Clean Out the Clutter: Donate Your Books
More books are still needed to keep our Spotlight Books job training program afloat. Please drop off your used books at one of these locations on Saturday, September 25 between 9am-5pm:
Towne Pavilion Center II
600 22nd St.
past the Convention Center
Thalia Lynn Baptist Church
4392 Virginia Beach Blvd.
by Town Center
150 W. Brambleton Ave.
in the rear parking lot
Ghent Square Recreation Center
852 Mowbray Arch
Great Bridge Baptist Church
640 S. Battlefield Blvd.
across from the YMCA
The books are used in our online book selling operation to teach homeless and low income adults positive work habits and behavior as well as skills, such as data entry, warehousing and shipping. Please visit Spotlight Books for more information.
Thank you to all the donors who have already contributed. We greatly appreciate your support!
Celebrate Friday, Oct. 8 at BrewFest
The Up Center is partnering with Festevents at this year's TGIF BrewFest! A portion of the event proceeds and all the money donated in the agency's tip jars will benefit the The Up Center's Team Up Program. Event details are below:
Admission: Free & Open to the Public,
Where: TowneBank Fountain Park at Town Point Park, Norfolk When: Friday, October 8; 5pm-10pm
Beer Sampling Ticket Optional
Sponsored by: The City of Norfolk and 94.9 The Point
TGIF, Norfolk's Largest Outdoor Lifestyle Friday Party, enhances the evening with TGIF BrewFest featuring 25+ craft beers, live music, and Oktoberfest foods all available for purchase.
Join us and look for our volunteers at the beer booths!
Calling All Motorcycle Riders ~
Revving UP for The Up Center
The Up Center will be hosting a motorcycle ride with the help of Bayside Harley-Davidson on Sunday, October 17. Motorcyclists will meet at Bayside, which is located at 2211 Frederick Blvd. in Portsmouth, where the ride will start and end.
The Poker Run will take you on a whirlwind tour to The Up Center's offices in Franklin, Suffolk, Portsmouth & Norfolk. 50/50 raffle is included.
Cost: $10 Per Rider/$5 Per Passenger
Registration: 9:00 am
Start Time: First Bike out at 10:00/Last Bike out at 11:00
All bikes are welcome.
For more information, please contact: Mark Stearns 309-8004 or Cynthia James at 965-8650
All proceeds benefit The Up Center.
A Changed Life After Camp
The photo is a bit blurry, but it marks a milestone. Before Brian came to camp, he disliked water.
Before Brian Ryland came to Camp Horizon this summer, he had never been away from home. His parents were understandably nervous about him attending the camp for people with disabilities. They called every day to check in, and after they became reassured, they vacationed at an oceanfront hotel by themselves for the first time in many years. After camp ended, Brian's mother Betsy said Brian had a new sense of independence and confidence. To express her gratitude, she wrote a thank you letter that said in part:
"Thank you for the wonderful care you gave to Brian! He LOVED the camp experience! You all are a special group of people. Brian definitely wants to come back next summer!"