September Events and Calendar at VRC

September is here, can you believe it?!? Fall is fast approaching and the school year is just beginning, but activities at the VRC have not slowed down. We have so much we want to share about what’s going on in September. Hold onto your hats–it’s about to get BUSY! Come out and join us!

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The VRC Youth went to see the Carolina Panthers at the beginning of the month. We had a blast!

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We can’t say thank you enough, but we’ll try! 

We want to thank Communicare’s Executive Director, Sarah Hallock and the Cumberland County Manager, Amy Cannon for the use of their facility last month for our Family Meetings. We had over 45 blind and visually impaired in attendance as well as their family members, making it one of our biggest family meetings ever. We also want to send a HUGE thank you to Leola Johnson, Dorothy Harris, Johnnye Mae Merkerson for planning and preparing lunch for all who attended the meeting. You, ladies, blessed us with your preparations and your awesome attention-to-detail in planning a lunch for so many! Your generosity touched our hearts!

Big News!

Our much anticipated Independent Living Skills Workshops with Amber Crider will kick off this month! We have one class scheduled for September 9th, and another scheduled on September 23rd. Class schedule 9:30- 2:30 and are available for the first (10) to sign up. We can’t wait to get this program rolling and the get the feedback from the first two groups. Call the center to get scheduled. We couldn’t have done this without funding from Chive Charities and the Walker-Florez Group. The class will be at no charge to the attendees; they will prepare their lunch utilizing electric skillets as part of the workshop!

Mark Your Calendars!

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One of our biggest fundraising events of the year the 5th Annual “Out of Sight” Blindfold Dining will be held on Friday, November 11th! Please contact us at the office at (910) 483-2719 to become a part of this special annual event for the VRC.

 

A Note From Our Executive Director, Terri ThomasTerri Thomas

“My ‘Aha Moment’ for the month of August: We needed another driver for transporting our visually impaired to their daily activities, and since I have not hired one yet, I have to drive. Driving means picking up and dropping off our people as well as serving as their eyes for the event. Well, I didn’t want to drive with all the daily demands of being an Executive Director…a slew of extra responsibilities that many cannot imagine. I drove and had an Aha Moment. I was supposed to drive to hear the laughter, to feel the compassion, to see those less visually impaired, help those that are blind or vision loss is worse, and to listen to the compliments of what the program means to them from the heart. The Aha reminded me why I am here and why it is so important. I was glad I was able to drive.
Please come out and volunteer, you WILL make a difference in the lives of our visually impaired.

Summer Wrap-Up: It was a great summer for the adults and kids. The adult’s thank the Massey Hill Lions Club afforded the adults the opportunity to attend Camp Dogwood, a week-long summer camp outside of Charlotte where they enjoy boating, canoeing, shopping, games, socialization and many other camp activities. The kids had a great two (2) week summer camp, Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, Ellington White, Camp Rockfish, and Cape Fear Regional Theatre. Thanks, Summertime Kids (CCF), Youth Growth Stock Trust, Chive Charities and our local trusts, we could not do it without you. What an AWESOME summer!!

We’re looking forward to an outstanding fall. Call the office to sign up to volunteer with us–then I want to hear your Aha Moments too!’

~Terri

Happening in September:

Sept. 1: Carolina Panthers’ Game! 7:30 in Charlotte. We are taking seven youth to enjoy a Panther’s game live and in-person.14199553_1038822162903939_4756465644888085574_n

Sept. 5: Office Closed for Labor Day Holiday

Sept. 6: J.D. Fuller: 9:30-11:30 am. Walking. We will take anyone who would like to go for a group walk to 6627 Old Bunce Road, Fayetteville.

Sept. 8: Cape Fear River Boats Tour: 10:30- 2 pm. We’ll be taking our adults on a tour of the Cape Fear River on a real river boat! Call the center to sign up! (910) 483-2719img_7859

 

Sept. 9: Independent Living Skills Workshop: 9:30- 2 pm. Come to a special time of learning with Amber going over many of the necessary skills needed to care for your everyday needs. Only ten slots are available. Please call the office to sign up!

Sept. 10: Youth Outing! Horseback Riding at Kopper Top Life Learning Center in Liberty, NC. Wear sturdy shoes and come prepared to make some new equine friends!

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Sept. 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

Sept. 14: Farmers’ Market and lunch: 10- 1:30 pm. some-of-the-great-produceJoin us for an outing to Raleigh to check out the State Farmers’ Market. *We still need volunteers for this outing. Call us at the office to help!

Sept. 15: Million Dollar Quartet Play: Arts Access of our Raleigh will have devices on hand to visualize the play as it’s occurring on the stage. These audio-described performances are similar to what we experience when we go to the movies in Fayetteville as a group.

Sept. 20: Patriot Theatre 14: 11 am. 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.

