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Rivershore Inc., a Lewiston-based human services agency, on Wednesday announced it has become an affiliate of People Inc.

The move, undertaken in part because of financial challenges of cuts in state funding, will allow more flexible and efficient operations, officials from both organizations said in a news release.

Rivershore, which helps more than 200 people living with disabilities in Niagara County each year, will operate independently of People Inc., as well as retain its name, separate corporate status and staff. It has 140 staff members and 15 locations.