Love is BLIND! February 2018 at the VRC

Have we mentioned how much we love serving the blind and visually impaired of Cumberland County? We LOVE being in their corner and LOVE seeing our blind and visually impaired advocate for themselves! We also send lots of love to our supporters and donors–thank you for caring and giving to this worthy cause. We want you to know that we feel the love as well. We are so blessed and look forward to another outstanding month here!

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February is a busy month for the VRC. We have numerous social outings, and we’re planning hard for our newly birthed advocacy group, Pavers Unlimited; to get out there and make a difference in the Cape Fear region in 2018. We have education lined up as well as enrichment. And as an answer to our questions from our blind and visually impaired, we’re offering many opportunities for socialization this month. If you have ideas, please let us know. We’re continually trying to improve!

The VRC needs YOU!

4059227_origPlease consider volunteering with us. We need YOU on our team. It’s fun, comfortable, and you will change lives by helping our blind and visually impaired via activity or in the office. A few of our volunteer opportunities include bowling, help a blind person on our field trips (only assist if they need you), help in the office (answering phones, and filing), and many more. Please call, and we will happily get you started! (910) 483-2719

A Note from Our Executive Director, Terri Thomas:
CharlesBroadwell&TerrieThomasIn commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday/holiday, Pavers Unlimited was born. This advocacy group of blind and visually impaired adults will begin attending our city and county government meetings, not for funding, but to be heard. There are blind pedestrian signs to be placed in neighborhoods and the Pavers want to work along with complementary paratransit (Fast Trac) to improve this current much-needed service. I could feel the energy and passion in the room that they will advocate for themselves, while we provide the transportation and the eyes to read documents associated with concerns and improvements to our city/county. They want to make a difference, and the VRC will help them to be the catalysts of change. We will meet on the 1st and 3rd Mondays at the Center, 11:00-1: 00 p.m. All the programs that we do every month would not be possible without Cumberland County, UW, Cumberland Community Foundation, Elizabeth Hudspeth grant and Knights for the Blind. We will never forget our wonderful private donors that believe in this great work.

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Much love and blessings,
~Terri

 

Coming Up in February:

Feb. 1: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Feb. 5: Pavers Unlimited Advocacy Group Meeting: 11-1. 2886 Owen Drive, Fayetteville NC

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Feb. 5: Clay Art at the Center. 1:30-2:30 pm 1600 Purdue Drive, Fay. 28304

Feb. 7: Bowling: 9:30-11:30 am. Located at Lafayette Lanes, this is always a fun outing. 3313 Raeford, Road, Fayetteville.

Feb. 8: Shopping Outing to Sprouts Farmers Market. 10 am to 12 pm. Come shop with us and check out our area’s newest farmers’ market! 600 Cordial Loop, Fay. 28314

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Feb. 10: Valentine’s Dinner Jazz and Romance. Mount Sinai Baptist Church. 7-11 pm. A wonderful evening with the ones you love. $35 per person. Call us if you want to join us! (910) 483-2719

Feb. 12: Paver’s Unlimited attends Fayetteville City Council Meeting. 7:00 pm. Cumberland County Courthouse. Call us if you want to join so we can arrange transportation: (910) 483-2719

Feb. 13: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville
Feb. 13: Introduction to Tai Chi at the Center. 2:30-3:30 pm 1600 Purdue Drive, Fay. 28304

Feb. 14: Happy Valentine’s Day! Love is Blind!

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Feb. 15: 11-1. Lunch and Learn: ScripTalk Station. Eat lunch with us and learn about this great program for helping with prescriptions. ScripTalk Station provides those who cannot read the information on their prescriptions a safe and easy way to manage their personal healthcare. Simply press a button and place the special Talking Label over the reader. A pleasant natural sounding voice speaks all the information printed on the label. Meeting at 2886 Owen Drive, Fayetteville NC

Feb. 16: Limitless Lock-In at VRC! All ages invited to a lock-in at the Center. 6:00 pm until 10 am the next morning. Don’t miss it! 1600 Purdue Drive, Fay. 28304

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Feb. 19: Pavers Unlimited Advocacy Group Meeting: 11-1. 2886 Owen Drive, Fayetteville NC Lunch provided

 

Feb. 22: Second Lunch and Learn: If you missed the first ScripTalk Station, here’s another chance: Eat lunch with us and learn about this great program for helping with prescriptions. ScripTalk Station provides those who cannot read the information on their prescriptions a safe and easy way to manage their personal healthcare. Simply press a button and place the special Talking Label over the reader. A pleasant natural sounding voice speaks all the information printed on the label. Meeting at 2886 Owen Drive, Fayetteville NC

Feb. 23: 44th Annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast. 8 am. Eat Pancakes with our crew and support children’s’ charities in Fayetteville. This is a huge fundraiser for Cape Fear Kiwanis Club. 614 Oakridge Ave. Fay. 28305

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Feb. 27: Family Meeting. 11-1. Learn about all that we have going on at our Center! 2886 Owen Drive, Fayetteville NC

Coming Soon:

The Phantom of the Opera at DPAC: March 1

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“Tai Chi Tuesdays” at the Center are coming!

