Volume 15, Issue 1 May 2015
To provide opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired to improve and enrich their personal, social and economic lives.
Telephone: (707) 523-3222
Fax: (707) 636-2768
NOBODY CAN DO EVERYTHING BUT
EVERYONE CAN DO SOMETHING
Bob Cuneo has been volunteering with the Earle Baum Center for 13 years. Diagnosed in 1988 with Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) after visiting the doctor due to migraine headaches, he learned his life was going to change.
Thankfully, the Earle Baum Center was there for him, as it is for so many others. He attended a class on dealing with vision loss where he met people in a lot worse shape. Bob said to himself, “what the heck am I feeling sorry for myself for?” And got on with the business of improving his own situation and that of others.
Seven days a week, Bob makes calls. He calls people on their birthdays and he calls donors to thank them for their generous gifts. “It’s a nice thing to be able to thank somebody and let them know that I and others have been direct recipients. I think it means more to them coming from someone who receives the services.” Bob has seen, time and time again, how Earle Baum changes people’s lives. “Many clients are now volunteers.”
Earle Baum changes people’s lives. “Many clients are now volunteers.”
Someone who loves to make people laugh, Bob is quick to tell you that volunteering makes you feel good. In fact, he says he gets “1,000% more” than he gives. He learned about the importance of giving from his mother (who is 98 and still living on her own), but he says it wasn’t until now that he truly understood.
Bob’s advocacy doesn’t end with the Center. Right now, he’s working on getting talking pill bottles in to local pharmacy's. Many don’t use them, so Bob is calling and telling them about our blind and visually impaired community and the importance of affordable talking bottles.
If you’d like to meet Bob, you’ll find him at Earle Baum Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am to 2:30pm.
WHY NOT VOLUNTEER YOURSELF?
With your help, new clients will know they have friends at Earle Baum, friends who will help them go after the happy and productive life they deserve.
You can download a volunteer application on our web site (click on link below) Or call the office for an application: 707-523-3222.
Volunteer Application – in PDF Form
ART HISTORY through touch and sound. Our subject is Baroque art in the 17th Century: Architecture, Sculpture & Paintings of Italy, Spain, France and Holland.
August 4th through Oct 6th. Tuesdays from 10am to 12pm. Contact Patricia Jefferson 707-636-2314 or Jefferson@earlebaum.org
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YOU BEING HERE FOR US TODAY ENSURES WE WILL BE HERE FOR YOU TOMORROW.
HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL
Spring is turning to Summer at the Earle Baum Center. The fruit trees are flowering. Hummingbirds and bees are busy. Clients and staff are using our walking trails. New classes have started and clients are finding hope, new skills, new friends, and new confidence through our activities and training. That is one of the most joyful things I get to witness.
Often, a person with recent vision loss comes to EBC with fear and uncertainty about how to do things they need and want to do. Then they meet our instructors, staff, volunteers and other clients. They hear about the active lives and varied interests of EBC clients. They meet others with similar challenges, and they learn techniques to overcome. They may get involved in additional activities like exercise, art history, tap dance, and volunteering. I often see a transformation from having a lack of hope to confidence and enthusiasm! That’s a kind of Spring we get to enjoy year round at EBC.
As an organization, we face challenges as well. Our federal funding to serve older individuals with blindness is being reduced so your donations are more important than ever.
I hope you will be inspired to be generous. Vision loss will affect many of you, your family members and neighbors. Help us teach skills and provide activities for those with vision loss.
Sincerely, Dan Needham
EBC Chief Operations Officer
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR HARD WORKING STAFF AND INSTRUCTORS AT THE EARLE BAUM CENTER!