Sept. 21: Bowling: 9:30-11:30 am. Located at Lafayette Lanes, this is always a fun outing. 3313 Raeford, Road, Fayetteville.

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Sept. 22: Family Meeting: 11-1. Join us to learn more about what we’re doing with the individuals we work with at our Family Meeting in the Communicare building.

Sept. 23: Independent Living Skills Workshop: 9:30- 2 pm. Come to a special time of learning with Amber going over many of the necessary skills needed to care for your everyday needs. Only ten slots are available. Please call the office to sign up!

TokaySept. 27: 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. 28: Bingo: 10-12, in the Communicare building

Sept. 29: 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

ON THE HORIZON: October is Blind Awareness Month! So make sure to look for the activities we will include to bring awareness to our blind and visually impaired.

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SAVE the DATE: 2016 “Out of Sight” Dining Event!!!!

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VRC Spotlight: Khalil Middleton

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Khalil Middleton is a Veteran of the US Army and Air Force, recently began his loss of sight journey but has been very instrumental in starting an important ministry for us the mobile barber program. Khalil had been having problems getting to a barber and is unable to cut his hair himself due to the vision impairment. We commend Khalil on his vision. Bernard Webb is now our mobile barber, and we are so excited about this new program. The ladies are coming next. Stay tuned.

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VRC August Events and Newsletter

 

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Learning the finer points of surfing with Ocean Cure at Carolina Beach last month.

 

We have had the best summer at VRC! Just this past month we picked up four new clients, which is awesome. We’ve had the greatest adventures and learning experiences and look forward to even more this August! Because camp is coming!!!!

Last month our blind and visually impaired had a great experience learning to surf. It was outstanding! We also had a Farmers’ Market excursion that everyone loved! And we had the largest family meeting we have had in a long time with 40+ in attendance to learn what their family members are doing with us and how they can help the VRC.


Summer Camp is THIS MONTH….!!!!summer camp

Thank you to all of our volunteers who will be helping us. Our youth camp is August 1-5 and then August 8-12. We’re calling it our “Out of Sight Camp Explosion.” We know our youth are guaranteed to have a ball!

Our adults will be heading out to Camp Dogwood for the first week of August, and we want to thank the Massey Hill Lions Club for making summer camp possible for the 20 adults who will be heading out to the Lake Norman area for an exciting week of fun and learning. We could not do this trip without you!

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Also, go ahead and mark your calendars NOW for our “Out of Sight Blindfolded Dining” fundraiser which will be held on Friday, November 11th! This unique dining experience will help you truly understand the lives of our blind and visually impaired as you partake of a meal without the assistance of your vision. It is a truly teachable moment in time, but with a lot of fun and laughter thrown in! Tickets are $75 for a dinner that starts at 6pm and lasts until 11 pm. There are also sponsorships available we would love for you to be a part of the successful event. Reserve your table and seats TODAY. It will be another sell out this year. Please contact our Office Manager Aix Worrell at our office to get your tickets soon! (910) 483-2719.

A Note from Our Executive Director, Terri Thomas:

Terri ThomasWe thank Ocean Cure, a nonprofit that gives kids with any disability the ability to surf. It was such a fantastic day, our children went to Carolina Beach and rode the waves on a surfboard. Laci told me, ‘Ms. Terri, I want to surf competitively.’ And I said to her, “Why not?” I love that our kids push the limits. Many sighted have never attempted surfing, and our children LOVE it. The Ocean Cure crew treats our children like royalty and provide a safe and encouraging environment. The VRC is making a difference with kids and adults in our community. We need the community’s help to keep the wheels of progress turning at our Center, so please come out and support our 5th annual “Out of Sight” Blindfolded Dining experience. Don’t be afraid of the blindfold: try it, take it off, and think about why you took the blindfold off. Then consider what you would do if you could not have taken it off. The VRC is here in the community for those that cannot take the blindfold off. Chive Charities just awarded us $25,000.00 to keep the wheels rolling, for summer camp for our youth, purchasing Amazon Echoes and aiding in the expansion of our independent living skills programming. They look out for nonprofits that that need more exposure, and we thank Chive for believing in our Mission.  And you can help us too! In fact, please consider in helping if you feel led with some of our current needs listed below:

Independent Living Skills Classes we need…..
Instructors $80.00/hr
Crock Pots $20.00
George Foreman Grills $25.00
Electric Skillets $20.00
Canes $15.00
Sunglasses $10-$15.00
Cooking Supplies $50.00/class
Amazon Echo(s) $169.00
Bump Dots $5.00 (used to mark the cooking appliances in class and at home)
Rental space to hold classes (donation) twice a week for 2-hour sessions
Braille instructor $20/hr
Color identifier $130.00 each

We want to make a stronger presence in Cumberland County. Help us by spreading the word that we are here for the blind and visually impaired, be a volunteer, or help us to provide independent living skills to our population.

