Welcome to our 2018 Fall Newsletter! Here you will find many events that have taken place within TFS in the past few months. If you have any pictures, please feel free to email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to find out more about our staff and updates on TFS, email Shelly Hall at email@example.com and you will be added to our subscriber list for the TFS Connection!
To the left you will see Whitney Lester and Deionna Kelly modeling our NEW Difference Maker t-shirts! They are $20 and all proceeds will go to our June 2019 Gatlinburg trip. If you are interested, please contact our office at 615-255-8870. Only cash and checks accepted.
Fraizer and guys ready for a spook-tacular time!
The guys at FTM4 came prepared and ready to party!
We are grateful for our Board involvement! Gary made a terrific penguin!
Marla and Shelly getting some sister hugs.
Boy are we glad we had our superheroes there to save the day!
Sometimes the best costume is going as... yourself!
Batman has one awesome sidekick!
A letter from Ralph Kennedy:
TFS has been in our new office almost a full year now. We moved in last December 13th. We hoped that moving everyone under one roof would improve our operations. It has certainly done that. There is a sense of togetherness in fulfilling the Mission of TFS that I never saw when we had two separate offices.
The current economy is providing jobs for an increasing number of people. As good as the news is for other industries, the difficulty the social services face in competing for staff is daunting. I cannot say enough good about the TFS staff who have stepped up to fill staffing needs when asked to do so. While our admin team works to find solutions to staffing vacancies, the efforts of veteran TFS staff have assured that the special people we serve are not put at risk.
TFS has operated a part-time medical and psych clinic for some years now. One of our objectives in moving into the new office was the establishment of a full-time specialty medical clinic. We have operated both to serve the needs of those in the TFS residential programs. We now hope to provide this as a primary care option to those served elsewhere, as well as those with developmental disabilities who might be living at home and wanting specialized primary care. I am in the process of working with a firm in Nashville to put the pieces of this puzzle together and launch the TFS Clinic in 2019. At the same time I have been working to re-establish the psych clinic we operated until recently. Again, we hope to operate this clinic full-time in an effort to better serve the people in our residential program and offer it as an alternative to folks with developmental disabilities who live elsewhere.
As we prepare to enter the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons I want to wish you and yours the very best of the season and a prosperous New Year.
In order to recognize DSP Appreciation Week, we make it a point to highlight our outstanding Direct Support Teachers who shine through their work with the individuals we serve. TFS did so this year by delivering goody baskets to each home to let them know how much they are appreciated!!
Gail joyfully received the basket for the home she works in. She has been with TFS (off and on) since 2006. She "retired", missed the people she supported, and came back last year, and boy are we glad she did!
Tanisha has been with TFS for 3 years. Thank you for all you do, Tanisha!
Shancey has been with TFS for 5 years. We are grateful for her and her smile is contagious!
Some of the TFS administrative team working to get the baskets filled for distribution!
This year for Halloween, we decided to host a trick-or-treating event here at our office! We decorated the whole 2nd floor into haunted hallways. Our administrative staff went above and beyond in props and costumes to spook those who chose to enter. Join us next year if you dare!
We look forward to making this an annual tradition!
Spooky skeletons awaited the trick or treaters in the haunted hallway!
Happy Halloween from TFS!
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