DGC is Hiring!

DGC is Hiring!

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DGC is Hiring: The Role of a Director of Children’s Programs at Delta Gamma Center

Nestled in St. Louis, Missouri, the Delta Gamma Center is on a mission to empower visually impaired children. At the heart of this mission is the pivotal role of the Director of Children’s Programs – a position that not only manages programs but also shapes the futures of extraordinary children and their families.

Mission-Focused Leadership:

DGC delivers family-centered services for visually impaired children. The Director of Children’s Programs is the architect of early intervention and GRADS programs, weaving a tapestry of hope, resilience, and growth.

Building Bridges:

This role involves maintaining positive relationships with referral sources and active participation in regional and state coordinating councils. The director becomes a bridge, ensuring smooth transitions for clients from referral to ongoing services.

Nurturing Growth:

The director extends the mission beyond the center, fostering community initiatives and partnerships. They are not just a manager but a cultivator of growth, connecting the center with external resources to enhance programs.

Championing Quality:

Quality is the standard the director upholds, monitoring program delivery, ensuring staff have the necessary resources, and creating safe classrooms. The focus is on exceeding quality standards, ensuring every child receives the best care.

Strategic Leadership:

Collaborating with the Senior Program Director, the director ensures high-quality programming and a positive work environment. This collaboration reflects DGC’s core values, placing diversity, inclusion, and equity at the forefront.

Balancing Act:

Supervision, coaching, and mentoring become second nature to the director. Balancing accountability with flexibility, the director supports staff members in effectively managing caseloads and program activities.

Qualifications that Matter:

A bachelor’s degree in relevant fields is a baseline, with professional experience of 7+ years, including supervisory roles, being crucial. Direct experience in early intervention and a passion for working with visually impaired children set the director apart.

Join the Journey:

If you’re ready to shape the future of visually impaired children, DGC invites you to apply. Submit your cover letter and resume to lrohr@dgckids.org and become part of a team dedicated to unlocking the potential of every child.

In the realm of the Director of Children’s Programs at Delta Gamma Center, it’s not just a job; it’s a calling to create a world where every child, regardless of vision loss, can live a life without limits.

Visit the 72nd Shining Light Tree Lot at a NEW Location in Ladue!

Visit the 72nd Shining Light Tree Lot at a NEW Location in Ladue!

Event
Shining Light Tree Lot – HOURS of OPERATION for the 2023 Season!
Please note the new location at Saint Louis Bank in Ladue, 9811 S 40 Dr, St. Louis, MO 63124
Mondays – CLOSED
Tuesdays – CLOSED
Wednesdays – 4 to 8 pm
Thursdays – 4 to 8 pm
Fridays – 4 to 8 pm
Saturdays – 10 am to 7 pm
Sundays – 11 am to 7 pm
Thank you to everyone who came out to purchase a tree, wreath, and garland during Opening Weekend! With your generosity, we raised over $39,000 towards our goal of $125,000!
Volunteer at Tree Lot!

Volunteer at Tree Lot!

Call to Action

Support a great cause! Join us in spreading holiday cheer and making a difference this festive season!

When you sign up, you’re not just volunteering; you’re becoming a part of our mission. And guess what? All the magic happening at the Tree Lot is for a crucial cause. Funds raised go towards family-centered, specialized services that empower children with visual impairments to shine brighter than ever before! Let’s light up their world together.

As a volunteer, you’ve got the power to pick as many shifts as your heart desires. We’ve got a role for everyone – whether you’re a natural-born leader, tree-trimming pro, math wizard at the cash register, or just a big-hearted greeter. But here’s where the holiday magic really kicks in –grab your crew, whether they’re from your office, your neighborhood, or even your school. This tree lot is where teams, civic heroes, work buddies, families, and friends unite, all wrapped up in the holiday spirit!

