We started the NEW YEAR (2020) with World Braille Day, Saturday, January 04, 2020.
World Braille Day is a reminder of the importance of accessibility and independence for people who are blind or visually impaired.
About World Braille Day: We celebrate World Braille Day every year on January 4th because it’s Louis Braille’s birthday. He’s the inventor of braille! Louis was born in 1809 in France and became blind after a childhood accident. But, he quickly mastered his new way of living. When Louise was only 15 years old, he created a reading and writing system based on Charles Barbier’s night writing system. We know Louise’s system today as braille. Adjusted over time, braille is now easier to read and used all over the world!
As we reflect on 2019, we want to THANK those which helped us to achieve and develop all the things they started in this organization 80 years ago. We are excited to continue the mission and grow the organization. We have some fantastic programs starting in 2020. Stay tuned!
Be A Part of Our Family in 2020!
How does our work make a difference?
Advocacy. We knock down institutional barriers that have prevented blind and visually impaired (VI) people from fully participating as citizens in the community.
Health and Wellness. We help prevent isolation and feelings of depression among blind adults by getting them engaged in social and cultural events.
Independence. Our youth programs teach young people how to navigate their world with confidence. Their program is called Limitless because there are no limits to what they can achieve – even without sight.
Our plan for 2020. Greater access to technology that makes everyday tasks easier for people with blindness and VI… a new program for the parents of 0 – 5 yrs. old… transforming the youth activities into a holistic youth development program… staff members will continue their efforts with gratitude and love because our lives have also been transformed by this work.
Learning more new Line Dances
Bowling gave us the opportunity to socialize, burn calories, strengthen muscles and improve flexibility. 🎳
Bingo gave us the opportunity to laugh and enjoy each other's company.
We're super excited to offer our first play date for visually impaired/blind children (birth to 5 years old). For more information contact us at 910-483-2719. Join us!
Our monthly family meeting had great attendance. Ms. Joanne treated us to traditional African storytelling, Annette provided information on upcoming summer camps, and Thomas sang a special song in remembrance of one of our members.
VRC's youth had tons of fun hanging out in Raleigh. We started off with Jurassic World Live at PNC Arena then lunch.
Spring break is almost here. We are excited to announce our first spring break camp for blind and visually impaired youth. We'll provide lots of entertaining activities and the opportunity for them to meet new friends! Call us today to sign up at 910-483-2719.
SAVE THE DATE: SATURDAY, JUNE 13TH, 2020 at DIRTBAGS ALES BREWERY, HOPE MILLS
Wishing everyone a very Happy Valentines Day! We LOVE our Family Members💕
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: Volunteers Needed
A Note From Our Executive Director, Terri Thomas
February is the month dedicated to celebrating Black History and focus on sharing and spreading love. Our monthly activities will surround themselves with both. We have our monthly "family" meeting on the 1st Wednesday of the month, and at this meeting, we will have a special guest, Leah Green, a slave with a love story, created and told my Ms. JoAnn Adams, one of our wonderful volunteers.
The VRC On the Move travel club will make its's debut in July our first stop Cherokee.
Our kids traveled to Raleigh, NC, on Feb. 8th for Jurassic World Live at PNC Arena. We will also attend the African Children's Choir event on the 16th to continue the love and Black History.
Let's continue to spread love beyond February...In working with the blind, it goes beyond the fun activities, laughs, and daily assistance. We hear the depression; many experience hallucinations, the loneliness; ridicule, and sadness that comes with many of the eye diseases or a result of the loss of sight. The VRC will start our VRC believes.. (support group/Bible Study) at the end of the month. Many need more than just an outing. They want to share experiences, doubts, fears in a compassionate and loving environment and we will do just that.
In closing, love those around you, speak to someone you don't know, and it doesn't hurt to smile. Love comes in many forms. Display love, Express love, Be love.
Make a difference in the world of people with no or low vision.
Until next time
With love and blessings,
Vision Resource Center
…..Serving the Blind and Visually Impaired
VRC Happenings in February 2020:
Feb 01: Play Date (Birth to 5 years old) 10:00 to 11:30 am
Feb 03: Exercise at Tokay 9:30 to 10:30 am
Feb 05: Family Meeting 10:45 am to 1:00 pm
Feb 08: Jurassic World Live PNC Arena (Youth 18 & under) 11:00 am
Feb 11: Movies TBA
Feb 12: Yoga 2:45 to 3:30 pm & Relaxation 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Feb 13: Line Dance Lessons
Feb 14: Happy Valentines Day 💕
Feb 16: The African Children's Choir in Concert 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Feb 18: Lidl & Lunch 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Feb 20: Healthy Cooking Club 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Feb 25: Bible Study 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Feb 26: Yoga 2:45 to 3:30 pm & Relaxation 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Feb 28: Friends of the VRC Power Lunch 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Please call James to cancel your ride at 910-476-6684
Watch for more updates! Follow our Facebook page and check out our website at www.visionresourcecentercc.org for more information.
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