Sunday, June 30, 2013

Pick up The Tennessean TODAY: Progress Inc. Named Top 10 Workplace in Middle Tennessee

Progress is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of The Tennessean Top Workplaces.

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Progress Inc. was one of 45 Middle Tennessee companies honored by The Tennessean's Top Workplaces

Progress was named as the 9th top midsize company in an awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at Hilton Nashville Downtown. Forty-five small, midsized and large companies were honored for their dynamic workplace environements.

The more than 250 employees of Progress are committed to providing quality and personalized care to adults with intellectual disabilities and seniors. The 125 employees that responded to the survey expressed their fulfillment with the value of their work, communication with their managers and the direction that the agency as a whole is going in.

The Tennessean published the complete list of Top Workplaces in today's edition. For more information about the Top Workplaces lists and WorkplaceDynamics, please visit and
  About Progress Inc.Progress Inc., a non-profit organization in Nashville, Tenn., has helped Middle Tennesseans bridge the gap between limited independence and the realization of the best possible life since 1971. For more information about Progress’ developmental disabilities and senior care services, go to or visit Progress Inc.’s Facebook page at

Thursday, June 27, 2013

VIDEO: Thanks for Supporting Progress' Festival on the Fairway

The Festival on the Fairway was a great way to lead into the summer! We had an array of support from Pinnacle Bank, Del Mar Pharmacy, Regions Bank, Bass Tires, RJ Young and many others.
Check out the video to get a glimpse of this wonderful event, which supported the day programs offered by Progress and Rochelle Center.

For more on our great corporate and food sponsors, visit .

Monday, June 17, 2013

Parents Praise Camp Progress in Tennessean article

Camper Ian and John playing around at Camp Progress. Credit:  Tennessean's  Samuel Simpkins

We're in Week 3 of Camp Progress, Progress Inc.'s new summer camp for youths ages 10-22. We have had such a great response from the community, parents and campers. 

We send out a huge thank you to The Tennessean & reporter Nancy DeVille & photojournalist Samuel Simpkins for their news story that published on June 12. In case you missed it, please read & share this wonderful story at this link.

Ms. Carreon, Camp Progress Camper Ian's mom, was included in the story. She gave Camp Progress much praise for the impact it has had on her son. 

“He’s happy to be there when he arrives and appears to be really having fun when I go to pick him up,” Carreon said. “That’s a good sign, especially for a kid that doesn’t have language. Just seeing the joy in his face and the counselors telling me how he’s interacting with other kids is really great.”
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Camper Josh and Lanitta enjoying a moment at Camp Progress last week. Credit: Samuel Simpkins

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Ian watering his plant at West End Middle. Credit: Samuel Simpkins

Monday, June 3, 2013

SMART! Appearance on NewChannel5: Repurposed Jewelry

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Life Style with Denise Simons has featured Six pieces of SMART! Scrap made Art. This is a  repurposed necklace created by Sally Mills, Local Jeweler/Progress Director of Fiscal Services.

Life Style with Denise Simons will once again feature a beautiful piece of repurposed art provided by SMART! Scrap Made Art tonight! The NewsChannel5 program, which is available on Comcast Channel 250, will air a short segment  at 9 p.m. tonight on how to create the beautiful necklace above with everyday items. The show will re-air Tuesday afternoon, so check your local listings.

Progress' Director of Fiscal Services Sally Mills created the artisan jewelry above with upcycled copperwire, coins and other items.
Denise & NewsChannel 5 have been so supportive of Progress' social enterprise, which will be a retail store for recycled art supplies. SMART! will also eventually serve as a space where students and everyday people can learn how to create upcycled art pieces. SMART!'s goal is to provide a revenue stream to Progress, which supports seniors and adults with intellectual disabilities. The retail store will also provide job opportunities for individuals Progress supports.

  We're working on an exciting project that will help raise funds for this new venture. Check back here to learn more about this big news for SMART! And don't forget to check the SMART! tab on the blog to find out what you can donate to help our mission.