Fundraiser to help local organization that focuses on those with intellectual disabilities

A local nonprofit that has served adults with intellectual disabilities for 38 years hopes you’ll show your support for the organization’s mission by attending its premier fundraiser in April.

The disability services provider that supports adults with intellectual disabilities with choosing and realizing their visions of how they want to live, work and socialize will host its Annual Celebration & Silent Auction from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. April 24 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at 1850 Old Fort Parkway.

“This is the night we show everyone what we’re really about, and reward the hard work of the individuals we serve,” said Journeys in Community Living Executive Director Betty McNeely.  

The evening of fun will include a special guest presentation by MTSU Men’s Basketball Coach Kermit Davis, a silent auction, music, an awards ceremony, dinner, drinks & desert and will be emceed by the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce’s own Kelli Beam.

One special individual will receive the Reeves-Sain Individual of the Year Award during the awards presentation portion of the event. Another will receive a special proclamation from State Rep. Mike Sparks.

Sponsors for this year’s awards ceremony include Reeves-Sain Pharmacy, National HealthCare Corporation, MidSouth Bank, Griffin Strategies, LLC, and Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Also sponsoring the event are Sheriff Robert Arnold, Michael D. Colvin, State Rep. Mike Sparks, retired State Sen. Andy Womack and Journeys Board Member Joyce Ealy.

Journeys in Community Living provides its services to more than 120 adults with intellectual disabilities in Rutherford and Cannon counties.

It’s fully-staffed residential program operates 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Journeys has 18 supported living homes in its two-county service area, as well as a medical-residential home for individuals who need around-the-clock nursing support.

Journeys vocational services department ensures that adults with ID who want to work are able to gain competitive employment, while its community participation program offers work-play balance by giving the individuals support with activities ranging from recreation to volunteering.

Journeys’ transportation division provides individuals the support they need getting to work, to the grocery store, out for recreational activities and more.

The nonprofit also operates its Healthcare Oversight Program to address the special needs of its individuals and their families. Individuals receive yearly physicals and dental evaluations and other health services are arranged as needed.

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