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NEWS

November 2022 Newsletter

A Note from Diana Jackson, CEO

Life Bridges has enjoyed our partnership with the Miracle League of Cleveland during the past several months. The fun began with baseball and has continued into several weeks of bowling. The smiles and thrills of bowling were very much evident this past week! Carolyn Kimsey and her husband are the local organizers through the Miracle League. Many thanks to them for seeing a need and filling it to bring recreation, enjoyment, and community support to people in our community with intellectual disabilities.

One person really can make a difference. I see the difference my coworkers make every day. One person can inspire, challenge, and motivate others. One person can often meet the need of one other person. One person can be the connection that leads to many answers. My hope is to be that person every day and that you also – will be that ONE person.

Hoping to see you on Monday, November 21st at Cleveland High School Cafeteria for our Annual Holiday Dinner. The Life Bridges choir will sing and the food will be wonderful.

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

Save the Dates. . .

Monday, November 21Life Bridges Holiday Lunch 11am Cleveland High School Cafeteria

Saturday, December 10Elks Christmas Party at Elks Lodge (time to be determined)

Saturday, December 17Life Bridges Christmas Drivethru 6pm at Life Bridges Cam- pus/764 Old Chattanooga Pike

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Harley Buchtel, DSP, receives a perfect score of 100 after taking his medication recertification exam!

Harely created his own practice box with a practice tool to assist with his studies for a perfect score.

Congratulations, Harley!

Jimmy Kilgore, attended a Civitan meeting with CEO, Diana Jackson, and was very excited to meet the President, Dr. Ty Stone, of Cleveland State Community College.

Jimmy, is now a reporter for the Life Bridges Newsletter and writes of his meeting with Dr. Stone. . .

“It was a nice meeting. This reporter has met a new President of Cleveland Sate Community College Dr. Stone. I asked a very good question.”

Jimmy's Journal

Volunteers End Bama's 14-Year Winning Streak in Knoxville

By: James L. Kilgore, Life Bridges Reporter

Sixthranked Tennessee snaps Alabamas 14 year winning streak at Rocky Top to end the curse. In the first half, vols lead twentyeight to twenty but in the second half at the last second gamewinning forty yard FG attempt in the fourth quarter where the score was tied fortynine a piece Chase McGrath of Tennessee and the kick was good to end the game. Final Score #3 Alabama 49 #6 Tennessee *52. Everyone came to the field for a celebration that no team has gone for tearing down the goalpost and taking it straight to the river they go. Next game will be Georgia (archrival) at Neyland State on CBS. Coach Heupel was pleased after the victory goes rockytop profession.

NEWS

October 2022 Newsletter

A Note from Diana Jackson, CEO

What comes to your mind when you think of Life Bridges? At this time of year, I think of all the celebrations and parties that are being enjoyed at the agency as we celebrate BIGwhether it is fall, Thanksgiving, or all that leads up to CHRISTMAS!!! People supported by the agency are dressing up as various characters, enjoying candy and treats, busy making their Christmas gift lists, planning their menus, and planning time with their friends and families over the next few months.

Many have donated to Life Bridges during this season. We are appreciative of the MARS candy donation, Knights of Columbus financial gift, and to all of those who have made donations of various types to fulfill the needs of those supported. Please keep the agency in mind as you give your end of the year contributions. Thank you for thinking of us!

Wishing you a happy and blessed fall season!

 

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

Save the date. . .

  • Life Bridges Holiday Dinner /MondayNovember 21 /11am/Cleveland High School Cafeteria

  • Christmas with the Elks /SaturdayDecember 10/TBD/Cleveland Elks Lodge

  • Life Bridges Christmas Drive Thru  /SaturdayDecember 17/6pm/Life Bridges

James L. Kilgore

Miracle League of Bradley County

Reported by: James L. Kilgore

September 17, 2022 – Miracle League celebrates its first season at Blue Springs Park in Field C. It was a great season, there were six teams: As, Dodgers, Braves, Reds, Giants & Pirates. This reporter has been a pitcher for the Pirates. Opening day was a very good one, especially when everybody wins there are no fouls, strikes or outs recorded. I learned that baseball was 100% life all the time. Concluding the last game was Saturday, October 22 at 10am.

