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  • Grab your bicycle and your helmet and join us for a fun ride Saturday, June 1.

    The Resource Center is collaborating with other organizations to hold a free community bicycle ride in Dunkirk. The ride will start at 1:00 in the parking lot of Taqueria Mexican restaurant, 296 Lake Shore Drive West.

    The ride is called the Dunkirk Pedal Party. Participants will follow a route taking them through various neighborhoods and through scenic Point Gratiot Park along Lake Erie. The total distance is about 12 miles, and the ride is expected to last about 90 minutes. For people who don’t want to do the full ride, there is an option to do a 2-mile loop that takes riders through Point Gratiot and back to the restaurant. The 2-mile loop was added to make it possible for people of all ages and abilities to participate.

    The full ride also will end at Taqueria Mexicana, where participants are encouraged to stay to enjoy refreshments.

    The Pedal Party is patterned after the Slow Roll Buffalo and Central Connection initiatives, in which cyclists gather to take bicycle tours of the communities. These rides are not races.  Rather, as the name implies, Slow Roll cyclists take a leisurely ride. Though the ride is free, those planning to participate are encouraged to visit the Slow Roll web site to sign a liability waiver.

    This is our fourth annual Pedal Party. About 100 cyclists participated in last year’s ride, and organizers anticipate a larger turnout this year. Participants will receive a free gift as a thank-you for supporting the event. The Pedal Party, which is an initiative of our STARS employee wellness program, is made possible thanks to a grant from Filling the Gap, Inc.

    For more information, phone 716-483-2344.

     

    In accordance with its by-laws, The Resource Center announces its General Membership Meeting and Election will be held Monday, June 10, at the Michael J. Raymond Center, 75 Jones & Gifford Avenue in Jamestown.

    The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with light refreshments.  All Active Members of The Resource Center who are in good standing (those who are current in their annual membership dues) are invited to participate in the meeting and to vote in the election and on any business items that may arise.

    All Active Members in good standing who are unable to attend the meeting are encouraged to vote in the election online. Click here to read about the candidates and cast your vote. Online voting will remain open until 1:00 p.m. Monday, June 10.

    The tentative meeting agenda is as follows:

    1. Call to Order – 6:15
    2. Approval of the minutes of the 2023 General Membership Meeting
    3. Board Chair’s Report – Richard Erickson
    4. Board Treasurer’s Report – Todd Jacobson, MD
    5. Executive Director’s Report – Denise Jones
    6. Presentation – “TRC’s Day Habilitation Programs: Keeping Busy, Having Fun!”
    7. Election (see nominating slates below)
    8. Recognition of outgoing Directors Richard Kimball and Patricia Perlee
    9. Adjournment by 7:15

     

    The Nominating Committee — composed of Kathy Field, Chair; Laurie Goold, Mary Jo Hamilton, Carole Johnson, and Gregory Krauza — has proposed the following candidates for Officers and Directors of the Board of The Resource Center, as well as candidates to serve on the Nominating Committee for the 2025 Election:

    Officers (one-year term)
    President — Richard Erickson
    Vice President — Dawn Columbare, DNP
    Secretary — Lisa Goodell
    Treasurer — Marie Carrubba, Esq.

    Directors (two-year term)
    Timothy Adam
    Doug Anderson
    John Felton
    Robert Goold
    Donna Haenggi
    Todd Jacobson, MD
    Barbara Stewart

    Nominating Committee
    Kathy Field
    Laurie Goold
    Mary Jo Hamilton
    Carole Johnson
    Gregory Krauza

    For more information or to indicate you plan to attend the meeting, phone (716) 483-2344, extension 90135.

    If you have not paid your 2024 TRC Membership dues, click here to make a secure, online payment.  Your membership demonstrates your commitment to The Resource Center’s mission.  In these challenging times, your support of TRC is extremely important.  People who pay the $10 Annual membership dues, or the $100 Lifetime membership dues, receive a Membership Card entitling them to discounts at more than 30 local businesses.

    Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union (SCFCU) recently announced it had made a $15,000 corporate sponsorship contribution to The Resource Center and Filling the Gap, Inc., a Jamestown-based non-profit organization that works with The Resource Center to support people with disabilities and other socioeconomic challenges in Chautauqua County.

    As a corporate sponsor, SCFCU will receive recognition as a sponsor of the annual fund-raising events put on by The Resource Center and Filling the Gap.  Those events include the Ability Awareness Awards, TRC Golf Classic, Step Up for Autism, Laurel Memorial Run/Walk, Sassy Baggs & Beyond Blingo, and Mark Pacheco WOW Fund Lip Sync Battle.

     “Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union is proud to make this contribution to The Resource Center and Filling the Gap, Inc.,” said John Felton, Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our institution firmly believes in lifting up our community and we are pleased to support The Resource Center, an organization that touches so many lives in Chautauqua County.”

     “On behalf of myself and the employees of The Resource Center and Filling the Gap, we are sincerely appreciative of Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union’s sponsorship commitment,” said Denise Jones, The Resource Center’s Chief Executive Officer.  “The support of community organizations like Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union allows us to fulfill our mission of helping people with disabilities to enjoy meaningful lives. We also appreciate everything John and his staff do for the entire community.”

