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The Resource Center
A grant from the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation will enable The Resource Center to proceed with the next phase of its STARS capital project.
The Sheldon Foundation recently announced that it will award The Resource Center a $115,000 grant. The money will be used to help fund the expansion and renovation of TRC’s Jamestown dental offices, located at 890 East Second Street.
“The Sheldon Foundation is pleased to collaborate with other funders towards the much needed renovation and expansion of TRC’s dental clinic,” said Linda Swanson, the foundation’s executive director. “We recognize the importance of good oral health in the overall health and well-being of a significant number of patients in our community, currently being served by TRC.”
The dental expansion is part of The Resource Center’s STARS initiative. STARS (System Transformation with Accountability, Results and Satisfaction) is TRC’s vision of the future of health care, in which every person will be assessed, monitored and supported along five key life dimensions of basic needs, family stability, physical health, mental wellness, and employment/community involvement. The STARS model aligns with changes in the health care delivery system that aim to provide a coordinated approach to care that results in a healthier population, with care being provided at a lower cost.
Integration of services is a key component of the multi-year STARS initiative. Much of that integration will be accomplished through co-location of services. Toward that end, the first phase of the STARS project saw The Resource Center – which for years had operated two mental health facilities in Dunkirk and two in Jamestown – combine its behavioral health programs under one roof in each city. In addition, TRC’s Jamestown Counseling and Psychiatric Services office moved to the Carl Cappa Building on Second Street, which houses TRC’s dental offices, primary care center and care coordination services. Façade improvements recently were completed at the facility, which now is called TRC Community Health Center. The first phase of STARS also saw TRC’s Dunkirk dental office relocate to 186 Lake Shore Drive West, where The Resource Center has operated a Diagnostic and Treatment Center for 20 years.
The Resource Center estimates it will cost $5.1 million to fully implement STARS. A capital campaign has raised about $2.3 million so far to fund the project. The Sheldon Foundation’s gift, combined with funding received from other local foundations, gives The Resource Center enough money to begin the expansion and renovation of the Jamestown dental offices. The project will go to bid soon, with construction expected to begin early next year. Plans call for the addition of several dental exam rooms.
“We are so pleased to have received support from the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation to kick start our next phase at the Cappa building,” said Heather C. Brown, assistant executive director at The Resource Center. “This dental expansion will allow access to so many more people in this community that are without adequate dental care.”
TRC’s dental services, as well as its other health-related services, can be used by anyone, regardless of whether they have a disability. To learn more about the STARS project and TRC’s health-related services, phone 483-2344 or visit www.resourcecenter.org.