Sherri Thompson -SE Rendezvous & Outtasight Clinic

Its hard to put into words the wonderful experience this clinic provided for me

TRR is a CONFIDENCE BUILDER! The TRR volunteers were outstanding in helping  me discover that as a visually impaired veteran I could enjoy outdoor activities. Learning adaptive kayaking was energizing and also provided me the understanding that there are different adaptive sports I can participate in as a visually impaired person.

 The friendships built with the volunteers, veterans and their family members, during this TRR clinic were amazing. I did not want this week to end! Our extra activity of zip lining in the mountains gave me the insight to an area of my life I have been beating myself up over for many years. Now I will begin the work to release that heavy burden.  Life changer. Thanks TRR Volunteers!

“A disability is an inconvenience, however you just have to learn to do things different” Thanks to TRR it they make this possible for outdoor activities!”

Vanessa Jones

Committe Co-Chair

Vanessa A. Jones is a dynamic force dedicated to fostering
inclusivity, encouraging discussion, and promoting a culture of
belonging in the outdoor sports community. Hailing from
Washington, DC, she brings a wealth of diverse experiences and
perspectives to her endeavors.
As a US Army veteran and ordained Chaplain with a focus on
seniors and caretakers, Vanessa is deeply committed to serving
others. Her work as a patient-caretaker advocate reflects her
passion for supporting vulnerable populations and ensuring their
voices are heard.
Currently, Vanessa is employed by a resettlement agency, where
she confronts challenges head-on with resilience and
compassion. As a single, Black woman veteran, she embraces
the unique hurdles she faces, viewing them as opportunities for
growth and empowerment.
In her downtime, she wears many hats, including that of a
missionary, spreading hope and positivity wherever she goes.
Weekends are spent paddling, immersing herself in West African
dance and finding solace and joy in nature’s embrace.
Vanessa is committed to equitable principles, ensuring that
everyone’s opinions are valued and heard. Through her
unwavering dedication and inclusive leadership, Vanessa is
paving the way for a more equitable and diverse outdoor sports
landscape.