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Barbara Hoffman

Barb Hoffman has been a per diem employee of Parent to Parent for since 2012 working with both the Finger Lakes and Western New York offices. Already a valuable asset as a Support Parent, in her per diem role Barb supports our coordinators in a geographically large and diverse coverage area. Additionally Barb represents Parent to Parent of NYS and the families we serve on the Money Follows the Person and Navigating Multiple Systems statewide committees.


Barbara’s journey into the world of developmental disabilities started in 1990 when her oldest son Kurt was born with Down syndrome and associated medical problems. Having a child with a developmental disability prompted Barb to become an active member of the special needs community. Barb was a member of one of the first Partners in Policymaking classes as well as the Visions and Values trainings.

Barb is proud to tell us that Kurt currently has a part-time job at a local grocery store for 4 hours a week and volunteers in the community at the local nursing home, a food pantry, Meals on Wheels, the library, etc. In April 2013 Kurt was given the Arc of Orleans annual Community Service Award for his numerous volunteer activities in the community. Barb also has a son, Eric, who has autism. Eric also does lots of volunteering and is an active member of the community. Barb has been married to Bob for more than 30 years and admits her house is very busy, and full of testosterone.

Barb’s grandparents were florists and taught her how to grow all sorts of flowers. Barb can often be found with a flower in her hair and always brings flowers to outreach events. Barb has been to Hawaii twice and signs off her emails with ‘aloha.’ Barb says that, even on a bad day, ‘aloha’ makes her happy.

Working for Parent to Parent of NYS has allowed Barb to help other parents by giving them the tools they need to help their own children lead successful lives.



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