This year we were able to award grants totaling $75,000 which makes the lifetime grant total of TRC Foundation an inspiring $806,293. This is all due to the individuals, families and businesses that support the Foundation.
Because of the generosity of our supporters, in 2014 we were able to have the following impact:
Chautauqua Connections Children’s Project – An ongoing project to assess Countywide needs in Children’s Services. The Children’s Project brings various providers together to work on filling gaps in services and ensuring consumer access and knowledge of service availability.
Filling the Gap Community Support Fund – An emergency fund established to serve those without anywhere to turn in time of desperate need. The fund is used for rent payment, shelter provision, food, clothing, medication and other basic needs.
New Vision Services – Provided laptops to staff in the field to ensure adequate record keeping and documentation while serving consumers with Traumatic Brain Injury living in the Community.
SUCCESS Social Group – Engages children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders in a program that enhances their social skills through a proven curriculum.
Parent Support Group – Directed by a licensed master social worker, connect and support families of individuals with special needs. The groups offer support, information, speakers and presentations on topics pertaining to parents and caregivers in Chautauqua County.
SibShops – Fun-filled, action-packed, educational experience for siblings (ages 6-13) of brothers and sisters that have special needs. The program is facilitated by a Licensed Master’s Level Social Worker.
Educational Conference – This annual conference supports, educates, informs, and provides networking connections to support staff, parents, family members, and advocates in Chautauqua County and Southwestern New York.
Self-Advocacy/Outreach – This initiative supports the process of identifying self advocates and provides training and supports partnerships among both staff and consumers as well as The Resource Center and families. 15 individuals received training during the past year.
Social Activities and Dances – This program provides funds for various social activities and events for individuals living in TRC residential housing.
STARS Campaign – A major TRC initiative, STARS (System Transformation with Accountability, Results, and Satisfaction) focusing on the five key life dimensions; Basic Needs, Family Stability, Health and Medical, Behavioral Health, and Employment.
Day Habilitation Activities – Provides for a variety of recreational community experiences for TRC individuals who participate in our Day Habilitation Programs.
Voucher Transportation – Through TEAM Services and other transportation providers this service provides free or reduced cost transportation to elderly, poor, or those who have disabling conditions.
Communication and Dispatch Equipment – This will enhance TEAM Services’ ability to provide greater level of service to target populations as well as provide for safer environment for those it transports.