Please click on the media interviews below to learn more about The Resource Center!
Primary Care Reading Session
Jennifer Champ, Manager of the James Prendergast Library, discusses the library’s “Storytime in Our Community” Facebook Live event that took place April 14 at The Resource Center. Library officials came to our TRC Community Health Center to meet with Steve Riczker, our Medical Practice Manager, and learn about the services available at our Primary Care Clinic. They then read a fun story about Maud the Koala’s trip to the doctor’s office. Recorded on April 15, 2021.
Step Up for Autism
In this heartwarming interview, Dory Matwijkow talks about her son Austin, who is on the autism spectrum and lives in one of our homes. Dory is a huge supporter of our annual Step Up for Autism walk. When we couldn’t hold the event last year due to the pandemic, Dory organized her own autism awareness walk and donated the proceeds to us. Dory also is a professional pastry chef, and throughout the year she bakes and sells delicious treats under the name Austin’s Angels and using the hashtag #bakingforautism, and she donates the proceeds to our Step Up for Autism event. Recorded on April 1, 2021.
GROW Jamestown Garden Fair
Dennis Webster talks with Robin Kestler, Direct Support Professional, discusses how staff and people with disabilities at The Resource Center are involved in the annual GROW Jamestown Garden Fair. Robin also discusses how the pandemic has affected the operations of our Day Habilitation Programs. Recorded on March 23, 2021.
Sassy Baggs Blingo Fundraiser
Dennis Webster talks with Victoria Trass Bardo, Development and Events Manager for Filling the Gap, Inc., to discuss the upcoming Blingo fund-raiser that will feature a daily prize drawing for 20 days in April. Proceeds from this event will benefit our Mark Pacheco WOW (Working on Wonders) Fund, which supports people with disabilities to enjoy awesome experience. Recorded on March 16, 2021.
IDEA (Independence, Diversity, Equity, Awareness) Award
Beth Jermain and Jessica Smith speak with host Dennis Webster about the IDEA (Independence, Diversity, Equity, Awareness) Award they received from Buffalo Business First magazine in recognition of the success they’ve had in supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to have their voices be heard and to lead self-directed lives. Recorded on March 11, 2021.
TRC Dental Job Fair
Dennis Webster interviews Lisa Smrekar, Dental Practice Manager, discusses the growth of The Resource Center’s dental operations in Jamestown and Dunkirk. As a result, TRC will hold a job fair Thursday, March 4, from 10:00 to noon at 896 East Second Street in Jamestown as we look to hire new dental hygienists and other professionals to join our team. Recorded on March 3, 2021.
Manufacturing Job Openings
Dennis Webster interviews Dan Micek, Production Superintendent, to discuss our current job openings for people interested in becoming commercial sewers, performing work for the federal government. Dan also discusses the manufacturing services The Resource Center can provide to local businesses. Recorded on February 25, 2021.
LPN Job Openings
Dennis Webster interviews Michele Albaugh, Director of Recruitment and Staff Learning & Development, and Rosie Feaster, Talent Manager, who discuss our current job openings for Licensed Practical Nurses. We offer a $1,000 commitment bonus, a generous Paid Time Off plan, tuition reimbursement, and the opportunity for career advancement.. Recorded on February 18, 2021.
TRC Facilities Management
Dennis Webster interviews Jason Basile, our new Director of Facilities Maintenance, discusses the role of The Resource Center’s Maintenance team in ensuring the smooth operation of TRC’s 40-plus facilities. Recorded on February 11, 2021.
TRC Environmental Services COVID Cleaning
Dennis Webster interviews Dan Micek, Production Supervisor, discusses the ability of The Resource Center’s Environmental Services janitorial crew to provide deep disinfecting and sanitizing services using the Clorox Total 360 System. We are making this technology available to local businesses during this time of COVID. Recorded on February 4, 2021.
YMCA Camp Onyahsa
Dennis Webster interviews Jon O/Brien, the Director of the Jamestown YMCA’s Camp Onyahsa. Every year, Jon and his camp counselors collaborate with our staff to provide a camp program for dozens of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Camp Onyahsa received our 2020 Community Partnership Award for developing a way to safely hold camp during the pandemic, enabling self-advocates at The Resource Center to continue to enjoy the camp experience. Recorded on January 29, 2021.
