NRV DRC meets with Senator Kaine

NRV DRC Office Manager, Krin Collins, and Community Advocate, Tiffany Allison, along with other Center for Independent Living advocates, met with US Senator Tim Kaine and his staff members in his Washington, DC conference room. Topics included Healthcare and the Disability Integration Act. This meeting was held in conjunction with a national conference spanning the week, and included a March through the streets of DC in support of disability rights.

US Senator Tim Kaine and members of NRV DRC seated at conference table smiling towards camera
US Senator Tim Kaine with representatives from Centers for Independent Living (CILS) July 24, 2018 in his DC office conference room.

NRV DRC helps fund specialized eyeglasses

Today NRV DRC Office Manager, Krin Collins, presents this Floyd County resident and NRV DRC consumer with a check from Commonwealth Community Trust (CCT) funding for which we guided her in making her application last March. She will use the funds to purchase specialized eyeglasses from a vendor in Roanoke.

Krin Collins and consumer both hold check, smiling and facing the camera

Testimonial from funding recipient

We received the following testimonial from a recipient of funding, which enabled her to get a new walk-in shower to help her maintain independence:

Mr. Lucas (contractor) and his helpers were very nice, clean and professional. I could not get a better construction team… they were great.  This walk-in shower with the seat and safety base is a dream come true for me. The last 5-6 years I have been only able to take sponge baths.  I would like to thank everyone for all they have done and a big thank you to Matt Shelor (Independent Living Coordinator) for his helping me get this done. Thank you all!

A.Y.C. (resident of Pearisburg, Virginia in Giles County)

NRV DRC Helps with Acquisition of iPad Pro

Today our Center aided a consumer with the acquisition of a new iPad Pro that will allow him to add a communication software to improve his two-way communication with others.

Matt Shelor, smiling, seated at desk beside consumer holding an iPad Pro
Independent Living Coordinator, Matt Shelor, with a consumer and his new I-Pad Pro which will aid him with two-way communication in the future.

Veteran’s Art Show and Exhibition

Reception with Show Open Weekdays 8am-4pm through MAY 18, 2018

Four participating artists on Veteran's Art Show reception night stand face camera, smiling
Participating artists on Veteran’s Art Show reception night, April 17, 2018.

New River Valley Agency on Aging’s Annual Caregiver’s Conference

Two smiling white women are seated at an exhibition table in the middle of a large room. Behind them are large display screens on the wall and also the back of other exhibition tables with visitors to them.
Barb and Krin represent NRV DRC at the Caregivers Conference

New River Valley Disability Resource Center staff members, Barb Clark (left) and Krin Collins (right),  seated at the New River Valley Agency on Aging sponsored Annual Caregiver’s Conference held March 8, 2018 at the New River Community College campus in Dublin, Virginia.  Our agency interacted with the public and with fellow exhibitors throughout the day.

Thanks to Hearts and Hammers!

Dublin Baptist Church’s representatives from the local volunteer-led program, Hearts and Hammers, Debbie and Dave Clonch, received a gift basket given in appreciation by New River Valley Disability Resource Center’s Executive Director, Frank Hayes, in our offices in Christiansburg, Virginia.

Dave and Debbie Clonch hold a gift from the New River Valley Disability Resource Center's Frank Hayes, Executive Director
Hearts and Hammers awarded a gift basket for their assistance in Pulaski, Virginia area to New River Valley Disability Resource Center consumers

Hearts and Hammers Program volunteers provide labor and work to acquire funding for projects, including installation of roll-in showers, accessibility ramps and grab bars for disabled persons in demonstrated need, within the Pulaski County, Virginia region of the New River Valley.

Our First ‘Granting Freedom’ Grant Application

Today our Center celebrated the completion of our first ‘Granting Freedom’ grant application. Our Center’s consumer, a United States veteran, expressed appreciation for the support he received in the process to obtain a walk-in shower adaptation, replacing the standard bathtub he could no longer use with ease.

A happy consumer stands beside the Center's Independent Living Coordinator, Matt Shelor
Consumer with Matt Shelor, the Center’s Independent Living Coordinator