VRC Newsletter and Calendar: Fresh as the month of May!

Here at the VRC, we’re feeling as fresh as the month of May!

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We want to start off with a huge thanks to Piedmont Natural Gas, PWC, and Wells Fargo for making our United Way Days of Caring such a mammoth success! We shopped at Freedom Parkway and had an outstanding social outing today on May 10th. Thanks to all who contributed and supported. It was a wonderful day!

We’ve added Zumba to our calendar! Every Thursday at 10 am we will dance our way to better health and hopefully have as much fun as possible along the way. 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.

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AMC Fayetteville14, Manager Allen Whorter makes sure our blind and visually impaired have the adaptive technologies to enjoy a great movie. Tuesdays we get discounts on the movie and the snacks. The VRC love AMC Patriot!

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

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Be a part of our 3rd Annual Vision Resource Center (VRC) Chicken Wing Cook-Off! What is a Wing Fling, you may ask? For Ten Contestants, it’s a chance to show 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.

How you can be a part of this cool event:

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Competitors $75.00/ team four people per team
Vendors-Food Trucks $100.00

Save the Date: Summer Youth Camp is Coming!

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The VRC 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 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: http://www.visionresourcecentercc.org/you-can-help.

A Note From Our Executive Director
terri“Giving…Such a remarkable thing to do. The VRC is hugely excited about being a part of the Plastic Bags Sleeping Mats Humanitarian Program to help the homeless. I thought there would be maybe 10-15 would be ready for this type of project, but how about we have over 35 people going to Hope Mills Parks and Recreation Center on May 22nd and 29th to prep plastic bags for this effort?! Anne Evanco is doing a great job at the Center and thought it would be a good fit for us. Putting out good in the atmosphere can only provide good coming back to you. Our family has lost some or all of one sense, but the feel of touch and a little bit of love will make someone that does not have a home so happy.

More good stuff is happening this month and one example is signing up our family for a Scriptalk machine. What, may you ask, is that? It is a machine that reads your medication labels out to you, so that you know what, when, how much to take of your prescription. The device is at zero cost to the participant. Your pharmacy has to be a partner. If you know of anyone that has low vision or blind and needs this machine, please contact the office. It is very rare to find equipment at no cost for this demographic. Many devices range from $50-($10,000.00 for E-Sight glasses). Such an excellent program, to help keep the blind independent.

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!

Until next time,
~Terri”                       #80years #helpingtheblind #celebratewithus #blessed

Coming Up in May:

May 1: Tai Chi Team B. 2:30-3:30 pm. Gilmore Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. Fay, NC

May 2: Early Voting

May 3: Time for Zumba! 10-11 am Join us for our first Zumba class and dance your way to health! Gilmore Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. Fay, NC

May 4: Cypress Bend Winery 6-9 pm

May 8: Tai Chi Team A. 2:30-3:30 pm. Gilmore Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. Fay, NC

May 9: Bowling 10 am: Located at Lafayette Lanes, this is always a fun outing. 3313 Raeford, Road, Fayetteville.

May 10: United Way Days of Caring: Freedom Parkway Shopping Center

May 14: Pavers Unlimited to attend the City Council Meeting. 6 pm.

May 15: Movie TBD. AMC Market Fair 15 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. 1916 Skibo Road, Fay. NC

May 16: Dollar Store and Lunch: 10 am

May 17: Zumba! 10-11 am Join us for our first Zumba class and dance your way to health! Gilmore Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. Fay, NC

May 22: Pavers Unlimited Homeless Project 10-12, Hope Mills Recreation Center
Tai Chi Team B. 2:30-3:30 pm. Gilmore Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. Fay, NC

May 23: 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

May 24: Zumba! 10-11 am Join us for our second Zumba class and dance your way to health! Gilmore Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. Fay, NC

May 29: Pavers Unlimited Homeless Project 10-12, Hope Mills Recreation Center

May 30: Cape Fear Regional Theatre and Lunch: 11:30 am and Crowns 11:30 am $15 per person

May 31: Zumba! 10-11 am Join us for our second Zumba class and dance your way to health! Gilmore Center, 1600 Purdue Dr. Fay, NC

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

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Camp Dogwood Adult Camp: July 29- August 4th
Summer Camp for the Youth: August 6- August 17

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

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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:

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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

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

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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

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

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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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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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Vernice

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

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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.

 

A Time of Reflection​ and Renewal: August 2017 at the VRC

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Be Blessed,
Terri

This Month:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please VOLUNTEER!

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

Coming Soon:

State Fair Senior Day- Sept. 7th

Lake trip with the Youth on September 16th:

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

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

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

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J-U-L-Y spells “Summer Camp” at the VRC!

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Do you know what J-U-L-Y spells to all of us at the VRC? Summer Camp, of course! We are so excited to get this year’s summer camp started! In addition to having 2 full weeks of fun activities for our youth, we also have Orientation Mobility Specialists coming to provide educational sessions. And we aren’t leaving our adults out either! They’re heading to Camp Dogwood, thanks to the Massey Hill Lion’s Club at the end of the month through the beginning of August. July is a busy time, but a time we look forward to every year!

