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    As an employee at one of our manufacturing locations in Jamestown or Dunkirk,  you have a lot of different choices of the work you can perform. All of the positions can be done by any individual by receiving the training you need and by getting paid based on the work that you do. Your pay is based on what other employers might pay for certain work (“prevailing wages”) and on how much work you can produce (“individual productivity”). You can work as a full time worker or pursue part time work. We will make sure to pay for whatever percentage of time you can work.  If you need a structured environment and supervision or someone to give you a bit more direction, we have positions with people to help you. If you are looking for something where you can be a bit more independent, we have jobs for that setting too! Whatever it is you are looking for, it is our goal to fulfill you needs and help you to be successful within our manufacturing locations in our community.

    If you do need extra supervision or someone to provide you a bit more direction, we have case management that can help you meet your needs. This person will work with you one on one to make sure your work experience is set up exactly the way you want. You could work three hours, leave for health-related services, participate in any of our other programs, and then return to work to finish your day. We can also provide you with transportation if you don’t drive or have any other sources of transportation.

    Reaching your goals

    If your goal is to find employment, work at one of The Resource Center’s manufacturing locations, or start with us and work your way into the community- we will help you achieve those goals. We have numerous employment services that can assist you in obtaining a job!

    There are four basic manufacturing employment types:


    You will have projects such as working on grounding rods for electronic and mobile radio sets for the troops and their tents. We also provide a lot of projects through local companies such as The Carriage House where you can help package and produce items they need at their facilities for packaging food and other items. These projects and products are produced by hand or with the different automated machines we utilize in our work center. These positions are paid starting at minimum wage or better, and allow you to work towards higher skilled or paid jobs, as well as jobs within our local community.

    Manufacturing and Sewing

    You will have the pleasure of working on packs or protective gear and vests utilized by the Department of Defense in jobs that include gluing, sewing and inspection. These packs are sewn specifically to be able to be stuffed with medical or emergency supplies for the troops. The vests and gear are sewn as protective wear as part of the uniform the troops are provided while in the field. Other sewing projects include items such as dog beds, covers for toolboxes, or special insulated covers for machinery. Sewing

    If you have a love for sewing, and want to support this type of product then this is the job for you. These positions start out at minimum wage and most of the work is produced during first shift.


    You will put together products piece by piece such as Macy’s jewelry boxes or packages and equipment for soldiers for the Department of Defense. There is a wide variety of work available but either way this job allows hands on work, putting together work one step at a time, at your own speed, until we get things done. There are orders placed with quantity and time requirements. Most of this work is done by hand, and we will work as a team to meet these goals and deadlines. These products are also made available through local companies that ask for our help in making their business successful. This position pays minimum wage for the work you do. If you are not able to work full time, we will pay for the percentage of time you do work. All training is on the job, and is paid as well.


    Janitorial and Environmental

    You will be working more independently. These positions are for those able and willing to go out into the local community. You may be placed to clean one of our many TRC facilities or go out to places such as Jamestown’s City Hall or the rest stops on the highly traveled Interstate 86 where you will be doing jobs such as cleaning, washing and waxing floors and windows, and performing janitorial duties. These positions are all different shifts and public transportation is available if you cannot provide transportation for yourself. This is a fun and fulfilling job to know you can service and keep your community clean, and get paid minimum wage or better at the same time!

    Ron Privitera works at the rest area on the eastbound lane of Interstate 86 in Chautauqua County. It is a beautiful building that overlooks Chautauqua Lake. Ron has the privilege of cleaning the building for the The Resource Center where they have a cleaning contract with the NYS Department of Transportation and NYSID employs Ron as the custodian.

    Cleaning this building is very important because this is most often the first stop that tourists stop at while traveling through our area, and a good first impression is a must. This facility is open 365 days a year. The cleaning crew is very proud of the job that they do, and have received many compliments from its visitors.

    Ron came to TRC in 2005, the same year he graduated high school. His prior duties mowing lawns and helping relatives clean a local hotel prepared him for this job. While not only becoming an excellent cleaner through his job at the rest area, he has developed many friends with all who work with him. Ron states that before he started his job, he was quiet and not very outgoing, but after working at the rest area, meeting people from all over the world and hearing amazing stories of their travels, he has become much more social.

    Rons goal is to get his own apartment and become more independent, and he has told us that this job is one of the bricks in the foundation of his independence. As part of his goal, he has acquired his driver’s license and purchased a car with his earnings. Outside of work, Ron has an interesting hobby, making digital videos, which he started back in school. He shares the videos with friends and relatives, and also posts some on YouTube.

    Ron is an excellent employee and friend to many people at The Resource Center. His work and attendance are extraordinary!

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    What people say

    Patricia Sharp, Community Helping Hands Office Manager

    “We are extremely grateful for The Resource Center or any group that donates or volunteers, because we serve a lot of people in need in the community.”

    Jim Maione, Director of Distribution, Southern Tier Brewing Company

    “Southern Tier Brewing Company is happy to bring jobs back to the local economy. Our relationship is important with The Resource Center because it gives us an opportunity to provide meaningful work to people with disabilities. Additionally, they are providing a wonderful service for us.”

    Amanda S. – Patient

    “The Resource Center’s Primary Care Staff have been helpful and responsive to my health concerns. I am able to see my provider the same day I contact the office with a need.”

    Mike Richner, Manufacturing Manager, Dahlstrom Roll Form

    “I’ve used The Resource Center in the past and their quality is excellent and their work ethic is very good. The employees knew what the expected quality level was and where it needed to be.”