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A Home Of Their Own

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Do you remember moving into your first apartment, and the excitement and the sense of accomplishment that came with it? You probably went to the thrift store and got the least expensive furniture and decorations you could, but you didn’t care because it was going into YOUR new home. How about buying your first house? Upgrading your furniture a bit, splurging for that fancy wall hanging. These moments are a rite of passage, moments that give us a sense of independence, something to take care of.

Do you have neighbors that are like family? The neighbors who stop in to check on you when things are crazy, or who you chat with in the evenings after a long day. There’s a sense of community that comes from living alongside others and understanding that you’re there for each other for the good days, and the challenging days.

The future residents of Vanguard Landing are individuals who want to experience those same feelings. People who love their families dearly, just like you and I, but who also want a place of their own among their peers. They’ll go to work each day, and make positive contributions to the world around them. They’ll make meals, and go out in the evenings with friends. They’ll decorate their spaces, and experience independence and community in a safe, secure environment.

Your support gets us closer to every day to our goal of creating a place where residents can experience community and independence without sacrificing feelings of comfort and safety. We hope you’ll consider Vanguard Landing as you consider your many year-end giving options. We know there are a lot of needs, and we appreciate every little bit!

Click here to make a one-time gift of recurring donation, or text to Vanguard Landing today!

Dreams For Our Children

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If you’re a parent, you know what it’s like to want nothing but the best for your children, including a future where they are independent and thriving. The day they graduate college, find a job, and/or move out on their own is the day you can say “We did it! We got them to adulthood!” But for parents of intellectually disabled children this looks different. They too have dreams of independence for their children, coupled with the fear of what adulthood will look like, especially once they, the parents, are gone.

If you were to ask some of our future residents about their dreams for Vanguard Landing, you’d likely hear things like “to live with my friends” or “to have fun and go for walks on the trails.” If you ask their parents, the answers will be more along the lines of, “So my children have a safe and loving community where they’re understood and accepted for who they are.”

Individuals who want a fun and safe place to live will find that, and more at Vanguard. A place where they are seen, not stared at, where they are respected and given opportunities to contribute in a meaningful way to the world on a daily basis. We will provide peace of mind for parents who may not be able to provide the care their adult children need, especially once the child has aged out of the school system. Additionally, they will know their children will be cared for long after they themselves are gone.

We’re so encouraged every single time we see someone’s eyes light up because they “get” our vision. When others begin to understand how important our work is for future generations, we’re encouraged to fight harder!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your support and patience on this journey. From the local businesses who raise funds for us, to the individual who stood up and donated $100,000 at our Hearts & Hoofbeats event. It’s incredibly important, and it all gets us closer to groundbreaking.

Hearts & Hoofbeats 2017

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We had a great time at our Hearts & Hoofbeats event, and we couldn’t have done it without the help of our Sponsors and supporters at every level! Despite the drizzling rain and humidity, we broke our attendance records and welcomed our wonderful guests to enjoy the event under a huge tent filled with food, fun and Vanguard Landing family!

This year our guests at the event and from afar were able to bid on the many wonderful Silent Auction items via their smartphones –  and it was very effective and exciting!  The items donated by our supporters included very elaborately-themed gift baskets, a Smart TV, Custom Artwork, Gym Memberships and many other popular things.  The highlight of the evening and the one that brought the bidding war to a frenzy was – drumroll please… a Wooden American Flag with bullet shells as the stars!

Attendees also gave to our Reverse Auction which is basically money donated THAT night for Phase One Construction – that ONE activity raised $118,000!

Everyone enjoyed the delicious food from the famous Jody’s Popcorn, cheese and fruit bars, and the three 757 local favorite food trucks: Gastrohub, Sofritos and Sicles & Sammies.

The number one East Coast dance band – Hotcakes – turned up the volume and the energy with an awesome playlist that all ages could move to!

The Vanguard Sound Waves Glee Club performed A Place For Us by Carrie Underwood and brought the house to their feet.  This song perfectly described the dream that each of these future residents are watching come alive with each passing day at and the planned groundbreaking ceremony only months away!

Every year we like to surprise our guests with games and activities that will not only challenge their skills but also reward them with prizes each and every time.  This year we rolled out three games – A Wine Pull, Head Or Tails, and Buy A Heart.  The participants won prizes, cash and two of the winners were gracious enough to donate their winnings back to the residents of Vanguard Landing!!

Finally, we nearly DOUBLED our attendance in one year for this event and as a result we also more than doubled our fundraising! We are so grateful! Keep an eye on our Facebook page for professional photos from this signature event.

A Day In The Life At Vanguard Landing

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Kristin wakes up in her pink coastal cottage bedroom excited to see her friends and start a new day! She and her cottage mates get dressed and straighten their room like they want, and walk together over to the Seahorse Cafe for breakfast. If needed, someone is there to support them with any tasks they need help with. On the chef’s menu this morning are pancakes and fresh berries from Pungo, fresh juices, scrambled eggs and yogurt fruit parfaits. After breakfast, if it is a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, Kristin heads over to her job at the VGL Twice As Nice Shoppe and Creative Room.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays she catches the VGL van to the Oceana Commissary where she has a morning job at the bakery. She loves learning to decorate cakes and cupcakes. Kristin may choose to have lunch in the Seahorse Cafe with friends where they can talk about their morning. After a yummy lunch with healthy and delicious choices, she and two of her friends decide to go for a walk if the weather is nice before her keyboarding class in the computer lab.

