Dorothy Gilmore Therapeutic Recreation Center

1600 Purdue Drive, (910) 433-1000  
Mon.-Fri. 8 am-5 pm

Where Abilities and dis-Abilities Become POSS-ABILITIES

Gilmore Rec 1


The Gilmore TRC offers recreation and leisure programs to persons with disabilities. Therapeutic Recreation offers therapy to improve functional abilities, enhance well-being and facilitate independence; leisure education - to teach or enhance recreation skills and attitudes that can be used throughout life; and recreation participation - to promote health and growth through leisure and recreation experiences. The staff of the TRC uses recreational services and leisure experiences to help people with limitations make the most of their lives - physically, mentally, emotionally and socially.


Gilmore Rec 2SPADES Adult Day Program

Special Populations Adult Day Enrichment Sessions, or S.P.A.D.E.S., is an adult centered program that enhances life satisfaction through a wide variety of activities like exercise, creative/expressive arts, cooking/baking, life/social skills, nature and horticulture therapy, community outings, speakers, and more. This program runs Sept. through May and requires a current participant registration form and active parental/caregiver communication with Gilmore staff. Spaces are limited; priority is given to returning participants at the beginning of the program each fall. Please attend a SPADES informational meeting or pick up a parent information packet for more details.
18+; Mon.-Fri.; 9:30 am-1:30 pm; $40/month

SPADES Ambassadors Volunteer Program

This opportunity is for current or former SPADES participants who would like to take their involvement and learning to the next level as an Ambassador Volunteer. SPADES Ambassadors will have the opportunity to learn and refine their vocational and leadership skills through volunteering with the SPADES program as well as other opportunities at Gilmore TRC. Limited spots available;
application process includes current or former Gilmore TRC participant status, staff nomination, application/background check and interview. SPADES Ambassadors serve as representatives of Gilmore TRC and must have the willingness and ability to fulfill program requirements as well as adhere to FCPR’s Code of Conduct.
18+; Free

Friends of Gilmore

Do you have a passion for working with children and/or adults with special needs? Do you have a class you would like to teach, a special skill you could share, or simply a desire to volunteer your time working with the special needs community? If so, please consider joining “Friends of Gilmore” volunteer program and help someone in need while gaining many rewarding life experiences of your own. Application process includes referral/recommendation, appropriate skills and experience, application/background
check and interview. Friends of Gilmore volunteers serve as representatives of Gilmore TRC and must have the willingness and ability to fulfill program requirements as well as adhere to FCPR’s Code of Conduct.
18+; Free

Accessing Career Education (ACE) Program

This program offered by Fayetteville Technical Community College offers an educational opportunity for adults with intellectual disabilities. Classes offered include reading, writing, and math with an emphasis on developing vocational skills, effective communication, career exploration and critical thinking skills. Class times vary and are determined by instructor. For more information contact the FTCC Coordinator at (910) 678-0181.
18+; Free

Vision Resource Family Meetings

The Vision Resource Center offers a monthly informal Family Meeting/Luncheon for the visually impaired community in Cumberland County and surrounding counties. Families will be able to meet and share experiences/resources; as well as receive updates on Vision Resource Center monthly activities.
All ages; 4th Thurs. of each month; 11 am-1 pm; Free

Senior Aerobics

A low-impact class that integrates a variety of cardio and core conditioning exercises for a balanced and invigorating workout. This class demonstrates many different levels of each move so you can pick the level that is best suited to your fitness level. The class wraps up with concentrated
abdominal toning exercises.
55+; Mon.; 10-11 am; Wed. and Fri.; 9-10 am; Free

Senior Line Dancing

Join other dancers and learn some fun Line Dances or just come for the great exercise. Our Line Dance classes are not just "Country Line Dancing". We call it "Line Dancing" for a reason. We play great music from genres including Country, Top 40, Hip Hop, Ballroom, Blues, Funky, Latin, Irish, Swing and much more. You never need a partner but you can bring all your friends and have a lot of fun. Plus, you
get exercise without realizing you are actually exercising!
55+; Mon.; 11 am-noon; Fri.; 10-11 am; Free


Yoga is a program of physical postures designed to purify the body and provide the physical strength and stamina required for long periods of meditation. This twice weekly class meets early enough for you to get still get to work. This class is intended for professionals and care givers.
18+; Tues. and Thurs.; 6:30-7:30 am; $50/month

