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Journeys, state of Tennessee celebrating 'Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month'

 

Posted: Mar. 12, 2018

It’s once again the time of year to recognize the valuable contributions made by individuals with disabilities who live, work, play, vote, volunteer and build relationships right here in Rutherford County and across the state!

 

That’s why Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has named March 2018 “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month,” according to a press release from the governor’s office.

 

“In Tennessee, we have a fundamental belief that all means all, so when we talk about increasing workforce opportunities, that covers everyone,” Haslam said, via the release.

 

Haslam noted that the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD), working with the Department of Human Services and the Department of Economic and Community Development, has “worked really hard to put programs together to match employers with people with disabilities and appropriate skill level jobs.”

 

And it “is working,” Haslam said, adding that his administration and the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities are focused on a common goal.

 

“Empowering those with disabilities to contribute their skills and relationships in our local communities,” he said.

 

On the local level, it is Murfreesboro-based non-profit organization Journeys in Community Living’s responsibility to provide supports for people with disabilities in Rutherford and Cannon Counties that lead them to getting employed, living in their own homes, volunteering and accessing healthcare, among other important goals.

 

The almost 50-year-old non-profit is committed to supporting adults with disabilities “in choosing and realizing their visions of where and how they live, work and socialize.”

 

Journeys is also celebrating “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month” by recognizing the hard work of both its full- and part- time professional staff and the individuals it serves.

 

Haslam’s proclamation states that “Tennessee is committed to recognizing that every person, regardless of perceived ability, has valuable strengths; infinite capacity to learn and make decisions; and the capability to make important contributions to their communities when given opportunities to do so.”

 

The press release from Haslam’s office notes that many individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members still face enormous barriers in accessing needed services and supports, which they need to be active and included members of their communities, alongside their neighbors without disabilities.”

 

Wanda Willis, executive director of the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities, noted that Tennessee is recognized as a national leader in how state agencies, disability organizations and private citizens collaborate and work effectively together to improve services, supports and opportunities for Tennesseans with disabilities and their families.

 

“Our state should be proud of the progress we have made in ensuring that Tennesseans with disabilities can be as independent as possible and fully participate in their communities,” she said.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance available in Murfreesboro, Smyrna, and

La Vergne

 

Posted: Feb. 26, 2018

 

It's tax time once again here in the U.S.

 

If you're looking for help filing your taxes and had a household income of less than $66,000 in 2017, then the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program may be for you!

 

VITA is a nationwide program that runs from the end of January through April 17.

 

IRS-certified volunteers prepare tax returns free of charge for individuals and families meeting the aforementioned income guidelines.

 

There are three locations available at which one can have his or her taxes completed. They are:

 

- Patterson Park Community Center (921 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro); Tax preparation is available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

- Smyrna Public Library (400 Enon Springs Rd. W., Smyrna); Tax preparation is available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

- La Vergne Public Library (5063 Murfreesboro Rd., La Vergne); Tax preparation is available Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

For a list of items one should bring with them, along with more information about VITA, please visit http://www.yourlocalvita.org/.

Journeys unveils new 'about us' video

 

Posted: Oct. 18, 2017

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