Our Team and Friends

Halloween Drive-Thru

NEWS

September 2022 Newsletter

A Note from Diana Jackson, CEO

Life Bridges has celebrated DSP’s (Direct Support Professionals) this past week! DSP’s support people every day in community activities, employment, and learning to be more independent. They never give up on assisting people to work on their goals and helping people reach their dreams.

They help people live with greater meaning and fulfillment. We acknowledge their hard work and dedication in helping others live their best life!


We couldn’t do it without you!!!

Vickie Batzka, Clifton Weaver’s sister, asked me to CHALLENGE those who love the agency to give a monthly gift through a bank draft. She is the only person who currently does this and she says her gift is small, but to me by giving every month she is able to give more than many could give at one time. So, if you accept the challenge – let me know…

djackson@lifebridgesonline.com.

Wishing you a happy and blessed fall season!

 

Life Bridges Partners – Thank you for believing in and partnering with us!
Miracle League Fall Schedule

Blue Springs Ball Field C

Saturday, Sept. 24

10am Pirates vs. Reds

11:15am Dodgers vs. Braves

12:30pm A’s vs. Giants

Saturday, Oct.1

10am Reds vs. A’s

11:15am Giants vs. Braves

12:30pm Pirates vs. Dodgers

Saturday, Oct. 8

10am Giants vs. Pirates

11:15am A’s vs. Braves

12:30pm Reds vs Dodgers

Saturday, Oct. 15

10am Dodgers vs. A’s

11:15am Braves vs. Pirates

12:30pm Reds vs. Giants

DSP Spotlight

Not Pictured: Yesia Pitner (Day Services)

NEWS

August 2022 Newsletter

A Note from Diana Jackson, CEO

We send a huge thank you to David and Kim Luzader, First Baptist Church, VEC Customers Share and the Life Bridges team for making Camp Cherokee happen this year. It was AMAZING!

Employment is an important part of the lives of the people supported by Life Bridges. The money earned brings increased buying power that includes trips, eating out, and community activities. Working in the community brings increased selfconfidence, the opportunity to learn new things, and new friendships. Currently, we support people who work at the following places:

  • Blythe Bower School
  • Tazikis Mediterranean Cafe
  • Hampton Inn
  • Lowe’s
  • YMCA
  • Tennessee Department of Transportation
  • Bojangles
  • McDonalds
  • Lubing Systems
  • Burger King – APD 40
  • Lee University
  • Sodexo
  • Aalberts Surface Technologies
  • Home Depot

I encourage you to frequent these businesses and let them know you support the hiring of people with disabilities.

2023 will be the agency’s 50th year of providing services. More to come on this – but we will plan to celebrate all year long!

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

Life Bridges Receives Grant

Life Bridges was awarded a grant from the VEC Customers Share Foundation to help with funding for Individuals Supported to attend Camp Cherokee 2022. Receiving the grant is Diana Jackson (L) from VEC Board Member.

Life Bridges Supportive Employment Team

Featured in TN DIDD Newsletter

Pictured L to R: Jeff Harden, Bill Reynolds, JoAnn Mintz and Tim Purifory. Not pictured: Chloe Tatum

The Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities highlighted Life Bridges’ Supportive Employment Team in their August Employment Innovation Newsletter. The team’s focus each day is to connect with employers willing to train and coach individuals that desire employment and are able to work and be paid a competitive wage while offering opportunities for growth.

Camp Cherokee 2022

Thank you to our amazing team for making Camp Cherokee 2022 fun and memorable!
NEWS

July 2022 Newsletter

A Note from Diana Jackson, CEO

Yes, it is that time again – First Baptist Church Camp at Parksville Lake led by David Luzader! So many of the people we support are excited about their vacation at this special camping event designed just for them. Life Bridges partners with First Baptist Church to provide several days of fun, music, boating, tubing, swimming, fishing, and FOOD!!! Camp dates this year are August 24.