Therapeutic Tai Chi

Tai Chi is an ancient form of Chinese health practice and exercise art with movements performed very slowly and thoughtfully. It has often been called moving meditation because of its gentle flowing movement. The class includes meditation techniques, stretches, and warm-ups. This class is sponsored by the national Multiple Sclerosis Society and was created to benefit people with Multiple Sclerosis.
Caregivers and friends are welcome. Participants do not have to be MS diagnosed to participate; other diagnoses can participate as well.
18+; Tues.; 8:30-10:30 am; Free

Awesome Adaptive Zumba

This class offers tons of fun for persons of all abilities using high energy music and Latin inspired dance movements. Each class encourages participants to ditch the typical workout and join the party! Participants can reap many benefits to include weight loss, endurance and self-confidence. 
18+; Thurs.; 1:30-2:30 pm; Free

Adaptive Jazz for Adults

Participants have the opportunity to explore the lively music and dance of jazz while working on gross motor, balance and coordination skills. This is an introductory course with an opportunity to learn basic jazz fundamentals and perform live routines. 
18+; Wed.; 1:30-2:30 pm; Free

Adaptive Hip-Hop for Adults

It doesn’t get more fun than this class! Come out and have fun listening to some great music and learning coordinating routines. This is a great way to have fun while getting a workout and keeping fit.  18+; Tues.; 1:30-2:30 pm; Free

Crochet/Knitting Social Hour

This group is for all those who enjoy crocheting and knitting and would like to connect with others with similar interests. Crochet enthusiasts can come together to share ideas, exchange information and meet new friends. This program will be held at Gilmore TRC in partnership with
the Fayetteville Senior Center. Participants should come
with their own materials.
18+; 1st Thurs. of each month; 2-3 pm; Free

Baby Steps

Are you concerned about your infant or toddlers development? Early intervention for children birth to three can and does have a dramatic effect on future outcomes for children with suspected developmental delays. Gilmore Therapeutic Recreation Center is committed to serving families who are unsure about their child’s development through advocacy, information and referrals to community resources. Call or stop by the center for information on resources available for infants and toddlers; as well as connect with other families in our community.
3-under yrs with families/caregivers; Free

Adaptive Open Gym

Enjoy playing basketball? Then come out and practice your skills and get some exercise! This program is for participants with disabilities. A registration form needs to be completed and on file in order to participate. Supervision must be provided for participant if needed or upon request by center staff. Program takes place on select afternoons based upon availability.

13+; 3-5 pm; Free

Do It Yourself-With Items from Your Shelf!

Learn how to turn your common kitchen staples into homemade beauty products! These classes will teach participants methods of making homemade and all-natural lotions, hand soap and more. All materials are provided. Classes are held the third Thurs. of each month and participants must register one week in advance for each class.
18+; 3rd  Thurs.; 3:30-4:30 pm; $5/class

Please Pass the Peas Cooking Class

These classes present an opportunity for participants to socialize and learn their way around the kitchen while working together to prepare a meal. Classes will also emphasize concepts such as nutrition, meal planning, budgeting and safe food handling. Classes are held the second and fourth Thurs. of each month, and participants must register one week in advance for each class.
12+; 2nd and 4th Thurs.; 4-5:30 pm; $5/class

Upcycled Art

What is upcycling anyway? It is simply the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and often more beautiful than you could have imagined! In this class we will demonstrate how to refresh and refurbish old items through the use of chalk paint and other materials. Participants should bring in a personal item from home that they would like to refurbish such as a frame, jar or bottle. All other materials are provided; all that’s required is your own creativity and a little elbow grease! Registration deadline is March 1.
16+; Wed., March 8; 3:30-4:30 pm; $5

Healthy Relationships for All

Meaningful relationships with others can sometimes come with many barriers for persons with developmental disabilities. In this introductory workshop, topics will be explored to include personal safety, boundary setting, feelings, gender differences and dating. Participants will engage in relationship building methods through use of discussions, role rehearsals and handouts. Registration required by March 8.
18+; Wed., March 15; 12:30-1:30 pm; Free

Sit Fit Zumba Workshop

Did you know that Zumba is a great way for persons with mobility challenges to work out? In this workshop the instructor will demonstrate how movements can easily be adapted with the upper body from a seated position or in a wheelchair. Participants can use these techniques to help preserve range of motion, flexibility, and maintain muscle tone.
18+; Thurs., March 30; 1:30-2:30 pm; Free