    Photo Caption:  l to r – John Felton, Chief Executive Officer, Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union, Denise Jones, Chief Executive Officer, The Resource Center, Cindy Hitchcock, Vice President, Filling the Gap, Inc., Heather Kerr, Chief Human Resources Officer, Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union, Jim Casini, Community Impact Officer, Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union, and Kelly Dimitri, Chief Operating Officer, The Resource Center.

    Our friends at The Arc New York have updated their online advocacy campaign tool with new information. Here’s the latest:

    The Senate and Assembly provided more funding in their proposed budgets than the Governor did in her proposed spending plan, but none of them have provided both of the things disability service providers are seeking in the 2024-25 NYS budget:

    · A 3.2% Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) with language that does not overly restrict how funds must be allocated
    · A Direct Support Wage Enhancement (DSWE)

    Please click the link below – today and every day – to advocate for more funding for people with disabilities and their support staff. It literally takes less than a minutes. Every click matters!

    Advocate Here!

    NY State Budget update:

    • Disability service providers like The Resource Center are requesting a 3.2% COLA (cost-of-living adjustment) in the 2024-25 Budget.
    • Governor Hochul’s Budget proposal only includes a 1.5% COLA.
    • The Senate and the Assembly each included the 3.2% COLA in their proposed Budgets.  We are grateful to the Senate and House for including the 3.2% COLA!
    • However, the House and Senate Budget proposal limits the COLA to only covering wages and salaries.  We need the COLA to also cover the other costs of doing business (health insurance, electricity, food, gasoline, maintenance, heat, mandatory insurances, etc.).
    • Leaders in the Senate and Assembly have begun negotiating with Governor Hochul to finalize the State’s 2024-25 Budget.

    Please take a few minutes to use the link below and send a message to our Senate and Assembly representatives.  The message was prepared by the NYS Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare.  While the message specifically mentions “3.2% COLA for Mental Health and Addiction Agencies,” the COLA also applies to agencies that support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

    Advocate Here!

    Photo: l to r – Kim Liddell, President, CEO & Director, Lake Shore Savings Bank, Chris Anderson, TRC Golf Classic Chairman, and Gregg Bender, TRC Golf Classic Chair Emeritus and Board President, Filling the Gap, Inc.

    Lake Shore Bancorp, Inc., the holding company of Lake Shore Savings Bank, announced that its Board of Directors has renewed an agreement to have Lake Shore Savings serve as the presenting sponsor of the TRC Golf Classic for three more years.

    The TRC Golf Classic is the major annual fund-raising event for Filling the Gap, Inc., a Jamestown-based non-profit organization that works with The Resource Center to support people with disabilities and other socioeconomic challenges in Chautauqua County.

    Lake Shore Savings has sponsored the TRC Golf Classic every year since the tournament began in 1997, and since 2012 has been the event’s presenting sponsor.  One of the most successful one-day charity golf tournaments in Southwestern New York, the TRC Golf Classic has netted more than $1.8 million since it began in 1997.

    “Lake Shore Savings Bank has been a proud supporter of The Resource Center for the past 27 years,” said Kim Liddell, President, CEO & Director. “We strongly believe in supporting organizations that do so much to help strengthen our community.”

    “On behalf of myself and the employees of The Resource Center and Filling the Gap, we are grateful to Lake Shore Savings Bank for its renewal as the presenting sponsor of the TRC Golf Classic,” said Denise Jones, The Resource Center’s Chief Executive Officer.  “We rely on the generosity of our local business community to make our events successful.  Lake Shore Savings has been one of our most treasured corporate partners over the last 27 years.  Their annual support allows us to fulfill our mission of helping people with disabilities to enjoy meaningful lives.”
    “The TRC Golf Classic Steering Committee applauds Lake Shore Savings Bank for once again agreeing to be the presenting sponsor for the next three TRC Golf Classics.  Lake Shore Savings has been a major sponsor of our event for 27 years.  And, for the last 12 years, as presenting sponsor, they have contributed $180,000.  Lake Shore’s motto is ‘Putting People First’ and they have once again lived their mission as a wonderful community partner.  We thank Kim Liddell, Taylor Gilden and the Board at Lake Shore Savings Bank for their generous commitment to The Resource Center and the people we serve,” said Chris Anderson, Chair, and Gregg Bender, Chair Emeritus, TRC Golf Classic and Board President, Filling the Gap, Inc.

    The 2024 TRC Golf Classic is scheduled for July 22 at Moon Brook Country Club in Jamestown.  For more information or to sponsor, visit www.trcgolfclassic.com or phone 716-483-2344 x90167.

    To provide dental hygiene, prophylaxis and general dental education to all registered patients of the Diagnostic and Treatment Dental Office.

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    A Mental Health Clinician will provide direct input in the assessment and program planning for individuals assigned to their caseload. The Clinician will provide a wide variety of direct service client contact on an ongoing basis within their associated credential or license scope of practice.

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    To provide treatment, support, advocacy, and linkage to individuals enrolled in the Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS) Programs, Home and Community Based Services (HCBS), Community Oriented Recovery and Empowerment (CORE) in an effort to empower individuals to become more involved in their personalized recovery goals. The Behavioral Health Clinician- Professional will also provide education and advocacy to individuals and family members as directed by individualized treatment. This position is a supportive member of the interdisciplinary team.

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    To plan, develop, coordinate and document the delivery of dietetic services to an assigned caseload of residents, based on the developmental needs and strengths.

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