MPD's Chrisman identified as Journeys' Dolly impersonator
POSTED: Nov. 2014
MURFREESBORO — Murfreesboro Police Chief Glenn Chrisman was revealed this past Friday as the mystery person who donned glue-on nails and eyelashes, jewelry, a wig and a pink dress to help raise money for a local nonprofit that serves individuals with intellectual disabilities.
More than 100 people supported by Journeys in Community Living along with supporters of the organization showed up at The Warehouse Friday night to celebrate the organization's 2014 Fall Social and Sponsor Appreciation Event and to see who dressed up as country music legend Dolly Parton to help raise money for the nonprofit via its first-ever "Guess Who Contest".
Journeys hosted the "Guess Who Contest" in the weeks leading up to the event, giving out clues through local media and its own Web site about the true identity of the person dressed as Dolly! Contest participants were then directed to Journeys' Web site to enter their guess after making a $5 donation.
Community member Meagan Flippin was named the winner of the contest at the event, as she correctly guessed that it was Chrisman behind the Dolly facade. Seven other people also guessed Chrisman's identity correctly, but Flippin's name was drawn as the winner at the event.
The Center for the Arts in Murfreesboro donated space in its dressing room to Journeys and its supporters Pam Randolph and Peggy Moore, the two make-up artists who transformed Chrisman into Dolly.
Journeys' quarterly newsletter gets new name
POSTED: July 2014
MURFREESBORO — Those who subscribe to Journeys in Community Living's quarterly newsletter will notice it has now been named.
and the purpose of our newsletter—to look back at all the great things that are happening here at Journeys in Community Living!
The newsletter will be packed full of the same great content every month, including feature articles on staff and the people we work with at Journeys; staff anniversaries; and the latest news affecting Journeys and its mission.
Read the first ever issue now by clicking on the image that accompanies this article.
Journeys featured on WGNS radio's 'Rutherford Issues' with Bryan Barrett
POSTED: July 2014
MURFREESBORO — Journeys in Community Living was the hot topic on WGNS radio's 'Rutherford Issues' with host Bryan Barrett July 3.
Journeys in Community Living Development Coordinator Mark Bell talked to Barrett about the things the organization is doing to support adults with intellectual disabilities in Rutherford & Cannon Counties.
Barrett and Bell talked at length about Journeys' competitive employment program, which is aimed at assisting Journeys' population in getting regular jobs in the community.
Barrett even mentioned he had recently spoken to someone who praised the work ethic of the people served by Journeys.
"They said they are 'some of the most loyal employees they've got,'" he said. "'They really want to do a good job and really do an excellent job. They're at work before they are supposed to clock in and they stay late.'"
Bell explained that Journeys is the most comprehensive program for adults with intellectual disabilities in Rutherford & Cannon counties.
"It is a huge responsibility," Bell said. "Not only are we helping them get jobs and getting them set up in residences, we're also involved in their health. We take them to the doctor. We manage their medications and make sure they're taken on time. It's a really huge undertaking."
Barrett and Bell's entire 13-minute conversation is available via podcast on WGNS radio's web site. Just click on the above WGNS radio graphic to be taken directly to the podcast. No special equipment is needed other than a computer, tablet or smartphone and internet connection.
Be sure to check out Rutherford Issues live on WGNS radio 100.5 FM, 101.9 FM, and 1450 AM most weekdays at 10 a.m.
Knights of Columbus donates $618 to aid Journeys' mission
POSTED: JUNE 2014
The local Knights of Columbus, Marian Council No. 4563, awarded Journeys in Community Living a $618 check on Monday to help the local nonprofit continue its mission to support adults with intellectual disabilities.
The money came from the Knights of Columbus’ “MR Foundation,” which is set up to aid organizations with missions to aid people with intellectual disabilities, explained Knights of Columbus MR Foundation Director Paul A. Dougall.
Journeys in Community Living is a nonprofit organization with a mission to support people with intellectual disabilities in “choosing and realizing their visions of where they want to live work and socialize.”
The comprehensive program includes residential, community participation, job training and placement, transportation and healthcare oversight services, and currently serves more than 120 people with intellectual disabilities.
Betty McNeely, executive director of Journeys, thanked Dougall and the Knights for their continued support of Journeys’ mission over the years.
“These are a fine group of men who deserve the utmost respect for all they’ve done for people with intellectual disabilities, including those served by Journeys,” said McNeely.
The local Knights of Columbus council is based out of the Saint Rosa Lima Catholic Church in Murfreesboro, and has a membership of about 250 men. The fraternal organization has four pillars, including charity, fraternity, patriotism and unity.
“We organize several functions over the course of the year to raise money for our charities,” Dougall said. “We give to many different organizations, including the Special Olympics, Project Help, Special Kids, along with a few others very active in Murfreesboro.”
In addition to an annual golf tournament in September, the Knights also have a chili and soup cook-off in January at the church, as well as six fish fries on Fridays during Lent. The general public of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County are welcome to attend these functions.
The Knights will be collecting donations for the MR fund outside Walmart stores in Murfreesboro Oct.11-12 this year.
One hundred percent of the money raised is given to local charities with a portion going to the Knights’ state MR fund, which operates 16 homes across the state for mentally challenged children and adults.