All the Best,

~Terri
Happenings in August:

August 1-6: Camp Dogwood (Adult trip)

August 1-12: Youth Out of Sight Camp Explosion!
Week 1: 

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Cape Fear Botanical Gardens

8/1: Botanical Gardens 9:30-11:00am and Ellington White 1-3:30pm
8/2: Botanical Gardens 9:30-11 am, “Eat Smart, Move More” 11-12 and Ellington White 1-3:30pm
8/3: Botanical Gardens 9:30-11:00 am, “Eat Smart, Move More” 11-12, and , Ellington White 1-3:30pm
8/4: Camp RockFish 9–3:30pm
8/5: Camp RockFish 9-3:30p.m.

 

Week 2:

 

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Cape Fear Regional Theatre

8/8: Cape Fear Regional Theatre 9:00-3:30pm
8/9: Cape Fear Regional Theatre 9:00-3:30pm
8/10: Cape Fear Regional Theatre 9:00-3:30pm
8/11: Cape Fear Regional Theatre 9:00-3:30pm
8/12: Cape Fear Regional Theatre (CFRT) 9-1:00p.m. , CFRT PERFORMANCE 2:00p.m.

 

Saturday, 8/13: JORDAN LAKE TRIP! Leave 9:30am, Lake 12-4pm, Return 6:00pm

Aug. 16: Patriot Theatre 14. 11 am. 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.

Aug. 17: Bowling. 9:30-11:30 am. Located at Lafayette Lanes, this is always a fun outing. 3313 Raeford, Road, Fayetteville.

Aug. 18: 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

Aug. 23: Paralympic Summer Experience Day: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. paralympic sport club The Fayetteville Paralympic Sports Club is offering Archery, Boccia, and Goalball in the setting of a Paralympic Experience. Come with us! Massey Hill Recreation Center, 1612 Camden Road, Fayetteville.

Aug. 24: Bingo at Communicare Building. Let’s see if luck is on your side and you win a nice prize!
Aug. 25 : Family Meeting from 11 am to 12:45 pm. Find out what is happening at our Center and with the participants. Having family members present is wonderful so that you can learn about what we’re planning and how we help the visually impaired and blind people that we serve.

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

Aug. 31: 10 am. Join us for a Dollar Store day to shop and then go out to lunch!

On the Horizon:

One of our biggest fundraising events of the year is our “Out of Sight” Blindfold Dinner. We will need your help with sponsorship as well as silent auction items. Please contact us at the office at (910) 483-2719 to become a part of this special annual event for the VRC. More information coming soon!

Please call with any questions or would like to VOLUNTEER (910) 483-2719.
Also, check out our website at www.visionresourcecentercc.org.
Follow us on our Facebook page for weekly updates as well.
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VRC July 2016 Calendar and Events

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Taking a break for a quick picture on our Washington, D.C. trip!

The lazy days of summer don’t exist here at the Vision Resource Center! In fact, it’s one of our busiest times. Not only did we take an outstanding trip to Washington, D.C. mid-June, but we also added 5 new members to serve just in June alone. Things here have been rocking, and we have all of our supporters and hardworking volunteers to thank for this!

Speaking of Thank you’s….

We want to send a hearty thank you to The Cumberland County Commissioners for allowing us to receive money in the 2016-2017 budget as a nonprofit that serves health and human services. We truly value being able to grow and assist even more of the blind and visually impaired of Cumberland County in a variety of creative ways, and your support enables us to do just this.

Thank you also to the Arts Council for helping to fund our EPIC Washington, D.C. trip on June 22-23. This was the first time we had taken our group on a trip like this, and it was an absolutely enriching experience for all involved. We also can not thank our volunteers that traveled with us and helped on the trip enough. We have a special shout out from all who attended to DJ Shaymix Entertainment for the great music and laughs on the bus. We had so much fun with you!

Lastly, we want to thank United Way for continually supporting our programs and development of those that we serve. We could not do any of the good we do without you.

Summer Camp is COMING….  we need youth mentors (volunteers) starting at age 14 and campers ages 6-19. Dates: August 1-August 12th Out of Sight Camp Explosion.. Guaranteed to have a ball…

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Alix has already settled in and is doing so much to help us stay organized as well as helping with our programming. We are so happy she is here and look forward to great things. We thank her for her heart for the people that we serve and for volunteering with us as well! If you need assistance in any way, call her at the office at (910) 483-2719 as well as to RSVP for events.

