April Bring FRESH Activities to the VRC!

 

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Tai Chi is a new program we’re excited to offer at the VRC!

 

Are you ready to dance for a purpose and that purpose be your health? We are adding Zumba to our calendar! Every Thursday at 10 a.m. we will dance our way to better health and hopefully have as much fun as possible along the way. Our people spoke, and we listened. So we’ve added health activities and more social interaction. We also added tai chi to our program, for mind, body, and soul, thanks to Cumberland Community Foundation and Elizabeth Hudspeth. We keep our numbers down to six per class so that our participants can get the best experience. If you’d like to sign up to help out, call the center at (910) 483-2719 to get added this program.

Much thanks to Cape Fear Botanical Garden and the Elizabeth Hudspeth grant from CCF for the therapeutic horticulture activities last month! Our participants love the tactile and senses programming created by the Garden. We also would like to thank LC Industries for putting on a spectacular job fair last month. We have so many visually impaired and blind who want to work. We have leads for people and hope to facilitate success for each of them in this area.

 

 

 

In Loving Memory of Leola Johnson…

The VRC lost one of our angels March 21st, Leola Johnson, our van driver’s wife and member of the VRC, Leola was a generous and giving spirit. The VRC will miss her much.

 

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James Johnson and his beautiful wife of 47 years, Leola.

 

A Note from Our Executive Director, Terri Thomas

terri“It’s time to CLUCK CLUCK…..

Be a part of our 3rd Annual Vision Resource Center (VRC) Chicken Wing Cook-Off. What is it? Ten Contestants are showing off their expert chicken wing cooking skills to win the Judges Choice $500.00, or the People’s Choice $500.00 prizes (chicken wings provided by Mountaire Farms, our premier sponsor for the event). Proceeds to benefit providing more independent living skills and holistic programming for blind and visually impaired people here in Cumberland County. This is a special year we have been in business for over 80 years!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The 3rd Annual Out of Sight Wing Fling is happening August 25th from 3-8 pm at Festival Park in Fayetteville!!!!

 

How you can be a part of this:

 Sponsorship Levels
On Fire: $2500.00
Smokin Hot: $1000.00
Spiced Right: $500
Sauced Up: $250.00
Sweet Side: $100.00

Competitors:
$75.00/ team of four

Vendors-Food Trucks:
$100.00 each

Help us in the celebration of 80 years of service to the blind and visually impaired in our community. More great things to come!! Keep watching! #vrconthemove

Until next time,

~Terri”

Coming Up in April:

April 1: Happy Easter

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April 3: Tai Chi Team A. 2:30-3:30 pm. Gilmore Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. Fay, NC

April 9: Clay Art Painting Portion 2:00 pm Gilmore Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. Fay, NC

April 10: Tai Chi Team B. 2:30-3:30 pm. Gilmore Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. Fay, NC

April 12: Zumba! 10-11 am Join us for our first Zumba class and dance your way to health! Gilmore Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. Fay, NCApril 16: Pavers Unlimited Advocacy Group Meeting. 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Lunch provided. Gilmore Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. Fay.

April 16: Pavers Unlimited Advocacy Group Meeting. 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Lunch provided. Gilmore Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. Fay.

April 17: Movie TBD. Patriot Theatre 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. 4761 Lake Valley Drive, Fay.

April 18: Salvation Army. 10:30-11:30 am

April 19: Zumba! 10-11 am Join us for our second Zumba class and dance your way to health! Gilmore Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. Fay, NC
April 19: Sense and Sensibility 7:30 pm Cape Fear Regional Theater. $20 per person 1209 Hay Street, Fay.

April 20-22: Camp Caraway, Asheville, NC

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April 24: Tai Chi Team A. 2:30-3:30 pm. Gilmore Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. Fay, NC

April 25: Family Meeting. 11 am to 1. 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: 2886 Owen Drive, Fay

April 26: Zumba! 10-11 am Join us for Zumba class! Gilmore Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. Fay, NC

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The VRC sure could use your help! We always need volunteers, so if you are looking for a way to give back to your community, try the VRC. We need you to become a “friend” to someone and to become the eyes of someone else. You describe the environment and help them to navigate in new places or situations (for those that need the help). We invite you to join us and find out just how fulfilling and FUN it is to be a part of this great organization! More about volunteering can be found here: www.visionresourcecentercc.org/you-can-help.

Coming Up Soon:

3rd Annual Out of Sight Wing Fling: August 25, Festival Park 3-8:00p.m.

Summer Camp for the youth: August 6- August 17

Camp Dogwood Adult Camp: July 29- August 4th

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March: In Like a LION at the VRC!

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Spring is near, and the VRC is rocking this month!! We have a full schedule for March, so there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer. We have added Tai Chi to our programming, for mind, body, and soul, thanks to Cumberland Community Foundation and Elizabeth Hudspeth. We keep our numbers down to six per class so that our participants can get the best experience. If you’d like to sign up to help out, call the center at (910) 483-2719 to get added this program.