Zumba Coming Soon!

3rd Annual Wing Fling: August 25th: Save the DATE!!!!!

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Welcome, 2018! VRC News and Events: January 2018

Happy New Year from all of us at the VRC!

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2018 brings 12 new months and 365 days of opportunity. We’re completely honored to be here in this new year, serving the blind and visually-impaired of our area. Our mission and vision are simple, enhancing the lives of adults and children living in the Cape Fear Region who are blind or visually impaired. Our vision is to provide opportunities and resources to improve the quality of life of adults and children in the Cape Fear Region who are visually impaired. As we reflect on 2017, the VRC is listening to people that we serve; we’re kicking off 2018 with some new focuses: socialization and education. Stay tuned!

The VRC needs YOU!

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Please consider volunteering with us. We need YOU on our team. It’s fun, comfortable, and you will change lives by helping our blind and visually impaired via activity or in the office. A few of our volunteer opportunities include: bowling, help a blind person on our field trips (only assist if they need you), help in the office (answering phones, and filing), and many more. Please call and we will happily get your started. (910) 483-2719

Audio Describer Training

Would you like to learn more about the Audio Description Process and how it serves people who are blind and low vision? Would you like to begin the process of becoming an Audio Describer? Would you like to understand what it would take to bring Audio Description services to your organization or community? Join the Arts Access Audio Description Workshop on Jan. 19th and 20th! Check out this link for more details and to register: Arts Access

A Note from Our Executive Director, Terri Thomas

CharlesBroadwell&TerrieThomasCumberland Community Foundation is such a vital part of our organization with funds coming from Virginia Yarborough Advised Fund, Elizabeth Hudspeth Endowment, Ellenor T. Barker Advised Fund, Ashton Fox Advised Fund, Virginia and Tom Colantuono Advised Fund, and the Dick Fox Advised Fund to help start our year of renewed experiences. We thank each of these funds and plan to continue and expand our works with the blind utilizing their gifts. We also appreciate all our generous contributions from every one of our blessings. We could not do it without you. You are all a part of our life-transforming work.

What will 2018 bring…? Our blind have spoken, and the VRC listens. Our VRC family want to travel and shop more, test out the dating scene, and let Fayetteville/Cumberland County know their needs and that they are here. I have been with the VRC for seven years, and what I now know for sure is that the blind want to experience all that the sighted experience. It will be a different experience, but an experience all the same. Blindness does not make you stop living! It is time for the VRC to take it up a notch. January 15th, as we celebrate Martin Luther King Day, our NO LIMIT VRC Advocacy Group will have our first meeting to discuss what their needs are and the most efficient way of getting those needs met.

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Funding will help to keep those buses running the over 22,000 miles we put on our buses yearly to keep our blind active. Funding will support those blind that are in subsidized housing pass cleaning inspections (who live in fear of becoming homeless). Funding will help those blind that need help in administering medication and navigating their homes. Funding will help make a blind man’s dream come true of playing the guitar. Funding will support those blind with utilizing the various equipment and apps on a variety of technologies to assist them in their sightless journeys. Funding will help us to continue a variety of cultural experiences we provide on a weekly basis. It takes $150.00 a day to move those buses, and your gifts mean a lot. Blindness doesn’t go away, so the VRC just wants to make life a little better for those that don’t have sight. We appreciate all those that believe in our mission its growth and its future.
We will keep you posted on all the great things we do this year. If 2018 is your year to make a difference, the VRC is waiting for you.

Much love and blessings,
Terri

Coming Up in January

Jan. 3: Bowling: 10:00-12:00 am. Located at Lafayette Lanes, this is always a fun outing. 3313 Raeford, Road, Fayetteville.

Jan. 4: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Jan. 9: Patriot Theatre 14: Using assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired, we will experience a movie-going experience where we can have the movie described through headphones, so the participants get the full movie experience. 4760 Lake Valley Road, Fayetteville. A Bad Mom’s Christmas 12:30 p.m.

Jan. 11: 11-1. Lunch and Learn: ScripTalk Station. Eat lunch with us and learn about this great program for helping with prescriptions. ScripTalk Station provides those who cannot read the information on their prescriptions a safe and easy way to manage their personal healthcare. Simply press a button and place the special Talking Label over the reader. A pleasant natural sounding voice speaks all the information printed on the label. Meeting at 2886 Owen Drive, Fayetteville NC

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Jan. 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 15: “No Limits” Advocacy Group Meeting 11-1p.m.. Terri Thomas’s house. We are creating a new group to advocate for the blind and visually-impaired of our region. Join us and make a difference in our community! Monthly meetings coming.

Jan. 16: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Jan. 17: Shopping at Five and Below 10-1p.m. Join us as we take a shopping trip to this new store in Fayetteville. Everything is $5 or less! 2710 Freedom Parkway Dr, Fayetteville

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Jan. 19: Cypress Bend Winery Outing: Wagram, NC, 5-ll pm.

