Cynthia Rogowski and the Johnson Foundation in Jamestown have awarded The Resource Center a $5,000 grant to expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
The grant money was used to buy a SteamJet car wash machine, a generator, an enclosed trailer, and miscellaneous items for the trailer, such as tie-downs and a hitch. The SteamJet was purchased from New York State Industries for the Disabled, which works with community rehabilitation agencies such as The Resource Center and private-sector businesses to employ people with disabilities in production facilities and community-based jobs.
The Resource Center has operated a vehicle detailing operation for several years, providing employment for several people with disabilities in Dunkirk and Jamestown. The acquisition of the SteamJet and the trailer has allowed TRC to expand business at its detail shops by enabling workers to take their business to their customers, rather than having the customers come to the detail shops.
Above left, workers at The Resource Center clean a car using the SteamJet machine purchased with the Johnson Foundation grant. Above right, Michael Volk, left, The Resource Center’s director of rehabilitation and employment services, and Christopher Davis, the supervisor of TRC’s vehicle detailing operation, pose by the trailer that was purchased to transport its cleaning machine.
The SteamJet harnesses the power of steam to wash and wax a car using less than one gallon of water. The SteamJet has increased the detail operation's productivity by allowing workers to clean cars more quickly, and the reduced amount of water used to clean vehicles has a positive impact on the environment.
"This is a great opportunity to expand our original business and follow the mission statement of The Resource Center, which is to support individuals with disabilities and other challenges in achieving maximum independence, contributing to their community, experiencing lifelong growth, and enjoying quality of life," said Michael Volk, The Resource Center's director of rehabilitation and employment services.
The Johnson Foundation provides funding to worthy causes that seek to improve the quality of life in Jamestown and Chautauqua County in accordance with the terms of the will of the late John Alfred Johnson.
The Resource Center provides employment and work training opportunities for hundreds of people with disabilities, by employing people at TRC facilities and by assisting people to find and maintain jobs in the community. For more information about TRC's employment programs and its vehicle detailing operation, phone 483-2344.