Effective November 1, 2013 CAWS, Inc. will be moving its Lifelong Learning Center to Brunswick County.
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Caring Arms Will Support (CAWS), a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, was founded in 2008 by Cheryl Ann Wilson-Sprinkle to develop a system of care and support for adults 45 and older to lead independent and dignified lives for as long as possible. CAWS is based on a caring, supportive and team-driven approach that is committed to identifying services and meeting unmet needs. Through coordination, collaboration, volunteers and partnerships CAWS Inc. works to develop new services, enhance existing programs, and pursue funding resources that help to enhance or create new senior focused programs.
Cheryl Ann Wilson-Sprinkle, Chair & CEO115 Saint Paul’s Drive
Lawrenceville, VA 23868
Office: (434) 294-8751
Fax: (434) 292-7373
Tax deductible contributions may be sent to the above address or may be made online.
former board member
What does the CAWS logo mean?The logo was designed with the senior population in mind and the philosophy of CAWS Inc.
o The name CAWS has three key meanings:
· The name of the organization, Caring Arms Will Support
· A homonym of ‘cause’
· The initials of Founder, Chair and CEO, Cheryl Ann Wilson-Sprinkle
o The maple symbolizes strength, endurance, balance, promise, and practicality.
o The fall foliage symbolizes seniors in the autumn of their lives, who have changed, grown and are even more beautiful than they were in their green youth.
o The arms reaching upward symbolize hope, love and compassion that are there to catch, steady, or embrace the senior if and when the need should arise.
o When you look at the entire logo you will realize that it resembles a woman with her arms outstretched. She has strong shoulders and a strong neck to hold up the head that is full of ideas, dreams and the belief that seniors are a special population who can, have, and will continue to grow and learn while contributing to their community, homes and our country.
Cheryl Ann Wilson-Sprinkle, Chair & CEO
I DON'T LIKE YOUR FACEI have a friend who started a new job several years ago. He is very handsome, affable and a hard worker with several degrees and is a Licensed Practicing Counselor. He once told me a story about something that happened when he first started a new job. Apparently there was a co-worker whom we both knew who just did not seem to like my friend. So one day my friend, being ever the counselor, decided to sit down and speak privately to this guy. Now I have to say that both guys were simply great in many ways and I happen to like them both but that is beside the point. The conversation, as was told to me by my friend, went something like this: Friend asking question: “I have been working here for several months now and for some reason you appear to not like me and I was wondering if there was something I have done to offend you or make you mad?”Co-Worker’s response to the question: “I just don’t like your face.” Then he got up and left.
What can you say to something like that? Especially since the co-worker effectively put an end to all conversation by getting up and leaving. The answer is nothing. Even though it is hard to accept that there are people in the world who may not like us or find us unpalatable for some reason it is nevertheless what often occurs in the real world. I have personally had people call me ugly names, been verbally abusive and once when I was a kid physically abused. I don’t know why these things occurred and though they hurt me dearly I do know that I will not allow these moments in time rule my life.
So when you are hurt by somebody who is being mean, disrespectful or maybe unknowingly callous just remember that your love for yourself is what is most important, and so what if somebody does not “like your face”. You do and God does so that is what really matters.
Cheryl Ann Wilson-Sprinkle