Friday Blogging

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Making dog biscuits, yay!

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Samantha had her aunt hand-make everyone at No Limits a scarf!  They are so nice and warm!!  Jason and Brandon posed with theirs.

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Steve modeling his new scarf.  Thanks again Samantha!

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“Dudes day”!  Some of the men of No Limits enjoying reading over the weekly newspaper.  Current events are so important to us!

Welcome to Chris Miller, new DARS BISCU Director!

At No Limits Eastern Shore we are excited to welcome Christiane “Chris” Miller in her new role as Director of the Brain Injury Services Coordination Unit at the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (VA DARS)!

Chris Miller with Brandon, Rachel, and Melissa from NLES

We are especially delighted that Chris took time out during her busy first month in her important statewide position to travel out to the Eastern Shore to meet us and learn about our programs and our people. Not everyone makes the trek out to our region so we really appreciate her for making that effort!

BISCU Director Chris and NLES Director Rachel reviewing the history of brain injury services provision on the Eastern Shore

We expect great things from Chris Miller as she develops in her new role and we are already looking forward to her next visit as DARS begins a round of statewide brain injury program evaluations in preparation for this year’s 5 year funding renewal process. She has also promised to come out on a summer Friday to visit the No Limits Hot Dog Cart!

Chris Miller meeting some No Limits bell ringers (for the Salvation Army) on her December visit to NLES

Puppy Blog!

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Maryann brought her new puppy Tessa to visit at No Limits!

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Jason was pleased to meet Tessa!

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Samantha is the “puppy whisperer”.

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Taking a rest after a long morning meeting new friends!

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Tessa having a walk around with her new friend David.

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Here’s to hoping that Tessa doesn’t get as tall as Brandon!  Hahaha

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Is it a bunny or a Shih Tzu puppy?  (Doesn’t she look very bunny-like sitting there with her Mom?  Haha)  Thanks for bringing Tessa in to visit Maryann!

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Happy birthday Matt, and many, many more!

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Saying “farewell” to the holidays by having some fun putting away decorations.  Zel and Brandon are the No Limits Christmas Angels!

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Master Chef David whippin’ up Maryann’s birthday cake.  Thanks David!

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Our Board Chair (and Jason’s momma!) Liz Walters donated a peppermint bark making kit.  Brandon is drizzling melted chocolate over the top of the “bark”.  Yum!

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David taking out his frustration on the finished peppermint bark while Brandon sneaks a piece that didn’t make it to the “breaking tray”.  Hahaha!  (P.S. David was not actually mad, hitting the bark was the easiest way to break it up!)

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Maryann lookin’ great for her birthday!  Happy birthday Maryann!

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Rachel’s future daughter-in-law Beritt and her son Jay visited us this week!  Jay is helping Zel to complete some puzzles.

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Jay finishing up a “Frozen” puzzle.

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The No Limits Barista, a.k.a. our No Limits’ Executive Director Rachel, donated some hot cocoa and marshmallows for us to enjoy on a cold day.  Thanks Rachel!

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Jay meeting the No Limits Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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Cocoa break!

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Brandon teaching “little” Jay about “little” Tyrannosaurs!

 

No Limits Bell Ringers 2019

As we welcome the New Year, we would like to share photos of one of our favorite annual traditions – ringing the bells for the Salvation Army.  We love volunteering within our community and ringing the bells is a perfect way to do so!  Check out the proud No Limits bell ringers from 2019 below!!

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Our friend Lamar, Samantha, Steve, CL, and Melissa

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Melissa & Emma

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Brandon

Kyle Fulk, the No Limits Case Coordinator, rang bells as well this year but forgot to snag a photo of himself ringing.  🙂

Happy New Year and best wishes to all as we begin this new decade!

In Loving Memory of Diane (Velvet Diana Copes, 2/1/48 – 12/26/19)

Diane with her good friend Margaret Ann Harris at the 2015 No Limits Christmas party

No Limits Eastern Shore is deeply saddened to report the passing of our longtime member and beloved friend, Velvet Diana Copes. Diane, as she was known, was a strong, kind, and fiercely determined woman who fought mightily to retain her independence and did so with grace, dignity, and love. Her laughter and her compassion will be greatly missed by all who had the honor of knowing her. Diane was an advocate, a volunteer, and an excellent friend who loved and was loved by her family, her church, and her community. There will be a Memorial Service held at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Wardtown, VA, on Saturday, 1/4/19, at 11 am. Her obituary can be found here: https://www.morrisfuneralhome.org/obituary/velvet-copes?fh_id=15318

Diane ringing the bells for the Salvation Army in 2012 with Maryann Brittingham and the late Isaiah Reid
Diane with friends at a Delmarva Shorebirds game in 2012
Diane on her birthday in 2017
Diane ringing the bells! December 2016
Diane with Bob Gelhard in the No Limits garden in 2010
Diane with a fish she caught, 2010

Christmas Party Blogging 2019

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We enjoyed our annual Christmas party this week at No Limits.  Check out scenes from our party day below!

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Santa came!

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Starting our holiday off with in-chair exercise with Betsy!  As always, thank you so much to the United Way of Virginia’s Eastern Shore for helping to fund this exercise group.

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Betsy Pinder, our favorite massage therapist, “working her magic” on Matt!

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We were happy to see Randolph for the party!  Randolph has been a member of No Limits since DAY ONE!

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Hey Matt!  “Good mornin’!  How you doin’?!”

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Rachel’s husband, John, came to help us winterize the No Limits Hot Dog Cart before it gets too cold out.  Thanks John!

