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Victories and Vacations for Vinfen’s Self-Advocates

Over the summer, Vinfen’s Self-Advocates enjoyed their annual getaway on the Cape. This was a time to relax, engage in fun activities, and a chance to deepen bonds with peers, all while treasuring the sunshine and summer breeze.

Staying in a beautiful vacation rental in Brewster, MA with a private beach, Vinfen Self-Advocates enjoyed sticking their toes in the sand and exploring all the surrounding activities the area had to offer. Favorite moments including going to the Wellfleet Drive-In Theater, which is the only drive-in theater on Cape Cod, cooking meals together, going on tours of local lighthouses, and visiting stores including a Cape Cod branded sweatshirt store and Yarmouth’s Candy Company. Staff present during the vacation including Program Director Pamela Terrell and Outreach Worker Larry Thomas, who made sure everyone had the time of their lives!

Director of Service Asela Jayasinghe also visited the group while they were on the Cape to join in on some cooking fun. Meals were prepared together and consisted of seasoned fried chicken and even grilled salmon. “I’m always looking forward to eat the grilled salmon!” Deb proclaimed. Kim added, “I loved being there!” The group gathering was very special to both staff and the Self-Advocates alike. “Vacation was the best time. I look forward to this every year!” expressed Donald.

After the first week-long adventure in late June, the Self-Advocates had another opportunity to visit the Cape again in the beginning of September. This time Director of Community Living Meg Gaydos graciously volunteered to join in on the getaway and stay with the group to support them. She couldn’t be prouder of everyone and wanted to make sure to celebrate each person’s victories. “I was very happy to see how everyone became close friends, and how they understand each other and work together, which is a direct result of the time spent together on this annual trip,” she explained.

This special trip signals an important time where Self-Advocates can join together in solidarity to have fun with one another, make meaningful memories, and celebrate all their hard work and successes over the past year. It is a time to remember and congratulate each other on all the presentations, conferences, trainings, volunteer work, advocacy work with legislators, participation in Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services initiatives and work groups, and to foster a deeper collaboration together to continue on life’s journey of wellness.