The Resource Center Blood Drive
Dennis Webster welcomes Jon DeSantis, Staff Development Specialist and Certified Wellness Coach, who discusses the blood drive The Resource Center hosted recently. Recorded on January 14, 2021.
Mental Health Counseling Services at the School-Based Health Center
Dennis Webster welcomes Abbey Bloomquist, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, discusses the mental health counseling services The Resource Center provides in the School-Based Health Center it operates at Jamestown High School. Recorded on January 7, 2021.
Dennis Webster welcomes Laurie Fenton, a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, to discuss the benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatment for people challenged by opiate addiction. Recorded on December 31, 2020
Toys for Tots Final Numbers Update
Dennis Webster and Terri Johnson discuss this year’s Marine Toys for Tots drive. Thanks to the generosity of the Chautauqua County community, we were able to provide toys to a record 4,365 children and run a successful campaign despite the challenges brought by the pandemic. Recorded on December 23, 2020
Dennis Webster interviews Thad Lund, Manager of our Health Home Program, who discusses the care coordination services available to people challenged by mental illness so that they are able to become independent in the community. You’ll hear how, with the proper supports, a person went from living in a storage unit to being able to have their own apartment. Recorded on December 17, 2020
Toys for Tots Update
Dennis Webster interviews Terri Johnson providing an update on this year’s Marine Toys for Tots drive. Recorded on December 10, 2020
Dennis Webster interviews Amanda Hales, Mental Health Clinician, discusses the peer supports that can be provided to people in their own homes through The Resource Center’s Home and Community-Based Services, and touches on the challenges faced by mental health service providers and their clients during the pandemic. Recorded on December 3, 2020
Toys for Tots
Dennis Webster interviews Terri Johnson, one of the coordinators of our annual Marine Toys for Tots drive, who provides an update on this year’s campaign. Recorded on November 26, 2020
Ability Awareness Awards
As a preview for Friday’s virtual Ability Awareness Award Celebration, host Dennis Webster interviews our Advocate of the Year, Jennifer DeWolf, and Wendy Wilcox, who received the Community Support Award. Recorded on November 19, 2020
Step Up for Autism Fundraiser
Dennis Webster is joined by Vicky Bardo, Development and Events Manager at Filling the Gap, and Kris Trubic, Production Administrator at Monofrax in Falconer, discuss the charity bowling tournament Monofrax will hold at Jamestown Bowling Company this Saturday to benefit our Step Up for Autism initiative. Kris also talks about the unique manufacturing work performed by Monofrax, which has a 70-year history in our area. Recorded on November 10, 2020
TRC Community Health Center
Dennis Webster is joined by Amber Sigular, Patient Access Navigator, discussing the services available through TRC Community Health Center. Recorded on November 5, 2020
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Dennis Webster is joined by Terri Johnson, Director of Employment and Community-Based Services, to discuss how TRC works with area businesses to employee persons with disabilities. Recorded on October 29, 2020
Physical Therapy Month
Dennis Webster is joined by TRC Physical Therapist, Cain Sonney, to discuss the advantages of physical therapy. Recorded on October 22, 2020
Mental Health Awareness Week Continued
Dennis Webster further discuss Mental Health Week by speaking with more of TRC’s professional clinicians. Recorded on October 15, 2020
Mental Health Awareness Week
Nicole Mucheck and Dennis Webster discuss Mental Health Week by speaking with some of TRC’s professional clinicians. Recorded on October 8, 2020
Toys for Tots & First “Friyay” at Southern Tier Distillery
Heather Brown and Dennis Webster discuss the upcoming Toys for Tots Toy Drive and TRC’s First Friyay event at Southern Tier Distillery. Recorded on October 1, 2020
Step Up for Autism
Victoria Trass Bardo and Dennis Webster discuss the upcoming Step Up for Autism event that is going virtual this year. Recorded on September 21, 2020