 

A Note from Our Executive Director, Terri Thomas: Terri Thomas

The DC trip was AWESOME; we had (24) visually impaired participants and (10) volunteers attend.  We visited the White House, Lincoln Memorial, World War II Memorial, Smithsonian, American History Museum, Changing of the Guard in the Arlington Cemetery, etc.  All the places you go to see while in DC, however, this time for me was different.  I got a chance to witness how people with little or no vision experience history.  It was soul moving to watch the tears as the veterans walked up to the Lincoln Memorial and listened to the clatter of the shoes, movement of the rifles and sound of TAPS during the changing of the guard.  The touching of the quotes at the MLK Memorial while reading aloud.  The laughter.  Many admitted they didn’t want to come because they couldn’t see, but I promised them the tours would take them into consideration. They admitted on the way home; they are so glad they came. The trip reminded me of why I am in my position and thankful that I help to make a difference, making the world better for someone else. AMAZING (sums it up in one word). The VRC again thanks our County Commissioners; we had (25) of our participants to come out and support Alvin Ricks as she spoke to the Commissioners during the budget meeting as to why to fund us and we took (35) down to thanks the Commissioners after their decision.  The county’s support is so important to our organization it will help us in reaching more of our visually impaired in our community.  Our group knows the importance of gratitude and appreciation. We THANK all our supporters and volunteers; we COULD NOT do it without them.  Happy July!

~Terri

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Coming Up in July:

July 5: J.D. Fuller. 9:30-11:30 am. Walking. We will take anyone who would like to go for a group walk to 6627 Old Bunce Road, Fayetteville.

July 7: Join us for a trip to not one but TWO Farmers’ Markets! t-and-t-farmers-market-570834We will head out from VRC at 10 am and enjoy lunch along the way. Come enjoy picking out produce and talking to the friendly staff at both Rielly Road Farmers’ Market (445 N Reilly Road, Fayetteville) and at T&T Farmers’ Market (3755 Cumberland Road, Fayetteville). Lunch at Fayettegrill (4582 Cumberland Road, #114, Fayetteville).  

July 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

July 14 : Family Meeting from 11 am to 12:45 pm. Find out what is happening at our Center and with the participants.  Having family members present is wonderful so that you can learn about what we’re planning and how we help the visually impaired and blind people that we serve.

July 17: Surfing Trip! 6:30 am to 4:30 pm. All youth may join us for a special surfing trip provided by Ocean Cure Foundation at Carolina Beach, NC. Check out their website at www.ocean-cure.org  Breakfast will be provided, and bring lunch money. RSVP at (910)483-2719. Spaces are limited!VRC Ocean Cure JULY 2016 REVISED (3) THE ONE

July 19: Patriot Theatre 14. 11 am. 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.

July 20:  Bowling. 9:30-11:30 am. Located at Lafayette Lanes, this is always a fun outing. 3313 Raeford, Road, Fayetteville.bowling vrc

 

July 26: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am Time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville.

 

July 28: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am We get the opportunity to go to Tokay and spend time at their fitness center for a second time this week to use their equipment and get in shape! 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville.

 

COMING SOON…

All VRC Youth: Make plans for August 15th to join us at a special YOUTH SUMMER EVENT! Saturday, from 11-3pm at Jordan Lake, Chapel Hill, NC. We will take a private boat tour on a pontoon boat and arrive at a private island where the youth will learn how to paddle board and will then have a BBQ. Only 14 can attend due to the boat space, so reserve your spot now! Call (910)483-2719 to attend.VRC LAKE JORDAN

Also make sure to plan for our Paralympic Training coming up on August 23rd! More details coming soon!rio logo

VRC Spotlight: Johnnye Merkerson

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Johnnye Merkerson, pictured here (left).

Johnnye has a ZEST for life.  She attends most all activities at the VRC.  During the trip back from D.C. she gave a little speech, here were a few of her best words…. ” I so appreciate the volunteers and the members of the families that came to help us, it is so hard to find good volunteers and each of you treated us as if we were your family, and it means so much.” ~Johnnye Merkerson.

Always helping others that are less sighted than she.  She is an AMAZING woman and the Center loves all the energy that she brings.

 

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VRC: June Calendar and Events

We can’t say thank-you enough, but we’ll keep trying!

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The Out of Sight Wing Fling on May 7th was phenomenal! We can’t thank all of the sponsors and competitors enough for such an outstanding event. We raised $5,000 that will go towards our programming for independent living skills for our blind and visually impaired. We are just thrilled at this and how much this will enable us to enrich lives this summer and the rest of the year. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts–we are already looking forward to next year!

We also want to thank The United Way for the Days of Caring crew for the event we attended on May 12th at the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens. It was an outstanding day, andIMG_20160512_101934243 we were particularly blown away by how much the volunteers knew about the garden and were able to educate our people on some things. They loved it; smiles were everywhere.

Many thanks also to all that came and helped with our May 22nd pool party for the youth at Camp Rockfish. Everyone had such a blast and enjoyed the time to get out in the sun and have our first swim of 2016! We, unfortunately, have to say goodbye to one of our youth, Michael McIntryre; he is moving to Ohio to help his mom take care of his grandmother. He is not only a participant but a mentor to our group.

