Capabilities opens. Providing jobs to persons with disabilities in the work shop by doing production work for local companies. Over 25 local companies help in this endeavor. Capabilities incorporates on November 28th 1956.
Elmira Rotary Club purchases building site on Sullivan street and donates it to Capabilities. Building is completed and Capabilities moves into the first “industry located in a later industrial park. The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation approaches Capabilities to add a pre-vocational program. They help fund a building addition and the Vocational Rehabilitation unit is in full swing.
Capabilities begins to provide an expanded employment program through Supported Employment Services where persons with disabilities are able to work directly in the community.
Operation of the Vocational Evaluation Services program expands by BOCES purchasing student testing. Capabilities was recognized by the Chemung County Human Relations Committee with the “Way Award” in recognition of our commitment to better human relations.
2000 – Present
Programming includes Supported Education, Vocational Exploration, Supported Volunteering and Retirement Planning. Programing expands with the addition of two new programs. The programs, Options for People Through Services (OPTS) and the Model Transition Program (MTP), were designed to meet the unique needs of job seekers in new and innovative ways. Agency implemented four (4) new employment services. These services include, Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS), Enhanced Supported Employment, Transitional Jobs Program and Pre-Vocational Services. New working relationships were formed with agencies such as Family Services of Chemung County, the Department of Social Services and Able2 to ensure the success of these programs. Capabilities worked to give back to the community that it has been a part of for over fifty years. Staff and clients reached out to fellow non-profits to provide volunteer support in areas such as, dispensing popcorn to students at Diven Elementary School, adopting a box garden for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and aided in the cleaning up of the American Red Cross facility in Corning, NY through the Southern Tier Integrated Recovery Services (STIRS) in partnership with Family Services of Cemung County. Capabilities and Family Services of Chemung County established co-ownership and co-occupancy of one building located at 1149 Sullivan Street, Elmira, NY. Our organizations together have developed a new dimension of performance for creating an innovative, adaptive and above all effective program which sets a ground-breaking model for non-profit partnerships in this community and across the nation. With this collaboration our organizations coordinate our efforts to support the client on their road to recovery.