After class, she may decide to go to the greenhouse and check on the tomato plants she started for the Farm Market. On this day, she decides to hang out for a while in her room before evening activities start up. This night happens to be Create Your Own Taco night (a favorite among residents). After dinner, Kristin joins a group watching a movie together, and they enjoy popcorn and a movie before heading back to their houses for bed.

We can’t wait to make a day like Kristin’s a reality for so many intellectually disabled adults. Organizations around the country have successfully implemented housing programs that enable individuals to live a quality life, and truly thrive. Your continued support helps us toward our goal of becoming one of those amazing places.

Our next event, Hearts & Hoofbeats will be held October 14, 2017. Don’t miss this opportunity to support Vanguard while enjoying a fun evening, and checking out the property! If you’d like to partner with us through sponsorship of this signature event, click here.

Save The Date for Hearts & Hoofbeats 2017!

By | hearts and hoofbeats

The planning has begun for our 4th Annual Hearts & Hoofbeats signature event! Hearts & Hoofbeats will be held at the Vanguard Landing property on October 14, 2017, and will include performances from the Hotcakes Band, as well as our Sound Waves Glee Club. We hope you’ll plan to join is for a night of yummy food, drinks, fun activities and auctions!

This is an amazing evening for supporters to come together, learn more about Vanguard landing, and celebrate the accomplishments of those with disabilities. It’s also a great opportunity to make this dream a reality as we continue taking steps toward breaking ground.

We’ll have a lot more information available in the next severals weeks. We can’t wait to begin showcasing our lovely auction items for you, as well as introducing you to the talent you’ll be able to witness during the event. Hearts & hoofbeats is one of our favorite events of the year because we get to have some fun for a great cause. Thank you so much for choosing to take this journey with us. We’re forever grateful, and look forward to celebrating with you in a few months!

If you or your company are interested in helping sponsor the event or donating auction items, contact us today. We’d love to have you partner with us for this amazing cause.

For now, mark your calendar for for Oct. 14, tell your friends, and plan on a great event for a wonderful cause!

Fundraising, Friendsraising and Our Capital Campaign

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As you no doubt can imagine, developing and building a community like Vanguard Landing is a huge undertaking.  Thankfully we have wonderful supporters, board members, volunteers and prospective residents and their families, all of whom contribute to our future success.

This month, we’d like to provide an update on our progress, as well as provide some insight into the multiple, parallel efforts that are designed to get us to, and through, construction.

Our efforts are focused in three key areas: building awareness of who we are and what our Mission is, getting admissions packets fully approved, and raising sufficient funds to start Phase One of construction.  Our initial financing offers are based on these key elements all working together, so that once we are completely built with all phases complete we will be self- sustaining via our business model and won’t need constant capital fundraising to support our operations. We, like any other non-profit, will always have signature events for fun and community interaction.

Our fundraising has been focused on educating people about the need and building our non- profit and covering some of the myriad of expenses involved in bringing Vanguard Landing to life. As you can imagine, even with gracious support and in-kind donations there are large costs coming for construction, plans, permits, impact studies and other pre-construction needs.  But the time has come for a big movement forward! That’s where your donor support helps — getting us to groundbreaking!

So what’s next?  Our Phase One capital campaign has begun, which will get us the bigger dollars needed to start construction.  Through a combination of substantial donations and bank financing, we hope to soon start construction.  We have lenders signed on (based on the volume of applications we’ve already received!), but our goal is to limit how much we borrow to get construction started.  Every dollar we borrow today has the potential to limit our services in the future, so the capital campaign is crucial.

How can you help?
Well, certainly we’re looking for large corporate and individual donors. We also need help spreading the word, and continuing to support our interim funding needs. Soon we’ll ask for help in identifying and reaching influential people throughout the country who understand the need and will lend their voice, their money or their energy to the effort. To date, 124 other Intentional Communities have been created and built by donations, and we need help just like they did to get started!

We are launching the Capital Campaign to Fund Vanguard Landing!

How We’re Helping Future Residents Now!

By | Exceptional People, Support VGL

As we move closer to our goal of creating accessible, beautiful homes and work opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, we are constantly looking for opportunities to serve our future participants in the here and now. We’ve seen that there is a demonstrated need in the area for transportation, and are so excited to say we’ve raised enough money for our first van! You’ve walked alongside us through a busy Spring season of fundraising, and because of you, we’ll be able to start helping future residents NOW through our transport service.

It was amazing to see how our community came together through the Over The Edge and Give Local Fundraisers, raising nearly $37,000! As we continue to raise support we hope others will also see the importance of Vanguard Landing and our impact on an underserved community. It will be life-changing for so many families, and will be successful as our community literally wraps its arms around the project, to see it developed!

