[Nfbmo] family partnership!

Ruby Polk rubypolk0 at sbcglobal.net
Wed Apr 2 16:16:01 UTC 2014

Hi Rosina,

What a wonderful Message. It was great to get to know you better. We have 
the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired, (CCVI) here in Kansas City. 
I will ask the Chapter to interact with them more to see if we can get some 
Parent information. Keep up the good work. Thanks, Ruby

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Rosina Solano" <colemangirly at yahoo.com>
To: <nfbmo at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 9:27 AM
Subject: [Nfbmo] family partnership!

Hello fellow NFB family!!! It has been a whirlwind slowing down after state 
convention. I hope you all have made it back home safe and are settling back 
into your everyday lives.

I want you all to know that I enjoy so much being with you all at state 
convention and rebooting my passion for the federation. I have something 
that I would like everyone's help on. Sort of a family partnership. We need 
to reach out to more people in our state. I would like to bring about a 
program of sorts that would welcome and bring more families into the NFB. So 
I am asking everyone to be looking for that blind child in your community. I 
know we all do this already being the awesome Missouri family that we 
already are. But I am hoping that we do more to take these families under 
our wings. Please don't assume that they are in contact with the parent 
division already. Even if they are or if you have given me their contact 
information, please welcome these families into yours. Call them up to ask 
them how they are doing. Ask if they need help with anything, if they are 
having any difficulties they need to just talk
 about. Even though we have a parent division now, it is that personal touch 
with blind mentors that will encourage them to grow in the philosophy of the 
NFB and confident blind adults.

If every chapter actively looks to add these people to our family we will 
grow strong and united. I know as a parent that some of our needs and wants 
differ from blind adults. We also get upset and emotional when we feel like 
we should be doing more with our blind/VI children. Please be patient with 
us as we grow with the knowledge of what our children can and should be 
doing. We take things personally, because we are parents and they are our 
precious children.

I know that we get caught up in our daily lives, but if you hear anyone, say 
things like, "hey, your blind, my neighbor has a blind child," please find 
out more, ask questions, enfold them into the federation family. I would 
love their contact information, but what could be better than to stay 
connected to their first contact with other blind people. I love my 
federation family and couldn't work with other parents without you all. You 
are the life blood that keeps me going with the courage to change what it 
means to be blind. Please let us reach out to families even if they turn 
away at first.

I want to thank you all for welcoming me so warmly into the fold and letting 
me be part of the NFB. Have a great day!!

Rosina Foster
MOPOBC  Missouri Parents of Blind Children
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