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!
The VRC Youth went to see the Carolina Panthers at the beginning of the month. We had a blast!
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!
Thanks to Cumberland Community Foundation who have afforded us this amazing opportunity, 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!
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 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!’
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.
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) 483-2719
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!
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. Join 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.
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!
Sept. 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.
SAVE the DATE: 2016 “Out of Sight” Dining Event!!!!
VRC Spotlight: Khalil Middleton
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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