There are many ways to continue supporting this amazing cause, but here are two easy things you can do:

Become a Guardian Angel
This is a program where an automatic, monthly donation of $25 or more to Vanguard Landing is established for a designated period of time. You set the start date, and the end date for this monthly donation! Click Here to fill out the form and become a blessing to VGL!

Van Pavers
Leave your mark with engraved brick for just $125, or a large brick for $250. These will be used to pave the walkways at Vanguard Landing. Bricks can be customized with words and a design. You can choose to honor a loved one, or simply show your support. Click Here  to place your order now and support the Campaign to Fund Vanguard Landing!

As always, we appreciate your support and are so excited to see this community becoming a reality. Thank you for helping make our big dreams a reality!

When You Give To Vanguard Landing

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So far our generous sponsors have made this year pretty amazing. We recently held our Over The Edge event, and the turnout was incredible! A big thank you to everyone for being a part of this and making it a success.

When you give toward our Vanguard Landing, you help provide a home for our residents for years to come. Vanguard Landing is designed to be a community where individuals can live independently, while earning income from jobs on the property. We have the land, we have the plans, and now we’re working tirelessly to raise necessary funds for building.

You may not know that the vision for Vanguard Landing is to be a self-sustaining community once built and in operation. Your generous donations NOW are what get us on our way! The power of a one-time gift can be felt for a lifetime with an organization like ours!

Too many of our family members and friends with intellectual disabilities have little to no choice in residential and employment opportunities. The current options are scarce, and are not appropriate for their individual needs. Vanguard Landing was created to provide a positive and secure community for families to choose for their loved one!

A Day In The Life

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As we get closer to breaking ground at Vanguard Landing, we can’t help but get excited about the daily happenings to come. One of the most exciting things about what we’re building is that we’ll be able to give an amazing group of people the opportunity to do very normal, every day tasks.

Follow us through a potential day in the life of a future Vanguard Landing resident!

Tom likes routine and sets his alarm to get up early even on weekends. On this particular day, he is anxious to get to the bakery. He knows he has a lot of cookies to bake with his co-workers, as they sold out of almost everything the day before. They are all good but the all chocolate with white chocolate chunks are this week’s best seller and are gone!

His one-bedroom row house is fixed exactly the way he likes it and is his self-proclaimed “bachelor pad”. He heads over to the café, and the chef knows his dietary needs to keep his weight to a healthy level. He loves omelets and loves the vegetarian with tomatoes, onions and bell peppers. The bell peppers were grown on-site in the Van Garden High tunnels. After breakfast, he gets to the bakery and works with the team to make dough and start scooping cookies before the customers arrive. The manager reminds them that they have a large order being picked up at 1:00pm by a local realtor for his big Open House.

After all that scooping, Tom is ready to shoot some hoops with his friends at the Sportsplex in the neighborhood, so he goes and changes clothes and enjoys himself before dinner!

We’re so grateful for your continued support, and patience, as we work to make this lifestyle a reality for so many adults just like “Tom”!

Toss Your Boss or Push Your Principal For A Good Cause!

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We’ve got a lot of exciting things happening in the next few months, and hope you’ll join us!

Over The Edge
We’re getting closer to this adrenaline-fueled fundraiser. You’ll go OVER the TOP of the beautiful Holiday Inn Oceanside on the Boardwalk of Virginia Beach!

Here’s the thing though- EVERYTHING is better when we come together as a team! So, how do you make that happen?

Your company or friend group signs up as a team and raises the money Together to send your boss or a chosen co-worker OVER The EDGE! We will come and present to your office to get you started if you want!!!

Here are some ways:

Toss Your Boss– all employees collect funds to send them as a rapeller!

Sign up as your company’s name and everyone pitch in $ and have a drawing for who gets to represent at the event as a rapeller! We will offer you the chance to send two for a discount of $300!!! Instead of $1200 each……you can send 2 employees for $2100 instead of $2400!!!

Push Your Principal!!– school signs your Principal up and all work together to raise the $1200 ! Schools can compete for who can raise the most to Push Their Principal!

Soar for the Scouts– Den leader participates and their scouts raise the funds!

The ideas are endless!!!!

This is a WIN WIN as YOUR company, business, civic group, etc gets advertising while helping in YOUR community!! Click here to sign up!

Also, we’d also like to say a big thank you to our sponsors who have so generously donated.

“Roped In”  Level Sponsors: Stanton Partners and Holiday Inn Oceanside
“Safe Landing” Level Sponsors: Pace Collaborative, Towne Bank
“High Five” Level Sponsors: Veterans United Home Loans, Alperin Law
“Just Hanging Around”  Level Sponsors: Covington Hendrix Anderson Architects, Nationwide Insurance, The Miller Group, Entercom

Give Local 757
You’ll hear more about this amazing event next month, but here’s the breakdown. Give Local 757 is an event geared toward raising funds AND raising awareness about amazing organizations all over Hampton Roads. For 24 hours beginning at midnight on May 9, people will be donating, and we hope you’ll support Vanguard Landing on this incredible day!

Last year we exceeded our goal of $10,000 with a total of $17,809. YOU did that, and we are so grateful.