Last updated: September 04. 2014 10:25AM - 474 Views
By Marty Driver Guest Columnist

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We have fun every single day at NHADS (short for New Horizons Adult Day Services, Inc.) In fact, you never know from day to day just what new and unusual thing might occur. On a given day it could be from the commodes backing up to a state senator visiting. We never know at NHADS. However, recently I’m pleased to report it’s been mostly good things happening for us. As you probably saw by the recent article and pictures in this newspaper, we have had lots of great things happen for us.

Our local BB&T branch built and furnished a picnic shelter for us through their Lighthouse Project. We now have an outdoor area where we can enjoy the fresh air, birds, breeze; even have our lunch, reading time and Bible study outside. It is like having an additional classroom and break area. Our consumers (that is the official term for our 31 special needs adults who attend our program Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.) absolutely love it.

Betty said, “it’s so nice.” Atlas reported, “very relaxing at lunchtime,” and Kim noted, “it’s quieter out there.”

All I know is it has been a terrific addition to our facility. We will be forever grateful to our BB&T branch and their generous donation to our program.

Senator Joyce Krawiec also stopped by to visit us recently. Everyone thought she was the “nicest lady.”

Janet said, “she was like a part of the family.” Katie noticed that “she was in control and respectful.” Nice compliment for a politician I thought. She gave us her undivided attention during her visit and we were so fortunate to have her include us on her busy schedule. We hope she will stop by whenever she is in Yadkin County.

Another exciting event is our art class at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center. The entire group made their own unique piece of art using a mosaic theme. Jody Maxwell Pounds and Lisa Reavis Drum volunteered their time and materials to help our consumers create their very own individual designs with colors, forms and designs. Jody said she had thought about “having a pattern for them to follow” but after seeing how creative they are “I’m so glad I didn’t.”

When our oldest consumer got onto the bus after class she said to me, “I never knew I could do something like that.” Shannon told everyone at the center that he was now “a true artist.” And they all felt like they were artists when the people from the community saw their beautiful work on display during the Aug. 3 Friday celebration at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center. Compliments were flying everywhere about how beautiful and unique each piece was. Most of our folks are entering their artwork in the Dixie Classic Fair competition. Thank you John Willingham for investing your heart and soul into our community by bringing all forms of art and this beautiful facility to our community. How fortunate we all are!

Well enough excitement for now. Looking forward to updating you again soon about all the fun and exciting things at NHADS!

Marty Diver is program director at New Horizons Adult Day Services in Yadkinville, which provides activities for special needs adults in the community. She is a Yadkin County native and has worked in the nursing field as an RN for 38 years. She is married and has a daughter who attends the University of Tennessee. For more information about New Horizons visit www.nhadsinc.org or call 336-677-1385.

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