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Toys for Tots Final Update
Listen as Terri Johnson sums up this year’s Marine Toys for Tots drive in Chautauqua County, which made the holidays merrier for a record 4,390 underprivileged children. Recorded on December 30, 2021.
Art Show @ Ryder’s Cup
Listen as Susan Gutierrez, TRC’s Art Instructor and Art Coordinator, discusses the current art exhibit on display at RydersCup Coffee through the end of December. Recorded on December 23, 2021.
Toys for Tots Update
Listen as Terri Johnson, TRC’s Director of Employment and Community-Based Services and one of the lead Coordinators of the Marine Toys for Tots drive in Chautauqua County, provides an update on this year’s effort. Recorded on December 16, 2021.
Kathy Field Retirement
Listen as Kathy Field, who retired recently after 39 years at The Resource Center, reflects on her career. Recorded on December 9, 2021.
Holiday Shopping Extravaganza
Listen as Patrick Smeraldo, one of the lead organizers of our Marine Toys for Tots drive, gives an update on this year’s effort and discusses the upcoming Jamestown Holiday Parade. Evelyn Wright-Kegelmyer share details about the Holiday Shopping Extravaganza that takes place Saturday at Fluvanna Community Church. Recorded on December 2, 2021.
Jamestown Holiday Parade
Listen as Patrick Smeraldo, one of the lead coordinators of the Marine Toys for Tots drive and the main organizer of this year’s Jamestown Holiday Parade, discusses the toy drive and shares details about the parade, which takes place December 4. Also, Evelyn Wright-Kegelmyer, TRC’s Human Resources Administrative Coordinator and the organizer of the annual Toys for Tots Holiday Shopping Extravaganza, talks about this year’s event, which also takes place December 4. Recorded on November 18, 2021.
Toys for Tots Part 2
Listen as Terri Johnson, one of the lead coordinators of the Marine Toys for Tots drive in Chautauqua County, further discusses this year’s toy drive. Recorded on November 11, 2021.
Toys for Tots
Listen as Terri Johnson, one of the lead coordinators of the Marine Toys for Tots drive in Chautauqua County, discusses this year’s toy drive. Recorded on November 4, 2021.
TRC Occupational Therapy Part 2
Listen as Occupational Therapist Alex Krywoschyj discusses the mental health aspects of Occupational Therapy. Recorded on October 28, 2021.
Listen as Faith Baker, Employment Services Administrator, discusses National Disability Employment Awareness Month. About 200 people with disabilities receive supports through The Resource Center’s various employment programs. Recorded on October 21, 2021.
TRC Occupational Therapy
Listen as Alex Krywoschyj, Occupational Therapist, discusses The Resource Center’s Occupational Therapy Services. Recorded on October 14, 2021.
Step Up for Autism
Listen as Victoria Bardo, Development and Events Manager, discusses the chicken barbecue fund-raiser to benefit our Step Up for Autism event. Recorded on October 6, 2021.
Listen as Jennifer Herron and Tabatha Stenstrom, Life Coaches, discuss how Life Coaching supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a judgement-free way that assists people in moving their lives forward. Recorded on September 30, 2021.
Everyday Heroes Celebration
For this show, program host Dennis Webster recaps a portion of our annual Everyday Heroes Celebration honoring Direct Support Professionals who improve the lives of people with disabilities at The Resource Center. Recorded on September 22, 2021.
Rewards of being a DSP
Listen as Michele Albaugh, Director of Recruitment and Staff Learning & Development, and Steve Waterson, Community Relations Director, discuss the rewards of working as a Direct Support Professional in TRC’s homes and day programs for people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Recorded on September 16, 2021.
Listen as Terri Johnson, Director of Employment and Community-Based Services; Beth Jermain, Support Option Administrator and Lindsey Sandquist, Success Coach, discuss the Supporting and Facilitating Employee Retention (SAFER) program, designed to support people in overcoming barriers to successful employment. Recorded on September 9, 2021.
TRC Pulmonary Rehab Services
Listen as Cain Sonney, Physical Therapist, discusses Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Recorded on September 2, 2021.
TRC Physical Therapy Services
Listen as Cain Sonney, Physical Therapist, discusses TRC’s Physical Therapy Services. Recorded on August 26, 2021.
Hope Outreach Project Update
Listen as Steve Waterson, Community Relations Director, and Leecroft Clarke, Bishop of Healing Word Ministries Church of God, provide an update on the Hope Outreach Project. Recorded on August 19, 2021.
Hope Outreach Project
Listen as Steve Waterson, Community Relations Director, and Leecroft Clarke, Bishop of Healing Word Ministries Church of God, discuss the Hope Outreach Project. Recorded on August 11, 2021.
Listen as Kevin Anderson, Assistant Director of Employment and Community-Based Services, and James Reed, Community Services Manager, discuss self-directed services. Recorded on August 5, 2021.
Community & Day Hab Programs
Listen as Kevin Anderson, Assistant Director of Employment and Community-Based Services, and Ashley Russell and Josh Miller, Community Services Managers, discuss TRC’s Community Habilitation Program and Group Day Habilitation Program. Recorded on July 29, 2021.
Christmas in July
Listen as Evelyn Wright-Kegelmyer from our Human Resources Department discusses the “Christmas in July” craft and vendor fair to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots drive. Recorded on July 22, 2021.
Carryout for a Cause
Listen as Steve Waterson, Community Relations Director, gives an update on the Laurel Memorial Run/Walk and the “Carryout for a Cause” fund-raiser at Applebee’s. Recorded on July 14, 2021.
Laurel Memorial Run/Walk Newspaper Sale
Listen as Steve Waterson, Community Relations Director, discusses the Laurel Memorial Run/Walk newspaper sale. Recorded on July 8, 2021.
Laurel Memorial Run/Walk
Listen as Steve Waterson, Community Relations Director, discusses the 25th annual Laurel Memorial Run/Walk. Recorded on July 1, 2021.
Driver Training Program
Listen as Faith Baker, Employment Administrator, discusses TRC’s driver training program for people with disabilities. Recorded on June 24, 2021.
Listen as Terri Johnson, Director of Employment and Community-Based Services, and Beth Jermain, Support Option Administrator, discuss the Invest U initiative that supports people to analyze the impacts of poverty on their lives and develop strategies to build their resources for more prosperous lives and to improve our community. Recorded on June 17, 2021.
Give Big CHQ Update
Listen as Steve Waterson, Community Relations Director, gives an update on the #GiveBigCHQ online fund-raising event. Recorded on June 10, 2021.
Give Big CHQ
Listen as Steve Waterson, Community Relations Director, discusses the #GiveBigCHQ online fund-raising event. Recorded on June 3, 2021.
Transition Services at TRC
Listen as Faith Baker, Employment Services Administrator, and Mike Sandquist, Employment Habilitation Specialist, discuss the transition services The Resource Center offers to students and young adults with disabilities, to prepare them for future employment. Recorded on May 27, 2021.
Jane Young – 40-year Employee at TRC
Listen as Jane Young discusses aspects of her 40-year career with The Resource Center. Recorded on May 6, 2021.
Manufacturing Job Fair
Rosie Feaster, The Resource Center’s Talent Manager, discusses an upcoming job fair for people interested in joining the team at our Jamestown manufacturing center to produce items for the federal government. If you can’t make the job fair, that’s OK – you can apply for a job anytime by clicking here. Recorded on April 29, 2021.
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Dennis Webster talks with Jon DeSantis, Staff Development Specialist and Wellness Coach, who discusses the American Red Cross blood drive The Resource Center will host at our Dunham Avenue building in Friday, April 23. Recorded on April 22, 2021.
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