Connection
June 2017  
AIM to partner with CDS on accessible housing in Elmira
 
AIM Executive Director René Snyder speaks at the announcement of CDS Housing's $12 million affordable housing community in Elmira for seniors and people with developmental disabilities.
 
An affordable housing community for seniors and people with developmental disabilities on Elmira's Southside is expected to break ground this fall.

CDS Housing, based in the Rochester area, has secured the $11.87 million in funding needed for the project. AIM is partnering with CDS Housing, and will have staff on site to coordinate support services for residents with developmental disabilities.

The 50-unit apartment complex will be open to income-eligible seniors age 55 and older, people with developmental disabilities and veterans. The apartments will be built on a former athletics field at 950 Maple Ave. Amenities will include a fitness center, community room and computer lab.

The project was funded in part by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. Ten of the apartments will be reserved for people with developmental disabilities. AIM will provide Medicaid service coordination, individualized person-centered planning and health education lectures and seminars, among other services.

"This project is exactly what the disability community in our area needs," AIM Independent Living Center Executive Director René Snyder said. "The lack of affordable, accessible housing is one of the most significant barriers to independent living, and this project will ensure that more seniors and individuals with developmental disabilities have the opportunity to live integrated lives in the community. And while this development will feature independent-living apartments, AIM will have an office on site to help residents with their service needs.

"Also, we're excited to bring new development to the city of Elmira. This project will create a beautiful property that everyone in the area can be proud of."

Construction is anticipated to begin in fall 2017 and is expected to be completed in fall of 2018. Applications will be accepted beginning in spring 2018.
AIM Golf Tournament raises $11K
A team from YWCA Elmira and the Twin Tiers poses for a photo on the par-3 No. 15 at Elmira Country Club during the AIM Golf Tournament on May 21.
 
The third annual AIM Golf Tournament drew 21 teams to Elmira Country Club on May 21 and raised approximately $11,000.

Proceeds will go toward AIM's programs and services for people with disabilities.

Despite being postponed from May 7 to May 21, the tournament drew 21 teams and 84 players. In addition to paying their entry fees, the players supported AIM by purchasing raffle tickets, entered the skins contest, and buying "Puttagains," or bonus putts, on the par 3s. They enjoyed dinner at the country club afterward and won raffle prizes that included tickets to Disney World and a 55-inch TV.

After dinner, the players then headed out to the 18 th green to watch the Perry & Carroll Million Dollar Shot. One of the players had been randomly selected to take a shot for a million bucks from 165 yards. He put a nice shot on the green, but didn't sink the ace.

AIM would like to again thank all its tournament sponsors: Perry & Carroll; Everything Medical; Haughey Funeral Home; Ray Jewelers; Bryans & Gramuglia CPAs; Finger Lakes Urgent Care; Chilson-Wilcox; Community Bank; Hunt Engineers, Architects and Surveyors; Chemung Canal Trust Co.; and Valicenti Advisory Services.

AIM is already making plans for its fourth annual tournament in spring 2018.
Meet Our Staff: Adam Riemer
Adam Riemer at his desk in the Elmira AIM office.

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. 
AIM to host money-management class 
AIM Independent Living Center will host a free class, Basic Budgeting and Credit Repair, on Thursday, June 29 in Elmira and Corning.

The money-management class will be led by Kurt Bartenstein of Empower Federal Credit Union, and will be offered from 10 a.m.-noon at AIM's Elmira office, 350 W. Church St., and from 1-3 p.m. at AIM's Corning office at 271 E. First St.

Educational materials will be provided, and there will be giveaways. The public is welcome.

For details, call Shawna Leonard at 962-8225, Ext. 225.
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