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Summer Camp is COMING…. we need youth mentors (volunteers) starting at age 14 and campers ages 6-19. Dates: August 1-August 12th Out of Sight Camp Explosion.. Guaranteed to have a ball…

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A Note from Our Executive Director, Terri Thomas:

WOW…..

We want to thank all our sponsors for helping us to make the 2016 “Out of Sight” Wing Fling a SUCCESS:

 

 

We could not have done it without our Board, Committee, Staff, Vendors, Walker-Florez Competitors, Judges ( Councilman Bobby Hurst, Motivational Speaker, Don Serate, Dave “The Print Guy” and Tiffany Whitfield), Entertainment, etc. If I left anyone out, charge my mind and not my heart. We could not have asked for a better day to spread the word and raise money for the blind and visually impaired in our community. Congratulations again to our winners, Mother Cluckers, People’s Choice Winners and Jay’s Crazy Chicken, Out of Sight Wing Winner by the judges.

Our participants asked for it, and they got it we are on our way to DC….!

We’ll leave on June 22 and return on June 23. It’ll be a packed and great experience with a tour of the Capitol Building, a White House Tour, 4 hours guided tour of DC on a bus, tram tour through Arlington Cemetery, Dinner and free time at the Smithsonian, all with a one night stay near DC. We are at full capacity with 34 adults attending this trip. Our participants are very excited, and we’re looking forward to facilitating more of these types of activities for our blind and visually impaired of Cumberland County. We can’t wait to take part and then share with you how this experience went!

Until Next Time,

~Terri

 
Coming Up in June:

June 7: J.D. Fuller. 9:30-11:30 am. Walking. We will take anyone who would like to go for a group walk to 6627 Old Bunce Road, Fayetteville.

 
June 9: Myers Recreation Center: 10 am to 12. Goal Ball! A team sport for the blind and visually impaired where teams of three try to throw a ball that has bells embedded in it into the opponent’s’ goal.Come out and volunteer with us, you will have a blast and laugh a lot with us! 1018 Rochester Drive, Fayetteville

June 13: Budget Meeting County Commissioners

June 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

June 16: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time at Tokay at their fitness center for a second time this week to use their equipment and get in shape! 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

June 20: County Commissioners Meeting

June 22-23: Washington D.C .Trip: We’ll meet at the CENTER on Wednesday, June 22nd at washington-dc4:30 am for our trip. If you need a pickup, you MUST be ready by 2:30 am. We will return on June 23. **This trip is only for the adults we serve**

June 28: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am Time at Tokay at their fitness center to use their equipment. 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville.

June 29: Dollar Store and Lunch: 10 am. We will go shopping and then get lunch out. Come join us for a fun social outing.

June 30: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am We get the opportunity to go to Tokay and spend time at their fitness center for a second time this week to use their equipment and get in shape! 328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville.

VRC Spotlight: Michael McIntrye

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Michael McIntrye has been a member of our Center for five years. He is 17 years old and attended Gray’s Creek High School. Mike is such a hard worker; he worked with Carlie C’s in Hope Mills in the meat department. His dream is to become a chef and own his restaurant on a farm, where all the products used in the restaurant will come from that farm. Mike is leaving us to help his mom take care of his grandmother, but we love him and will miss him a lot. He helped all the youth whose visually impairment was worse than his own; his never complained and helped out ALWAYS… We’re gonna miss you, Mike…

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Our group had a PHENOMENAL time completing art classes at the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens last month. We look forward to more of these! 

Please call with any questions or would like to VOLUNTEER (910) 483-2719.
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Vision Resource Center May 2016 Calendar and Events

April was an outstanding month for all of us at the Vision Resource Center, and May is slated to be a busy and productive month as well! We have a brand new event that we are hosting coming up: The Out of Sight Wing Fling on May 7th (details below!) as well as multiple opportunities for education and enrichment. We’re also in preparations for an exciting trip to Washington DC in June!

But First….Some Thank Yous:

We want to thank Haymount United Methodist Church and OperationInAsMuch, for a great experience for our group at the Luke 14 Banquet.

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Luke 14 Banquet

It was a great time of fellowship, fun, and food. Thank you also to the Cape Fear Regional Theatre for offering such an excellent production of “Arsenic and Old Lace.” It’s a great show and those of us from the VRC who attended thoroughly enjoyed our entire experience there. And a huge shoutout to Millstone 14 for their excellent customer service in our private showing of “The Jungle Book.” Our kids enjoyed every minute of it. We had the best service from the staff there, and the Descriptive Movie Assistive Technology allowed some of our group to experience movies again with reduced sight! Lastly, thank you to Community Concerts for 14 tickets to Jay Leno last month. We had a blast at the show–it was a great experience for all of our group that attended!

