IFB Beat – Week of November 21, 2022

News to Know

Meet our New Hires!

Welcome New Employee Leol Williams, T-Shirt Department, Winston-Salem Facility

Leol Williams started with IFB on November 7th 2022. He has relocated to Winston Salem from Brooklyn, NY and will be working with Vicki Keaton in the ACS department!


Welcome New Employee Leon Johnson, T-Shirt Department, Winston-Salem Facility

Leon Johnson is a recent rehire and started back with IFB on November 7th 2022! He will be working with Vicki Keaton in the T-shirt department!


Welcome New Employee Angela Ruth, Van Driver, Winston-Salem Facility

Angela Ruth started with us on November 14th as a Van Driver, and she will be working alongside Angela Jordan!

Please give each of these new hires a warm IFB Welcome!


Thanksgiving Lunch Details

IFB Solutions will be providing a traditional Thanksgiving lunch at all locations during your scheduled lunch breaks.
Asheville: Wednesday, November 23, catered by Box Car Grille.
Little Rock: Wednesday, November 23, catered by Downhome Catering.
Winston-Salem: Wednesday, November 23, catered by Above and Beyond catering.


Congratulations Asheville Employees!

As of November10 2022, Asheville employees reached 2500 days without a Lost Time Accident! The last Lost Time Accident at Asheville was on January 4 2016. Reaching this milestone took every single employee working safely every single second of every single workday. It also took employees looking out for each other as well as reporting safety concerns in a timely manner.

While our safety record is impressive, the important thing to remember is that while employees may have gone home tired after a hard day, they went home uninjured and safe. Great job Asheville and STAY SAFE!


Winston-Salem Cafeteria Update

We’re excited to have the Canteen beverage and snack vending installed and running! All pricing reflects a 20% discount off of Canteen standard pricing, covered by IFB Solutions. Because of the wide selection and range of pricing, the best way to find a specific price is to scan at the register. You can delete items off before paying if you choose not to purchase.

The selection is broad, and each item is individually priced to give you the lowest possible cost. Here’s a few prices to give an idea:

  • Coke and Pepsi 20 oz. bottles: $1.40
  • Starbucks bottled coffees, $2.74
  • Lance cracker packs, $0.68
  • Grandmas cookies, $1.06
  • Other assorted snacks, from Pop Tarts to Beef Jerky, $0.83 – $1.99

The payment system accepts credit and debit cards, as well as Apple Pay and Google Pay. To pay with cash, you must create an account, which you can do at the register, and use the register to pre-load funds with cash into your account. Note only bills are accepted, not coins.

Please note that cameras are installed to monitor inventory and register activity. IFB Solutions pays for each missing product; stealing any items constitutes stealing from your employer.

We will continue to update everyone with answers to frequently asked questions and feedback we receive from folks using the Canteen Setup.


Programs and Services

Winston-Salem VIP Christmas Luncheon

The Winston-Salem Twin City Host Lions club invite you to their annual Christmas luncheon for the blind and visually impaired!
When: December 1 2022
Time: 11:30-1:00
Where: Knollwood Baptist Church

Transportation will be provided from IFB and back. All employees must get approval from your supervisor and clock out to attend. If interested contact Lion club member David Collins in the Vinyl department or email him at collinsd65@gmail.com.


Braille Class Update

There will be no Winston-Salem Braille class on Tuesday, November 22 in observance of Thanksgiving week.  Class will resume Tuesday, November 29.

See what S.E.E. is Doing!

“Thanks, and blessings” card with trees on the front made from spices

S.E.E. After School Winston made a Thanksgiving card for loved ones with the print/Braille message “thanks and blessings” inside. On the front are 3 trees made from cinnamon trunks plus turmeric, mustard, and cumin tops all on grass made of dill.


Community Low Vision Center

CLVC Item of the Week:


PurrFect Opener RX for $9.50

Difficult packaging is nothing to worry about now, with the PurrFect OpeneRx. Makes opening practically any type of packaging easier, safer, and quicker.


CLVC November Item of the Month:

Image of brailled playing cards

Giant Size Playing Cards (Braille on 1 Corner of Each Card) for $24.95.

If you’d like to get a durable deck of playing cards that will last forever, here they are! These Giant Size Playing Cards feature large-print Braille on one corner of each card, and the deck is coated with durable plastic which makes them so easy to care for and to clean.

If you are interested in purchasing Low Vision Equipment through our Loan Program (3rd Party), please contact a Low Vision Coordinator for assistance.


Insider Corner

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Have a great week!


Community Connections

2022 North Carolina DeafBlind Holiday Party

Feet Stomping! Ground Rumbling! Feel Vibrations in the Air!

Calling All DeafBlind of North Carolina!!

Miss your DeafBlind friends? Miss their touch? Miss talking to them? Miss their hugs?

Great News!! The DeafBlind Holiday Party is here!
Hosted by Randy and Jamie Pope

When: Saturday, Dec 3rd, 11am – 4pm
Where: Greensboro (central location in NC), Guilford College UMC, 1205 Fleming Rd.
Cost: $15 per person. SSPs – no charge. Donations accepted for SSP meals. Pay cash at the door.

A holiday meal will be served. You are welcome to bring drinks or dessert to share.

Bring your own SSP/CN to make sure you have the support at this fun party. If you can’t find an SSP/CN, let Randy know ASAP at the email address below.

RSVP by Nov 27th to Randy Pope rpope1954@gmail.com

Come one! Come all! Join us for the DeafBlind Holiday Party and meet your DB friends for a delicious meal and have fun socializing!

If you have any questions or comments, you can reach Randy by:
Email: rpope1954@gmail.com
Text: 301-580-3427
VP: 301-563-9064

Hope to see you there! Spread the word to every corner in NC!


2022 Christmas without Lights – Raleigh, NC

Mystery Night, Insightful Visionaries Fundraising Event

December 17, 2022 | 6-9pm

Holiday Cheer, Food, Great Entertainment, & Vendors

Admission: $10 general admission, $20 VIP seating
Transportation: $30, first come first served. Seating is limited.

The Royal Banquet and Conference Center
3801 Hillsborough St #109,
Raleigh, NC 27607

“Christmas without Lights” is an awe-inspiring holiday showcase and holiday celebration that has become an annual tradition by Insightful Visionaries, Inc. Through the “Spirit of Collaboration” with other non-profits and local organizations, the event represents a cooperative effort to share the spirit of Christmas by giving back to the disabled community.

Experience Christmas through the eyes of people with disabilities. The imagination is limitless, and when communicated through the sounds of holiday music and cheer we share with friends, family and community, the Christmas Spirit is priceless!

This year we are excited to partner with The Disability Awareness Council (TDAC).
Join us in celebration with:
• Storytelling by Shannon Garner and Tracker (Star Guide Dog!)

• Special Guest Singer/Entertainer Randie Forne
• Special Christmas Music by Maestro Darryl Eaton
• Holiday Songs by Lawrence Carter, Donnie Best & others
• Musical Entertainment by Band: Abbushi, Arif, and Zaslow

You may also visit our websites at https://www.insightfulvisionairies.org and/or https://www.triangledac.org.

Join us for this great annual event!!! If interested contact Brenda Neal or Shonn Redmond.