[Nfbmo] family partnership!

Gary Wunder gwunder at earthlink.net
Thu Apr 3 17:42:28 UTC 2014

What a fine message. Does my heart good. Thank you.


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From: Nfbmo [mailto:nfbmo-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Rosina Solano
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2014 9:27 AM
To: nfbmo at nfbnet.org
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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