At a recent meeting of the Jamestown Noon Rotary Paul Cesana, Executive
Director of the Resource Center, presented the program. Mr. Cesana, who
is a Rotarian, came to the United States to study at the University of
Buffalo. He became executive director of The Resource Center, also known
as TRC in 1988. TRC is the largest provider of services for persons with
disabilities in Chautauqua County and one of the largest non-profits.
The organization is actively working to move away from fragmented
services to greater integration. This includes a focus on managed care
and holistic outreach and support, and finding the most effective
service to meet the needs.
Since 1988, TRC’s budget has grown from $17 million to over $100 million
annually. The number of people working has doubled. It provides
$4,000,000 in wages for disabled employees and serves 17,000 individuals
in the County. It is the 3rd largest employer in Chautauqua County,
paying $48 million in payroll and benefits.
Rotary is a service organization whose purpose is to bring together
business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian
services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help
build goodwill and peace in the world. The noon Rotary meets at 12 pm
Mondays at the Robert H. Jackson Center. Visitors are welcomed.