Members of the CSRA Dream Catchers gather once a month to encourage and support each other at the Vincent Village clubhouse off Five Notch Road.
They talk about issues they are facing and come up with action plans to advocate for change.
CSRA Dream Catchers is a peer support and advocacy group for people with brain, spinal cord and other related injuries and their families or caretakers. The group meets the first Monday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
The group’s mission is to support, advocate and encourage people with disabilities to live independently as possible as well as educating the community, said Les Paul Morgan, the peer facilitator for the group and a peer supporter at Walton Options.
The group allows members to form friendships and realize they aren’t alone, said member Cheryl Lyle.
“There are people who are going through the same things you are,” she said.
“You may go in feeling depressed, but you won’t leave that way,” added her husband, Coy, who is also a member.
The group always look at the positive and stress each member’s abilities and not their “inabilities”, said Morgan.
“We are not disabled… we believe there’s nothing you can’t do,” he said.
While the group enjoys having a good time with each other, they also take the advocacy and education part of their mission seriously, Coy said.
“When we meet, we try to accomplish something,” Coy said. “We set goals. We try to change things.”
The group is currently advocating for a crosswalk between Walton Crossing and Vincent Village on Five Notch Road so that residents can safely cross the road and travel back and forth between the residential areas, Cheryl said.
CSRA Dream Catchers will also hold its first event, a Fall Festival, on Oct. 6 from noon to 4 p.m. at Vincent Village. The event will feature information from organizations and companies that serve the disabled, food vendors, children's activities and speakers.
“We hope that the Fall Festival will help show people who we are and what we’re about and they’ll want to join us,” said Cheryl.
For more information about the CSRA Dream Catchers or the festival, contact Morgan at (803) 279-9611.