Dorothy Gilmore Therapeutic Recreation Center

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

Where Abilities and dis-Abilities Become POSS-ABILITIES

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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 September through May and requires a current participant registration form and active parental/caregiver communication with Gilmore staff. Every registration form will be reviewed to ensure that SPADES is the appropriate program for applicant. 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

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

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

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+; Tues.; 10:30-11:30 am; 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

Adaptive Creative Movement

Let’s get moving, get fit, and get flexible! Join us for this dance class designed to inspire participants of all abilities to get up and get moving while exploring simple yet fun dance techniques.                    
18+; Thurs.; 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 and support other families in our community.
0-3 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

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

Gilmore Council

The Gilmore Council is comprised of and led by participants active in Gilmore programs. Council meetings will be scheduled and advised by staff; however each meeting will be led by council members. Participants who wish to take part in the council will be actively involved in choosing and planning trips and activities to include selecting destinations, determining costs and demonstrating leadership skills. The Gilmore Council and activities planned by its members are designed for independent adults looking for increased social opportunities in their peer group. Council meetings will take place at Gilmore on a quarterly basis.
18+; Free

Journaling for Joy

A personal journal can be a great outlet to calm stress, record memories, or express and process thoughts and emotions during a difficult time. No need to worry about spelling or handwriting, as the focus of journaling is not perfection, but reflection. In this workshop participants will be given tips and topic starters to begin journaling at home. Bring a journal of your choice from home; journal pages will also be available for those without their own.
18+; Wed., 12:30-1:30 pm; Free

Fresh from the Farm

Join us as we sample fruits and vegetables from local farmer’s markets or bring in some from your own garden to share! Activities will include visual, tactile and tasting to highlight the importance of eating locally and seasonally.
18+; Fri., April 27; 10:30 am-11:30 am; $5 

Mother’s Day Truffles


Say it with chocolate and make mom’s day with these quick and easy chocolate truffles! We will even assist with packaging your truffles to present as a gift to mom or another special person in your life of your choosing.
18+; Fri., May 11; 10:30 am-11:30 am; $5

Watermelon Social

Come out and cool it down as we celebrate all things watermelon! Watermelon slushies, watermelon salsa, watermelon popsicles, even watermelon still life paintings! Celebrate summertime’s favorite fruit with your friends at Gilmore TRC.
6-12 yrs; Fri., June 1; 4:30-6 pm; $5

Breakfast Bunch

Enjoy breakfast out with the Breakfast Bunch! We will be traveling to various restaurants to enjoy breakfast out together, socialize, and have fun! Breakfasts are scheduled on select mornings and will be announced at least two weeks prior to each outing. These are small group outings with limited availability so please register early. Fees will vary according to restaurant and participant’s menu selections.
18+; 8:30-10 am; Fees TBA

Art Club

Join us for an art club class as we create simple yet beautiful projects that change seasonally.  Examples of classes include Pretty Petal Press Pages, Seasonal Sensory Gardens, and Calligraphy Collages. Classes are held select Thursdays of each month and participants must register one week in advance for each class.
18+; Thurs.; 3:30-4:30 pm; $5/class 


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
May 11: Dinner and Movies at Omni Cinemas

ACCESS Outings

Join us as we explore the great state of North Carolina in these outings designed to enhance the participant’s experience by traveling in small groups to destinations that are free or low cost, and fully accessible for persons with disabilities. Working in collaboration with ACCESS North Carolina, we will travel to sites highly rated for their innovative approaches to accessibility, to include “Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park,” which has North Carolina’s only wheelchair-accessible treehouse; or “The Ability Gardens,” which offers professionally directed plant, gardening and nature activities regardless of age or ability. Departures/pickups leave from Gilmore TRC. Pre-registration is required for all trips, dates/destinations are scheduled on select weekends and are subject to change. Please inform staff when registering if participant will be traveling with a caregiver.
13+; Sat.; Fee TBA 

2018 Gilmore Annual Prom: “We’re Gonna be Legends!”


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 27; 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 Mon., April 9 at 3 pm.
All ages; Fri., May 18; 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