Communication & development

Fourth Annual Living the Values Luncheon

Almost all of Empower’s services happen in collaboration with community leaders and other organizations. For example, the Steps to Work program that we carry out at Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District is helping students succeed because of Lisa Lindamer, a school counselor there who coordinates the program and offers students encouragement. We honor folks like Lisa every year at our Living the Values luncheon. It is our way of publicly recognizing their support and celebrating them.

At this year’s event held on October 25, we honored Lisa and four other people and organizations that live our values of excellence, accountability, inclusion, dignity and leadership. To learn more about each awardee, view their videos here.

2019 Annual Appeal: Your donation makes a real difference in the lives of people Empower supports

Watch your mail for our annual appeal and please respond by giving generously. Your support enables Empower to continue to help people like Anthony to live the lives they choose. Anthony is an aspiring entrepreneur who wants to open a coffee shop and employ others who like him have a disability. Empower obtained a grant to enable Anthony to attend Leadership Niagara, and develop the leadership skills needed to start a business. Empower also obtained a grant to cover start-up expenses associated with a new job training program in which workers like Anthony who have an interest in a career in food service gain hands-on experience, serving coffee and snacks to members of the community. Your support makes these activities possible and creates more opportunities for people like Anthony. To make an online contribution, please click here.

Internal Awards Dinner

Several Empower administrative staff, including its Chief Executive Officer Jeff Paterson, were recognized at our internal awards dinner for their years of service.

Sandy Strzelczyk-Bush Receives CP Award

Sandy Strzelczyk (right) was administration's choice for this year's CP State award

Sandy Strzelczyk (right) was administration’s choice for this year’s CP State award

Sandy Strzelczyk-Bush was recognized at Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State conference. Strzelczyk has worked for Empower for 24 years, coordinating the billing for our services. She is very humble and does not seek recognition for her hard work which is all the more reason to shine the light on her enormous contribution to Empower and the people we support. Thank you, Sandy, and congratulations.