Helping People….Changing Lives

Our Agency

Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. incorporates a holistic, asset-focused, anti-poverty model into service provision.  

This is a customer-driven, strength-based, holistic model that assists customers in progressing toward economic security on a scale that ranges from “Crisis” to “Thriving”. Progress is measured using Family Development Matrices and Continuums that are based on the ROMA (Results Orientated Management Accountability) anti-poverty framework. Long term financial education is provided by staff members that are trained and certified in financial social work, the goal of which is to empower individuals to make sound, financial decisions that will lead to economic security and the accumulation of wealth.

 

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Features:

  • COI currently works with customers in the areas of: housing, health, child care, child and youth development, financial literacy, and small business development.
  • All Customers enter through a centralized intake system that creates a centralized electronic file and identifies all services for which the customer may be eligible.
  • A Family Development Plan is developed with the customer that includes long and short term goals. This plan follows the customer through services and is continually reinforced and updated. This allows for longitudinal tracking of customer progress.
  • All services within the organization are integrated and focus on asset development from a cognitive behavior model.
  • Case management is centralized and is focused on life coaching.
  • Centralized life skills provide customized peer support groups focused on life changes that emphasize behavioral modification and support, delayed gratification, planned decision making, and building natural supports with the community.
  • COI’s Family Development Matrix and Continuums have been validated as reliable measurement tools by the University of Buffalo Center for Social Work Research.

Our Philosophy

Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. is fighting the war against poverty by empowering low-income individuals and stabilizing the vulnerable among us. We believe that all Americans have the right to achieve all they are able to. We will strive to create economic opportunities that afford each individual a ladder out of poverty and improve the overall well-being of the entire community. It is our commitment to maintain each individual’s dignity and assist, through supportive services, each one to attain short and long term goals that help them to progress toward economic stability.

 

We will strive to create economic opportunities that afford each individual a ladder out of poverty and improve the overall well-being of the entire community.

Our Mission

COI…

…leading the fight against poverty by mobilizing resources and creating partnerships to promote empowerment, economic independence and opportunities.

CODI…

…leading the fight against poverty by mobilizing resources and creating partnerships to promote and create economic independence through business development opportunities.

Contact Us

 

For our locations and phone numbers, please visit our Contact Us page.

For all general inquiries, please contact our General Administration Building.

 Mike Yerico Administration Building

17 W. Courtney St

Dunkirk, NY 14048

(716) 366-3333

info@chautopp.org