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Jan. 23: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Jan. 24: Family Meeting. 11-1. Learn about Non-24 Circadian Rhythm Disorder. 2886 Owen Drive, Fayetteville NC

Jan. 25: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Coming Soon

Feb. Youth Lock-In at the VRC

Feb. 10: Dinner and Jazz Romance. Willie Bradley, trumpeter, Feb. 10 Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church: “Valentine’s Dinner, Jazz & Romance” featuring International Contemporary Jazz Recording Artist Willie Bradley & Friends featuring Phenomenal vocalist and National Recording Artist Anissa Hargrove. A full course buffet dinner and dessert will be served at 6:30pm. There will be a variety of foods to choose from. Willie Bradley & Friends will take the stage at 8:00pm-9:30pm and a dance will conclude the evening with DJ UB Brown from 106.9 FM. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Vision Resource Center in Fayetteville, NC.
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The Barn Dinner Theatre: Fences

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Season’s Greetings from the VRC!

Season’s Greetings from all of us at the VRC! We hope the holidays are warm and joyous for all of you. We’ve kicked them off here, and we’re enjoying every beautiful moment!

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A massive VRC thank you to everyone who made our 6th Out of Sight Blindfolded Dining Event a success! It was an enjoyable evening full of music, fun, food, drinks, and silent auction items. Thank you to That Nation Band for the outstanding entertainment–we danced and sang the night away. Also, the education on blind issues and our experiential learning. Thank you to everyone who attempted to eat with a blindfold on! Even if you didn’t finish your entire meal, you received insight into what our blind and visually impaired are living with every moment of every day. That level of awareness is priceless to us, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

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Thank you also to our sponsors! We could not come close to the success we have with this event without all of you.

Gold: Cape Fear Eye Associates

Silver:
Virginia and Tom Colantuono
Ramon Yarborough
Array
Up & Coming
Systel
Better Vision
Mi Casita
SSC
Charles and Judy Luther

Bronze:
Alysa Buchanan Graphic and Web Design
Western Harnett Lions Club
Brady and Julie Rufenacht

Super Supporters:
W Lyndo Tippett, CPA
Carol&Rick Foster
Patty & Phil Nusbaum
Elaine Baillie-MIRA Foundation
Shaw Food Services

Silent Auction Donors:
Pressed
DPAC
Triangle Rock Club
Patriot Theater
Prim & Proper
Cypress Vineyards
Carolina Opry Theatre
Dr. Garcia
Teelc-Travel
J.Co. Salon & Blo’Dry Bar

VRC Member Spotlight: Luis Lugo
Congratulations to Luis Lugo who ran his first official 10K race since becoming blind! What a fantastic accomplishment, and we are so proud of him. Luis completed the Green Beret Jingle Jog on December 2nd, running with his sighted guide and  VRC volunteer Scott Blough. He was also ssisted by Tyler Griffin who helped call out turns, bumps, potholes, slow-downs and helped give him running room. The Green Beret Jingle Jog is Luis’s first distance run outside since being medically retired from the military for vision issues. Way to go, Luis! We can’t wait to see what you do next! We thank Elizabeth Hudspeth for their Grant that supports healthy living programming for our blind and visually impaired for helping to make this happen.

A Note from Our Executive Director, Terri Thomas:
CharlesBroadwell&TerrieThomasHappy Holidays to each of you. Let’s fill the season with love, laughs and many memories with our friends and families. We have been spreading Holiday joy here at the VRC. On Saturday, Dec. 2nd we attended A Carolina Holiday, thanks to a local Trust in Fayetteville as a Christmas gift to our participants. Our participants were treated like royalty from the VIP parking to the assistance given at Methodist College. We appreciate the way Christine Kastner, CEO Fayetteville Symphony took care of us. Many have never attended the symphony, so it was a WONDERFUL Christmas gift, the gift of music. We have two (2) more Christmas parties (1) for our kids on Dec. 9th (Cookies and Tacos) and a social for our adults on Dec. 16th. PWC adopted us this year so we will have LOTS of treats for our people. Shhhhh they don’t know !! We are THRILLED. Thanks to Mrs. Letitia Cisco-Smith for leading this effort.

We had an AWESOME Thanksgiving dinner courtesy of Caught in the Cookie Jar, Shannon Council, owner, and chef. We gave thanks for all that we had throughout 2017 with the gifts of so many.

Year-End Giving is so important and vital to non-profits like the VRC and tax deductible to you. Your gift can help Mr. Floyd, a Korean War vet, who just lost his wife and who is living with his daughter take guitar lessons. He is currently teaching himself by feeling the strings. He’s not a social butterfly so your gift would help the “Outside the VRC Walls” Program where we reach those blind that are in their homes but still need an outlet and assistance in being independent and as viable as possible in their homes. How about those blind that live in subsidized housing? There are inspections monthly on the cleanliness of the apartments. Can you imagine without sight keeping your environment clean to the levels they are requiring? Your gift would help us to help them clean and be ready for inspection. Many are threatened with eviction. Close your eyes and think of ALL the things you COULD NOT do but can do with sight… Your gift matters! How will you help?

