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Brighter Visions participants spend lots of time serving their communities
The participants of the day program at Brighter Visions in Norwood do more than their fair share of giving back to the community. The nearly dozen residents from the Ansonville andBrighter Visions2 Myrtlewood Homes meet ready to tackle the day. Much of their day – and week – involves giving back to others. Currently, their biggest service project is delivering Meals-on-Wheels to seniors in Ansonville. They also make dog biscuits for the Humane Society, collect recycled paper towel rolls, egg cartons and other materials to donate to local schools to use for arts projects. In addition, they help keep the park clean in Montgomery County and help package food bags for those in need at the Community Table in Albemarle, where they also clean up following the meals, just to name a few of their service projects. Through September, participants of the program have volunteered nearly 4,000 service hours.

“People with disabilities are often looked upon as the "takers" in the community,” explained Letisha Calloway, qualified professional who provides program oversight. “By volunteering with Meals-on-Wheels and with other organizations, Brighter Visions is helping to change the way people with disabilities are viewed "one meal at a time."  The people we serve are counting on us to help and are always happy to see us.  Brighter Visions will continue to support their communities, and let others know there are no limits to our abilities!”
Pictured above: Tracy Everhart delivers a meal to a senior in Ansonville.

MCLS hosts fall festival for area children
MCLS fall festivalMontgomery Community Living Skills (MCLS) hosted its Third Annual Fall Festival for both childcare centers in Biscoe.  Individuals at MCLS provided input during the planning process, made all the decorations, signs, crafts, and cupcakes, according to Kristie Cobb, program manager, who said MCLS hosted 80 children.  All individuals chose one of the eight stations they wanted to operate during the festival.  The stations were bean bag toss, ring toss, fishing, bag decorating, cake walk, picture frame decorating, washable tattoos, and passing out candy.  All children that attended made a treat bag, picture frame, enjoyed homemade cupcakes and left with a bag full of candy and prizes. 

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