As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more widely available, I am eagerly looking forward to a time when we can begin offering in-person services again. We are so proud of the value that the online sessions have provided, so we will keep some of those as a permanent part of our programs! I am truly thankful and grateful for the hard work of our SLPs, Board of Directors, and support staff over the past year. They, along with so many in our community who support our mission, are the driving force that helps to ensure that we can continue offering programs in this new, different world.
In this newsletter, you will hear our members talk about the impact of our group sessions. You are also invited to attend a special session to hear about our "Road to Reopening" and being able to meet again in a safe, healthy environment.
I look forward to connecting with you soon.
What our members are saying...
In a recent online session, the conversation turned to Voices of Hope for Aphasia programs. Our members talked about the value they find in our sessions and their impact on their lives.
"Friends and learning...grow! I like it a lot!"
"I'm reading so so so much better than before! And it's getting better every time!"
"good and helpful to be able to talk to other people with aphasia"
"Your organization has improved my quality of life and puts a smile on my face each day."
Hear our members talk about their experiences at Voices of Hope for Aphasia. Want to hear even more?? Click here for another video!
When describing life without access to an aphasia center, like Voices of Hope for Aphasia, Amy said, "it would be like a darkness...a dark place to be." Now, after a year of participating in online sessions, Amy's comments include "I can't even express how much I love this book [in book club]." Her husband, Dave, chimed in with "your participation in Voices of Hope, seems to me to very, very greatly improve the quality of life."
Road to Re-opening the (new) Center
On Wednesday, March 24th, Executive Director Debbie Yones will provide an update; a sort of "State of the Union" address to anyone who would like to attend. She will provide updates on recent growth of our "family," new activities we have added, and the long-awaited plan to return to in-person sessions.
The Zoom session can be accessed either from your computer, or by calling in with your phone. If you are unable to attend, the recorded session will be available after the call. Check our website and Facebook page for links.
To join by phone, call 929-205-6099 and enter the meeting ID 208 305 5905. There is no passcode, so if it prompts you, just press *
The center awaits!
A special THANK YOU to Forest Hills Presbyterian Church in Tampa and the Presbyterian Women! We have been selected as one of the charities supported by their Easter and Christmas bazaar. Please join me in thanking them!
We can only offer these impactful programs thanks to your help! A donation of any amount is greatly appreciated and goes directly to support the initiatives described in this email and on our website at www.vohaphasia.org. We thank you for your continued support.
VOICES OF HOPE FOR APHASIA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ken Bado, Chair
Stephen Miller, ViceChair
MC Daughtry, Treasurer
Des Welch, Secretary
John Valavanis, Director
Steve Blum, Director
Gary Panaro, Director
Jeff Renzulli, Director
Mike Caputo, Founder & Ex-officio