We’d like to share a little news about one of our VRS family members, Nancy Parkin-Bashizi.  While those of us who work with her or are clients of hers already know how caring a person she is, we’re proud to share she’s been acknowledged in Our Town Monthly Magazine this month.  She is one of only 5 recognized in The Love Your Neighbor Project sponsored by Maryann Davidson PhotographyNeighbors Feed & Seed, and Our Town Monthly.

It is through the dedication of our teachers, such as Nancy, that we are able to assist individuals of all ages who are blind, have low vision, or are deaf-blind.  We provide access to tools and techniques for living independent, vibrant and productive lives once an individual’s eyesight is no longer able to be corrected with glasses, surgery or medication.  The loss of sight may be from an illness, accident or injury, a stroke, or simply aging eyes we may all experience one day.  VRS is available to assist and provide training in support with regards to daily living skills, orientation and mobility lessons, access technology training as well as job readiness preparation and practice.

As a non-profit 501c(3) organization, VRS operates on a tight budget and maximizes the revenue delivered in direct client services.  Unfortunately, vision rehabilitation is NOT covered by insurance.  In fact, if an individual has a heart attack or falls and breaks a hip, insurance covers their rehab.  But, have a stroke or accident resulting in vision loss requiring vision rehab…the cost is not covered.  While we work through various programs to assist individuals, funding is not always available to cover the expense of vision rehab. So, VRS holds various fund raisers to raise money to cover this gap in funding.

We’d like to invite you to our May 6th Dining in the Dark Event.  It is a unique sensory awareness experience that will give you a glimpse into the lives of those who are blind. Enjoy a culinary encounter while your table host shares their intimate journey of vision loss.  Tickets are $75 each and available online or just call us at 770-432-7280.

If you enjoy running or walking, join us at the 10th annual Spooktacular Chase 10K/5K, October 13, 2018.  This is a Halloween themed event so we’d love to have you join us all dressed in costume.  For more information on this even please visit SpooktacularChase.com.  Registration is open on Active.com now.

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