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How We Are Adapting in the Age of COVID-19
Coronoavirus can't stop us. We started using the #CoronavirusCantStopUs tag on
our Facebook posts lately as
a reminder to our clients, supporters, and team that we continue to serve those
who need us, albeit a little differently now.
It's only been a month!
- On March 16, we suspended in-person services for those considered "high
risk." We notified all clients and provided information for the Florida
Dept. of Health's COVID-19 information line.
moved our monthly support groups to a weekly, call-in group, providing
resources, socialization, and love.
- Two days later, we closed our office, ceased all in-person services, and
our team began working remotely.
- Over the next two weeks, we called all of our clients to
check-in and assess needs. We began offering individual and
group classes - in fact, in just those two weeks, we hosted
73 group meetings, totaling over 3,600 minutes, via
We are now a month out and our services keep getting stronger.
have embraced technology and creativity in all our programs. While some services
are on hold, we've discovered new ways to serve our clients and community. Keep
reading to learn more about what New Vision looks like now! Help us maintain our
services during this hard time. Please make a donation
today — even $5 right now can brighten a
dark day (learn how below).Thank you for reading — stay safe!
Chantel Buck, President/CEO
E-Learning for Kids
"You go above and beyond for every lesson that
you have taught Mason when you're in our home,"
gushed Mason's mom, Sara. "Of course you
do the same for your tele-therapy sessions. You're the best!"
The NEW Egg Hunt
Our 5th annual Sensational Egg hunt may have
been canceled so instead of our families bringing kids to our egg
hunt, we're bringing our egg hunt to our families! Check out
the kits we made for our families,
the safety procedures we took, and
their accessible Easter.
you to our sponsors for their
encouragement to re-envision this event!
We delivered/shipped a box of yummy, organic
White Cane Coffee to our local hospitals, transit staff, and other
front-line heroes to thank them for their service and ensure they
are properly caffeinated for the work they have to do.
you are a front-line worker and need some coffee, let us know!
Fight isolation with bingo!
We started a large print bingo game spanning
Lake, Sumter, and The Villages, all over the phone. During our first
meeting, 16 of us - ranging in age from 6 to 94 — spent an hour
together laughing, bemoaning our "defective" cards, and taking our
minds off the craziness in the world.
Bingo supplies were delivered, contactless, over the last few weeks.
Winners earn $5 Publix gift cards
(donations needed, please!).
mailing address is:
New Vision for Independence
9501 US Hwy 441
There's really sooo much more!
Weekly, and sometimes even daily,
check-ins with clients who may be having a hard time — just to talk.
Typing training where our instructor Dan
delivers a laptop to a job seeker's front door, then does a lesson over
the phone in his car in the client's driveway.
Independent living skills classes, where
supplies for each of the 6 sessions are delivered to the clients'
Helping families adjust to e-learning now
that schools have moved online, including providing computers, iPads,
and working with the Division of Blind Services to get them free
Job readiness and mock interviews via
Saturday group activities for our kids via video chat, such as
bingo, painting quaran-tees (shirts), educational videos, and gardening.
A class in creating your own cloth face
mask over the phone.
I'm so proud of our team and I hope you can
see why! #CoronavirusCantStopUs from fostering independence, inclusion, and
hope. Please help us keep up the good work - donate today!
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