Life Bridges is proud to have over 400 employees who work hard and give of themselves at a high level due to staffing shortages. The dedication of many staff is shown when they work to fill openings when they need to rest. It is amazing how many people go the extra mile regularly and may be overlooked because they do not complain. I encourage everyone to thank a Direct Support Professional and let them know how much you appreciate them. If you know someone who would be a good addition to our amazing team, please refer them. Applications are available at www.lifebridgesonline.com or call 4233031899.

SPRING FLING UPDATE: Tables are being sold for the Spring Fling/March 2023 event. Table costs range from $1,000 to $5,000. Please call Karen Kelley if you would like to discuss opportunities. (423) 4214129 or email to: kkelley@lifebridgesonline.com

2023 will be the agency’s 50th year of providing services. More to come on this – but we will plan to celebrate all year long!

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

Save the Date:

Miracle Baseball League

Sign up for fall play in August and September

Saturday mornings

For information call:
Carolyn Kimsey
(423) 650-2218

Staff Meeting

Tuesday, July 19, 2022
 1:30PM – 2:30PM

HOC

Camp Cherokee 2022

August 2 – 4

Independence Day - 2022

NEWS

June 2022 Newsletter

Happy Fourth of July!

Independence Day Celebration with Family and Friends!
July 2 from 11AM-2PM
At Life Bridges’ Main Campus
Food, Games, Fellowship

Click here for more information. . .

A Note from Diana Jackson, CEO

Life Bridges recently became accredited by CQL, The Council on Quality and Leadership, a national accreditation. CQL Accreditation promotes excellence in personcentered services and supports that lead to increased quality of life. It is about continuous improvement. CQL Accreditation facilitates organizational development in personcentered services and supports and personal quality of life outcomes. Agency staff worked hard to evaluate current proce- dures and developed new strategies to better meet the needs of individuals. Several people who receive supports from Life Bridges are participating in focus groups and have added a great deal to the discussions as the agency grows and moves forward.

SPRING FLING UPDATE: Tables are being sold for the Spring Fling/March 2023 event. Table costs range from $1,000 to $5,000. Please call Karen Kelley if you would like to discuss opportunities. (423) 4214129 .


2023 will be the agency’s 50th year of providing services. More to come on this – but we will plan to celebrate all year long!

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

Save the Date:

Independence Day Celebration with Family and Friends

Saturday, July 2, 2022
11:00AM – 2:00PM

Games, Food and FUN

Life Bridges – Main Center

More Info. . .

Staff Meeting

Tuesday, July 19, 2022
 1:30PM – 2:30PM

HOC

Camp Cherokee 2022

August 2 – 4

Life Bridges Medical Clinic

Just a reminder:

The medical clinic is available for staff & immediate family members, weekdays for physicals or acute illness.

Call Rachelle for an appointment:

4233031946

Or Main Office:

4233031959

Interested in playing baseball?

Cleveland’s Miracle Baseball League is signing up individuals for fall play in August and September on Saturday mornings.
 
Call Carolyn Kimsey:
423-650-2218
 
NEWS

May 2022 Newsletter

A Note from Diana Jackson, CEO

Special Olympics was held on a beautiful day and the celebration of athletes was so meaningful. All were encouraged and honored for their efforts and progress since our last event which was in 2019. A good friend of mine who participated in the 100 meter race and the softball throw said of himself, “I am amazing!” That is truly what it is all about!

The 2nd Annual Spring Fling fundraiser was both a hit and a success! The event was well attended and those present enjoyed the live auction, silent auction, and band. Also, many donated cash, at the encouragement of Steve Hixson, auctioneer. Tables are sold for this event and if you would like to purchase a table for the 2023 event, please let me know. Thank you to all of our partners who work hard for the people we support!

2023 will be the agency’s 50th year of providing services. More to come on this – but we will plan to celebrate all year long!

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

What is CQL?

Teresa Tuten, Director ICF

As a provider of supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Life Bridges always seek to enhance the quality of supports. We are entering a new adventure on our journey to excellence as we seek certification by the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL). Many people in our field of work consider CQL to be the golden standard of excellence. According to their website, they have been a leader in working with human service organizations and systems to continuously define, measure, and improve quality of life and quality of services for youth, adults, and older
adults with intellectual disabilities and psychiatric disabilities since 1969.

