Adam Riemer was recently hired as the NY Connects coordinator at AIM. The agency will soon begin offering NY Connects services as part of a statewide initiative to help people access information about long-term supports and services.
Q: Tell us a little bit about your background and what led you to AIM.
A: I've spent the past five years working in human services with veterans at the Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester, in both a housing and employment environment for homeless and at-risk veterans. Wanting to branch out and take the next step in my career, as well as be closer to my significant other, I researched organizations in Elmira and came across AIM. After seeing what AIM had to offer for individuals with disabilities and all the great work that is done in the region, I believed AIM to be a perfect place to take the next step in my career path. Upon viewing their need for the NY Connects coordinator position, it was the move up the ladder that I was looking for, so that certainly helped a lot as well!
Q: Tell us about NY Connects and AIM's role in the program.
A: NY Connects is a program that links regional organizations together in a No Wrong Door system. It will take away the cold and often times discouraging act of passing an individual around with no true guidance through a specific system. It will be a one-stop shop, so to speak, where an individual can call in to a general toll-free number, stop into the office, or even have a site visit where a specialist will discuss specific options for what their issue is and guide them in the right direction, assisting along the way as much as possible. AIM's role will be working with the NY Connects teams of Chemung, Schulyer, Steuben and Livingston counties, and to be the disability specialists, while also assisting with general inquiries.
Q: What has it been like to launch a new program here at AIM?
A: It is both rewarding and challenging. The good thing is that I have full support and understanding from my directors as well as fantastic working relationships with our partnering counties. The program is still in its building stage, so we're not ready to go live yet, but with the support around me and ability to create and build the program has been and is a wonderful experience. Thankfully, I also had excellent mentors at the Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester that prepared me for such a task.
Q: What are some of the rewarding aspects of the job?
A: So far it's been the reward of accomplishment of what I've done so far. Again, this is an intricate program with a lot of moving parts, so the base that I am continuing to build has been the reward.
Q: What do you like to do outside of work?
A: I golf whenever I can. I'm not necessarily good at it, but as the late, great Leslie Nielsen stated: "I don't play golf to feel bad. I play bad golf, but I feel good!" I am also an avid soccer (football!) fan, specifically Manchester United and watch them play (sometimes very early mornings) as much as I possibly can.