 

One of our all-time favorite events is coming up this month: The Luke 14 Banquet! The event will be held St. John’s Episcopal Church again this year on Saturday, March 17, from 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m. We will enjoy lunch and great entertainment. We always thoroughly enjoy the fellowship at this great event. Another HUGE activity we want to highlight is the VRC Job Fair. LC Industries, a premier company that hires blind and visually impaired workers will be here to speak about their company and their offerings.. Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 15 from 9am to 1:00 pm and make plans to attend!

 

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LC Industries visit last October.

Thanks to Willie Bradley Trumpeter and Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church for Valentine’s DInner, Jazz & Romance. We appreciate the event and the portion of the proceeds coming to the VRC. Thanks for making our participants welcome; they had a marvelous time. We hope to see you again next year!

The VRC needs YOU!

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We always need volunteers, so if you are looking for a way to give back to your community, try the VRC. Helping out with our crew isn’t hard–it’s fun! Even if you’ve never interacted with the blind or visually-impaired, you can help us to make a difference. You become a “friend” to someone you have never known, but walk away with a feeling of gratefulness, because you have become the eyes of someone else. You just describe the environment and help them to navigate in new places or situations (for those that need the help). We invite you to join us and find out just how fulfilling and FUN it is to be a part of this great organization! More about volunteering can be found here: You Can Help

A Note from Our Executive Director, Terri Thomas

terri“Ahhhh…Spring….so close we can taste it !!! We had an excellent Board Retreat recently. We felt that we needed an Ambassador for the Center, and what better ambassador than one I have just met? You are invited on her journey along with me. Meet Carol “Eileen” Morgan. I met Eileen through one of my volunteers Ann Montoya, a woman in her 70s who had just lost her sight completely three years ago in one eye and now the other eye is slowing deteriorating. “I cried for two months over my sight loss, then I decided I have to do something,” Eileen said. She has been fortunate enough to have a lady transport her for three years to doctor’s appointments she must receive shots weekly to keep her energy up, her driver can no longer take her to these critical appointments, and she had nowhere to turn. She had heard that our VRC buses come to her apartment where she lives (two of our other participants live there) but didn’t know how to get started and did not want to feel as if she was getting a handout.

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Carol “Eileen” Morgan

The apartment manager knew Ann was affiliated with the VRC and got Eileen in touch with her. WOW…to hear her story. Eileen needs transportation to her medical appointments, help with her cell phone, she has been unable to utilize her computer but loved computer games, has problems identifying curbs and steps, and most of all she desires to feel like somebody. I told her the VRC is going to do all we can to help. Eileen continued to speak about working all her life. She loved her independence, and now she has to depend on other people. Independence to dependence is a hard thing for Eileen and for so many of our participants of the VRC. Fast Trac is a paratransit transportation option for people with disabilities, however for the blind, just dropping off at an appointment is not enough–they need more help. Ann and I took Eileen to her appointment this week. In the waiting area, she said “Do you see why I need somebody? I cannot read the address on the building, cannot see my money to pay my balance and would not know if the transit was outside to pick me up. I need help and don’t know where or how to get it, thanks to both of you for being with me today…” More to come on her journey and her advocacy…”

Until next time,

~Terri

Coming Up in March:

March 1: The Phantom of the Opera: DPAC

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March 6: Tai Chi Team A. 2:30-3:30 pm. Gilmore Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. Fay, NC

March 7: Publix Outing. 10 am to 12 pm. Come shop with us one of the new grocery stores in town! 3114 Raeford Road, Fay.

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

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March 13: Tai Chi Team B. 2:30-3:30 pm. Gilmore Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. Fay, NC

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

March 15: LC Industries Job Fair: 9 am to 1pm. Join us and learn about jobs available at this great company!

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March 17: Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

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March 17: Luke 14 Banquet. 11:30 to 1:30 pm. Wonderful food and fellowship. St. John’s Episcopal Church. 302 Green Street, Fay.

March 19: Pavers Unlimited Advocacy Group Meeting. 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Lunch provided. Gilmore Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. Fay.

March 20: Tai Chi Team A. 2:30-3:30 pm. Gilmore Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. Fay, NC

March 22: Botanical Garden. Horticulture Therapy 10 am to 12 pm. 536 N Eastern Blvd, Fay.

March 22: “Disgraced” 7:30 pm. Cape Fear Regional Theater. $15 per person. 1209 Hay Street, Fay.

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March 24: Millstone Movie Theater: “A Wrinkle in Time” 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. 3400 Footbridge Lane, Fay.

March 26: City Council Meeting. 6:00 pm. Pavers Unlimited Advocacy Group.

March 27: Tai Chi Team B. 2:30-3:30 pm. Gilmore Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. Fay, NC

March 28: Family Meeting. 11 am to 1. 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. A different location this time, so we can all communicate a little easier: 2886 Owen Drive, Fayetteville

Coming Up SOON:
Wing Fling: Save the Date: August 25, Festival Park 3-8:00p.m.

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Summer Camp for the youth: August 6- August 17

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Camp Dogwood Adult Camp: July 29- August 4th

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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.

imagesAlso, please save the date: August 25th, Festival Park, “Out of SIght” Wing Fling….CLUCK CLUCK

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

Dec. 25: Merry Christmas!Merry-Christmas-2

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:

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

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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

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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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.