Staff deliver Thanksgiving meals

to Open Doors participants

AIM staff delivered the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal and other goodies to people who we’ve recently helped transition out of nursing homes.
The care package went to 12 people who recently transitioned out of nursing homes with the assistance of AIM’s Open Doors program, and are now living in their own homes in the community.
Andy Zick, coordinator of AIM’s Community Nutrition Program, supplied fresh ground turkey, instant potatoes, stuffing mix, green beans, corn, pumpkin, cranberries, fruit cocktail, butter and cream of mushroom soup.
The Community Nutrition Program is a food pantry that provides free delivery service to people who are unable to pick up their orders.
Nicole Cansdale and Sara Rockwell-Smith from the Open Doors program added pecan and pumpkin mini-pies, hard candies, handmade pot holders, hand sanitizers and tissues and delivered the tote bags to people in Chemung, Steuben and Allegany counties on Friday.

AIM to host Zoom presentation

on Fair Pay for Home Care Act

AIM will host an informational session about the Fair Pay for Home Care Act at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 8 via Zoom.
The Fair Pay for Home Care Act is a bill that would raise wages for all home care workers in New York state to 150% of minimum wage.
The goal of the legislation is to address a severe shortage of home care workers, which is the key to allowing people with disabilities to live safely at home and avoid nursing home placement.
AIM and other independent living centers across the state support the Fair Pay for Home Care Act. The bill will be considered by the New York State Legislature during negotiations for next year’s state budget. The budget session begins in January in Albany.
Join us on Dec. 8 to learn the details of the legislation, how it would benefit home care workers and people with disabilities, the potential economic benefits, and how you can support passage of the bill.
To RSVP and receive the Zoom link to join, contact Outreach Specialist and Systems Advocate Derrick Ek at or (607) 962-8225, ext. 134.

Holiday activities for youths

offered both in-person, via Zoom

AIM will holiday youth programs in December for kids and teens who have developmental disabilities.
We’re offering activities via Zoom and also in-person with masks and social distancing at the Elmira AIM office, located at 350 West Church Street, Elmira.
December’s schedule for teens ages 14 and up includes “Frosty the Snowman and Mr. Grinch” from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9 on Zoom (RSVP by Dec. 5); “Create and Decorate,” from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16 on Zoom (RSVP by Dec. 10); and “Reindeer Games,” from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 23 at the Elmira AIM office(RSVP by Dec. 17).
The programs for ages 13 and under include “Take Flight Craft Activity” from 4-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at the Elmira AIM office (RSVP by Dec. 3); “Create and Decorate” from 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14 on Zoom (RSVP by Dec. 10); and Movie Night featuring “Elf,” 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at the Elmira AIM office (RSVP by Dec. 17).
These programs are offered through AIM’s OPWDD Family Support Services Program. Participants must live at home and have OPWDD eligibility. To register and receive supplies for the activities in advance, contact Youth Program Specialist Morgan Orcutt at (607) 962-8225, ext. 240.

Employee Spotlight: Max Birkett

Max Birkett, AIM’s OPWDD Broker Coordinator, is featured in our Employee Spotlight for November. 
As a support broker, Birkett helps individuals with developmental disabilities and their families plan and budget for the self-directed services they’ll receive through the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.
“He has great relationships with the people he works with,” a coworker who nominated Birkett for the Employee Spotlight wrote. “Recently, one of his participants was faced with multiple medical issues, and issues at home. Max was always there for his daily call with her, and if he didn’t get that call, was tracking her down to ensure her safety and well-being.”
November staff anniversaries
  • Darlene Hawxhurst, Community Advocate (13 years)
  • Nick Moffe, Director of Peer Support Services (3 years)
  • LaTrisha Gaboriault, Olmstead Housing Subsidy Specialist (2 years)
  • Hannah Prunier, Executive Assistant (1 year)
New hires
  • Bryce Vandewark, Delivery Driver, Community Nutrition Program
Current job openings
  • Service Coordination Supervisor
  • Employment Specialist
  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Benefits Advisor
  • Veterans Advocate
  • Intake and Outreach Specialist (Home Care)
  • Administrative Specialist (Home Care)
  • Personal Assistants (Home Care)
  • Independent Living Skills Trainer
  • OPWDD Self-Hire Staff
To view benefits, job descriptions and apply online, visit
AIM will be closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (Nov. 24-26) for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen our offices at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 29. For more information, call (607) 962-8225.