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We can’t say “Thank You!” enough, but we’ll still try!
A huge thank you to everyone who came out to our 2nd Annual “Out of Sight” Wing Fling on June 24th. The weather didn’t want to cooperate, but it didn’t stop our wing contest! Congratulations to the winners: Judges Choice- Mother Cluckers and People’s Choice Pack Eyes BBQ. Thank you also to our generous sponsors who made the event possible. And we couldn’t have done any of it without our volunteers or the support of this community. We are so grateful for all of you!

The Massey Hill Lion’s Club is sending our adults to Camp Dogwood July 30 through August 5th. We are so thankful for their continued support. Our crew could not go to camp without them!

Another huge thanks to Cape Fear Eye Associates for providing us this wonderful van (2) years ago and maintenance funding to go along with it. Both vans were in need of AC repair which is very costly. Thanks to CF Eye we had one van covered. It is so greatly appreciated. Both vans are on the road and our participants are as cool as they can be.

SUMMER camp THANKS go to Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc., Youth Growth Stock Trust and a very friendly Trust in Fayetteville, to ensure our kids have a safe and fun summer camp for kids with visual impairment. Our schedule includes the botanical gardens, Camp Rockfish, Greg’s Downtown, NC Museum of Art, Airborne Museum, Transportation Museum, Drumming, Beach trip etc….We are looking forward to a wonderful time.

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Please VOLUNTEER!
We need YOU! We need volunteers for summer camps and outings this summer. Please consider joining our team. It’s fun, easy, and you will change lives by helping our blind and visually impaired. If you have questions, please call us at (910) 483-2719 or email us at vrc@embarqmail.com

A Note from Our Executive Director, Terri Thomas:

Screen Shot 2017-07-07 at 12.01.41 PMTHANKS, THANKS, THANKS…..!!!!
What can we say, the Lord said let it rain! The 2017 Out of Sight Wing Fling wouldn’t hold off the rain, but we had some loyal attendees, entertainment, vendors, and competitors. Fun was had by all that attended. The competition was stiff but the Mother Cluckers and Pack Eyes BBQ Teams “weathered” it all!! Talk about some AMAZING competitors, I know the judges’ jobs were so hard. Our Judges, Judge Tiffany Whitfield, Anne Marie Ziegler: Array Magazine, Joey Newcomb: Cape Beard, Michael Petti: County Sheriff Dept, and Joseph Parisi: City Police Dept. The BIGGEST thanks comes to our motivational, funny and positive MC, Commissioner Glenn Adams. He ROCKED!!
We COULD NOT have done this 2017 Wing Fling without our sponsors, Mountaire Farms, Array Magazine, Systel, The Walker Florez Consulting Group, Saam’s Party Tents, Alysa Buchanan Graphic and Web Design, Ramon Yarborough, UPS Fay. and Ft. Bragg, Margaret & Gordon Dixon, Duck Donuts, Up & Coming Weekly, Dr. Poulos, Fay. Gastroenterology Associates, Crossfit 910, Better Vision, Olive Garden, Arrow Pest Control, Taste of West Africa, First Bank, Cape Fear Restoration, Copiers Plus, Breece Funeral Home, G&E Golf Carts, Metter Ann Montoya, Wade Hardin Plumbing, Wiseman Mortuary, Jennifer Cooney Attorney at Law, Ferncreek Primary Care, Rick and Carol Foster, Drs. Sharon and Mark Kendrick, Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, PWC, Nellie Jo & Nathan Smith, and Phil and Patty Nusbaum. Thanks to you all from the bottom of our hearts. You’ve helped us and in turn helped the blind and visually impaired of Cumberland County.

Until Next Time,

Terri

Coming Up in July:

July 3: Closed for Independence Dayhappy-independence-day-of-USA-Forth-of-July-of-USA-4th-July-OF-USA-free-images-pictures-photos-9

 

July 4: Closed for Independence Day

July 5: Bowling: 9:30-11:30 am. Located at Lafayette Lanes, this is always a fun outing. 3313 Raeford, Road, Fayetteville.

July 6: YMCA 9:30-11:30 am. Fitness Center. 2717 Fort Bragg Rd, Fay. NC 28303

July 7: Outing to the Barn Dinner Theater, Greensboro, 6:00 pm

July 11: 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.

July 13: YMCA 9:30-11:30 am. Fitness Center. 2717 Fort Bragg Rd, Fay. NC 28303

July 17-28 YOUTH SUMMER CAMP Daily from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Monday, July 17: Botanical Gardens, Camp Rockfish/Lunch
Tuesday, July 18: Botanical Gardens, Camp Rockfish/Lunch
Wednesday, July 19: Botanical Gardens, Camp Rockfish/Lunch, Drumming with Greg Whit
Thursday, July 20: Raleigh: NC Museum of Art and Lunch
Friday, July 21: Surf and Beach Trip

Monday, July 24: Airborne Museum, Greg’s Pottery, Transportation Museum
Tuesday, July 25: Clark Park, Shogun/Lunch, Movie
Wednesday, July 26: Independent Living
Thursday, July 27: Independent Living
Friday, July 28: Independent Living

July 30-August 5: Adults: Camp Dogwoodcamp dogwood logo

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VRC Spotlight: Mountaire Farms and Mark Reif

Thank you Mountainare Farms and Mark Reif for providing this big, beautiful 18 wheeler to keep the 10,000 donated wings refrigerated for our Out of Sight Wing Fling 2017. We appreciate all you’ve done to support the VRC!