Blessings this holiday season,

Terri

Coming Up in December:
Dec. 2: A Carolina Holiday Symphony at Methodist College 7:30 pm 5400 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, NC.

Dec. 5: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Dec. 9: bffa62b2416a7154de806c4e67896ba1Youth Christmas Party at the VRC! Tacos and Cookies! 1-4 pm. Join us to make cookies to take home with you and eat tacos for lunch. 1600 Purdue Drive, Fayetteville, NCDec. 12: Patriot Theatre 14: Using assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired, we will experience a movie-going experience where we can have the movie described through headphones, so the participants get the full movie experience. 4760 Lake Valley Road, Fayetteville. A Bad Mom’s Christmas 12:30 p.m.

Dec. 14: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Dec. 16: Christmas Party for our Adults! Join us for a fun night out at the Center. We will also use the time to have an informal family meeting. 5-8 pm. 1600 Purdue Drive, Fayetteville, NC

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Dec. 25-29: Office Closed for the Holidays

Jan. 1: Happy New Year! Office closed

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Jan. 2: Office Reopens and welcomes 2018!!!

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Our Out of Sight Blindfolded Dining Event is Almost Here!

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Can you believe it’s November already? Fall has officially made its entry in North Carolina, and it finally feels like it! November may have most people focusing on Turkey Day and the rest of the holidays, but not us….not yet! Our main focus is our signature fundraising event of the year: our 6th Annual Out of Sight “Blindfolded” Dining Event happening, Saturday, November 18, 2017, at the Hellenic Center (614 Oakridge Rd, Fayetteville). Join us for Fine “Blindfolded” dining and experience being without sight while dining, if you dare!

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This year we will have LIVE music by That Nation Band and by VRC family member Bruce Bettis. Our Master of Ceremonies is none other than Goldy–Morning Show Host of WFNC 640 talk radio. We’ll have delicious food, an outstanding live auction, and silent auction. The night is always one to remember, and the best part about it is that it raises money exclusively for the VRC and our programs. If you’re interested in upgrading your ticket, make sure to get the VIP package so you that get all of the amenities of the special VIP section where you will receive delicious appetizers and free drinks from 5-6p.m.. Get your tickets NOW at this link. $75 per person or $125 per couple.

A HUGE Thank you to our Out of Sight Dining Experience Sponsors:

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Cape Fear Eye Associates

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Virginia and Tom Colantuono
Ramon Yarborough
Array
Up & Coming
Systel
Better Vision
Mi Casita
SSC
Charles and Judy Luther

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Alysa Buchanan Graphic and Web Design
Western Harnett Lions Club
Brady and Julie Rufenacht

Silent Auction Donors: Pressed, DPAC, Triangle Rock Club, Patriot Theater, Prim & Proper, Cypress Vineyards, Carolina Opry Theatre, Dr. Garcia, Teelc-Travel

A Note from Our Executive Director, Terri Thomas

Terri ThomasThis month is all about Out of Sight Blindfolded Dining. The Vision Resource Center thanks all of our new and returning sponsors. Our sponsors are so important to the progress of our mission providing services to the blind and visually impaired. This year we experienced a few setbacks; our Out of Sight Wing Fling was rained out, and one of our VRC buses had significant air conditioning problems which cost the Center $10,000.00. The buses are utilized to carry our participants over 22,000 miles last year. We keep our participants active and stress independence and advocacy. We need the community more than ever this year to help us to rebuild from the significant hits of the year. We want to be able to help independently and finally get them assistance in their homes to provide skills to maneuver in their homes more independently with one-on-one instruction. Can you imagine losing sight and have to be pulled around everywhere or have to wait for someone to do absolutely everything…? They don’t want their lives to become that either. Please help us to keep the progress going and make a difference in the lives of those that have a vision impairment.
Our participants would love to receive assistive technologies such as equipment to help them identify their clothing, read barcodes in the stores to help them purchase groceries and home products,  and acquire bump dots to allow them to mark things in their homes so they can cook and wash clothes.

We traveled to LC Industries in October; LC Industries is a company that employes the blind, and their equipment is so cool. Having a vision impairment is a very costly disability. Most assistive equipment to aid in the loss of vision starts at $500.00 and can go up to $4,000.00. The staff from the President on down were accommodating and treated us like VIPs. Many of our participants still want to be active and work; we are hoping that our visit will create a great partnership. LC Industries has already ordered 130 of our “Love is Blind” t-shirts. It was AMAZING to see so many visually impaired people working and a company that supports them.

The Vision Resource Center helps our participants to have the most social and independent lives possible. Help us continue our mission. Purchase your 2017 “Out of Sight” Blindfolded Dining Tickets TODAY!!!!!
Party with a Purpose,

~Terri

Coming Up in November:

Nov. 2: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

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Nov. 7: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Nov. 9: Cape Fear Botanical Garden Herbs and Tai Chi performance. Begins at dark…536 N Eastern Blvd, Fayetteville, NC 28301 and “Wait Til Dark,” Cape Fear Regional Theater.

