This month, we feature People Inc., the leading non-profit human services agency serving Western New York and the Greater Rochester region. Through a variety of services including residential, employment, community outreach, health care and recreation programs, we help older adults, 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.

Q: Why did People Inc. become a member of The Anti-Stigma Coalition?

We saw a natural alignment with its mission and ours at People Inc. Creating awareness and acceptance is at the core of what we do. We’re proud to partner as a member.

Q: Do you see progress in reducing stigma in your organization and in the community?

One of our core values is focused on inclusion, so we aim to be very aware of this within the organization. We’ve invested a lot of attention to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) on a range of issues. As we continue to work within our communities, we’re seeing more acceptance and understanding, and that’s promising.