NFB Project STRIVE is dedicated in providing quality programs to help meet the unique needs of blind and visually impaired youth throughout Utah. Project STRIVE instructors are positive, educated, blind adults who are fully dedicated to model, mentor, encourage and teach life, education, and employment readiness skills. These skills, along with a positive attitude towards blindness is absolutely critical for blind and visually impaired youth to transition successfully as adults.

Friday, September 24, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Blind Youth Provide Service to those in Need at Road Home Shelter

Too often disability groups are portrayed as needing handouts. The National Federation of the Blind of Utah (NFBU), specifically Project STRIVE, is holding a service project to show that the blind “GIVE BACK”. On Saturday, October 9, 2010, Project STRIVE is offering donated blankets and providing dinner at the Road Home Shelter (210 S. Rio Grande Street SLC).

Project STRIVE stands for “Successful Transition Requires Independence, Vocation and Education.” The NFBU holds “Giving Back” as an essential element of success in their mentoring and youth programs. Ron Gardner, President of NFBU says, “It is vital that blind youth and young adults demonstrate the value of giving back. They do this by being an active and contributing member of the organized blind movement, and also in his or her local community.”

Leading up to the event, NFBU and Project STRIVE members are collecting new and gently used blankets that will be donated. Donations can be dropped off to Everette Bacon, at the Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DSBVI), 250 N. 1950 W. SLC.

Early in the day of October 9th, NFBU Club STRIVE 13-18 year olds will prepare dessert for the evening’s meal. They will also tie blankets to donate. That evening, NFBU STRIVE Forward members (18-26 year olds) will meet at DSBVI. At 5:30 PM the caravan will head to the Road Home Shelter where they will serve dinner to individuals and families.

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