Nov. 14: Join us for an outing at the Fruitcake Factory! Call (910) 483-2719 for more information. 1699 Hoyt Scott Rd, Bear Creek, NC 27207

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Nov. 15: THANKSGIVING Family Meeting. 11-1. You don’t want to miss this informative time together of learning and fellowship! 2886 Owen Drive, Fayetteville NC

Nov. 18: Out of Sight Dining Event. Make sure you have tickets to our signature fundraiser! Hellenic Center, 614 Oakridge Rd, Fayetteville. $75.00pp $125.00/couple

Nov. 23: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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Nov. 24: Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Nov. 28: Tokay 9:30-11:30 am.

Nov. 30: Tokay 9:30-11:30a.m.

Coming Soon:

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Adult Christmas Party Dec 16th: 5-9 pm at the VRC….

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October is Blindness Awareness Month! VRC News and Calendar October 2017

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Join us this month in celebrating Blindness Awareness Month! There are 285 million people in the world who are vision impaired, and 39 million of these people are completely blind. The point is they are all PEOPLE, not just “blind.” They have hopes and dreams and want to be known and seen. A great way to honor them is to volunteer with the VRC! This not only allows for more interaction for our blind and visually impaired, but it allows for more opportunities to do social outings if we have more help in facilitating them. Check out our volunteer form here to start the process. You CAN make a difference! Be a part of Blindness Awareness Month and VOLUNTEER.

A Year in Review 

We’ve had an exciting journey this past year at the VRC. We’ve not only grown our numbers and met new people, but we’ve expanded our programming thanks to our many donors!

This year we were able to add a huge new component to our programming: Independent Living Skills. We’ve always known we wanted to be able to address this for our blind and visually impaired and were finally able to do so because of the generous donations of the Cumberland Community Foundation, United Way of Cumberland County, Wells Fargo, and Chive Charities. We offered courses with Independent Living Skills consultants on cooking, use of technology, and self-care. We even grew the program to add a new program “Outside the VRC Walls” with the help of the Elizabeth Hudspeth Endowment Fund of Cumberland Community Foundation. We are now going into homes of our blind and visually impaired and assessing the day-to-day challenges and problem-solving solutions for daily life. This fund allowed us to have $10,000 to go towards this excellent program. We also had help from the Pay it Forward Endowment for Vision Impaired Youth and the Friends of the VRC Endowment with funding for our programs. We are so grateful our endowments at Cumberland Community Foundation; it’s a gift that we receive annually, with no application process. This assistance allows us to touch more lives in a meaningful and daily way. Consider giving to one of our endowments. Contact Cumberland Community Foundation to help provide us sustainable operating support.

We also want to thank United Way, Wells Fargo, Walmart, and a host of private donors for their continued financial assistance for our operations. We could not exist without this incredible support. Financial gifts allow us to take our blind and visually impaired out to experience the world around them. We’ve been horseback riding at the KopperTop Life Learning Center, attended and participated in a fishing tournament at the Outer Banks, had a hands-on tour of the Aloha Zoo, and even had a tour of the Fruitcake Factory at Christmas. We’ve had social experiences such as dinner theatres at Mike’s Farm, a visit to Duplin Winery, many visits to the Cape Fear Regional Theatre. And as importantly, we’ve emphasized education. We are thankful for the United Way Days of Caring where volunteers helped us with Therapeutic Horticulture at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. This year also included visits to art exhibits at the NC Museum of Art, and in Fayetteville, we’ve made a point to add sensory integration to expand these experiences for all involved.

One of our two biggest fundraisers this year, our 2nd Annual Out of Sight Wing Fling made its mark in Festival Park. We, unfortunately, had a very stormy day to contend with this year, but we still had a dedicated turnout, and the show went on with our wing contest. We’ve got some great ideas for next year and hoped to grow this fundraiser into a much bigger event in the future. We are grateful for our premier sponsor, Mountainaire Farms and their donation of the wings for the event. They rock!

You can’t talk about our year without mentioning summer camp. Our Youth Camp went from July 17-28 and was action-packed! We spent time at Camp Rockfish and Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, visited the NC Museum of Art, and took a trip to the Beach for surfing lessons. The next week we visited the Transportation Museum as well as the Airborne Museum downtown. Then we spent a bulk of the week learning daily skills in independent living. The kids had meaningful sharing and learned some great life skills in the process. Win-win! SUMMER camp THANKS go to Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.(Summertime Kids Grant) Youth Growth Stock Trust and a very friendly Trust in Fayetteville, to ensure our kids have a safe and fun summer camp for children with visual impairment.

Thanks to the Massey Hill Lions Club, our adults were able to attend Camp Dogwood from July 30-August 5. Our adults always love this experience, and we look forward to going every year.

