What do you do?
I’m an attorney in the IT area for HCA Healthcare (a hospital company based out of Nashville, with hospitals across the country). Our group focuses on legal issues in the technology and Intellectual property areas.
How did you become involved in Progress/ What is your involvement with Progress?
When I first moved to Nashville (around 7 years ago), someone mentioned that Progress was looking for a board member. I was interested in getting more involved in the community, and wanted to help a non-profit. I am currently the president of the Board of Directors for Progress.
In your eyes, how does Progress enrich Nashville and make it a better place?
Progress gives a voice to those that don’t get a lot of attention. It also makes people in the community aware of what is going on with a group of people that they may not interact with on a regular basis. For Nashville to be a great community, it has to recognize and embrace all of its citizens.
Why is philanthropy important?
I think it’s good for those that receive the support, and it’s good for the individual that is helping out. Some may not get the support they need without others giving their time, effort, energy, and money. But, again, it benefits those giving, too, as they realize they are working towards something bigger than them.
What would you say to someone who has never heard of Progress?
look it up online. J It’s a great organization and one that focuses on not just providing the necessities (shelter, food, etc), but also on those intangibles that help define an individual (friendship, participation in the community, being able to be a valued member of society.)
Favorite quote or philosophy?
I'm not sure that I really have one, but in the world today, I think, more than ever, we need to provide any support we can to those in need. Income disparity is getting wider and wider, which is having a negative impact on all of us.
Peek inside a "Day in the Life" of Josh, a Project SEARCH intern at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Josh is training as a Perioperative Support Technician.
Project SEARCH is a national program operated locally by Progress, during which interns train for 9 months in a variety of rotations within the hospital. By graduation time interns are employment ready, and many are hired within the hospital in competitive jobs. Progress offers two distinct Project SEARCH programs: Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Embassy Suites. The mission of Project SEARCH is to "prepare young people with significant disabilities for success in competitive integrated employment."
Staff member Beulah shares why Progress is important to her, and more.
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
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