EBC ART CLASS SHOWN AT THE DE YOUNG MUSEUM
Congratulations to Cindy Zook, Jean Lake, and Laurel Fichman who were honored at the de Young Art Slam. These women created their art during the “Art Through Touch and Sound” program at EBC. Laurel entered a bracelet titled “Celebration Bracelet.” About her work, Laurel says, “I have been making handwoven Viking-knit jewelry for 10 years. My personal celebration comes from knowing that I can still make this jewelry after losing 90% of my vision in 2013.” Jean made a plaster mask, using the artist’s face as the mold. Says Jean, “I had no idea what the finished product would look like. First, the hair went on, then lovely eyes, and then lips. I saw her as a lady who celebrated the night.” For Cindy, her art celebrates her connection to the ocean. About it, she says, “After three years of severe vision loss, during the past year, through special art history and project classes, I have discovered the joy of art.“
WELCOME MAURA WONG COOPER
ORIENTATION AND MOBILITY INSTRUCTOR
Please welcome Maura Wong Cooper, our Orientation and Mobility instructor. Maura graduated from San Francisco State University and was the program director with Cole Vocational Services. Prior to that she was the Program Administrative Coordinator with Cole. Maura is an exciting addition to our team. If you see her around the center please give her a warm welcome.
We sat down to chat with Andrée MacColl, whose partner Dr. Elizabeth Cooley inspired the creation of the Dr. Elizabeth Cooley Scholarship Fund benefiting the Earle Baum Center. From Andrée, we learned that when Elizabeth, a former psychologist in Los Angeles, came to Sonoma County to retire in 1995, she was ready to move on to the next passion in her life, which was woodworking. Unfortunately, in five short years, she discovered she had macular degeneration and that it was progressing rapidly.
Elizabeth knew she had to make some big adjustments, and that’s when the Earle Baum Center came to her rescue, arming her with the tools and training she needed to thrive in this phase of her life. Thanks to the Earle Baum Center, Elizabeth’s beloved garden also continued to thrive. You may not know this, but there are some cool tools that help blind or low-vision gardeners and woodworkers—things like a piece of wood with holes strategically set to help guide seed placement and even a talking tape measure.
While Elizabeth is no longer here to share her fresh vegetables, her scholarship fund will continue giving life-changing gifts.
If you’re interested in honoring a friend or creating a scholarship fund similar to Elizabeth’s, reach out to us today. With a legacy gift, your positive spirit lives on, gifting others with a second chance to truly live.
It just so happens that Andrée and Elizabeth’s home was called “Second Chance Ranch,” a name Elizabeth loved. You, too, can offer people struggling with low or no vision a second chance by donating to the Dr. Elizabeth Cooley Scholarship Fund, Earle Baum Center, 4539 Occidental Rd., Santa Rosa, CA 95409, or by visiting www.earlebaum.org.
SIGN UP FOR EXERCISE CLASS
Exercise class is going strong. The gym is full of clients walking, riding, rowing and working their muscles through a series of instructional exercises lead by Denise Vancil.
Exercise classes are held on Tuesday and Thursdays from 9am to 10am. Class is free, but donations are always accepted and appreciated. Call the EBC to sign up and start as soon as you are ready to get in shape.
SAVE THE DATE: EBC PICNIC 2nd Fri. in July, Aug, Sept.
Noon to 1pm $5.00 Reservations requested
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE EARLE BAUM CENTER
Vege’s & Flowers
Our new garden is in, come and check it out.
Call our office for more information: 707-523-3222
Visit our Website: www.earlebaum.org
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR DONORS!
A MESSAGE TO CLIENTS
PLEASE DON’T HURT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO HELP YOU
Please make your appointment at the Earle Baum Center a highest priority. Cancellations are one of our largest sources of financial loss. A cancelled appointment that we can’t fill with a replacement can cost us three ways: the lost revenue of delivering the service, the need to pay salaried or hourly staff for that scheduled time, and the lost opportunity to serve another person with vision loss in that time slot. In some instances we may charge you for a missed appointment or discontinue service for those with repeated cancellations or no shows.
Let us know if you need help with tools to remember appointments.