[vendtalk] Help me find help

Vandervoorts vandervoorts at sbcglobal.net
Thu Jul 2 17:20:34 UTC 2009


I hope someone from Virginia will contact you as they had a large number of
roadside closings this year due to budget cuts. I do not know if any blind
vendors were impacted or not, but I would assume so. Facilities are free to
be closed by their host agencies and there is no guarantee for any blind
vendor about any facility that I know of.

Here, the Texas Department of Transportation makes those decisions whether
on interstates or for the few on state highways.  There has been at least
one permanent closure in the past year or so.  The only recourse was back
through our state SLA for possible reassignment to another facility.  

I would recommend that you contact your district's STATE
representative/senator's offices as the decisions in GA are likely state
decisions, not federal.  I assume you have already contacted your SLA and
asked about options?

Hope someone else can give you more worthwhile advice.

Good luck!
Mike Vandervoort
Abilene, TX

-----Original Message-----
From: vendtalk-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:vendtalk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
Behalf Of Phyliss Davis
Sent: Thursday, July 02, 2009 9:10 AM
To: Vendor Talk Mailing List
Cc: alewis at nfbga.org
Subject: [vendtalk] Help me find help

Dear fellow Vendors,

I am writing this letter with the hope that some one out in Vendor-land can
help me.  I am a blind vendor in  Georgia two rest  areas locations; I-85
North Carnseville and I-85 North, Swanee Ga.  I was informed yesterday by
the SLA that the GADOT has slated both of my only rest areas for closure
this month 7/2009.  Out of all the the other rest stops, only mine appears
to be on the chipping block. I have sent a e-mail to my Congressional Rep.
Phil Gingry, but I would like input for other vendors in other states who
have faced this same issue. Who else can I contact both locally and
nationally to appeal this decision?{I am the only minority women vendor with
a roadside in GA.}FYI.  Also, has anyone else gotten notice that their
roadsides were closing this year?  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely yours,
Phyliss Davis
Kennesaw GA
6787554435 cell
7706358433 home

From: Kevan Worley <kevanworley at blindmerchants.org>
To: kevanworley at blindmerchants.org
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 4:11:47 PM
Subject: [vendtalk] March for Independence FAQ's

At Your Service, 

Kevan Worley

President, National Association of Blind Merchants

Inspiring Ecological Stewardship


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