Helping People….Changing Lives

Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. is doing our very best to help contain the spread of the Coronavirus and at the same time, be able to continue to help those individuals who are in need.  We are following state and federal guidelines to maintain the health of the children, customers, and staff at COI.

This page is dedicated to providing up-to-date information involving our many programs and services, as well as useful tips to help you stay safe and healthy.

Our doors are now open to customers!


Customers who are not vaccinated are required to wear a face mask while in the building.

For those who are vaccinated, face masks are optional.

Social distancing remains a requirement for venues where non-vaccinated people are in attendance. Wear a mask when you are unable to socially distance yourself from others.

Masks are still required in Homeless Housing/Shelters, Health Services, and Childcare programs.

Head Start / Early Head Start – Providers, family members, and other visitors over the age of 3 to the program must all continue to wear masks in the childcare space regardless of vaccination status.

Is it a cold? Allergies? The flu?  With the heightened awareness of the Coronavirus, how can you tell the difference? These images from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America website,  give a very good guide to the differences and similarities in symptoms of respiratory illness.

Top Ten Reasons to become vaccinated

(click on the image to enlarge. Spanish version available here.)

Housing Information

New York State Office of Temporary Disability Assistance (NYS OTDA) has opened the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) portal for both tenants and landlords to apply for up to 12 months of rental arrears, up to 12 months of electric or gas utility arrears, and up to 3 months of additional rental assistance (for those who qualify). To apply for assistance, please visit the NYS OTDA Portal

If you have any questions, require more information or wish to be put on our Landlord list for updates, please call (716) 661-9430 ex 2207 or 2281.



If you are experiencing higher than normal levels of stress, anxiety, or depression during these chaotic times, please know that you are not alone. Studies show that there is a substantial rise in the number of individuals experiencing anxiety and/or depression, most prominently in those that are 18-24 years old.  (CDC: National Center for Health Statistics).


If you feel you need the help of a Mental Health professional, or just someone to listen,  you can call the local Crisis Hotline at 1(800) 724-0461, which is manned 24/7. COI’s Mobile Crisis Outreach Team is available for response during evenings and weekends.


Our Home Care team is actively working during the pandemic to continue providing in-home services that enable individuals to live safely at home and avoid institutional care.  We are licensed to provide Home Care services by the NY State Department of Health. Procedures are in place to ensure the health and safety of patients and staff, including the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), social distancing, increased cleaning/disinfecting, and regular monitoring of temperatures.

If you are interested in receiving Home Care Services or are interested in becoming a Personal Care Aide (PCA), please reach out to us at (716) 366-3335.

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