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Rivershore Foundation Inc., in coordination with People Inc., engages in public relations, lobbies for volunteers and raises funds for the benefit of program participants served by People Inc. in Niagara County. 

Established in 1987, the Rivershore Foundation was created to assist programs operated by Rivershore Inc., a small nonprofit serving people with developmental disabilities based in Niagara County, including Lewiston, Lockport, Niagara Falls, Wheatfield and Youngstown, NY. Changes in the system of care prompted a merger of Rivershore Inc. into People Inc., a regional, nonprofit health and human services leader. As a result, People Inc. gained access to additional expertise and there was a rapid increase in the number of people supported in Niagara County. Community support for the Rivershore Foundation has continued to grow, just as our expanded mission touches many more lives. 

Your donations make a direct impact on the quality of life of people who have developmental disabilities living in Niagara County, along with their families. Some examples of projects funded include:

  • Enhanced safety measures with security systems for group homes.
  • Expansion of a group home in Wheatfield, NY, providing supportive housing to two additional women.
  • Notebook computers for direct support staff, which reduce the amount of time spent on paperwork and more attention to caregiving.

The latest Rivershore Foundation Newsletter is available. Learn more

For information about all People Inc. programs and services, see "Programs & Services" in the website menu above.

Board Members

Jerald Wolfgang


Joanne Beaton


Bernie Toellner


Terry Collesano
Joel T. Costanzo II
Priya Gismondi
Lei Han
Charles Malcomb
Michael Marrone
Jeff Sanderson
Christine Sirianni
Michael White


Donate Today to Support the Hinman Project

There is an overwhelming need for supportive housing for people with developmental disabilities in Niagara County. Thanks to a generous donation of a plot of land in Youngstown, NY, we have the beginnings of the “Hinman Project.” Two connected apartment units have been designed to be fully accessible, allowing for wheelchair access and features to accommodate people with visual impairments. Initially, this would be home to four people with developmental disabilities, but will continue to serve many more over the years. We have the land and the plan, we just need the funds to make this a reality!

To help support this important project, please complete the below form to make a donation by credit card. For more information about making a donation, email or call 716.817.7269.

Event Support

The Rivershore Foundation is pleased to host events to support people with developmental disabilities across Niagara County. To learn more, email or call 716.817.7269.