1600 Purdue Drive, (910) 433-1000
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 am-5 pm
Where Abilities and dis-Abilities Become POSS-ABILITIES
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.
SPADES 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.
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.
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
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
Get your feet moving, hips swinging, and coordination on point during this fun-filled Latin-inspired dance class.
18+; Tues.; 10:30-11:30 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.; 12-12:45 pm; Free
This dance class is a hybrid of multiple dance genres including ballet, modern, hip-hop and lyrical! Students will be exposed to a variety of foundational movements to create their own expressive dance style. Participants of all abilities will be inspired to get up and get moving while exploring simple, modern dance techniques. Class instruction provided by Elite Dance Center.
18+; Wed.; 1:30-2 pm; Free
Intro to Musical Theater
Participants in this class will sing, dance, perform and shine in the spotlight! Sample the choreography and music from many of your favorite musicals, Disney songs, and pop songs. It all takes place here at Gilmore TRC, where every person of every ability is a star! Class instruction provided by Elite Dance Center.
18+; Wed.; 2-2:30 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
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
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.
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 Beyond Sight
Join us as we partner with the Vision Resource Center for a four-part series of art classes that will explore different art techniques to create functional projects. Participants will be able to feel, touch, and smell in a new creative way. All materials are provided. Participants must register one week in advance for each class.
18+; Wed., Oct. 17, Jan. 16 and Feb. 20; 1:30-2:30 pm; $3/class
Adaptive Family Fitness
Do you want to get healthy and have fun at the same time? Bring the whole family as we lead you through one hour of non-stop Adaptive Zumba fun adapted for all fitness levels and abilities. Healthy refreshments will be served. This is a fundraising event to benefit Special Olympics of Cumberland County.
All ages; Fri., Feb. 1; 4:30-5:30 pm; $2/per person
Holiday Bake It and Take It
Sometimes a homemade gift is the one we cherish the most. Stop by the center and let us help you create a delicious freshly baked gift as we celebrate the spirit of giving this holiday. Pre-registration required.
18+; Fri., Dec. 21; 10:30-11:30 am; $5
Gilmore’s Super Bowl of Snacks!
Get plenty of practice for the big game as we create and sample a variety of sweet and savory super bowl snacks. Participants in this class will be guided with simple step by step and hands on instructions throughout the preparation process. Class will conclude with a sampling of snacks and recipes to take and recreate at home.
18+; Fri., Jan. 25; 10:30-11:30 am; $5
“Chews Me!” Valentine Bubblegum Gifts
Create a super cute and retro gift for your bright and bubbly valentine! Participants will be provided all the materials needed to create their own personalized bubblegum machine to keep or give to their valentine. Space is limited; Pre-registration required.
18+; Mon., Feb. 11; 10:30 am-11:30 am; $5
Gilmore Guided Exercise Training
Do you want to get fit but don’t know where to start? Then come on out to Gilmore and try out our guided exercise stations perfect for beginners or anyone who wishes to engage in a diverse regimen at their own pace. Guided Exercise Training is free of charge and open on select Wednesdays for participants of all ages with a disability and their families.
All ages; Wed.; 3:30-4:30 pm; Free
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, 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
Nov. 16: Dinner and Movie Theater (Rated PG or PG-13)
Feb. 1: Dinner and “Annie” at Cape Fear Regional Theater
Feb. 22: Dinner and Bowling
Teen/Young Adult Social Connection
Come out and join us as we discover new adventures here in our great state of North Carolina. These trips are designed for teens and young adults with a developmental disability who are community independent. Outings may include college sports events, amusement parks, and statewide attractions. Registration fees and departure/return times will vary according to trip and take place on select Saturdays. Departures/pickups leave from Gilmore TRC. These are small group outings with limited availability so please register early. Trip dates/destinations are subject to change.
16+; Sat.; Fees vary by trip
“Creatures of the Night” Halloween Dance
You don’t have to wait for the clock to strike twelve to have some creepy cool fun this Halloween! Join us in your favorite costume and have a scary good time at our annual Halloween costume party and dance! Light refreshments will be served. This is a fundraising event to benefit Special Olympics of Cumberland County.
18+; Fri., Oct. 26; 6-9 pm; $5/ticket
SPADES Community Thanksgiving Luncheon
SPADES friends and family are invited to join us as we celebrate and give thanks during this special time of year. Sign up to bring a dish to share during our Thanksgiving luncheon and enjoy great food, fun, and time spent together with our exceptional community. Please bring your dish in a disposable container.
Thurs., Nov. 8; 11 am; Free
SOCC Family Fun Festival
Join us for a fun family event to benefit Special Olympics Cumberland County. Activities will include DJ with dancing, carnival games, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, concessions, and more! Event is held at Gilmore TRC.
All ages; Sat., Dec. 1; 10 am-2 pm; Free
Sparkling Stars Holiday Dinner/Dance
Enjoy the magic of the holidays during our annual Christmas Dinner and Dance. We will be serving a fully catered meal; followed by holiday music and dancing. All ages welcome; parents must accompany children 12 and younger. This is a fundraising event to benefit Special Olympics of Cumberland County.
All ages; Fri., Dec. 7; 6-9 pm; $5/ticket
SPECIAL OLYMPICS CUMBERLAND COUNTY
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 Nov. 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.
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.
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.
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