Introduction to Guided Imagery

Guided imagery is a way to escape from worries, stress, and tension. It has also been shown to improve depression, sleeplessness, high blood pressure and immune function. This workshop will demonstrate to participants the fundamentals of guided imagery through visual cues, calming sounds, and progressive muscle relaxation. Registration deadline is March 29.
18+; Wed., April 5; 12:30-1:30 pm; Free

Good-Night Yoga for Kids

You and your child are invited to join us for an interactive reading of “Good-Night Yoga,” followed up with learning 12 basic yoga poses that are designed especially for kids. Parents will be given a handout to take home outlining the poses and deep breathing sequences to utilize as part of their nightly bedtime ritual. When practiced on a consistent basis, bedtime yoga can be a great tool for hitting the reset button and helping your child get a better night’s sleep. Registration deadline is March 27.
4-8 yrs with a parent; Mon., April 10; 5-6 pm; Free

Patio Projects

Spring is in the air and that means more time spent outside! Join us as we create beautiful outdoor lighting projects perfect for any patio! All materials are provided; registration deadline is April 5.
16+; Wed., April 12; 3:30-4:30 pm; $5 

Baking Suites

Want to give in to your sweet tooth? Come out to our new adaptive baking class where we will explore various baking techniques while having fun indulging in some of your favorite sweet treats! Participants will have the opportunity to increase their independence and confidence in the kitchen while creating simple pastries with corresponding recipes to take home. Registration is required a minimum of one week in advance of each class.

13+; Thurs.; April 6 and May 4; 4-5:30 pm; $5/class 

From Drab to Fab: Mother’s Day Tin Can Crafts

Participants in this class can create a beautiful gift for Mother’s Day using a simple coffee or tin can from home. Cans will be transformed into vintage flower vases, candle holders, or centerpieces using paint, burlap and some special sparkle!Participants should bring a coffee or tin can from home, all other materials provided. Registration deadline is May 3.16+; Wed., May 10; 3:30-4:30 pm; $5

Positive Thinking Class

Would you like to learn how positive self-talk can help you cope with difficult situations? If so, we invite you to attend a fun and interactive class. Participants will explore simple techniques that can improve their self-esteem, stress, and increase positive thinking. All participants will have the opportunity to actively engage in group activities and receive educational handouts to take home. Registration deadline is May 10.

18+; Wed., May 17; 12:30-1:30 pm; Free


Girls & Guys AI’s

Girls & Guys AI’s (Afternoons In) are here to give participants affordable and increased opportunities to meet new friends and have fun socializing at Gilmore TRC. Participants will enjoy a current movie (PG or PG-13 rating), and a “build your own ice cream sundae” bar. Registration deadline is March 3. 13+; Fri., March 10; 3:30-6 pm; $5

Girls & Guys Nights Out

Participants can enjoy a night out with old friends while making some new ones too! These family-friendly outings focus on community leisure opportunities, socialization and independence. Trips may include local sports events, movies (rated G or PG), restaurants, shopping centers, and attractions. Registration fees will vary according to trip. Departures/pickups leave from Gilmore TRC. Pre-registration is required for all trips, dates/destinations are scheduled on select Friday evenings and are subject to change. Please inform staff when registering if participant will be traveling with a caregiver.
13+; Fri.; 5-9 pm; Fee TBA
March 24: Dinner and Adaptive Climbing at Triangle Rock Club
May 5: Dinner and Custom Campfire at Clark Park Nature Center

Ladies and Gentlemen’s Night Out

Ladies and Gentlemen’s Night Out is for adults with special needs seeking a greater degree of independence. Participants who wish to take part in these outings will have the opportunity to learn and be involved in the entire trip planning process to include choosing a destination, determining costs and demonstrating their leadership skills. Trips will be designed for independent adults that can function with minimal assistance and may include destinations such as local concerts, movies (rated PG or PG-13), restaurants, and other attractions. Departures/pickups leave from Gilmore TRC. Interested participants should contact the center to attend a trip planning meeting.
18+; Fee TBA

Gilmore Girls Glam Slam

We think everyone deserves to look and feel beautiful, both inside and out! Spend the afternoon with us as we take a spa break and sample various beauty products, enjoy tea and cookies and some well-deserved pampering! Registration deadline is March 24.
16+; Fri., March 31; 1:30-2:30 pm; Free

