Friday, December 30, 2011

Progress Inc.'s Top 5 Stories of 2011

2011 was a full year in the disability and senior communities. Progress Inc.'s senior care division grew by 300 percent, offering our quality, compassionate in-home care to more than 80 homes and counting. We also were able to keep serving more than 100 adults with developmental disabilities with day activities, employment and residential support. The hope is that with more support from the community and some exciting additions to our services 2012 will bring about even more great news for Progress Inc.

We shared our own stories and other stories via our blog, Pressing Forward with Progress, and our Facebook page, this year. Here are the top viewed and discussed stories of this year. Enjoy! And don't forget to like our Facebook page and check out our blog each week for news about the wonderful people we serve. Happy New Year!

#5 Women with Special Needs Honored at Miss Fabulous Pageant

Photo Credit: WKRN
We first heard of this Cookeville story from local newspaper Herald Citizen. A local teenager organized the pageant for young ladies with intellectual disabilities. Very heartwarming story.

#4 Aging Americans Can Stay Home with Aid of Villages

Photo Credit: Associated Press

Several Progress Inc. supporters found this Fox News story interesting. Villages, service-based communities for the elderly, are a gradually growing phenomenon to keep elderly citizens in their homes. Hopefully, there will be more of these opening up in coming years, considering the rapidly growing number of Americans over 65.

#3 Donna Goodaker featured in the Tennessean

Donna Goodaker, Progress Inc. executive director, shared her views in honor of International Day for Persons with Disabilities in the Tennessean earlier this month. Several readers recommended her letter to the editor on Twitter and Facebook. We were honored to share pertinent news on the disability community in Tennessee. Check out the letter at this link:

#2 Randy and Karen Ingraham's Home Makeover

Randy and Progress Inc. senior care attendant Judy.

The story of this Progress Inc. couple moved local and state agencies to donate labor and funds to renovating a Madison home. Though more work will be needed to truly transform the Ingrahams' home, the work done by the Greater Nashville Regional Council, Tennessee Housing and Development Agency and Area Air and Heating Control had a big impact in 2011 for this family.

#1 Team Progress Beats All Odds in Mayor's 5K Run/Walk

From left to right: Meika, Crystal, Mayor Karl Dean, Emily, Donna, Annelise, Anita (bottom) Paula and Brittany.

Updates on Progress Inc's employees training for the November run/walk drew much attention and support. All 10 members of the team finished the 3.1-mile run in under 50 minutes. This group of Progress Inc. runners displayed their dedication to one of Progress Inc.'s mottos -  "happy, healthy and safe" lives. Expect to see more 5K training and run participation from this crew in 2012.

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