Our History

25 years of service to the local community. 1988-2013

By Howard Cornwall

Directions In Independent Living has been in existence for 25 years, a quarter of a century. Back in 1988, the original office was located at Holiday West Plaza. We then moved to 180 North Union Street, that space is now part of the Paper Factory store.

In 1996 we purchased our building at 512 West State Street, and have been here since that time. Our present building had previously been the West State Hardware store. People continued to walk in and inquire where the hardware store had gone for several years.

In the beginning, Directions offered three basic services-transportation, child care and accessibility. There were four employees then including the Executive Director; today we have grown to fourteen employees. The Executive Director at that time was Kathy Bower, Kathy’s husbands employment later took them to Ohio so Kathy left the area. Later Anna Armstrong was hired as Executive director and served in that capacity for a decade. Our present Executive Director, Leonard Liguori, has been with Directions for over 13 years now.

Directions has grown especially in the past decade, offering expanded services including Mental Health services. Directions In Independent Living continues to serve the residents of Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties, agencies and businesses. It would be nice if we were no longer needed because that would mean that there were no people who have disabilities. However, Directions will continue to serve for many more years.

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