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Welcome to Our Newsletter: 
 Spring Edition!

The Voices of Hope for Aphasia quarterly newsletter is the perfect way to stay up-to-date on our activities, announcements, special events, and more!

In This Issue

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Ways to Help


SPECIAL NOTE:
Out of an abundance of caution, and with the support of our Board of Directors, Voices of Hope for Aphasia has decided to suspend our group sessions until further notice due to the spread of COVID-19

Things are changing quickly right now and the staff is being extra careful. The health and safety of our members is our greatest concern.
Please take care, stay healthy, and keep washing your hands!


Member Spotlight

Our Founders, Mike & Kathy Caputo

In 2009, Mike had a stroke, but even after hard work in speech and physical therapies to regain his strength, he found himself spending more and more time in front of the television feeling frustrated. Just like many others living with aphasia!

Only 51 at the time, Mike was a successful director at a large corporation. After years of a fast-paced career and lively social life, this was not the way he and Kathy envisioned spending their days! They knew his specialized needs weren’t being met – and if this were happening to him, it must be happening to others, too.

So, in 2011, Mike and Kathy set aside their own difficulties and founded Voices of Hope for Aphasia. They discovered ways for themselves and others with aphasia to live with a greater sense of fulfillment and a better quality of life. Thanks to their vision and guidance, this organization has grown and flourished to more than 90 members and their families. Our members are back to enjoying adventures, making friends, and reconnecting to the things they love!

To learn more about Mike and Kathy, visit the Founder's page on our website.

Thoughts from our Executive Director, Debbie Yones

Debbie Yones has been a vital part of Voices of Hope from the very beginning. Starting with the organization as a Board member and licensed speech therapist, she took over the reins as Executive Director almost a year ago. 
Dear members, friends, family, and supporters of Voices of Hope for Aphasia!
 
Since the very beginning of Voices of Hope for Aphasia, I’ve seen amazing progress and incredible growth. Our members and families are now participating in weekly programs, going on Max Adventures, enjoying First Friday lunches, and developing great friendships..and we continue to grow!

I'm excited to share some big news with you!
  1. We are moving to a new location in St. Pete!  The Sunshine Center in downtown St Pete has served as our main location for several years, but we are growing and need space to expand!  Our new location will have offices, storage, and, most importantly, more room for our daily programs and growing membership. Click here to learn more about our new office and see below for information about the Ribbon Cutting party! 
  2. Tampa, Here We Come!  We will also have a new program in Tampa starting April 7th to serve people living with aphasia in Hillsborough County.  Click here to learn about the weekly "Living With Aphasia" activities in Tampa and to register for the program! Or email me right now! 
  3. Channel 13 News came in to record our program in Dunedin on March 5th. They also interviewed Mike & Kathy and Debbie & Pam. The segment will air within the next couple of weeks. Keep an eye on our Facebook Page to find out when it will be on TV! It's a perfect way to spread the word about aphasia and the programs we offer. Tell everyone to watch!
I’m incredibly proud to be part of this wonderful organization and to know the members, volunteers, staff, and Board. Every day, all of us put our hearts into what we do and encourage each other. I am also grateful to the community for supporting us. From the Centers that offer us space, to the businesses, foundations, and individuals who support us financially. We couldn’t do this without you.                     THANK YOU!

-Debbie

In the next newsletter, Debbie will answer your questions! Ask her anything! Send an email to Pam Couse, Director of Development,  at pam@vohaphasia.org and we will publish the answers in the Summer Edition.

Look What We've Been Up To!

Max Adventures went to the Sunken Gardens
Cooking activity at our Dunedin location

Upcoming Events

Ribbon Cutting!
Annual Gala!
Voices of Hope for Aphasia has a new home! Join us in May at an official Ribbon Cutting event to help us celebrate. Meet our members, volunteers, staff, Board members, local business owners, and area VIPs. Have a tasty treat and find out more about aphasia and our programs. Stay tuned on our Facebook page for dates and details to be announced. 
Mark October 15, 2020 on your calendar! Join us for our special event, "Live Your Best Life". Hosted at the Dimmitt Auto Showroom, 3333 Gandy Blvd. Pinellas Park. From 5:30pm to 8:30pm look at fancy cars, eat delicious food, sample wine and beer, talk to fellow supporters, enjoy entertainment, and have fun! Additional information soon, so stay tuned!

Look What We've Been Up To!

Shuffleboard activity at our St. Pete location
An evening out at the Carole King Tribute concert

Activity Spotlight

In January, we launched a new group activity called Aphasia Toasters. This 2-hour session is loosely modeled after the popular Toastmasters International. Borrowing from their framework, together with proven speech/language treatment approaches such as “Script Training,” Aphasia Toasters helps people with aphasia practice short, personal speeches that can be used in front of a room full of people, or in one-on-one conversations. Our founder, Mike Caputo, recently used his script during a television interview! Check out our monthly calendar to see all the activities happening at Voices of Hope for Aphasia.

Look What We've Been Up To!

Mike Caputo helping to spread awareness of aphasia at a local health fair.
Socializing is important too! Our families meet monthly for a fun lunch.

Aphasia Resources

We know aphasia impacts more than just one person. Family members, care partners, and friends need support as well. Our "Family & Friends of Aphasia" program offers support, resources, and opportunities to socialize together.  

We are also always looking to our partners in the community to provide valuable resources. In this newsletter, we would like to share a resource from the National Aphasia Association. They recently published the "Aphasia Caregiver Guide" which provides guidance and tips for caregivers. You can download it free on their website and watch a short video about it.
 

Sponsor Highlight

GFWC Clearwater Community Woman's Club recently awarded Voices of Hope for Aphasia their annual Daisy Grant. This yearly grant is given to four nonprofit organizations in Pinellas County, who are chosen through an application process by a committee of CCWC members. Their generous grant will fund "I have aphasia - Now what?" workshops. This personalized 2-day workshop assists those with aphasia and their families by teaching new ways of communication, understanding what aphasia is, and learning how to manage it. Many thanks to the Clearwater Woman's Club for their wonderful support!
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