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“On behalf of everyone here at dRC, thank you, and warmest wishes to you and your loved ones this Thanksgiving”


Friday, November 5th  from 4 - 5 p.m.

Pender County Library’s Main Library in Burgaw and  Hampstead Branch Library will host a book club discussion of The House on Mango Street with a virtual visit from the author, Sandra Cisneros. This event will also be available virtually. 




disAbility Resource Center sends a HUGE thank you to Apiture for their very generous donation to dRC to help us provide as much support as possible to people with disabilities who are experiencing difficulties with their housing situation.

During their ApiToberFest “Oyster King” Roast, Apiture employees donated over $850 to further our efforts. This is the second year that Apiture has supported dRC and our housing services. Their generosity will help us provide essential items such as threshold ramps for wheelchair users and security deposits for people with disabilities who have been displaced from their housing. Every dollar will make a difference in helping someone remain independent. Apiture is a Wilmington-based digital banking provider that delivers solutions for banks and credit unions of all sizes. Currently serving hundreds of financial institutions across the US, Apiture was founded in 2017 as a joint venture between First Data Corporation and Live Oak Bank to reimagine the digital banking experience for financial institutions and their customers and members. DisAbility Resource Center is incredibly grateful they have chosen to support our efforts to address the affordable and accessible housing barriers people with disabilities face in our community.


In October, our own Billy Eno joined Sarah Miller in teaching some UNCW Students in their Recreation Therapy-Adaptive Sports curriculum. We know Billy as an avid sportsman and coach, and we are certain the students got the best example possible. WAY TO GO BILLY and Thank you Sarah!


Did YOU know that the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science is holding a LIVE story time on Saturday November 6th at 10 am? It's designed for and open to learners from 4-8 years of age.

For more information and a complete schedule, visit the website at

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Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 am on Sunday, November 7, 20211. Turn your clocks BACK one hour!


We want to celebrate Deborah Dicks Maxwell as the new State President of the North Carolina NAACP. This is a historic moment as well because she became the first woman ever elected to this role. The dRC has witnessed her strong advocacy firsthand in assisting people with disabilities of color in our community. This includes addressing critical issues such as voting rights, accessing the covid-19 vaccine, helping individuals with disabilities who were living in deplorable housing situations, and pushing to end school suspensions in K-5 grades. As a retired public health social worker, she is keenly aware of all the disparities that exist.  She is also a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Racial Equity in Criminal Justice and served in the US Army and US Army Reserves, reaching the rank of Sergeant First Class. She also participated in Operation Desert Storm.

Veterans Day is to honor all who served.

Thank you for your service to our country.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

A very special thank you to dRC's Program Director,

Ashlei Shaw-McFadden

for your service!


Saturday, November 13, 2021

World Kindness Day started in 1998 as a day to recognize the significant effects that one small act of kindness can have. Making someone's day a little bit brighter, and better, in simple ways, can help their mood in ways we may never fully know. But there is a chain reaction when people feel appreciated and valued. Maybe you pick up your neighbors trash can if its knocked over, maybe you buy a stranger a coffee behind you in line, maybe you compliment a coworker for their efforts in a sincere way, maybe you give a few extra moments to a child and really listen to their stories. So many ways to just show a little more kindness. Share any of your ideas with us!

November is

National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

November is Alzheimer's awareness month. Alzheimer’s is one of the top 10 leading causes of death among individuals in the United States with it being the sixth cause of death among adults 65 and older. Alzheimer's is a disease that destroys a person’s memory and other mental functions that are important for their daily life. It is the most common type of dementia. Although Alzheimer’s usually affects individuals 65 and older, it can affect younger individuals as well. This is called younger-onset Alzheimer’s. In 2020, it is estimated there were nearly 5.8 million individuals in the United States living with Alzheimer’s. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s can first appear after age 60 and then it doubles every five years once a person reaches  age 65. Changes in the brain can occur years before any symptoms appear. This means that by the year 2060 it is expected to triple and the amount of people living with Alzheimer’s people will be  nearly  14 million. It is currently estimated that 200,00 individuals under the  age of 60 suffer from younger-onset Alzheimer's. It is also projected that the Hispanic and African American populations will see the largest increase. Hispanics will see an increase of seven times and African Americans will see an increase of four times. However, among all races women are twice as likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s than men. There are many factors that may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s.

These factors include a greater exposure to discrimination, higher rate of poverty, health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes that are more common in Hispanics and African Americans, lower levels of education, and greater exposure to adversity. Before we can develop  any strategies for prevention and targeting services for those who are at the most risk for developing the disease, we must understand the disparities in Alzheimer’s. It is not fully understood what causes Alzheimer's, we do know there is not one likely single cause for Alzheimer’s but rather several different factors. Each person is affected differently. Age is the best know factor. Genetics is thought to play a role, but this is not a guarantee. You can reduce your risk  of  developing  Alzheimer’s by living a healthy lifestyle. This can be achieved by getting adequate physical activity, refraining from smoking limiting alcohol intake, and eating healthy,  nutritious foods. Alzheimer’s is not part of the normal aging process, but by addressing the needs of individuals with the disease we can begin to better understand ways that we can close the gap on disparities and possibly work toward better treatment for all individuals with Alzheimer’s. 

