Timeline Highlights for Progress

  • 1971
    • Progress was founded as "Home 2" by a small group of concerned parents who had the desire to give their young adult children with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to live independently in the community.
  • 1977
    • The Our House program was founded, serving at risk youth with intellectual disabilities.
  • 1985
    • Began a sheltered workshop under the name Tennessee Diversified Industries (TDI)
  • 1988
    • The business name was changed to PROGRESS
  • 1993
    • Established and enclave of eight individuals supported by Progress to work in the laundry facilities of the Nashville Airport Marriott Hotel.
  • 1994
    • Discontinued operating a sheltered workshop and began to utilize the building exclusively for non-center based Day Service program.
  • 1995
    • Progress collaborated with three other area service providers - New Horizons, Outlook Nashville and Rochelle Center to form The Alliance of Davidson County.
  • 1995
    • The Tennessee State Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation approached Progress with a request to expand services and meet the special needs of people leaving the State residential facility known as Clover Bottom.
  • 1996
    • Just in time for the 25th Anniversary, Progress undertakes a capital campaign to build new facilities that will benefit Progress' program participants.
  • 1997
    • Progress assumed the management and over-sight of 12 family-based residential homes, formerly referred to as adult foster care homes.
    • The Frist Foundation and The Center for Nonprofit Management recognized the Alliance of Davidson County for "Excellence in Management in Productivity."
    • Established residential and community day service programs in Cheatham County.
  • 1997
    • The Nashville Airport Marriott work enclave was awarded "Ambassador of Goodwill" recognition from Marriott Hotel.
  • 1998
    • Construction began on the new Progress campus located on Ezell Pike.
    • The John F. Kennedy Center presented Progress with their award for "Outstanding Support of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities."
    • Progress began to provide community-based day supports for people who typically have received day habilitation services.
    • "Reflections," an exhibit of black and white photographs by Farris Poole of people supported by Progress opened at The Kennedy Center of Vanderbilt University. The purpose of this art show was to improve the community's understanding of the developmentally disabled.
    • The Nashville Airport Marriott Work Enclave group was recognized with "Outstanding Dedication & Commitment to Excellence" Award
  • 1999
    • Progress Community Participation Civic Affairs Group received a Certificate of Appreciation from Metro Social Services, a Certificate of Appreciation from Senior Citizens, Inc and The Second Harvest Food Bank's Harvester Award as Volunteer of the Year.
  • 2000
    • Progress takes occupancy of the new, custom designed campus in Donelson.
  • 2001
    • Progress is awarded the "Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award" from Metro Social Services Senior Nutrition Program.
  • 2002
    • The OUR HOUSE program celebrated 25 years of providing compassionate, life-changing supports to teens and young adults with intellectual disabilities.
    • Laurita Bonds, Director.
    • Progress began a work enclave at Vanderbilt University; 2nd enclave established in 2006.
  • 2004
    • State shuts down an area provider and requests Progress assume responsibility for the individuals supported there.
  • 2005
    • Our House program comes to an end.
  • 2006
    • Progress proudly celebrates its 35th Anniversary!
    • Donna Goodaker, Executive Director
    • Partnering with three other area nonprofits with ties to the disability community, the 1st Walk & Roll - Focus on Abilities is held in Centennial Park, Nashville.
    • Recognized as "Nashville's Best Commuter Friendly Workplace" by Metro Transit Authority
  • 2007
    • Walk & Roll - Focus on Abilities is recognized by the Frist Foundation with the "Achievement in Team Building Award." Partners include A.B.L.E. Youth, League for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Progress and Technology Access Center
    • Progress of Cheatham County Program celebrates 10 years of service.
    • Kim Bizub, Director