees

Like the Children’s Academy, Empower’s job training and day program division also participated in the Power Vista’s Festival of Trees with this beautifully-decorated tree.

Job training/day program division contributed a beatifully decorate tree to the Power Authority's Festival of Trees

Job training/day program division contributed this lovely tree to the Power Authority’s Festival of Trees

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SPECTRUM THEATER PROGRAM OVERVIEW

In 2016, Empower began offering theater workshops to improve social skills in children, ages 7 to 15, who have autism spectrum disorder.  Students have the option of registering with a sibling or friend. Preference is given to Niagara County residents.

Autism services coordinator, Robin Stevens, meets with students and their families to get to know them and to determine program goals based on needs and interests.  This information is used to customize lessons and measure program effectiveness.

Over the course of 10 weeks, acting instructor, Brianna Lanoye, leads students through group and individual exercises focusing on gestures, eye contact, voice projection,  leadership, listening to each others’ perspectives and improvisational skills.

Students showcase their hard work in a final performance attended by family and friends.
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Information on Empower, Intellectual/Developmental Disability Fact & Trend Sheets

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