Thank You for an Incredible Year
Last July, the TLC Family gathered on our campus to celebrate our 50 th  birthday. Who would have predicted that 12 months later, we as a world and community would be facing such tremendous challenges? There's no denying that the last few months of our 50 th   Anniversary year turned out much differently for all of us, but rather than focus on what didn’t happen in 2019-2020, we want to say, “thank you” for what did.
 
Take a look at what we've accomplished this year with your support:
  • Expanded existing programs and launched new partnerships with Raleigh Rescue Mission and Salvation Army to provide therapies to young children and support families experiencing trauma and crisis.
  • Rolled out our new “TLC” brand (designed by Anoroc Agency with input and involvement from families, staff, board members, and donors).
  • Broke a new record and raised $115,000 at the Tammy Lynn Golf Classic.
  • Were inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame which included fellow partners Van Eure and Roddy Jones. (Just 10 years earlier, co-founding parents Betty and Durham Moore were inducted for their advocacy for human rights among the I/DD community and the founding of TLC.)
  • Raised over $100,000 for the third straight year through our Heart-to-Heart campaign.
  • Raised over $100,000 for Toast: Celebrating 50 Years even though the event was postponed to April 2021.
  • Secured essential funding by coming together to raise over $45,000 for our COVID-19 Response Fund. With your contributions plus support received from local agencies and the Payroll Protection Plan, so far we’ve been able to retain 100% of our employees, purchase protective equipment for frontline staff, and provide additional technology and equipment for teachers and students learning remotely.

WHAT TODAY LOOKS LIKE
The safety and security of the individuals, families, and staff impacted by our work remain our number one priority. And while we’re taking things slow and following the necessary precautions and guidelines, we’re thrilled to be welcoming a small group of clients back onto our campus as we begin to offer some in-person therapies and assessments again.
 
LOOKING AHEAD
As we officially close out our 50 th Anniversary year and began planning for the next, like you there’s so much on our hearts and minds. First and foremost are the 500 clients and residents who rely on us daily. For them, our work together continues. We look forward to seeing you again in the new fiscal year!

Thank you for your support. Thank you for your love. Thank you for being  our  hero!
Creative Teachers Hit the Road
Over the last few months, our teachers have really stepped up their creativity in the ways they instruct and engage with their students, many of whom are visually and hearing challenged. After a few weeks of virtual lessons, they decided to change things up a bit and headed out once a week for socially-distant visits with their students! Some of the visits included meeting Ms. Sandy's new grand-pup to wrap up their lesson on puppies, delivering freshly picked strawberries from DJ's Strawberry Patch, or simply taking each student a balloon to let them know how much they've been missed by their teachers. We all look forward to the day when we're able to have our students back on campus. It just isn't the same without them here! Thank you to our awesome teachers for continuing to put our students first.
Congrats to our Littlest Graduates
Last week we waved goodbye and shouted good luck to our Pre-K graduates with a graduation parade. The ending of this school year has been tough on everyone but our staff went above and beyond to make sure that some of our most favorite 5-year-olds knew they were loved. We even had a special visit from our friend Stormy from the Carolina Hurricanes! 

It's been a joy to watch this group grow into confident little kindergartners over the last 9 months. While they learned the important things like letters and numbers and how to spell out words, they also learned about different cultures and the importance of being a good friend and classmate. And even though their year was cut short for attending Pre-K in person, they continued to learn through a virtual setting where they learned about bugs and the solar system. 

We know this past year has prepared them for their next adventure but we're so sad to see them go. Our students will always have a place to call home at TLC!
Congratulations, Isabella!
Congratulations to TLC resident, Isabella, who recently graduated from Garner Magnet High School! She was showered with love and cheers from afar during last week's graduation parade. Isabella is a long-time participant in Special Olympics, loves to spend time outside and her contagious smile lights up any room. Your TLC Family is so proud of you, Isabella!
Virtual Wine Mixer
Join us on Monday, June 22 at 8pm, for a virtual wine mixer hosted by Kevin Barrett from Dram & Draught! During the event, you'll have the pleasure of sampling six different wines from Italy and Spain.

Tickets start at $77 and includes six bottles of wine and a link to the virtual class delivered via Google Meet.

All proceeds, less the cost of the wine, will be donated to TLC.

Please Note: There's a $10 delivery fee (within 5 miles of 1 Glenwood Avenue) to have your wine delivered to you on Monday between 12-2 p.m. Or you can pick-up your wine at Dram & Draught (1 Glenwood Avenue) Thursday-Sunday, between 3-7 p.m.

We hope to "see" you there!
United Way of the Greater Triangle
Steps Up with Vital COVID-19 Grant
TLC was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from United Way of the Greater Triangle's Rapid Response Fund to assist with COVID-19 related expenses. The grant allowed us to equip our staff with the necessary protective equipment to keep our residents, clients, and staff healthy and safe. Having the proper safety measures and equipment in place has been crucial in our ability to keep all 46 of our residents and our direct care staff safe from the Coronavirus. We're very appreciative to have received support from a local community partner.
Ways to Help
As we continue to manage the effects from the pandemic, including the temporary shut down of some of our programs and multiple additional expenses – all while continuing to provide the highest quality care to our clients and residents – your gifts are especially appreciated at this time. We remain hopeful and are reminded every day by you and our incredible staff, clients, and families that we are stronger together.

Ways to Help:
  • Make a financial contribution to TLC
  • Launch a Facebook Fundraiser
  • Shop using our AmazonSmile Account
  • Purchase school supplies from our Wish Lists
  • Purchase our new children's book, "We Are Not the Same, and That's Okay"
Follow us!
Empowering individuals of all abilities to live their fullest life.