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Coalition Celebrates One-Stop Human Service Center: Unique Location Serves Buffalo’s Far East Side

By December 21, 2021No Comments

Buffalo, NY – NYS Senator Tim Kennedy, NYS Assembly member Crystal Peoples-Stokes, and Keri Neifeld, Acting Commissioner of the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) are among the community leaders who will celebrate the official grand opening of the Care Management Coalition of WNY’s collaborative space at its unique one-stop facility, 1021 Broadway on Tuesday, November 30 at 10:00am.

“The John R. Oishei Foundation was pleased to be an early supporter of this project, which hinged on the collaborative nature of the agencies, funders and partners involved. With a belief in shared space, shared resources and shared programming, the leaders of this unique initiative set out to provide comprehensive and convenient support for families. We look forward to celebrating their success,” Esther Annan, Program Officer at The John R. Oishei Foundation.

The Care Management Coalition of WNY’s (CMC) collaborative space is comprised of 11 local human service agencies, each serving specific populations, sharing an accessible workspace in a high-need area in Buffalo’s urban core.

Located on the fourth and fifth floors of 1021 Broadway in Buffalo, upstairs from Jericho Road Community Health Center’s Broadway Clinic, member organizations include Algonquin Sports for Kids, Buffalo Urban League NY Project Hope, Center for Self-Advocacy, EPIC – Every Person Influences Children, Learning Disabilities Association of WNY, Mental Health Advocates of WNY, NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Parent Network of WNY, Project Play, Self-Advocacy Association of NYS, and Spectrum Health and Human Services.

Locating offices and satellite services in one key location makes care and referral more accessible to clients who seek out multiple services and who may have transportation challenges. Additionally, agencies partner together on training, outreach and program delivery, providing for costs savings and comprehensive service offerings.

The CMC’s collaborative space opened its doors in October 2020; strict adherence to COVID protocol limited access until Spring of 2021.

Also attending the celebration are Robert Gioia, President of The John R. Oishei Foundation, Elizabeth Gurney, Executive Director of Corporate Philanthropy for KeyBank and Executive Director of the First Niagara Foundation, and Tracy Sawicki, Executive Director of The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation, along with other community leaders.

Funding for the collaborative was provided by The John R. Oishei Foundation, Key Bank/First Niagara Foundation, The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation, Live Well Erie, NYS OPWDD, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, The James H. Cummings Foundation, Patrick P. Lee Foundation, Garman Family Foundation, Western New York Foundation, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, and Prizm.

The Care Management Coalition of Western New York, Inc. is a collaborative network providing a wide range of human services to individuals and families while improving organizations and systems.