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

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

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