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 May 2019  
AIM to host spring luau dance
AIM will host a spring luau dance party for teens and young adults with developmental disabilities on Friday, May 31.

The dance will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Elmira AIM office, 350 W. Church St.
There will be a Hawaiian theme with a DJ, food and games. The cost to attend is $3.

The party is open to youths ages 14 and older who live at home and have eligibility for services with the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). It is partly funded by OPWDD Family Support Services.

AIM will also offer summer day camps for youths ages 14-21 who have developmental disabilities. 

The camps will be held 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.

For more information or to register for the spring luau dance or the summer day camps, contact AIM Youth Specialist Amanda Gitchell at  agitchell@aimcil.com  or 962-8225, ext. 210. 
AIM Golf Tournament raises $13K
The fifth annual AIM Golf Tournament, held May 5 at Elmira Country Club, drew a field of 22 teams and 92 golfers and raised more than $13,000.

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

The winning team of Bob Gramuglia, Nick Gramuglia, Christian Gramuglia and Corey Marshall turned in a score of 7-under par despite wet conditions, carding a rare double eagle on the 16th hole.

More than two dozen area businesses and organizations generously sponsored the event. Golfers raised additional funds by buying tickets for a raffle featuring a Samsung 4K Ultra HD Smart TV and dozens of other prizes donated by businesses, attractions and professional sports teams. Players could also buy "Puttagains," an extra birdie putt on the par 3s, to support AIM.

Thank you to our  sponsors and prize donors, golfers and all who supported us!
Volunteers sought to advocate
for nursing home residents  
AIM is seeking volunteers for its Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, which serves Steuben and Allegany counties.

Ombudsmen are advocates for people who live in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult care homes.

Volunteer ombudsmen visit long-term care facilities, build relationships with residents, and give them a voice. The volunteers help people understand their rights; address issues that could impact health, safety and quality of life; and investigate complaints.

A state certification training will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on July 18, July 19, July 22, July 23 and July 24 at the Corning AIM office.

After completing training, volunteers can expect to spend about two hours per week on visits. Mileage is reimbursed. 

For more information, contact Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Coordinator Taryn Roloson at  troloson@aimcil.com or 962-8225, ext. 112.
Free workshop on health and 
well-being  offered in Elmira this fall  
AIM will host Living Well in the Community, a workshop on health and well-being for people with disabilities, this fall in Elmira.

The 11-week multi-media workshop will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Thursdays at the Elmira AIM office, 350 W. Church St. It begins Sept. 5 and ends Nov. 14.

The workshop is for ages 18 and older. It is free and open to the community, and participants will receive gift cards.

Topics include goal setting, building supports, healthy reactions, staying on course, healthy communication, seeking information, eating well, physical activity, self-advocacy, and maintaining improvements.

For more information and to register, contact Ileya Heins at  iheins@aimcil.com or 962-8225, ext. 115.

The workshop is funded by a grant from RTC: Rural.
Home care director Jessica Smith named May's Employee of the Month
Congratulations to Jessica Smith, who was named May's Employee of the Month.

Smith is AIM's director of home care services. She supervises Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance Services (CDPAS), the Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly Program (EISEP) and several other home care programs, and oversees a team of four specialists. 

Smith joined AIM in February 2018 and has revamped our home care programs to improve customer service, quality control and relationships with partner agencies.

CDPAS, the largest of AIM's home care programs, serves more than 300 consumers who employ more than 400 personal assistants. This service allows people with disabilities and seniors to choose, train and supervise home aides to assist them and allow them to live independently. 

AIM provides the administrative support that enables this program, including enrollment, hiring personal assistants, Medicaid billing, payroll, and resolving issues.

"We believe that Jessica is a classic example of what the right leadership can do," a letter nominating her stated. "She has built a team that is passionate, informed and loyal to each other and the consumers they serve."

Welcome new hires:
        
- Kelly Murphy, Finance Supervisor
- Cherokee Stratton, NY State of Health IPA/Navigator
- Rhonda Frost, Administrative Assistant
- Megan Herbert, Administrative Assistant

Job openings:

- Chief Information Officer
- Director of Waiver Services
- Director of OPWDD Supports and Services
- Olmstead Housing Subsidy Specialist
- Employment Specialist
- NY Connects IL Specialist
- Housing Service Coordinator
- NHTD/TBI Service Coordinator
- Finance Specialist
- Purchasing and Receiving Clerk
- Human Resource Generalist
- OPWDD Fiscal Intermediary Specialist
- OPWDD Support Broker
- OPWDD Direct Support Professionals 
OPWDD Self-Hire Staff 
- CDPAS Personal Care Assistants

To view job descriptions and apply, click here.
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