Progress' annual fundraiser, Breakfast in Bed has achieved its goal! More than $20,000 was raised during the virtual event on October 22nd, which highlighted Jamal Burgess and Abigail Mobolaji. For full event details, visit the Breakfast in Bed page on the website. A huge thank you to all who supported the event! Contributions help fund the many programs of Progress, including Residential support, Community-Based Day, Employment and Senior Services.
Missed Breakfast in Bed? View honoree videos below, and learn more about the contributions of Jamal Burgess and Abigail Mobolaji.
Pamela Styles, Companion to three individuals supported by Progress, was selected as a finalist for the Center for Nonprofit Management's annual Salute to Excellence Awards, Erie Chapman Foundation Radical Loving Care Award.
Pamela performs all duties one can imagine are required for caring for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities. Not only does she perform duties like cooking meals, cleaning, helping with hygiene and bathing, she is committed to the well-being and quality of life of the individuals she supports, and views them as family. She is devoted to enriching their lives – from decorating the entire house together for the holidays, singing favorite songs together, playing games and puzzles, cooking their favorite meals, whatever the act, their happiness is her priority.
Pamela demonstrates radical love in everything she does in supporting Robert, Carl and Paige to live safely and independently, and her recognition is well-deserved. CNM's Salute to Excellence is the country's largest non-profit awards ceremony. For more information about Salute to Excellence, visit https://www.cnm.org/salute-to-excellence/.
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.
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