Endependence Center

Annual Meeting

“Empowering People with Disabilities”

The Endependence Center celebrated its Annual Meeting “Empowering People with Disabilities” on Friday, November 18 at the Doubletree by Hilton Norfolk Airport Hotel.

The event began at 11:00 am with approximately 160 guests visiting with our 14 exhibitors.

We had three sponsors for our event.

Muriel & Gary Hecht 

After lunch, the meeting began at 12:30 pm with opening remarks by Michael Wang, President of the ECI Board of Directors.

Our Keynote Speaker, Senator Frank Wagner spoke and he was later presented with a Certificate of Appreciation.

The Norfolk Interim Deputy City Manager, Stephen Hawks made welcoming remarks and was presented with the Outstanding City Award for the City of Norfolk.

Additional awards were presented as follows: 

Several FEMA representatives made a short announcement regarding services available for those affected by Hurricane Matthew.

After remarks from Stephen Johnson, Executive Director, and President Wang, the meeting concluded and exhibitors remained available until about 2:30 pm. ECI greatly appreciates all sponsors, advertisers, and exhibitors for covering the meeting expenses.


Annual Holiday Party

Thursday, December 8, 2016

12:00pm to 4:00pm
Doubletree, by Hilton Norfolk Airport
1500 N. Military Highway, Norfolk
 (NOTE:  Different location this year)


The party is open to CENTER PARTICIPANTS only and a guest.

The cost is $5.00 per person and payable at the door.

Music, Pictures, Karaoke, Dancing, Exhibitors, and Door Prizes

Menu:  Pizza, salad, wings, dessert, and drinks

Reserve your seat with Jennifer Beekman no later than December 2
by calling 351-1587 or email jbeekman@endependence.org
You are encouraged to be responsible for your own
transportation to and from the party.

The Endependence Center is still seeking Sponsors and Exhibitors for the Holiday party. For more information, click here.

FEMA Assistance for all Individuals
affected by Hurricane Matthew

FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance teams will begin visiting impacted areas throughout the cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach. 

1. FEMA will be in the area 
2. They will travel in teams and have proper credentials 
3. There are no charges for their assistance and they will not be asking for money.

If someone contacts you and says they’re from FEMA and asks for money, call and report it to 757-664-6510. We will maintain a list of all authorized FEMA representatives. 

Just as a reminder, you can register for FEMA assistance through the following means: 

1. Call 800-621-FEMA(3362) or TTY 800-462-7285 
2. Online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov 
3. Register with a representative of FEMA’s Disaster Survivor Assistance teams in the neighborhood.

For more information about locations that you can apply at, what to bring with you, and rumors about FEMA assistance, click here.