CQL Vision

The vision of CQL is a world of dignity, opportunity, and community for all people.

CQL Mission

CQL is dedicated to the definition, measurement, and improvement of personal quality of life.

CQL has a two pronged focus. First, there are high systemic expectations. Systems include our written policies and procedures. The second prong of focus is on practice. It is not enough to have policies and procedures that meet CQL standards. We must also have staff, especially supervisors and DSPs who live out those policies and procedures. CQL standards also set the bar high in the level of participation of the people we support and their families and friends at every level of our organization from input into policy making to issues of everyday living.

These new standards both affirm our strengths and challenge us to look outside the box for ways to grow. Please let us know if you have questions and know that you will hear more as we move through this journey.

Thanks for all you do to help us grow, develop, and THRIVE as a provider agency!

Special Olympics 2022

NEWS

April 2022 Newsletter

A Note from Diana Jackson, CEO

A highlight of this year for the people supported at Life Bridges is Special Olympics! After two years of cancelation due to the pandemic many are practicing and getting ready for the big competition. The event will take place at Cleveland Middle School, track and field area, April 23rd, and the parade line up will be at 9:30 on the field. Come and support our community of athletes and the games sponsored by our local Civitan Club.

The 2nAnnual Spring Fling fundraiser was both a hit and a success! The event was well attended and those present enjoyed the live auction, silent auction, and band. Also, many donated cash, at the encouragement of Steve Hixson, auctioneer. Tables are sold for this event and if you would like to purchase a table for the 2023 event, please let me know. Thank you to all of our partners who work hard for the people we support!

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

HIRING NOW

LIFE BRIDGES IS HIRING!
We have Nursing and Direct Support Professional positions open.
1ST, 2ND and 3RD SHIFTS AVAILABLE
CALL HUMAN RESOURCES AT: 423-303-1873 OR APPLY ONLINE.

Save the Date:

Easter Party

Saturday, April 6, 2022
2:00PM

Egg Hunt, Games & Snacks

Life Bridges – Hunt Center

Special Olympics

Saturday, April 23, 2022
Rain Date, April 30, 2022

Parade Lineup, 9:30AM
Games Begin, 10:00AM

Cleveland Middle School
Track and Field

Family Meeting

Tuesday, May 3, 2022
5:00PM

Dinner Provided

Life Bridges – Hunt Center

2022 Easter Egg Hunt

Enjoyed by friends and family of Life Bridges

NEWS

February 2022 Newsletter

A Note from Diana Jackson, CEO

A highlight of this year was the Life Bridges Annual Staff Awards Day. We celebrated many employees with 5 to 30 years of service. Employees of the year and CEO Choices of the year were also named. Later in February all will be featured in a large Banner article with pictures and awards.

It is amazing the longevity that is represented among our staff. Cheri Williamson is the staff member with the most tenure. This is her 39th year of service. She is a “rock” who has stood through changing times, three directors, and hundreds of staff. Gail Miller was celebrated for 30 years of service. We currently have 458 employees which is 20 less than last year.

If you would like to donate a boxed cake from a bakery or bakery like Publix we are accepting them for our Spring Fling Fundraiser on March 25th . They can be donated by noon on that day either at the Cleveland Country Club or at Life Bridges Main Office.

Our Annual Giving Campaign earned over $15,000 and we appreciate all of you for your contributions! Some of you are even giving monthly – we are very grateful!

