The Resource Place

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The Resource Place at the JCC (TRP) is made possible through the generosity of the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation. TRP is designed to provide you with information, referrals and programming that can help you address the challenges of everyday life. TRP is staffed by a Master's-level Social Worker and a Human Service professional. Our goal is to connect JCC Members and Non Members with services designed to strengthen individuals, strengthen families, and strengthen community.

What The Resource Place offers you:

  • Information and support designed to help you develop parenting skills geared to each stage of your child's development, whether you're looking for new parenting techniques or faced with serious parenting concerns.
  • An expanded Interfaith program serving couples with one Jewish partner including private appointments or counseling. This program is specific to women who have chosen to live Jewish lives, and another for grandparents who have intermarried grandchildren.
  • Advice, information and support for adults caring for aging or ill relatives.
  • Exploration, personal growth, and lifetime learning options for adults of all ages.
  • Opportunities for generations to come together, interact and learn from one another.
  • A place for older adults to enjoy conversation, learn, exercise, share a meal or gather information on community resources.
  • A place to turn to when you don't know where to turn.

Programming presented by The Resource Place includes general interest adult programs, parenting programs, and social interest groups.

Made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation.

Accessing The Resource Place is easy. Stop by our private offices (located by Sitter Service) Monday – Thursday 9-5pm; Friday 9-4pm or call for a free confidential meeting with Michele Ruda Leve, LMSW.

Meet The Resource Place Professionals...

michele-ruda-leve Michele Ruda Leve, Clinical Social Worker, received her master's degree in social work from the State University of New York at Albany. Her career began at Jewish Family Service (JFS), where she specialized in work with children, teens, and their parents. In 1997, she joined the JCC's staff, creating the Interfaith Connection and Parenting Programs. Michele brings her social work experience to JCC summer camps, where she presents workshops at staff orientation to help counselors enhance their skills.

"Education and support is an integral part of parenting and staff training. With the creation of 'The Resource Place,' we now have the opportunity to offer a wide variety of programming which is essential for our JCC community." -Michele


Carrie Dengler, Senior Adult Programming Coordinator, received her degree in Human Services and Counseling with a certificate in Crisis Management in 1999. Her career started with a paid internship at Highland Hospital on the Alternative Level of Care floor dealing with the geriatric population with Alzheimer's and Schizophrenia disorders. After that, she worked at the Villa of Hope with teens and their families in crisis and also ran her own in-home child daycare center for seven years. Carrie has been with the JCC for over 14 years on staff at the Information Desk as well. All of these experiences have steered her on her journey to The Resource Place.

"I am thrilled to be working with the adults at The Resource Place. Providing fun, informative programming for seniors is imperative to staying a vibrant and educated individual."


Health Insurance: Information Counseling and Assistance Program

The H.I.I.C.A.P. (Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program) is available at the JCC, co-sponsored by New York State, Monroe County Offices for the Aging, and the Monroe County Medical Society. Trained volunteer counselors offer accurate and objective information, counseling, assistance and advocacy relating to Medicare, private health insurance, and related health coverage plans for Medicare beneficiaries, their representatives, or persons soon to be eligible for Medicare. This service is free and confidential.

We can help with:

  • Filing an insurance claim
  • Understanding your medical bills
  • Choosing the right policy for your specific needs
  • Making an appeal to Medicare
  • Prescription drug coverage (e.g. EPIC)
  • Long-term care insurance for nursing home and home care

H.I.I.C.A.P.'s counselors can provide you with any of the above assistance. Call 461-2000, ext. 870 for further information or to arrange a confidential appointment.