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LSC receives grant from Efird L. and Maria F. Hine Fund for assistive technology

By March 4, 2022No Comments
Resident of Lippard Lodge writes her name on the electronic white board.

Lutheran Services Carolinas (LSC) is excited to announce it received a $5,000 grant from the Efird L. and
Maria F. Hine Fund to purchase assistive technology and equipment for adults with disabilities living at
two of its supported living residences in Forsyth County.

Lippard Lodge opened in 2004 and is a safe haven for six adults with traumatic brain injuries (TBI),
ranging in age from 27 to 56 years old. The program was created to give adults with TBI a safe, home-
like setting where they can develop and/or maintain their cognitive, motor, and behavioral skills with
the help of highly qualified LSC teammates.

Wilson Smith Cottage was established in 1992 and cares for six adults with intellectual disabilities or
related conditions. The cottage is a long-term, supported living residence with 24-hour supervision and
active treatment services, including habilitation services to help individuals acquire, maintain, or
improve daily living skills and functioning; a variety of social and recreational opportunities; and
supportive health services. Residents range in age from 23 to 68 years old.

Each resident of Wilson Smith Cottage and Lippard Lodge has a personalized plan designed to set goals
and to develop strategies to reach these goals. The plans are reevaluated throughout the year to refine
and focus on the main objective of helping each individual achieve his or her own highest personal

One of the items purchased with this grant at Lippard Lodge is a Vibe All-in-one Computer Real-time
Interactive Whiteboard. It is a wireless, touch-screen whiteboard that residents can use to Zoom,
practice their fine motor skills, give presentations, listen to music, and attend virtual events with the
Brain Injury Association of North Carolina.

Program Director Donna Gaddy said one of the Lippard Lodge clients, J.B., knows a lot about technology
and teaches her more about its functions every time they use it.

“It’s really great because with the Brain Injury Association, we have the opportunity to attend classes
several days a week,” Gaddy said. “We also virtually participated in the annual conference using the

She is excited to learn more about the board’s many functions alongside of the residents.

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