Three Journeys associates receive TNCO top honors


Posted: August 2, 2017


MURFREESBORO – Three individuals associated with Journeys in Community Living took top honors July 19 at the Tennessee Community Organization’s Awards of Excellence in Nashville.


The organization yearly honors leaders in the field, along with individuals who receive services. This year’s award ceremony is set to be held at the Embassy Suites on Century Boulevard in Nashville.

Among those being honored this year are Journeys’ direct support staff Betty Nelson; Community Day Director Kat Garrett; and person supported Dickie Newman.


Nelson was honored as “Outstanding DSP” for the Middle Tennessee Division, while Garrett will take home this year’s “Outstanding Manager” award. Newman will receive the “Individual Achievement Award.”


Those who receive the organization’s “Outstanding DSP” award have demonstrated their dedication to supporting adults with disabilities and serve as prime examples of what a DSP should strive to be.


Nelson, who was hired at Journeys in April 2004, was nominated by her coworkers for her sense of responsibility to the clients she serves, as well as her attention to detail.


“Over the past year, Betty has headed up a special activity every few weeks,” her nomination letter reads. “That includes the planning and implementation of agency-wide festive luncheons. Betty plans the menu along with persons supported and teaches them how to cook and prepare food, budget the funds appropriately and act as servers and waiters for others who are enjoying the luncheons.”


Nelson has also “made a special project of working with several of the persons supported with the most challenging behaviors,” the letter reads. “Because of her kind and patient interactions, Betty has achieved great success with several of these individuals. Betty helped one person with behaviors get a job at a local judge’s office, where the person performs filing and other clerical duties.”


The “Outstanding Manager” award goes to those individuals whose management skills make them a step above the rest.


Garrett, who has been employed by Journeys since May 2008, has helped develop a community program for participants that provides a meaningful day, while also building their “independence, skills and self-confidence,” her nomination letter reads.


“In the past year, Kat has grown the volunteer program from volunteering with two non-profit community agencies to volunteering with eleven non-profit agencies by meeting with the leaders of each organization, explaining Journeys’ program, and highlighting the abilities of the people who attend,” the letter reads.


TNCO’s “Individual Achievement” award honors those persons with disabilities who have made significant strides over the past year to improve their independence. Newman, for example, moved into a more independent living situation and was hired by Kroger to work part time, three times per week, according to his nomination letter.


“He did so well on his job that his job coach was able to fade her assistance, leaving Dickie to work productively under the supervision of his Kroger supervisors,” the letter reads. “Dickie then took the initiative to talk to Kroger about increasing his hours. The supervisors were so impressed by Dickie that they increased his work schedule from three days per week to five days per week, including weekends.”


Tennessee Community Organizations (TNCO) is a professional trade organization for home and community based providers to individuals with disabilities. Member agencies like Journeys provide supported employment, residential, personal assistance and other supportive services to these individuals.


Journeys in Community Living is committed to supporting adults with disabilities in choosing and realizing their visions of where and how they live, work and socialize.

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Journeys' financial director graduates from United Way Catalyst Program


Posted: June 26, 2017


Congratulations are in order for Journeys in Community Living Financial Services Director Jim Robert after he graduated this past week from the Rutherford County United Way's 2017 Catalyst Program.


The program is designed to prepare individuals for non-profit board membership positions. Twenty-one individuals are selected to participate in the program from a pool of applicants.


Robert joined his fellow classmates on graduation day as they presented ideas to Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarlane to assist in solving various traffic issues across the city.


Robert is the second member of the Journeys family to graduate from the program. Mark Bell, IT and Development Coordinator graduated from the program in 2016.


Meagan Flippin, President and CEO for United Way, said, “United Way’s Catalyst is a unique program providing applicable, in-depth training on nonprofit volunteerism, particularly at a board or key leadership level. With volunteer leadership such an integral cornerstone to the success of the nonprofit sector, United Way is proud to be able to partner with Redstone Federal Credit Union to deliver this program to our community.”

Journeys unveils new 'about us' video


Posted: Oct. 18, 2017

WGNS COVERAGE: Partners in the Journey Event


Posted: Oct. 20, 2017


"The only disability we have is a negative attitude."


These are the inspiring words of HK Derryberry. On Tuesday Oct. 17, Journeys in Community Living hosted an event to bring awareness to their mission of enabling people with disabilities to live more fulfilling lives.


Journeys in Community Living is dedicated to improving the lives of those with disabilities. Their mission is to give those people the opportunity to participate in their communities, live in their own homes with the people they choose, work meaningful jobs, and live life healthy and secure. The event's purpose was to open minds and encourage people to be more aware.


The core message: All people are created equal, so treat others the way you wish to be treated. The speakers at Journeys' event were the dynamic duo HK Derryberry and Jim Bradford.




HK's life is a miracle. He was born 3 months premature in 1990 after his mother passed in an auto accident. Because of these tragic circumstances, HK was born blind, with cerebral palsy, and later, due to a stroke, lost the use of his arm.


However, in 1999, while in the care of his paternal grandmother, HK met the man who would change is life for the better. Local businessman Jim Bradford stopped by a Mrs. Winners, where HK's grandmother worked, for a cup of coffee.


Because his grandmother could not afford a sitter, HK would spend nine hours at the restaurant listening to the radio every weekend. Bradford approached HK on that October Saturday and the rest is history.


Jim Bradford welcomed HK into his life with his wife and two adult daughters and together they climbed ladders and jumped hurdles to get to where they are 18 years later motivating anyone they meet to be the best they can be. Since 2012, HK and Bradford have travelled the U.S making 175 appearances, 46 of which just this year, and touching the lives of 40,000 people with their story.







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