Last updated: August 21. 2014 10:14AM - 683 Views
By Kitsey E. Burns kburns@civitasmedia.com

Consumers at New Horizons Adult Day Center cheer and clap as BB&T employees Gener Martinez and R.J. Speaks cut the ribbon on the new shelter area that was part of BB&T's Lighthouse Project.
Consumers at New Horizons Adult Day Center cheer and clap as BB&T employees Gener Martinez and R.J. Speaks cut the ribbon on the new shelter area that was part of BB&T's Lighthouse Project.
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YADKINVILLE — Last week was a busy and exciting one for consumers and staff at New Horizons Adult Day Services. In addition to a special visit from a local politician, construction also was completed on a shelter area that will provide a new space for consumers to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

On Wednesday, state Sen. Joyce Krawiec visited New Horizons, a center that provides programming and activities for adults with special needs.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to New Horizons.” Krawiec said. “The service they are providing to the community is amazing. Director Marty Driver and all of the staff and volunteers at the center are dedicated public servants who deserve our appreciation.”

During her visit, Krawiec had a chance to shop in the center’s thrift store and said she was impressed with the donations coming in from the community and said she encouraged others to check out the shop. She also was able to participate in story time in the new shelter area.

“A big thank you to BB&T for the donation of the shelter,” Krawiec said. “It was the perfect place for story time and I enjoyed being a part of the activity. A big ‘shout out’ and thank you to Amy Brandon from Ireland Insurance for donating her time to read weekly at the center. Faces lit up when she arrived, obviously, a high point of the day.”

She thanked everyone at New Horizons for making her feel welcome during her visit.

“I am moved by the outpouring of support for New Horizons coming from the Yadkin family. I’m honored to represent this caring community in the NC Senate and I look forward to another visit soon to the New Horizons Day Center,” she said.

The new shelter at New Horizons was part of a long-awaited project sponsored by BB&T that features an outdoor area with tables, bird feeders, potted plants and swings. The area can be used essentially as another classroom space and also for picnics and outdoor relaxation, Driver said.

Six years ago, BB&T established its Lighthouse Project, which seeks to partner with local community organizations to provide for those in need through a variety of different projects.

“The Lighthouse Project is an all-hands-on-deck community service effort held throughout the BB&T footprint,” said Yadkinville Financial Center Leader R.J. Speaks. “Teams of associates volunteer time away from work to partner with organizations that help those people most in need of assistance.”

Not only was funding for the project provided by BB&T, but employees from the bank also volunteered to work to complete the project by putting together tables and working on construction at the site.

“We want every one of our associates physically working in their communities to make a tangible difference in people’s lives. So the lighthouse project is one way that we can do just that. When you think about it, who doesn’t have the desire to better their own community?” Speaks said.

Speaks said they teamed up with Steel Building and Structures of Boonville to help build the outdoor shelter at New Horizons.

“Juan Campos is another great partner and friend in the community that wants to help those that are less fortunate than others. So when we went to him to ask for his help he was more than willing to pitch in,” Speaks said.

BB&T employee Gener Martinez said he was excited to have been a part of the project and said the teamwork from the entire staff was a great thing to see also.

“I was very happy to help and really excited we were able to do it,” he said.

At the ribbon cutting last Friday, there were cheers and applause from the New Horizons consumers as the new area was officially christened.

“It just reminds me what our community can accomplish when we all work together,” Driver said.

Kitsey E. Burns may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.

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