Gilmore Family Fun Run

Do you want to get healthy, have fun and support a great cause? Then this is the event for you! The Gilmore Family Fun Run is perfect for all ages and abilities and will be geared towards first-time, less experienced runners. Activities will include a 5k for all ages, coloring activities for children and more. This is a fundraising event to benefit Special Olympics of Cumberland County in partnership with Olive Garden. All runners should pre-register by March 29 on or at Gilmore TRC and check-in the day of the race by 7:30 am. This event will be held at North Street Park.
All ages; Sat., April 1; 8 am; $5

Cape Fear River Trail Golf Cart Tours  

Individuals with permanent or limited physical abilities will have the opportunity to explore the beauty of Fayetteville’s Cape Fear Trails on an interpretive golf cart tour. These tours will depart and return from Gilmore TRC and are limited to groups of 5; more tours may be added based on interest. Riders must be able to grasp and hold safety handles. This program will be held at Clark Park and Nature Center in partnership with Gilmore TRC; registration deadline is April 12.
18+; Thurs., April 20; 1:30-4:30 pm; Free

2017 Gilmore Annual Prom: “24K Magic!”

A prom is a special occasion for all to enjoy. Each spring the TRC staff honors everyone that may not have experienced a prom in high school. Join us for music, dancing and memories to last a lifetime! Semi-formal attire required.
18+; Fri., April 28; 6-9 pm; $5/ticket

Showcase of Stars Open Mic Night

We believe all people have special talents and deserve an opportunity to share them. The TRC staff invites anyone with a disability to showcase their talents at our “Showcase of Stars.” Performances may include original or non-original music, poetry, performance art, etc. Any and all talents are welcome and there is no cost to enter the showcase. We encourage parents, friends, and community to come together, share art, and connect with one another in a fun and judgement-free zone. Performance requests are subject to staff approval, participants interested in performing should attend an interest meeting held at Gilmore TRC on Tues., April 11 at 3:30 pm.
All ages; Fri., May 19; 6:30 pm; Free


Gilmore Therapeutic Recreation Center is the hub for Special Olympics Cumberland County (SOCC). Special Olympics Cumberland County is a branch of Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC). Special Olympics Cumberland County provides year-round sports training and competition for more than 300 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. It is the fastest growing program in North Carolina. Participants have the opportunity to train and compete in the Special Olympic Competition in 14 different sports. Practice times and locations vary. Call the Gilmore Therapeutic Recreation Center at 433-1000 for more information.

SOCC Winter Sports Registration

Registration is Oct.1-Dec. 1. Athletes are required to have a Special Olympic Athlete Participation Form on file, which includes a physical in order to register. Winter sports offered are Basketball and Cheerleading. 
8+; Free

SOCC Spring/Summer Sports Registration

Registration is Jan. 1-March 1. Athletes are required to have a Special Olympic Athlete Participation Form on file, which includes a physical in order to register. Spring sports offered are Athletics/Track, Bowling, Cycling, Equestrian, Powerlifting, Volleyball, and Softball. Sports offered may vary dependent upon the schedule created by Special Olympics North Carolina.
8+; Free

SOCC Fall Sports Registration

Registration is July 1-Aug. 19. Athletes are required to have a Special Olympic Athlete Participation Form on file, which includes a physical in order to register. Spring sports offered are Aquatics, Bocce, Golf, Soccer, and Tennis. Sports offered my vary dependent upon the schedule created by Special Olympics North Carolina.
8+; Free

SOCC Young Athletes

Special Olympics Cumberland County Young Athletes Program is an inclusive early childhood sports and educational play program for children aged 2 to 7 years old, with and without intellectual disabilities, which includes games, songs and other fun, physical activities. With an emphasis on training and participation through activities and play, rather than competition, our young athletes learn basic sports skills like kicking and throwing a ball, as well as providing children with gross motor skills training, group interaction and socialization opportunities. These basic skills will prepare the Young Athletes for future participation in sports. Sessions last 6 weeks; call for information on upcoming sessions.
2-7 yrs.; Tues.; 3:45-4:30 pm; Free

Spring Games

Our largest of all local competitions, Spring Games features track and field events, soccer and volleyball. Competition is always exciting and volunteers are always needed.  This event is hosted by Methodist University and is open to spectators and registered athletes.  The Spring Games 2016 registration packet can be accessed on our website  Registration deadline is April 1.
8+; April 7; 10 am-1 pm; Free