Testimonials: Our Blind and Visually Impaired Share

Vernice is a newcomer to our VRC family and is originally from Compton, California and resided in Clinton, NC before becoming a resident of Fayetteville. When asked what do you like thus far about the VRC:

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“The VRC helps in bringing people in from a variety of organizations that can help us in the community. Many of us don’t get out much, and this makes us aware of what is going on around us. This program helps us to get out of the home and hang out with a diverse group of people. There was no help for me in Clinton. The van transportation with the VRC is helpful. Transportation is difficult for the blind. I am currently trying to utilize the City Fast Trac system, but it’s proving to be a bit confusing. I am fortunate to have someone to take me to appointments and shopping. I realize I am fortunate, but there is nothing better than being independent.”

 

 

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Quince (Q): You have been with the VRC for a while, what do you think is the most valuable asset?

“Hands down socialization. We suffer from isolation so much with our loss of vision, so the trips, independent living skills, and activities are so worthwhile. We need more funding to incorporate more independent life skills classes.”

Quince and Vernice have volunteered to be spokespeople for the VRC, and we will begin utilizing them this month!!!

A Note From Our Executive Director:

Terri ThomasThe VRC continuously works hard to ensure we are giving our people what they need… SOCIALIZATION has been the primary focus this quarter. The most heavily attended programs are our family meeting where we eat lunch, discuss happenings in the community, go over our month’s activities and just share. We had a total of (30) in attendance, and that is an all-time high. The sharing that goes on in this environment is fantastic!

I was invited to attend the Greater Fayetteville United Session, and one of the action items that came out of their survey is that Fayetteville is not disability-friendly. What a wonderful way to get the VRC folk involved. This is a way to show our city what living with a disability entails. We have plans to join the conversations at their meetings with a few of our advocates. What a great way to get our folk out of their homes and making a difference.

WE need you Fayetteville… NC Arts Access provides Cape Fear Regional Theatre with the adaptive equipment for our VRC folk to enjoy the incredible plays they bring to Fayetteville, however, the readers come all the way from Raleigh on those special nights to provide the equipment. IF you are interested in learning how to become a reader please contact the Center, we want this program to continue so we must train readers from our area. This is another great way to give the arts to the blind!! Contact the Center for more details 910-483-2719

Finally, we need you to make our 2017 “Out of Sight” Blindfolded Dining Event bigger than last year. Save the date Saturday, Nov. 18th, Hellenic Center 5-10p.m. Come out and party with the purpose of helping the blind in Cumberland County continue to live fruitful and independent lives!!!

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
~ Helen Keller

Always,
Terri

Coming up in October:

Oct. 3: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Oct. 4: Voting Rocks- Going to Vote in the Primary!

Oct. 5: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Oct 10: Patriot Theatre 14: Using assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired, we will experience a movie-going experience where we can have the movie described through headphones, so the participants get the full movie experience. 4760 Lake Valley Road, Fayetteville. *Time TBD.

Oct. 11: Bowling: 9:30-11:30 am. Located at Lafayette Lanes, this is always a fun outing. 3313 Raeford, Road, Fayetteville.

Oct. 12: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Oct. 14: Historic Tours of Old Fayetteville By Horse and Carriage 1:00 and 2:00 pm. Join us for a lovely carriage ride through downtown Fayetteville.

Oct. 17: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Oct 18: Dollar Store Shopping Trip

Oct. 19: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Oct. 24: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Oct. 25: Family Meeting. 11-1 2886 Owen Drive, Fayetteville NC

Oct 28: Charlie Wilson Concert, PNC Arena

Oct 30: LC Industries, National Disabilities Hiring Month, We are going to Visit!!

Oct. 31: Happy Halloween!

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Please call James to cancel your ride if you need it: (910) 476-6684

Keep watching for more updates! Follow our Facebook page and check out our website for more information.

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Coming Soon:

Mark your calendars for the 6th Annual “Out of Sight” Dining Experience, Saturday, Nov. 18th, St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church and get your tickets early! We need you to come out and support this “eye” opening event. Check our website for more details.

 

September 2017 at the VRC: Updates and Calendar

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There’s something about September that is a shift in focus for our entire community. School is back in session, Fall is coming up, and the days will soon get shorter. We’re excited to see our youth get back into school and though we loved our summer camping experiences, we’re also excited to focus on our fall activities. One of those being our biggest fundraiser of the year, our 6th Annual Out of Sight Blindfolded Dining Experience. We hope you’ll join us on Saturday, Nov. 18th, at  St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church for a night of fun, food, and entertainment, all in raising much-needed funds for the VRC. Event information is on our website. 

We’re also excited to be part of the Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s Community Night Series! We’ll have a table set up in the lobby the night of September 21st during a showing of Dreamgirls. We look forward to meeting more of our community there. We also will have the use of Audio Description Technology for our blind and visually impaired so that they can enjoy the show with more detail as well. Make plans to attend this great show with us–we hear it’s going to sell out!

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As you scroll down through our calendar this month, you may see that it’s “slimmer” looking. We’ve had to cut back on some of our activities,  because we had to make adjustments with our budget shortfall from the Wing Fling event in June. Mother Nature had her way and it poured that day.  This year’s “Out of Sight” Blindfolded Dining is critical in getting funds rolling to continue our level of service to the blind and visually impaired of our community.

