April 2019  
Million Dollar Shot will
open AIM Golf Tournament 
The fifth annual AIM Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday, May 5 at Elmira Country Club.

The captain-and-crew tournament is AIM's major annual fundraiser.

The tournament will feature The Million Dollar Shot presented by Perry & Carroll, where one player from the field will be randomly selected to take a shot from 165 yards on the 18th hole to win $1 million. Also, any hole-in-one on a par-3 is worth $5,000.

The entry fee is $320 per foursome. To register a team, click  here.

A wide array of sponsorship opportunities are available. To view sponsorship incentives, click  here.

Check-in will begin at noon, with a hot dog, chips and drink provided for lunch. The Million Dollar Shot will be taken at 1 p.m., and tournament play will begin immediately afterward.

Raffle tickets will be sold for $20 at the registration table. Each ticket is guaranteed a prize, and top prizes will include a big-screen TV.

Dinner, raffle prizes and awards will follow the tournament in the clubhouse at Elmira Country Club.

For more information, to register by phone or to sponsor the event, contact John Zick at or (607) 962-8225, ext. 116.
AIM consumer Ron Towsley living independently again after car wreck 
Ron Towsley, who was transitioned from a nursing home back into his own apartment after
a long recovery from a car accident, poses with his Woodhull Raceway Hall of Fame plaque.

A IM is proud of the work we do to transition people out of nursing homes and back into the community. One recent example is Ronald Towsley, who is back to living on his own at the age of 87 after spending two years recovering from a car accident.

A longtime Woodhull resident, Towsley is a veteran and Corning Inc. retiree. He lived next to Woodhull Raceway, and the track has been his passion for many years. He helps owner Ted White run the track and mows the property.
But after he was badly injured in a car accident in February 2017, Towsley had an extended hospital stay. Then he moved to the Steuben Center, a nursing facility in Bath.

Nursing home residents have to be informed they have the option to transition back into the community if they're able; that's where AIM stepped in. We're part of the Open Doors Transition Center Project, a statewide program.

Towsley began working with Cindy Hamilton, a community transitions specialist at AIM, in October of 2017. She spent five months making arrangements to move Towsley out of Steuben Center. He wanted to move back to Woodhull, but his residence wasn't suitable for him anymore, so she needed to find another place.

In May 2018, Hamilton moved Towsley into the Colonial Square Apartments in Painted Post. After setting up a pooled trust and gaining Medicaid eligibility, he was enrolled in AIM's Nursing Home Transition and Diversion (NHTD) program, which coordinates the services Towsley needed to live independently, such as independent living skills training, home-delivered meals, a personal care assistant, and a medical alert device.

Now, after a year of follow-up visits, Towsley has "graduated" from Hamilton's transition program, although he still receives service coordination through AIM.
Towsley says he's comfortable at Colonial Square, and he still goes up to Woodhull Raceway to enjoy the races and help out. 
AIM to offer youth programs and activities this spring and summer 
We've set the dates for our social programs for children and young adults with developmental disabilities this spring and summer. The offerings include social skill clubs, a spring dance, and summer camps.

Here's the lineup:            

Youth Social Skill Club, for ages 14-21, will be held from 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays on April 16, April 23, April 30 and May 7 at the Elmira AIM office, 350 W. Church St. Another session will be held May 14, May 21, May 28 and June 4 at the Corning AIM office, 271 E. First St.

Tween Social Skill Club, for ages 9-13, will be held from 4-6 p.m. Thursdays on April 18, April 25, May 2 and May 9 at the Elmira AIM office. Another session will be held from 4-6 p.m. Thursdays on May 16, May 23, May 30 and June 6 at the Corning AIM office.

The Spring Luau Dance, featuring a DJ, food and games, is set for 6-8 p.m. on Friday, May 31 at the Elmira AIM office. It's for ages 14 and up.

We'll hold summer day camps for youths ages 14-21 in Steuben County (Corning) the week of July 15-19, Schuyler County (Watkins Glen) the week of July 29-Aug. 2, and Chemung County (Elmira) the week of Aug. 12-16. The camps feature many educational and recreational community activities.

We've also added a Tween Summer Camp for ages 9-13. This will be held in Chemung County the week of Aug. 26-30.

These programs are for youths with eligibility for services through the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). For more information or to register, contact AIM's OPWDD Youth Specialist, Amanda Gitchell, at or 962-8225, ext. 210.
Partridge-Hitman selected as
April's Employee of the Month
Congratulations to Julie Partridge-Hitman, who was named AIM's Employee of the Month for April.

She is a benefits advisor who helps people with Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and various Social Security work incentive programs.

"She has been very busy with her consumers and going to Social Security hearings to assist them," a co-worker who nominated her wrote. 

Recent promotions:

- Lori Wheeler, Employment Specialist Supervisor

New hires:
- Craig Ridosh, Chief Financial Officer
- Chris Kirkendall, OPWDD Direct Support Professional
- John Domanski, OPWDD Direct Support Professional
- Sonja Kunath, OPWDD Direct Support Professional 
- Andrew Magoon, Maintenance
- Edward Steinhauer, Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports
- Rebecca Kowal, Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports
- Charles Robinson, NHTD/TBI Service Coordinator
- Jenna Close, NHTD/TBI Service Coordinator

Job openings:

- CDPAS Personal Care Assistants
- OPWDD Self-Hire Staff
- OPWDD Direct Support Professionals
- OPWDD Fiscal Intermediary Specialist
- Peer Support Advocate
- Health Insurance Navigator
- NY Connects Specialist
- NHTD/TBI Service Coordinator
- Community Integration Specialist
- Finance Supervisor
- Accounting Specialist
- Purchasing and Receiving Clerk
- Human Resource Generalist

To view job descriptions and apply, click here.
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