July 2017 - Life in the Community, The Color of Sound, and More!
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It's About Life, Not Limitations.

It's About Life in the Community

Congress continues to debate healthcare legislation -- including cuts and caps to Medicaid that will significantly impact individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. With a vote expected next week, stay up-to-date at The Arc of NC's policy blog and contact your representatives!

The following letter from The Enrichment Center's Executive Director, Valerie Vizena, was published in the Winston-Salem Journal on June 29:

"People I know and love in Winston-Salem are losing sleep over one issue in Washington, D.C. The fate of many individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families hinge on Medicaid’s future, which may be decided by Congress.

More than a health program, Medicaid is often the only payer of modest community-based supports for people with significant disabilities. With a little help from Medicaid, qualifying individuals with I/DD receive specialized supports in the community, develop increasingly independent living skills, contribute to their communities and even join the workforce. For over 50 years, Medicaid’s successful state/federal partnership has changed lives.

Currently the federal government pays $0.67 of every $1 North Carolina spends on qualifying individuals with significant disabilities in the Medicaid program. This is a great return on investment by any measure: community-based Medicaid limits costly, segregated institutional care, keeps families together and in the workforce, creates opportunities for individuals with disabilities and employs professionals statewide who deliver high quality, specialized services. Health policy experts across the board agree that cutting or capping Medicaid will shift an insurmountable financial risk to states, forcing deep cuts in a program that saves lives.

This is a program that is pro-family, creates jobs, keeps families in the workforce and treats individuals with disabilities with the respect they deserve. Please protect Medicaid!"

Gateway Gallery Presents: THE COLOR OF SOUND 
Friday, July 28 | 5-7pm

Join us at Gateway Gallery for the opening reception of THE COLOR OF SOUND, featuring the Artists of Gateway Studios and special guest artist, Tammy Willard. This unique and imaginative show explores the relationship between color and sound.

Live music by The Enrichment Center Percussion Ensemble, with guest musicians Carmen Granger on viola AND Jonathan Wiseman's Jazz Quartet. Refreshments by The Enrichment Center's Culinary Arts students. 
The Color of Sound will be on display through September 15.

Last chance to see GROWING FANTASIES -- on display at Gateway Gallery through July 21.
Gateway Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 11am to 4pm, and by appointment.
For more information call 336.837.6826.

COLOR YOUR LIFE, an exhibit sponsored by Allegacy Federal Credit Union, is on display through July 31 in their Keener Gallery. Don't miss this show featuring a variety of work by 21 Artists of Gateway Studios.

Allegacy Headquarters 
1691 Westbrook Plaza Drive
Ryan's Gives Back
DINE and VOTE at Ryan's Restaurant during the month of July! To celebrate their 40th anniversary, Ryan's will donate $1000 each to five Triad charities chosen by their customers -- and we're on the ballot. Please dine with them this month and cast your vote for The Enrichment Center!!!
Ryan's Restaurant
719 Coliseum Drive | Winston-Salem | 336.724.6132
Mon-Thur, 5-9:30pm; Fri-Sat, 5-10pm
Gratitude for Corporate Partnerships
Many thanks to the following corporations in our community who provide generous support for The Enrichment Center:
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare
First Tennessee
Kilpatrick Townsend
Marsh & McLennan Agency 
Phillips Collection
Reynolds American
Rockwell Collins
(formerly B/E Aerospace)
Service First Express, Inc.
VERSA Technologies
Wells Fargo
Womble Carlyle 
To learn more about our partnership opportunities, please visit here.
Arigato, Rekiko

Rekiko Foust, Lifeskills Instructor and Safety Coordinator, will retire at the end of July after 33 years of service. Originally from Fukuoka, on Japan's Kyushu Island, Rekiko has made an indelible mark on the lives of countless students, and we are forever grateful. 

Best wishes, Rekiko! 
Be Prepared

We're very grateful to Ian Goodman, who selected The Enrichment Center for his Eagle Scout service project. Exemplifying the Boy Scout motto to "Be Prepared," Ian raised funds, purchased materials and provided labor to assemble two new work tables and a custom-built shelving unit for use by students in our Functional Skills classroom. 
Thank you, Ian!

We always need caring, enthusiastic individuals to assist our instructors and students, and to provide other valuable help at The Enrichment Center. If you're interested in becoming a volunteer, we'd love to talk with you! For more information visit here.
 Look for the Helpers

Proving again and again that "It's About Life, Not Limitations," students from The Enrichment Center can be found helping out in the community regularly. Noelle spends time each week reading to kids at the Centers for Exceptional Children. Our Aktion Club and Culinary Arts class volunteer monthly at the SECU Family House, making and delivering snack bags to families who are caring for loved ones in medical crisis. Paul volunteers in the Education Department at Kaleideum, Michael helps in the Egg Department at Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC and Robert is learning the ropes about caring for horses at Hoof and Paw Therapeutic Riding Center. Our community is stronger when everyone helps out -- we're grateful and proud for the opportunity to do just that!
Community Calendar

Listening Session on Services for Developmental Disabilities
Hosted by the NC Department of Health and Human Services
Thursday, July 13 | 3-5pm
Forsyth Tech Community College | 2100 Silas Creek Parkway

More info:

2017 Accessible Festival

"80's Block Party"
Presented by the Winston-Salem Transit Authority
Friday, July 14 | 9am-3pm
Education Building at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds

More info:

Wings for All
Presented by four area chapters of The Arc of NC
Saturday, October 28 | 9am
Piedmont Triad International Airport
Registration opens 9/12 | More info coming soon!
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Our Donors Brighten Lives!

Thank you for joining us in the belief that EVERYONE in our community, regardless of perceived abilities or disabilities, deserves to live a GREAT life -- the BEST life possible!

Because of you, The Enrichment Center is able to provide the extra help needed to enrich and empower the lives of nearly 200 adults living with intellectual and development disabilities, enabling them to grow as individuals, live with dignity and have choices in how they fulfill their lives.
It's about life, not limitations.


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