 

A Message from Our Executive Director, Terri Thomas

chicken hat pic vrc“Come out and PARTY with a PURPOSE, enriching the blind with the skills they need keep them independent. The Out of Sight Wing Fling dollars will go to just that. Our participants need the skills. However, the skills cost so much money. Can you imagine waking up and your sight is gone, all you once knew is no more. Wouldn’t you want to have the skills to continue in life sightless? …..I know you all would !!!! Help us to continue making a DIFFERENCE, See you all on this Saturday, May 7th, 3:00-7:00 p.m. J.P. Riddle Stadium, Home of the SwampDogs. Tickets: $5.00 General Admission, $3.00 Seniors/Military, $2.00 Children under 13.

All at: http://www.outofsightwingfling.com

There are still spots for competitors so contact us ASAP to heighten the competition at this Out of Sight event.

See you there!”

~Terri

Coming Up this Month:

May 7: Out of Sight Wing Fling! We are so excited to premiere this new fundraiser for VRC: a celebration of food, fellowship, and our outstanding cultural community! The event will be held at J.P. Riddle Stadium from 3 pm to 7 pm. Teams will compete for the best wings in Fayetteville, there will be awesome food, great vendors, live music, an outstanding DJ, food trucks, a Kids Zone, and best of all, the Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin’ Challenge! Tickets are only $5.00 to enjoy this great event. More details at: www.outofsightwingfling.com
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May 10: J.D. Fuller. 9:30-11:30 am. Walking. We will take anyone who would like to go for a group walk to 6627 Old Bunce Road, Fayetteville.

May 12: Myers Recreation Center: 10 am to 12. Goal Ball! A team sport for the blind and visually impaired where teams of three try to throw a ball that has bells embedded in it into the opponent’s goal.

Our participants enjoy the competition. Come out and volunteer with us, you will have a blast and laugh a lot with us. 1018 Rochester Drive, Fayetteville

May 17: Arts and the Botanical. 2-5 pm. Art at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden with New York Artist, Ginny Sykes. 536 N Eastern BlvdFayetteville, NC.

May 18: Bowling. 9:30-11:30 am. Located at Lafayette Lanes, this is always a fun outing. 3313 Raeford, Road, Fayetteville.

May 23: Creative Movement Class. 3:30-4:30 pm Join us at Dorothy Gilmore Therapeutic Recreation Center for a class called “Calming Creative Movement.” The more we move the5b121f64c7abe3d366b75fdad221ca83 better our balance, strength and energy become. Explore movement using balls, scarves, and soothing music. For ages 13 and up. 1600 Purdue Drive, Fayetteville.

May 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

May 26: Family Meetings from 11 am to 1 pm. Find out what is happening at our Center and with the participants. Having family members present is wonderful so that you can learn about what we’re planning and how we help the visually impaired and blind people that we serve.

Coming Up in June:

DC TRIPWe will take an exciting trip to Washington, DC. We’ll leave on June 22 and return on June 23. It’ll be a packed and great experience with a tour of the Capitol Building, a White House Tour, 4 hours guided tour of DC on a bus, tram tour through Arlington Cemetery, Dinner and free time at the Smithsonian, all with a one night stay near DC. Cost: As low as $269.00 Deposit of $50 due Friday, May 13th. Sign up at the VRC–you will need your SS# and full legal name to sign up. *This trip is only for the adults we serve.
Please know that we have more weekly events at our center located at 1600 Purdue Dr, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28304. Please call with any questions you may have at (910) 483-2719. Also, check out our website at www.visionresourcecentercc.org. Also, follow us on our Facebook page for weekly updates as well.
Please follow this blog and make a habit of commenting and sharing! We love your feedback and want to work the hardest that we can on providing the best of resources to the blind and visually impaired of Cumberland County.

Once again, we want to thank our sponsors for the Out of Sight Wing Fling. We could not do the good work we do without your help:

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Smokin’ Hot Sponsors
Buffalo Wild Wings
Epic Studio Productions
2016 All-Star Game, Fayetteville
Systel
Kiwanis International, Cape Fear Chapter
Mountaire
Array Magazine
Shay Mix, Inc.
Ramon Yarborough
John Wesley Jones
Wes and Lucy Jones

Spiced Right Sponsor
Better Vision Optometric Center, P.A.
Dr. Poulos
Watermark Homes

Sauced Up Sponsors
Faircloth, Chestnutt & Company, LLP
Cape Fear Valley Health
Wade Hardin Plumbing
Jenny Cooney
Cashwell Appliance Parts
NFB Cumberland County Chapter
SSC LLC

Sweet Side Sponsor
Carol Foster
Alice Stephenson
Dr. Mark Kendrick
Gordon and Meg Dixon
Always Flowers by Crenshaw
Warren Hahn
John and Linda Noblin
Patty and Phil Nusbaum
Ferncreek Primary Care
Bitter Sweet Boutique
Quintex Low Vision

