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Center for Elder Law & Justice

    Center for Elder Law & Justice (CELJ) is a regional civil legal services provider serving clients in all eight counties of Western New York, as well as the Seneca Nation of Indians.  We focus our services on the needs of the elderly & disabled, but many of our programs are open to the general low-income population, as well.  Our primary goal is to use the legal system to assure that our clients may live independently and with dignity. In 2014, we provided direct services to 2,819 clients and presented at 111 community events to more than 10,000 people.

    Our clients are some of the most vulnerable members of our community: the poor, the sick and the elderly.  Since the need is too great to help everyone, we target our services where they will do the most good.  Currently we prioritize in the areas of health, housing, elder abuse, substituted decision-making, consumer defense & financial scam prevention, grandparent and kinship care representation and Social Security and SSI issues.  In addition to civil legal services, we are a trustee on the WNY Coalition Pooled Trust and serve as court appointed guardian for about 100 individuals.

People Inc.

    People Inc. is Western New York's leading non-profit human services agency. Through a variety of services including residential, employment, community outreach, health care and recreation programs, we help seniors, families and people with disabilities live more healthy, independent and productive lives.

    People Inc. is working toward a future where all persons whose needs limit their integration into the community can reach their highest level of human potential as responsible members of society. It is hoped that these individuals will, to their potential, be contributing and active members in their communities, enjoying the greatest possible degree of independence and acceptance, in all aspects of their lives.

    People Inc. exists so that individuals with disabling conditions or other special needs have the support they need to participate and succeed in an accepting society.



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