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WE need you! If you have expertise in filing documents, answering phones, and a warm heart, we need to you volunteer in our office.  If this appeals to you, please let us know by calling the Center at (910) 483-2719. It takes a village to run this organization, and we need our community right now! To volunteer, please fill out our form on the website.
A Note from Our VRC Executive Director, Terri Thomas

Terri ThomasIt has been (7) years since I became Executive Director of the Center and what I have come to realize to our blind people, SOCIALIZATION is essential!! Blind and visually impaired people want to bond with others that are like them.  There are some cases where people aren’t social butterflies, but in most cases, our population loves to be around each other.  Their zest for life when they are together is infectious.  One of my vets said, ‘My wife wants to come to the activities with me, but I need something for myself.’  I sat with that and thought about how my life would be different if I could not see, being a very active person.  I remembered when my dad fell ill; the friends tapered off from coming to visit or calling.  Isolation is something that happens with our blind and visually impaired. One of my participants stated it is as if people can catch our blindness…like it’s contagious.  I really couldn’t grasp the words they were telling me, but I reflected back on my dad, a man who had been very active, but once dementia started to affect him….like it’s contagious.  No one should be left to feel this way. Our community needs to realize that we ALL need each other, and push out of our comfort zones. Different doesn’t equal contagious!

Our office manager, Alix Worrell is no longer with the Center; she has begun her career at Cape Fear Valley Hospital, and we wish her the best. Because of that, our Office Manager position is open.  In speaking with the Board, we will use volunteers and our very own participants to answer phones, take messages, filing, etc.  My vet was excited about the opportunity to get out of the home and help his Center (giving back and getting out).  It did my heart good to know that we can also help our people participate in the workings of the Center as well as participate in programming.  We will get the devices needed to make their volunteerism successful.  We are also asking the community if you have office skills, come help us out!!! It’s more than just a volunteer opportunity; it is philanthropy at its best. Make sure to call us if you’re interested. (910) 483-2719

Until Next Time,

~Terri

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We thank Cumberland Community Foundation, Summertime Kids Program for allowing us to speak about what funding did for our program this summer.  As a result of this, we received a gift to our Friends of the VRC Endowment.  How is that for making a difference to our blind and visually impaired in our community?

Thanks also to:
Ramon Yarborough         Knights for the Blind Charitable Trust

The Shankar Family     Virginia and Tom Colantuono

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Those above, we thank you for blessing us this month, to continue our mission to enhance the lives of the blind and visually impaired.  It means so much.  Very humble thanks to the Shankar Family.

Coming Up in September:

Sept. 4: Labor Day: Office Closed

Sept. 5: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Sept. 7: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Sept. 12: Patriot Theatre 14: Using assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired, we will experience a movie-going experience where we can have the movie described through headphones, so the participants get the full movie experience.  4760 Lake Valley Road, Fayetteville. *Time TBD.

Sept. 14: 10 am. Join us for a trip to the Farmers’ Market.

Sept. 16: Lake Jordan. 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Youth fun day at the lake with a private pontoon boat tour!

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Sept. 19: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Sept. 21: Cape Fear Regional Theatre: Dreamgirls and Dinner 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm. The VRC will have a table in the lobby for CFRT’s Community Night series. We’ll go to dinner and then to a special performance of the play with Audio Description technology. Call us at (910) 483-2719  if you’d like to join us. 1209 Hay Street, Fayetteville.

Sept. 26: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

Sept. 27: Family Meeting. 11-1 2886 Owen Drive, Fayetteville NC
Coming Soon:

October is Blindness Awareness Month, so stay tuned for some opportunities for learning and sharing!

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Mark your calendars for the 6th Annual “Out of Sight” Dining Experience, Saturday, Nov. 18th,  St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church and get your tickets early! We need you to come out and support this “eye” opening event.  Details to come!!!

Keep watching for more updates! Follow our Facebook page and check out our website for more information.
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A Time of Reflection​ and Renewal: August 2017 at the VRC

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Our “Out of Sight” Camp Explosion held July 17-28  proved to be a definite explosion of fun, education, smiles, sharing, and friendship. We spent time at Camp Rockfish and Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, visited the NC Museum of Art, and took a trip to the Beach for surfing lessons. The next week we visited the Transportation Museum as well as the Airborne Museum downtown. Then we spent a bulk of the second week learning daily skills in independent living. The kids had meaningful sharing and learned some great life skills in the process. Win-win! SUMMER camp THANKS go to Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc., Youth Growth Stock Trust, Cape Fear Kiwanis and FRT, to ensure our kids have a safe and fun summer camp.

 

Thanks to the Massey Hill Lions Club, our adults were able to attend Camp Dogwood from July 30-August 5. Camp Dogwood is a camp run by the Lions that is entirely devoted to the blind and visually impaired. It runs the entire summer and groups go on different weeks. We also thank our VRC driving team for driving and staying to ensure our campers got there safe and were ok while they were there. There are all sorts of recreational and entertaining activities, not to mention good food. This is a true camp experience and therapeutic retreat for our group. Check them out at their website.

