Ring for Joy: TRC Foundation grant provides the gift of music

TRC Foundation hit a high note when it awarded the Day Services Program at the Michael J. Raymond Center in Jamestown money for The Resource Center’s bell
choir. The group, known as Ring for Joy, is composed of people with disabilities who gather once a week for an afternoon filled with fun and song. “They look forward to it every week, every Thursday. They get excited about bell choir and performing for family, friends and TRC staff,” said Jeanne Slade, Direct Support Professional, who directs the bell choir. “It improves their quality of life.” Tamara Zofchak of Kennedy has been a member of the bell choir for about a year. The choir members have color-coded bells that correspond with color-coded notes on the sheet music. The director will point to the colored note and then the person with the matching colored bell rings it. “I like it a whole bunch. It’s fun,” said Tamara.

Thanks to TRC Foundation, the choir was able to buy the bells and sheet music. “Very, very grateful, because music is so big with these people. Music is a big part of their week, and they have a lot of musical things that they do here,” said Jeanne. “They really love music, and it’s uplifting for them to be in musical things.” Not only does the group play in the bell choir, it also gathers with others in the Day Services program to participate in karaoke in the cafeteria. The Foundation also helped fund the equipment used to run the sing-along program in the television.

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