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Secret Santa time!  Each year some members of No Limits participate in gift giving with their peers with our annual Secret Santa gift exchange.  Below you will see many members who participated in this year’s Secret Santa opening their gifts!

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CL

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David

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Randolph

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Steve

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Matt

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Jason

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Melissa

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Brandon

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Operations Coordinator, Maryann Brittingham, handing out holiday goodies.

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Steve’s brother and sister-in-law, J.D. and Jennifer Barnes, donated a very generous gift card to be used for the No Limits Activity Fund.  Thank you so much Jennifer!  In this picture she is showing Steve her gift.

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Samantha and Steve discussing a plan for an upcoming pizza party thanks to the gift cards.  Thank you again to the Barnes family!

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Samantha got a gift card from the Barnes family as well!  Steve said she deserved it.

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David relaxing by our pretend (but pretty) fireplace!

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The Brown family got a beautiful candle set for No Limits.  Thanks y’all!

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No Limits Board Member, Laurice Hohlt, joined us for our party!

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Laurice also donated several delicious desserts to enjoy at our party.  Thank you so much Laurice!

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Long time friend and volunteer of No Limits, Margaret Ann Harris, joined us for the party as well.  It is always so good to see Margaret Ann!

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Before digging in to our feast!  We enjoyed homemade baked ziti, chicken tenders, deviled eggs, garlic knots, and a yummy salad!

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Randolph said the blessing for our Christmas meal.  Thank you Randolph!

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No Limits’ Board Chair, Liz Walters, posing for a great photo with Robin Sexauer of the Eastern Shore Field Office of the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services!  Thank you both for joining us!

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A great photo of Margaret Ann.

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Calvin joined us to celebrate as well!

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Rachel’s son Luke, his fiancée, Beritt, and Beritt’s son Jay, came to say hello to everyone as well!  What a wonderful Christmas party we had this year.

 

 

 

A “Thank You” Christmas Giving Blog

We would like to say an extra special thank you this week to 2 local organizations who recently donated to No Limits Eastern Shore, The Eastern Shore Convocation of Episcopal Church Women and the Eastern Shore Chapter of Dining for Women.  With their donations, we were able to purchase several, much needed items for survivors of brain injury confined to long-term care facilities and other friends in need throughout our community.  Members of No Limits thoroughly enjoyed choosing, wrapping, and delivering these gifts to their friends and peers.  Check out pictures of the process of getting the gifts ready for delivery below!

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Maryann and David working hard to wrap warm blankets.

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Samantha having a good time wrapping up healthy treats.

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A shot of some of the “No Limits Elves” hard at work!

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Karaoke break!  Steve and Maryann took a break from wrapping gifts to sing, dance, and be merry!

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Brandon took a break from wrapping gifts to use some clear wrapping paper as a telescope.  “Do you see what I see?”

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Having fun while we give back.  Great work!

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We filled up this whole table full of presents and this was only half of what we were able to gift.

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Here is the other half!

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David, a member of the No Limits Eastern Shore Enhanced Outreach Program posing for a photo with his gifts.

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George, another member of our Enhanced Outreach Program, posed with his gifts and with long-time member (and the Lead Hot Dog Cart Employee of No Limits) C L.

Thank you again SO VERY MUCH to The Eastern Shore Convocation of Episcopal Church Women and the Eastern Shore Chapter of Dining for Women for your donations to No Limits.  Your assistance truly helped No Limits members to wish their peers and friends a very, Merry Christmas!

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C L getting into the spirit of Christmas writing thank you cards next to his collection of reindeer!  These cards will be delivered to members of the Onancock Chapter of Dining for Women who made a recent donation to No Limits.

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Another angle of C L’s awesome reindeer collection!

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Steve says “Every Santa display needs lights!”   Thanks Maryann and C L for helping to hang holiday decorations!

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An extra special thank you to long time No Limits employee Maryann for donating the awesome Santa and reindeer decorations.  The finished product looks great!

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Starting our week off right with in-chair exercise with Massage Therapist Betsy!  Always a special thank you to the United Way of Virginia’s Eastern Shore for assisting with funding for our in-chair exercise group!

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Hand-making Christmas ornaments!  Some will be used as Christmas gifts.  Good work everybody!

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Jason havin’ a good time joking around with Samantha.

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No Limits members volunteered to ring bells again this week for the Salvation Army.  This week we say “thank you” to Brandon and Kyle (not pictured) for ringing the bells!

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David showing off his grumpy Christmas tree ornament.  We think it looks like the Grinch!  Hahaha, nice work David.

 

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It’s time to decorate for Christmas.  Boo yah!

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The magic of Christmas…Samantha is now a snowflake!  (Having some fun while decorating.)

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Steve supervising Brandon and Emma decorating one of the No Limits “mini trees”.

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David and Steve helping to put the finishing on the Christmas tree!

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It’s beginnin’ to look a lot like Christmas!

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Jason and Corina worked hard to decorate the mini wire tree.  (Thinking of our friend Amy with this shot, she loved to decorate the wire tree)

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Our annual service of ringing bells for the Salvation Army has begun.  Great work Samantha, Steve, C L, Melissa, and our new friend, Lamar!

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Emma joined Melissa to ring the bells this week too!

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Thank you SO MUCH to the Onancock Chapter of Dining for Women.  This wonderful organization recently awarded No Limits with a cash donation that will be used for holiday gifts for survivors of brain injury and others in need throughout our community.

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Enjoying some music and playing a game of “hot potato” while we wait for the buses.  Everyone had a great time!