A Note from Our Executive Director: Terri Thomas
Terri ThomasHappy August !! This month so far has been a time for reflection and renewed spirit. As an Executive Director, you often wonder if you are telling your story as effectively and passionately as you can. Then you participate in activities such as summer camp, and you’re reminded of how important it is that you tell THEIR story.  The Amazing Places We will Go, by Dr. Suess, gives you a vivid picture of the feelings I felt during my “Out of Sight” Camp Explosion experience this year. “Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!!!,” Dr. Suess reads. Our kids embraced the ENTIRE opportunity. The amazing places we went were Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, Camp Rockfish..Bowling..NC Museum of Art… Surfing with Ocean Cure, Carolina Beach, Etiquette Tips at Shogun Restaurant, and so many more!

The “truth” circle, activity during our “Out of Sight” Camp Explosion inspired my cause for renewal. This activity was a part of the Independent Living skills portion of the camp held the 2nd week. Are there any of our readers that don’t know what an independent living skill is…?? It’s ok. Admit it, it’s something that we don’t have to think about if we have sight. This consists of skills that help you to adapt and navigate the world with your limited vision. It can be as simple as a fold to know what money you have in your pocket, how to scan groceries at the grocery store, how to cook safely…get it?? Ok, the “truth” circle. In the circle, the kids were asked to finish this sentence. “People see me as _____________but I want them to see me as ____________.” The most “telling” answer was, “People see me as a glass window, but I want them to see me as a fun loving, happy, great friend that loves life.” Sit with that thought for a minute. When asked ‘Why the glass window?”, the response was, ‘People see right through me as if I was not there….’ No words can express my emotion in that space; this is why we continue this work in spite of ups and downs, Oh the Places You’ll Go (Dr. Suess). We thank Cumberland Community Foundation, FRT, Youth Growth Stock Trust, and Cape Fear Kiwanis for helping us to provide the amazing places this summer.

Remember, we need volunteers and your financial gifts to keep creating these awesome experiences for our kids and adults. The rainout of the “Out of Sight” Wing Fling hit us hard, but we must continue to do the work. They don’t stop because of their impairment, so we can’t stop advocating and fighting for them.

Please become a part of our mission and our journey and make a difference by contributing online to www.visionresourcecentercc.org or mailing in a check of any amount to keep our wheels of progress going for the Blind and Visually Impaired in our community. Your tax-deductible gift will go towards operating expenses of the adults and kids programming at the VRC.

Be Blessed,
Terri

This Month:

July 30-August 5: VRC Adults Attend Camp Dogwood camp dogwood logo

Aug 8: Patriot Theatre 14: Using assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired, we will experience a movie-going experience where we can have the movie described through headphones, so the participants get the full movie experience. 4760 Lake Valley Road, Fayetteville. *Time TBD.

Aug 9: Bowling: 9:30-11:30 am. Located at Lafayette Lanes, this is always a fun outing. 3313 Raeford, Road, Fayetteville.

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Aug 10: YMCA 9:30-11:30 am. Fitness Center. 2717 Fort Bragg Rd, Fay. NC 28303

Aug 15: YMCA 9:30-11:30 am. Fitness Center. 2717 Fort Bragg Rd, Fay. NC 28303

Aug 16: NC Museum of Art: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Aug 17: YMCA 9:30-11:30 am. Fitness Center. 2717 Fort Bragg Rd, Fay. NC 28303

Aug 22: Gateway to Gold Experience. Massey Hill Rec Center, 1612 Camden Road, Fay, NC 28306

Aug 24: Family Meeting. 11-1 2886 Owen Drive, Fayetteville NC

Aug 29: YMCA 9:30-11:30 am. Fitness Center. 2717 Fort Bragg Rd, Fay. NC 28303

Aug 31: YMCA 9:30-11:30 am. Fitness Center. 2717 Fort Bragg Rd, Fay. NC 28303

Please VOLUNTEER!

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We need YOU!. Please consider joining our team. It’s fun, easy, and you will change lives by helping our blind and visually impaired. If you have questions, please call us or email us at vrc@embarqmail.com

Coming Soon:

State Fair Senior Day- Sept. 7th

Lake trip with the Youth on September 16th:

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In September, Cape Fear Regional Theatre is offering complimentary VRC space in their lobby. CFRT is helping non-profits to get their word out the community. WE THANK them for that. It’s happening Thursday, Sept. 21st – The Vision Resource Center will attend Thursday, September 21 for Dreamgirls.

Mark your calendars for the 6th Annual “Out of Sight” Dining Experience, Saturday, Nov. 18th, St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church ….We need you to come out and support this “eye” opening event. Details to come!!! Buy your tickets or become a sponsor in August and receive $25.00/ticket or $50.00 off sponsors

Keep watching for more updates! Follow our VRC Facebook page and check out our website at www.visionresourcecentercc.org for more information.

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