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October 2021
Don Harper

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This month we’d like to shine the light on Don Harper is one of our longtime Transportation Assistance Program (TAP) drivers. Don has been a member for about 7 ½ years, and has been driving for 5 ½ years. During that time he has become one of our go-to drivers driving multiple times a week, and sometimes several trips in one day. He first heard about the center from his mother-in-law, who is a Wii Bowler. She got him a membership and he came and joined the Wii Bowling league. He then remembered then Outreach Director, Holly Andrade, talking about TAP and how they needed drivers. He gave it a test drive, enjoyed it and has been doing it ever since. He loves driving, and loves the people. He thinks of this as his job, but a job he enjoys. The clients love him too and has clients who ask for him. Originally from Fort Worth, TX, his mom brought him out here when he was two. He inched his way over from Blythe, to Beaumont, to Highland. We are thankful that his travels brought him closer to us. Thanks Don for driving that extra mile for us!


Featured Class


Featured Activity

Last month members of our Cane Defense class went to the Orange County International Open for martial arts. Frank Rodriguez and Micheal Wagnon, both brown belts, each walked away with trophies for their effort and skills.

The Cane Defense class is taught by Senior Master Jim Willoughby. He has taught the class for nearly five years. He has been involved in martial arts for over 50 years, is a member of the Masters 2012 Hall of Fame.

Senior Master Willoughbys thoughts on the class is simple. Everyone else was teaching kids, and he had a bad knee so he and former instructor Grandmaster Pierre Bergere put a class together that takes seniors limits and disabilities into account. There are other cane classes out there, but they require a full range of motion. This class does not. The class also focuses on the redirection of power, and not necessarily attack. The class meets at 10 a.m., and the cost is $10 per week. For more information call us at (909)862-8104 or stop by the class.