An Interview with United Way of Brevard County
United Way of Brevard County gave Dreamscape some insight on the behind the scenes of this successful Community Redistribution Partnership.
VISIONS: Preparing the Blind Workforce for an Independent Life
What is VISIONS?In the 1920’s a group of six women got together and started an organization dedicated to helping the blind community of New York. It began as a “Vacation Camp” where blind members of the community could come and spend up to two weeks at a time. But little did these six women know, what the future would hold for their little Vacation Camp. Over the years, this small get away and boarding service for the blind fostered into much more. Now, VISIONS has three locations throughout New York, that provide programs and services free of charge, to over 7,000 people every year! Their programs and services include in home training, job training and placement, rehabilitation and other programs for children, teens, adults and the elderly. All of their rehabilitation services are conducted through a team effort. Their teams consist of Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapists (CVRT), Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS), Registered Licensed Occupational Therapists (OTR/L), and Licensed Social Workers. Together their teams help individuals and their families learn the techniques they’ll need to live with vision loss. Their ultimate goal is to help keep them active at school, home, work and in the community.
Focusing on Abilities not InabilitiesVISIONS was consecutively voted #1 in NY for job placement of legally blind persons in 2016, 2017, and 2018! I had the opportunity to speak with Michael Cush, the Senior Director of Workforce Development at VISIONS, who filled me in on their strategic approach. They utilize a teams of people who work directly with the clients, mostly on a one-on-one basis. They take an individualized approach to each new client they work with. “When a client comes into our offices, they all have one thing in common, they have a visual impairment, but different backgrounds and specific needs”, said Michael. They know everyone is different and just because their disabilities are similar that doesn’t mean their abilities are too. Their focus in on each person’s abilities and not their inabilities! They get to know the client and what strengths they have. Once that is determined, they begin their training and learning how to remain independent in the workplace. By utilizing technology and more, each individual can learn what works best for them to get the job done. Going a step further, their Workforce Development team not only educates clients, but employers as well. They work diligently to teach businesses the truth about visually impaired employees. Its not that they cannot do their job because they are blind, but rather because they are blind, they need to do their job a different way. This is why many employers are blind to the abilities of their visually impaired employees and only see their inabilities. They are fixated on the idea that a job needs to be done one standard way, when in fact every employee is different and therefore so are their approaches. VISIONS is an organization dedicated to making their community a better place for all people. Though they only service residents of New York, their online resources and hotline number are available to all! To learn more about their services, numerous resources including the BlindLine, and more please visit their website. Interested in getting involved with VISIONS? Simply call their main number: (212) 625-1616 and someone will give you all the information you need! To keep up with all their news, updates and events you can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter. « PreviousNext »
Hook, Line, and Sinker: New Hope Ministries 11th Annual Fishing Banquet
The When, Where, and WhyOn Saturday July 13th at 6pm, New Hope Ministries will be hosting their 11th Annual Fishing Banquet. The banquet will be held in New Hope’s event center, located at 7675 Davis Blvd. Naples, Florida, with doors opening at 5pm. Tickets are available now and the low price of $20 will buy you the best BBQ dinner you will ever have, along with drinks and entries into the raffle drawings. In total, there will be over 100 prizes given away and at the end of the evening, there will be a live auction you won’t want to miss! To give you an idea of what you can win, raffle prizes will consist of charter trips, fishing accessories, boat accessories and even more gear from Bass Pro Shops. But that’s not all! At the end of the evening they will announce the grand prize winner, who will receive is a boat, complete with a motor and trailer! So how can you go wrong? As for the auction, their will be roughly 20 items open for bids throughout the night. In past years, they have auctioned off trips, lunch with Fishing Pro Roland Martin, jet ski rentals and more. Auctions can always be fun and exciting and add a little extra flare to any event. What makes this particular auction all the more exhilarating, is that all funds raised will go directly to next year’s Night to Shine event! For those who don’t know, Night to Shine is a prom night sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, open to everyone ages 14+ who have any kind of special needs. Dreamscape Foundation was lucky enough to team up and take part in last year’s event. Our whole team was blown away at the amazing job New Hope Ministries did and even more so from the look of genuine happiness on the face of everyone in attendance. What makes it a night like no other is that New Hope Ministries isn’t alone in going above and beyond. On the same night, over 655 locations in all 50 states and 24 countries around the world, give the special needs community their time to shine! To show how deeply they care for their community, the folks at New Hope Ministries began hosting this event 11 years ago, as a way to bring people together and give back to the community. The event is not to be confused with a fundraiser but instead a way to say thank you. It is always a phenomenal time and if you don’t believe me, just ask one of the 700+ people who attended last year! For more information, you can contact the office of New Hope Ministries by calling (239)348-0122 or messaging them online. We hope to see you all there!! « PreviousNext »
Jade Brings a New Creative Style to Dreamscape’s Next Charity Stream
Jade (PaintWithJade) for a 12-hour long stream, to raise money for the young students at Whispering Forest Elementary. From 10am-10pm, Jade will be demonstrating her true talents on the canvas. Just coming off her first ever showing in a gallery, she is excited to create a piece with a deep level of meaning. To Jade, “it always feels good as an artist when you are able to create something that represents something or has a greater meaning to it.” Continue reading « PreviousNext »