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

2021 Employee Recognition

Spirit of Life Bridges is Elizabeth Jarrett; pictured l to r: Dr. Raymond Brown-Board of Directors President, Jaime Sanders-Residential Director, Elizabeth Jarrett and Diana Jackson-CEO
Employee of the Year goes to Denise Hope: pictured l to r: Dr. Raymond Brown-Board of Directors President, Jaime Sanders-Residential Director, Denise Hope and Diana Jackson-CEO
Directors Choice Awards: seated l to r: Beverly Mayfield, Chloe Norwood, Brittany Brown, Jessica Burns standing l to r: Dr. Raymond Brown-Board of Directors President, Christian Garcia, Harley Buchtel, Diana Jackson-CEO not pictured; Zayden Zembree
30 Years of Service: l to r: Dr. Raymond Brown-Board of Directors President, Gail Miller, Diana Jackson-CEO
25 Years of Service: l to r: Diana Jackson-CEO and Cristi Waters not pictured: Sandy Whittington, Tonia Watson
20 Years of Service: l to r: Dr. Raymond Brown-Board of Directors President, Mary LIndsey, Debra Hayes, Lori Price accepting for Don Price, Kelli Wilkey, Diana Jackson-CEO
15 Years of Service: l to r: Dr. Raymond Brown-Board of Directors President, Roni Rawls, Ersina Aunu, Sonia Marsh, Hope Scott, Diana Jackson-CEO not pictured: Jai'Noah Aikens, Kayla Carroll, Vicky Clark, Janet Davis, Daphne Goldston, Barbara Hardin, Deloris Murphy, William Simpson, Ida Young
10 Years of Service: seated l to r: Ryan Dempsey, Semyon Kanarski, Aaron Moser standing l to r: Dr. Raymond Brown-Board of Directors President, Stella Ivakhov, Sara Jones, Shirley Cochran, Tanya Martin, Diana Jackson-CEO
not pictured: Dakota Anderson, Joe Brown, Tamai Oatman, Dorthy Phillips, Jo Ann Smith, Ana Terrero, Emily Tuten, Heidi Willis, Cindy Wilson, Colton Wilson, Zayden Zembree
10 Years of Service: l to r: Dr. Brown, Heather Cooper, Diana Jackson
10 Years of Service: l to r: Dr. Raymond Brown-Board of Directors President, Debra Wittmaier, Elizabeth Jarrett, Diana Jackson-CEO
5 Years of Service: seated l-r: Debra Bates, Jamie Lowder, Stephanie Kruse standing l-r: Dr. Brown, Jerry Solomon, Timothy Purifory, Lisa Bolin, David Tuten, Brittany Brown, Crystal Jones, Diana Jackson
not pictured: Caryn Anderson, Joshua Bullard, Shannon Cross, Brittany Crowder, Janet Dial, Briasha Garner, Ashley Hartman, Makayla Hightshoe, Pamala Lankford, Alexis Prince, Bozena Wentland
Staff of the Quarter July-Sept. L to R: Dr. Brown with Rita Hart, Julie Theriot, Tiffany Whaley, Scott Payne , Diana Jackson
Not pictured: Emily Tuten, Jennifer Wright, Jason Boling, Ecco Ford
Staff of Quarter Oct-Dec. Seated L to R: Denise Hope, Mary Lindsey, Meghan Baliles Standing l-r: Dr. Brown with Christine Campbell, Felicia Martin, Carol Marie, Diana Jackson
NEWS

January 2022 Newsletter

A Note from Diana Jackson, CEO

Happy New Year to all of our Life Bridges Partners!

The New Year has brought many changes including: weather, retirements, and employment opportunities for many. The Life Bridges Team celebrated Lionel Scotton and Jackie Laginess as they both retired with 19 and 20 years of service, respectively. They will both be greatly missed and in many ways they are irreplaceable. They will remain a part of the Life Bridges family (we do not let go easily), as we plan to see them at future milestones and gatherings.

The future is bright with many employment opportunities for the people we support. The current job market has provided openings that companies have partnered with us to fill. It is common to speak with a person supported who is talking about what they plan to do with their new earnings. There are many challenges that we look forward to working through this year. Next month I will be sharing with you some successes in tough times.

Wishing you the best in 2022!
Our Annual Giving Campaign is ongoing and we welcome your contribution!
Life Bridges Partners – Thank you for believing in and partnering with us!

Lionel Scotton Retires

In recognition and appreciation for 19.5 years of dedication and caring service to the citizens of our community with intellectual disabilities. We celebrate your dedication as a Residential Director, Residential Supervisor and as a Direct Support Professional. Your concern and compassion for the staff and the individuals you support are an inspiration to us all.

We will miss you, Lionel!

2021 - Year in Photo Review. . .