We are pleased to share our 2020 Annual Report! While 2020 brought many challenges, Progress continued to serve people with disabilities and seniors, helping them live happy, healthy and safe lives. The complete report is viewable here.
Last month Progress was highlighted in news coverage on NewsChannel 5 about vaccines in our community. Direct Support Professional, Harry Scantling, and person supported, Stephen, met with Hannah McDonald of NewsChannel 5 to discuss what having a vaccine means to them. View the complete story online here.
Progress has achieved accreditation through The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL). CQL is an internationally recognized accrediting program that works to improve the quality of life for people with intellectual, developmental and psychiatric disabilities. The process for achieving accreditation at Progress has been ongoing for several years, and has required overarching implementation of enhanced best practices and data and program analysis across all departments.
CQL accreditation involves incorporating Basic Assurances, Indicators, and more to measure quality in human services. These Basic Assurances include: Rights Protections & Promotion, Dignity and Respect, Natural Support Networks, Protection from Abuse, Neglect, Mistreatment and Exploitation, Best Possible Health, Safe Environments, Staff Resources and Supports, and Positive Services and Supports, Continuity and Security.
Through CQL Accreditation, Progress is able to demonstrate superior quality of services to those we support. For more information on CQL and the accreditation process, visit https://www.c-q-l.org
Progress is a member of the statewide membership association TNCO (Tennessee Community Organizations). The mission of TNCO (www.TNCO.org) is "to promote the growth and development of service provider agencies and to advance the quality of support for individuals with disabilities." TNCO is currently lobbying legislators to raise the wage of Direct Support Professionals to $15 an hour, and Progress along with agencies across the state are arranging meetings with legislators to discuss Senate Bill 114 and House Bill 130.
To learn more about the work of Direct Support Professionals, watch the video below featuring Progress DSPs and persons supported.
We are pleased to announce the 2nd of two vaccine clinics have been held at Progress through coordination with the Department of Health and the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 2nd doses have now been given to all persons supported and staff who wished to receive them. WKRN News 2 also included footage of the vaccine clinic at Progress during coverage of vaccines for people with disabilities in the state of TN. The videos can be viewed at https://www.wkrn.com/news/tennessee-news/tennessee-prioritizing-vaccinating-adults-with-intellectual-developmental-disabilities/
We are grateful for the opportunity to vaccinate so many individuals, and are hopeful for the road ahead!
Like many organizations during this time, Progress held a virtual event for the first time on October 16th, 2020. The event, “Breakfast in Bed,” was a virtual version of the annual fundraiser Breakfast for Progress. The event surpassed the fundraising goal of $20,000, raising over $25,000. A virtual program was pre-recorded and available for viewing on Friday, October 16th.
Breakfast in Bed highlighted honorees Donelson Hermitage Chamber of Commerce, Robert Page, and Mike and Connie Schingle. The Donelson Hermitage Chamber of Commerce has been a vital resource during two major community challenges – the March 2020 tornadoes, and the Covid-19 pandemic. The Chamber of Commerce has also supported the Taking Care of Business program of Progress, connecting Progress to local businesses who are interested in supporting the program by receiving a donut delivery from people supported by Progress. Honoree Robert Page has been supported by Progress for many years, and has achieved many significant milestones during his long work history. He is loved by all, always considerate of others, and is celebrated for his accomplishments both professionally and personally. Honorees Connie and Mike Schingle have generously donated memorable experiences to the people supported by Progress in memory of Connie’s aunt Patricia. Patricia was supported by Progress for many years, and is fondly remembered by staff at Progress. Over the last few years, the Schingles held a Root Beer Float Party for persons supported, as well as a Day at the Zoo for all clients and their staff, with lunch included. All three honorees have contributed greatly to our community and persons supported, and Progress is honored to honor them.
To view the full program, please visit www.Progress-Inc.org/Breakfast
Progress highlighted on WKRN News 2: In-Home Health Aids Face Challenges on the Front Lines of Covid-19
Progress staff and folks supported were featured on WKRN News 2 Nashville in a story about front line workers during the pandemic.
Progress featured on WSMV News 4: Honoring Front Line Heroes - Caregivers for People with Disabilities
WSMV News 4 Nashville interviewed staff Connie Marable & Pam Styles, and their work with Page during the pandemic.
After many years of fundraising and months of construction, we are pleased to announce the new Program Building is complete! A huge thank you to every individual, foundation and business who made the building possible. The new building will house Residential and Senior Services programs, and has also made space for a new Employment Center on campus. Take a tour of the new building in the video below. An Open House will be held this spring, stay tuned for details!
The 2019 Annual Report is available! We are pleased to share the many accomplishments achieved in programming over the past year. Thank you to all of our supporters for helping to make these accomplishments possible!
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