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May 2021 Newsletter

A Note from Diana Jackson, CEO


Governor Bill Lee and the 112 th General Assembly passed the fiscal year 2022 budget with an increase in the base rate for a Direct Support Professional (DSP) to $12.50 per hour effective July 10th 2021. DSP’s provide critical support everyday so that the people we support can thrive at home, at work, and in the community. DSP’s become friends and family to those they support. This is a big step in making sure the DSP’s are compensated for their time and dedication.

We are especially grateful for the support of Senator Todd Gardenhire, Senator Mike Bell, Representative Mark Hall, and Representative Dan Howell. We thank Governor Lee and the General Assembly for their continued commitment to the people we support and their partnership with the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

As you are aware more restaurants, businesses, and churches are allowing in-person visits to their establishments. We are extending ourselves carefully, but are beginning to take part in more community activities. A separate letter will be coming out shortly to share our plans in opening up more community based opportunities.

REMINDER: We have a family with connections to sell a classic car as a fund raising endeavor for Life Bridges. We only have one issue – we need someone to donate a classic car for this fundraiser! If you have a car or a lead on such a vehicle please let us know.

Thank you to those who reached out to assist people we support in their willingness to serve as conservators for them. We are so grateful and this has met an important need. We are in need of one person to serve as a back up conservator if the conservator could not fulfill their duties.

Life Bridges Partners – Thank you for believing in and partnering with us!


We have Nursing and Direct Support Professional positions open.
DIANA JACKSON, president and CEO of Life Bridges, receives a check from members of the Bachman Foundation board of directors. Pictured from left are board member Jeff Gregory; Mark Frizzell, director, Bachman Foundation; Dr. Megan Moe; Diana Jackson; and board members Dr. Jimmy Dupree; Ken Weller; and Mike Sikes.
Camp Cherokee 2021
August 3, 4, 5

The camp is in need of lifeguards to work during our camp days; If you know of someone that is Red Cross certified and interested in this position, please call Dave at 423.716.3293 or send an email to Karen Kelley:

This is a paid position by Camp Cherokee.