Renee Holder (She/Her)

dRC Peer Support Coordinator

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The LOOKOUT is our Peer Support Group and its for anyone who identifies as a Person with a disAbility. There are group discussions, the Next Chapter Book Club, community outings (safely with COVID protocols) and more.

Email to get more information..


November Office Closings

dRC offices will be closed to observe the following holidays:

Veteran's Day- Thursday

November 11, 2021.

Thanksgiving -

November 24, 25, 26.


GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of radical generosity. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. #GivingTuesday

This year 100% of all funds donated to dRC on Giving Tuesday will be used specifically to assist 3 dRC consumers who are receiving dialysis for kidney failure and are homeless. Every dollar will be used to help provide a safe, clean, and warm room for these individuals who are highly immunocompromised, are required to maintain strict fluid and dietary restrictions, and need plenty of rest after each dialysis treatment. Your donation could save their life! If you are interested in learning more ways to help, please contact


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Wilmington, N.C. – Cameron Art Museum announces the unveiling of Stephen Hayes’s new sculpture, Boundless, on the museum’s grounds on Saturday, November 13, 2021. Unveiling events will span two days (November 13-14) and will include music, storytelling, family activities, food trucks, and a ticketed conversation with artist Stephen Hayes. Admission to the museum will be free both days. The unveiling will be held at 11 am, with remarks by Mayor Bill Saffo and County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield. Programs will run throughout the day on Saturday, November 13 from 11 am – 5 pm and from 10 am – 5 pm on Sunday, November 14.


Musician and historian Mary D. Williams will perform at the unveiling at 11 am. Williams has performed and provided her voice to the soundtrack of Blood Done Sign My Name (February 2010). She has also performed at the North Carolina State Capitol and has been featured on Dick Gordon’s The Story, as well as on National Public Radio. 


North Carolina storyteller Carolyn Evans will perform a new story based on true experiences of the mother of a USCT soldier in Wilmington, NC, at 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm. A gifted storyteller, Evans became interested in acting at Syracuse University and continued to act at the City University of New York. She has performed on stage with entertainers including Glenn Close, Melba Moore, and Terry McFadden. and appeared at the Apollo Theater, on New York’s WBAI radio, PENN Center Inc., at Gettysburg, as well as PBS and CNN TV.


Spoken word poet Johnny Lee Chapman, III will perform a new work inspired by the life of USCT Medal of Honor winner Powhatan Beaty, a soldier who fought at Forks Road and became an actor after the Civil War, at 1:15 pm and 2:15 pm. Johnny Lee Chapman, III is an interdisciplinary artist from Fuquay-Varina, NC. In 2014, he leaped from the page to the stage, beginning his career as a spoken word artist. Since then, he has performed regionally and nationally and is an active voice within his Triangle community. His professional range includes spoken word performances, screenwriting and acting, facilitation of poetry showcases, craft workshops, and artist mentorship.


“We are grateful for the community’s continued interest in this ambitious and meaningful project,” said Anne Brennan, executive director of CAM. “The challenging events of the past year have brought renewed meaning to our vision for Boundless – which is to help promote social change.”


Located on the site of the Battle of Forks Road on the grounds of CAM, Boundless will feature the life casts of 11 African American men connected to the Battle of Forks Road and its story – USCT descendants, reenactors, veterans, and local community leaders. Josiah Patrick, a Wilmington man whose features are used in the sculpture, is a descendant of four USCT soldiers. He is just one of the local men whose features were used for the sculpture. Watch the casting process.


CAM stands on the site of the Battle of Forks Road, a Civil War skirmish that was won by the USCT and led to the fall of Wilmington, the Confederacy’s last seaport. Many of the African American soldiers who fought there were native to the area, and after the war, many stayed to build the community. These 1,600 USCT soldiers fought for the Union, but they also fought for their freedom and the abolishment of slavery. Their impact is significant, yet the story is virtually unknown. Watch the Battle of Forks Road documentary.


The USCT project is timely and necessary, as the nation looks closely at issues of race and systemic racism. This project, with its goal of engaging the community and addressing race and racism through programming that contextualizes Boundless with local history, will benefit Wilmington, N.C., a city struggling to reconcile a tragic past of white supremacy. For Hayes, the sculpture is personal. “As a Black man in America, you see the imagery of a Black person in chains, being whipped, begging, kneeling and helpless,” said Hayes. “This project is important to me because, as a creator, I get to change that narrative — by giving Black soldiers a sense of honor and pride.” 

Read about the project in The New York Times.


CAM is the steward of the Battle of Forks Road Historic Site and is dedicated to interpreting the contribution of the USCT through art, living history and educational opportunities, including curriculum about the USCT for local schools. Durham-born Hayes is a recipient of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art and teaches at Duke University. He is known for his figurative work, specifically depicting the African American experience. Hayes’ work has been featured at the National Cathedral, Winston-Salem State University, Duke University, CAM Raleigh, Rosa Parks Museum, African American Museum in Philadelphia, and Harvey B. Gantt Center, among others

Happy Birthday to all our November friends!

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