VRC April Calendar and Events

March was such an outstanding month for us here at the Vision Resource Center. We had some great social activities as well as educational opportunities. We want to thank the Mayor and Fayetteville City Council for passing the City ParaTransit Amendment at their March 29th meeting. The amendment will help the blind that we serve travel independently throughout the city. We also give a huge thank you to Cypress Bend Vineyards for how well you take care of your customers! We had such a pleasant evening at their Jazzy Friday event. There was a great variety of music and great service.
Coming up in April we have a full calendar!!! Read below for the happenings, and don’t forget about our special event in May: The “Out of Sight Wing Fling” on May 7th at J.P. Riddle Stadium! All funds raised from this event will be used to support the VRC. Sign up to be a contestant and compete for “Out of Sight” and “People’s Choice” winner for best chicken wings! More information about the event www.outofsightwingfling.com for tickets, to sponsor this event, or to register your team. We can’t wait–it’s going to be a great day of fun, food and fellowship! We would love to have you volunteer for any of our April events and at our “Out of Sight” Wing Fling.

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Coming up in April:

April 5: John D. Fuller Recreation Center:
We will gather and go for a walk from 9:30 to 11:30 am. A great social event and an opportunity to keep fit! 6627 Bunce Road, Fayetteville

April 7: Unilever: Our participants go shopping for Unilever products such as Dove, Axe, Lipton, etc. at discounted prices. Come out and volunteer with us. 101 Faberge Rd. Raeford NC

April 12: Tokay Fitness Center: From 9:30 to 11 am.
Another great opportunity to work on our wellness goals together.
328 West Hamilton Street, Fayetteville

April 13: Arsenic and Old Lace at the Cape Fear Regional Theatre: We are so excited to attend this production of a classic story. We thoroughly enjoy live performances at this theatre and know this one will be great as well. Located at 1209 Hay Street, Fayetteville

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April 14: Myers Recreation Center: 10 am to 12. Goal Ball! A team sport for the blind and visually impaired where teams of three try to throw a ball that has bells embedded in it into the opponent’s’ goal. Our participants enjoy the competition. Come out and volunteer with us, you will have a blast and laugh a lot with us. 1018 Rochester Drive, Fayetteville

April 16: *We have 2 events this Saturday*
the-jungle-book-film-20159:30 am: All VRC Youth are invited to join us for a special screening of the The Jungle Book at Millstone 14. We have the opportunity for a private screening of this movie with Descriptive Movie assistive technology. Bring money for snacks. RSVP Terri at 483-2719 and we will be meeting at the theatre at 9:30 am. 5943 Camden Road, Fayetteville

11:30 am: HUMC today1Luke 14, Round-Up presented by Haymount United Methodist Church. Our adult participants look forward to this program that includes music, dancing and food brought to us all by Operation Inasmuch. Located at 1700 Fort Bragg Rd, Fayetteville.

April 19: Patriot Theatre 14. 11 am. 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.

April 20: Bowling. 9:30-11:30 am. Located at Lafayette Lanes, this is always a fun outing. 3313 Raeford, Road, Fayetteville.

April 21: 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

802055_338b998569554091bf83ec9f74c3809dApril 26: Barn Dinner Theatre, Greensboro. Smoke On the Mountain. Meet at 10 am.

April 28: Family Meeting from 11 am to 1 pm. Find out what is happening at our Center and with the participants. Having family members present is wonderful so that you can learn about what we’re planning and how we help the visually impaired and blind people that we serve.

 
Coming Soon:

WingFlingLogo-300x300Our “Out of Sight” Wing Fling at JP Riddle Stadium is coming up on May 7th! April 15th is our deadline for vendors, sponsors, and competitors, so please contact us to be a part of this event! Call us at the office at (910) 483-2719 or check out the website for more information: www.outofsightwingfling.com

On May 12th, we will host the United Way Days of Caring at the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens. You won’t want to miss this great day!

 
VRC Spotlight:

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Theresa Steele Williams of Fayetteville. She came to the Vision Resource Center in hopes of obtaining assistive technology equipment to help her to remain viable in our community. Ms. Williams prepares taxes with AARP, and she also assists the Cumberland County Coordinating Council for Older Adults with helping seniors with Medicare and Medicaid Insurance information. Florence Rogers Trust allowed us to receive funding to purchase a TOPAZ Ph.D., which is a laptop size magnifier that will aid Ms. Williams in continuing the jobs that she loves. Ms. Williams will utilize this equipment for 2 weeks under our Vision Resource Center Loaned Equipment Program. In the picture, you see Ms. Williams holding the TOPAZ and smiling from ear to ear. Our blind participants want to be viable and useful in our community, and we are so glad we could be a part of her happiness.

