REMEMBERING TRACEY BYRD
Tracey Byrd, who worked in Empower’s Community Housing division for almost twenty years, passed away suddenly in March. Tracey had a radiant smile and loving demeanor that put everyone she encountered instantly at ease. Watching her interact with residents, it was clear Tracey loved them and they loved her because she took the time to get to know them and supported them in attaining what was most important to them. In this way, Tracy embodied Empower’s core values of dignity, excellence, leadership, accountability and collaboration.
Tracey’s family held a balloon launch in April to remember her.
CELEBRATING AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH WITH FUNDRAISER
In recognition of Autism Awareness Month and to raise funds for Empower’s autism programming, Robin Stevens held an event at Niagara Active Hose on Saturday, April 22. The event consisted of a vendor fair, basket auction and food truck. Further, throughout April, the Village Bakeshop in Lewiston sold a special cookie iced in blue to denote autism and $1 of each cookie sold was donated back to Empower. Over $500 was raised. Many thanks to those who came out!
ERIC CIRRITO PROFILED IN LIVING THE VALUES NOMINEE VIDEO
In February, Eric Cirrito, a direct service professional at the Ward Rd. residence, was nominated for the value of accountability as part of the Living the Values monthly staff nomination program. Eric ensures the individuals he supports have what they need to live their best lives. Congratulations, Eric!
IMPROVEMENTS COMPLETE AT MAPLETON AND STEELE CIRCLE
Mapleton got a beautiful new walk-in shower, thanks to an $10,000 investment by the Board of Directors. This improvement makes bathing easier while protecting the floors in other parts of the house.
Steele Circle got all new flooring throughout, ensuring residents have pleasant looking surroundings.