ITAV operates out of the Rapha Family Wellness Center, which provides a holistic wellness approach to our community and provides services such as primary medical care coordination, weight management education, a variety of group exercise classes, and healthy lifestyle/behavioral modifications.
Since ITAV’s conception, Erie Community College Workforce Development, Cornell University, and Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health (WNYCOSH) have been providing training and certificates in the following safety and work practice skills: Asbestos Awareness, Lead Awareness, Chemical Hazard, Fork Lift, Electrical Coding, OSHA 10 hours, OSHA 30, Confined Space, Ergonomics, Job Stress, Lead Abatement, Scaffold and Ladder training, Healthy Green Homes, Hazard Communications, Heat and cold stress, Lockout/Tag out, Knowing Your OSHA Rights, Blood borne Pathogens, Airborne Pathogens, and Asbestos Handler.
In 2010 the U.S. Attorney William Hochul and the Mayor Byron Brown donated two former drug houses to ITAV to renovate and transform into a transitional house and training center for girls ages 15-25 when completed.
In April of 2012 ITAV along with Buffalo AmeriCorps, Christ United Methodist Church, Dat Datz construction, Western New York Re-entry, Jeannetta Cole Amvets Post #24, and Debbie’s contractor worked together to renovate the houses that were donated to ITAV. The project was announced by the National AmeriCorps Service Project for Community Service for the year, and we were invited to participate in a conference call with the White House and President Obama.
In 2012 ITAV was awarded the New York State Department of Labor Youth Works T2 Training and Placement Grant to recruit, train, and place youth between the ages of 16-24, as well as offering soft skills training in construction.
ITAV partnered with the Dena McDuggle Fly Butter Fly Debutante Christian program to provide programs for girls between the ages 5- 15 years through “Teaching Girls How to be Girls” (2011-2013).
In 2013 ITAV participants volunteered to engage in a project with Home Depot and veterans from the Jeannetta Cole Amvets Post #24 to do modification and rehabilitation on a disable veteran’s home in South Buffalo.
In 2015, ITAV partnered with Elim Christian Fellowship Church and LP Ciminelli for job readiness training.