May 2020  


Grant, donations help AIM provide PPE to direct care workers 

Because of grant funding and donations, AIM was recently able to provide a shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE) to our direct care workers.

These supplies were purchased with the help of a $15,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes’ COVID-19 Unity Response Fund, which is a partnership with the Corning Foundation, the Triangle Fund and the United Way of the Southern Tier.

We also had supplies donated by the county emergency services offices in Steuben, Chemung and Tioga counties.

The supplies were issued to the personal assistants in our Consumer-Directed Personal Assistance Services (CDPAS) home care program, and the direct support staff in our Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) programs.

Each direct care worker received masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and a printed COVID-19 resource page.

Thank you to our community partners for the grant funding and generous donations. And thank you to our direct care workers for continuing to perform vital jobs during this challenging time.

AIM peer mentors helping with
Open Doors program in NYC

Two AIM advocates are mentoring people in the New York City area who are planning to transition out of nursing homes and back into the community.

Darlene Hawxhurst and Rick Johns are peer mentors in AIM’s Open Doors program, which helps people transition.

As part of the process, Open Doors uses peer mentors who have lived in an institutional setting then transitioned to receiving home- and community-based services. The peer mentors share their experiences with others who are interesting in transitioning.

Open Doors is a statewide program led by the New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL). There has been high demand for this program during the COVID-19 public health emergency, especially in the New York City area.

As a result, NYAIL needed extra peer mentors for New York City, and asked Hawxhurst and Johns to do peer mentoring by phone, talking to people about what to expect and offering reassurances.

Hawxhurst is AIM’s community advocate and Johns is an AIM board member. They have been involved with the Open Doors program since it began at AIM.

Recovery Peer Advocate involved in Steuben County opioid initiative 

Brandon Beuter, AIM’s recovery peer advocate, is involved with a regional initiative to combat opiate abuse.

As a certified recovery peer advocate, Beuter uses a combination of lived experience and professional training to help others in recovery.

He is involved with the Regional Opioid Task Force, a 12-county initiative led by the S2AY Rural Health Network.

As part of this initiative, he recently started partnering with the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office. After deputies respond to an overdose situation, they do a follow-up visit to check on the person involved, and they hand out Beuter’s contact information.

Beuter can then provide information about available treatment programs and recovery services, including AIM’s Recovery Peer Advocate Program.

Special enrollment period available at NY State of Health through June 15

A special enrollment period has been extended through June 15 for the NY State of Health marketplace for anyone needing health insurance.

AIM’s Navigator Program is providing free assistance and enrollments over the phone. We have a team of certified navigators who serve Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Allegany counties.

Contact Navigator Program Coordinator Laurette Guild at or (607) 962-8225, ext. 118 to schedule an appointment.

Those who don’t have health insurance or recently lost coverage can apply through NY State of Health. Options include Medicaid, the Essential Plan, Child Health Plus and subsidized Qualified Health Plans. Eligibility is based on income and household size.

Facility Technician Andrew Magoon named May’s Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Andrew Magoon, who was honored as AIM’s Employee of the Month for May.

Magoon is a facility technician who does a wide array of projects to keep AIM’s buildings and grounds in good repair, and assists with events and happenings at AIM.

“He plays an important role with the agency,” one person who nominated Magoon wrote. “He cleans, repairs, assists with office moves and more. He has a wonderful personality that brightens your day and has something nice to say to everyone.”

Welcome to our new hire:

– Alison Greene, Health Insurance Navigator

Current job openings:

– Home Care Personal Assistants

– OPWDD Direct Support Staff

– OPWDD Self-Hire Staff

To view job descriptions and apply online, click here.

AIM’s offices remain closed to visitors until further notice, but our staff is working remotely and we are continuing to provide services to the community. For more information, visit or call (607) 962-8225 and leave a message.