The Shining Light Tree Lot has a long history of inspiring holiday spirit and encouraging support for children with visual impairments. In 2023, we are
celebrating our 72nd year of this tradition. The Tree Lot offers a variety of tree types and sizes, beautiful wreaths, holiday greenery, and tree accessories.

New Location!
Saint Louis Bank
9811 S 40 Dr.
Ladue, MO 63124

Shining Light Tree Lot November 24 through December 23 (or until the tree lot sells out!)
Opening Day, 11/24 – 10 am to 7 pm
Wednesday/Thursday/Friday – 4 to 8 pm
Saturday – 10 am to 7 pm
Sunday – 11 am to 7 pm

Visit bit.ly/TLVolunteer2023 and sign-up today!

Questions? Call Delta Gamma Center at 314-776-1300 or email volunteer@dgckids.org.

Welcome Back, Lisa Rohr!

Welcome Back, Lisa Rohr!

Announcement
STAFF Announcement
We are delighted to warmly welcome Lisa Rohr as she rejoins our DGC team. Many of you may already know Lisa from her impressive 13-year tenure with the Center, and we are excited to have her back in the role of Senior Program Director.
Lisa brings a wealth of expertise and dedication. Her passion for our mission and her unparalleled commitment to excellence make her a true asset to our team. Please join us in welcoming Lisa as we embark on this exciting new chapter together!
Interim Executive Director Announced

Interim Executive Director Announced

Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Stephanie Smith, ssmith@dgckids.org, or 314.776.1300 ext. 108.

Andrew O’Dell Named Interim Executive Director
at Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments

(St. Louis, August 17, 2023) – Andrew O’Dell has been named Interim Executive Director of Delta Gamma Center for Children 

with Visual Impairments (DGC). O’Dell served as President of the Board since 2022, has been a board member since 2018, and a volunteer for more than a decade.

The mission of DGC is to help children who are blind or visually impaired reach their full potential through family-centered specialized services and community support. O’Dell’s transition into the Interim Executive Director position follows the departure of Jodi Woessner, who left her role due to family circumstances.

“Delta Gamma Center has been my passion for years. I’m delighted to step into this new role to provide the organization ample time to identify a permanent Executive Director,” says O’Dell. “So many positive things are happening at the Center, and we plan to enter this upcoming holiday season with renewed energy towards our classic fundraising events. Our annual Shining Light Tree Lot and Holiday House events have become St. Louis traditions and we will soon be announcing some exciting new plans.”

Delta Gamma Center has been a leader in serving children with visual impairments and their families in the St. Louis metro area since 1952. “After devastating water damage last July, we are excited that our building in Richmond Heights is finally open and fully operational,” adds O’Dell. “Services have continued to be provided to children and families, but as we look to the future, we are excited to be adding additional staff and expanding our services to St. Louis area families.”

Save the Date for Ride to Unite!

Save the Date for Ride to Unite!

Event

 

SAVE the DATE for Ride to Unite
Saturday, September 2
A free five-mile ride to celebrate cyclists of all abilities. Tandem Adventurers will be there, a great event you don’t want to miss!

Ride to Unite is a community effort to promote an inclusive community where everyone
can ride. 

Join DGC’s Tandem Adventurers on a 5-mile demonstration ride on their closed race course to support the message that we “all ride the same road.”

Volunteers Needed for Tandem Adventurers!

Volunteers Needed for Tandem Adventurers!

Call to Action

 

Are you an avid cyclist? Do you want to share your love for the sport? Tandem Adventurers is searching for additional volunteers for this program!
– Any experience is welcome!
– You can train to be a Tandem Captain and learn how to ride a tandem bike with an incredible DGC kid
– You can also bike solo alongside the group
– This is a great opportunity to get outside and support #DGCKids
– Rides are typically 2 hours long (15-20 miles)
– Weekly rides from April through September
– A stylish cycling kit
– Training in the off-season, and more!

If you, or someone you know, would be a good fit for Tandem Adventurers, reach out to Kelly Driver at kdriver@dgckids.org.