Terri’s Corner: Thoughts from the VRC Executive Director

Terri Thomas“I am learning new things about my job daily…And what I know for sure is like Ms. Williams, our participants want to remain as independent and viable of a lifestyle as they can. They just need the tools and mechanism to help them to do it. We need the community. The Vision Resource Center needs your help to provide our participants (adults and youth) with the skill set and assistive technologies to help them remain viable citizens in our community. Please donate to our efforts–no amount is too small. It doesn’t stop there; then we need you to come out and see how you made a difference in a blind person’s life. It is a very “eye” opening experience.

Thank you, Friends!”

~Terri

 

 
These are just the highlights. Please know that we have more weekly events at our center located at 1600 Purdue Dr, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28304. Please call with any questions you may have at (910) 483-2719. Also, check out our website at www.visionresourcecentercc.org. Also, follow us on our Facebook page for weekly updates as well.

Please follow this blog and make a habit of commenting and sharing! We love your feedback and want to work the hardest that we can on providing the best of resources to the blind and visually impaired of Cumberland County.

March 2016: VRC Events and Activities

So many good things have been going on here at the Vision Resource Center! We had an outstanding February. We were honored by United Way of Cumberland County with the 2015 Partner Agency Award for 2015. We are excited to continue to work with United Way and expand our partnership in the future!

We also had an amazing experience at the Rodin Exhibit last month at Methodist College. Being able to put on latex gloves and actually touch the exhibit was an entirely new way to experience artwork, and our blind and visually impaired thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Our trip to cook with Chef Bill of B & B Catering was awesome! It was amazing how Chef Bill worked with the kids; they truly felt like gourmet chefs for the day.  Many wowed themselves with the outcome of the meal, but most importantly that they did it on their own.

 

Coming up in March:

March 1 : John D. Fuller Center Recreation Center. We will gather and go for a walk from 9:30-11:30 am. This is a great time to socialize and get healthy!

March 3 : Tokay. From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time over at their fitness center to use their equipment. This is another great opportunity to interact and work on our wellness goals.

March 8 : Board meeting at VRC. 5:30 pm. Please join us–everyone is welcome to sit in on our meetings.

March 10 : Myers Recreation Center. 10 am-12. We will play Goal Ball. Goal Ball is a team sport for the blind and visually impaired where teams of three try to throw a ball that has bells embedded in it into the opponents’ goal. This is great fun–and if you haven’t played before, you will laugh a lot with us when you join in!

March 11 : Cypress Bend Vineyards. 6 pm. Join us for the Blackwater Rhythm and Blues and listen to some great jazz! cyp_ft_m2_sp11

March 15 : Patriot Theatre. 11 am. Using special technology for the blind and visually impaired, we will experience a movie-going experience like no other. Our community will have the opportunity to have a movie described over headphones in order to fully comprehend what’s going on on the screen without being able to see it. This is a great time for all who come.

March 16 : Bowling. 9:30-11:30 am

March 22 : Tokay. From 9:30 to 11 am we will have time over at their fitness center to use their equipment.

March 24 : Family Meeting. from 11 am-1 pm. This is a great time to come to the Center and find out what we have going on. We love to have family members present to learn about what we are planning and how we can help each visually impaired person that we serve.

March 25 : GOOD FRIDAY: VRC will be closed.

March 30 : 10:00 am.We will take a trip to the Dollar Store to shop and will follow that up with lunch.

Coming Soon:

In the coming months we have quite a few exciting activities coming up. We will be going to the Cape Fear Regional Theatre to see “Arsenic and Old Lace” on April 13th. Then we will also head to Greensboro on April 26th to see “Smoke on the Mountain” at the Barn Dinner Theatre. We are looking forward to some great outings and know everyone will enjoy both of these shows!

 

WingFlingLogo-300x300We are also looking forward to our FIRST ANNUAL Out of Sight Wing Fling coming up on May 7th! It will be held at JP Riddle Stadium, home of the SwampDogs! Is your favorite wing recipe a winner? Download the complete details including official competition guidelines, sponsorship signups, and vendor registration. Check it all out at our website. We need your support to make this event great.

Call us at the office to help: (910) 483-2719.

More details coming soon!

 

 

VRC Spotlight: Edna Dawson

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“The Vision Resource Center means a lot to me. It allows me to get out and not look at the four walls (what I can see of them) in my home, and I get to communicate with other people,” Edna said.

We love spending time with you, Edna, and look forward to many more outings!

 

These are just the highlights. Please know that we have many more weekly events at our center located at 1600 Purdue Dr, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28304. Please call with any questions you may have at (910) 483-2719. Also check out our website at www.visionresourcecentercc.org. Also follow us on our Facebook page for weekly updates as well.

Please follow this blog and make a habit of commenting and sharing! We love your feedback, and want to work the hardest that we can on providing the best of resources to the blind and visually impaired of Cumberland County.