SRVS outing brings out the fun in Crosstown Concourse

SRVS outing brings out the fun in Crosstown Concourse

srvs outing brings out the fun 

in crosstown concourse

By Alden Zuck

The Mission at SRVS

To provide the services that people with disabilities need to live meaningful lives as members of their community. Our vision is a community that supports personal growth, happiness, options and opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.

The Joy was spread on their faces as SRVS took these wonderful people to places like McDonalds, Crosstown Concourse, and the Mall. It was their first time to enter into a place like the Concourse and they were amazed at the height, the history, museum, and all the little things to enjoy at the building.

SRVS does incredible things every single day as they strive to create an impact on the lives of those with developmental disabilities. Watch this video to truely experience the happieness that is brought upon these people through the work at SRVS.

Sparkling Nights

Join us for the 20th annual Sparkling Nights fundraiser on Aug. 11 at Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. You are invited to continue the magic of 20 years with food from some of Memphis’ finest restaurants and samplings of vintage wines from around the world. The event also includes a live and silent auction and musical entertainment by the SRVS Star Performers.

Tickets are $100 until Aug. 8. After Aug. 8, tickets may be purchased at the Hilton Memphis on Aug. 11 for $110.

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The Bass Pro Experience – SRVS Outing Explores The Pyramid

The Bass Pro Experience – SRVS Outing Explores The Pyramid

The bass pro experience 

sRVS outing explores the pyramid

By Duy Nguyen

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The Mission at SRVS

To provide the services that people with disabilities need to live meaningful lives as members of their community. Our vision is a community that supports personal growth, happiness, options and opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.

SRVS makes it a point to have participants in their program live life with the quality they deserve. Scheduled outings are a great way for individuals to just explore the city. I got to tag along as we scoured different areas of the city like Bass Pro and the Tennessee Welcome Center.

I got to know the ground I was with through just hanging out. Our group leader “Miss Cathy” was very engaged with everyone. Asking questions, seeing if the class knew colors or what was on a price tag. Getting feedback of things we were looking at and interacting makes an experience much more engaging and I think that is really important and I’m grinned seeing someone so caring leading the group around.

The Sparkling Nights fundraiser hosted by SRVS is coming soon in August, come out an support the #BeAmazing people of SRVS.

SRVS Outing – rebecca, Janie, and ethelirine

Sparkling Nights

Join us for the 20th annual Sparkling Nights fundraiser on Aug. 11 at Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. You are invited to continue the magic of 20 years with food from some of Memphis’ finest restaurants and samplings of vintage wines from around the world. The event also includes a live and silent auction and musical entertainment by the SRVS Star Performers.

Tickets are $100 until Aug. 8. After Aug. 8, tickets may be purchased at the Hilton Memphis on Aug. 11 for $110.

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SRVS Takes on Krystals, Bowling, and the Mall

SRVS Takes on Krystals, Bowling, and the Mall

SRVS takes on 
Krystals, bowling, and the mall
By Alden Zuck
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The Mission at SRVS
To provide the services that people with disabilities need to live meaningful lives as members of their community. Our vision is a community that supports personal growth, happiness, options and opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.

SRVS Outing – danny, andree, and josephine

I got the opportunity to go on an outing with SRVS and spend time with the wonderful people invovled.

Danny is halarious and loves to encourage and help others around him, Andree is shy at first but once he opens up he enjoys time with others, and Josephine is easy going a lover of coffee!

We had great time together as we had morning coffee (and sprite) at Krystals; headed over to go bowling and watch them win some strikes and spares; and then move on to the mall where we ate lunch together, explored the mall, and played games!

This organization is incredible with the way they serve their community, I hope you will join in on the Sparkling Nights fundraiser they have coming soon in August to continue to help and support the amazing ways they give back!

Sparkling Nights
Join us for the 20th annual Sparkling Nights fundraiser on Aug. 11 at Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. You are invited to continue the magic of 20 years with food from some of Memphis’ finest restaurants and samplings of vintage wines from around the world. The event also includes a live and silent auction and musical entertainment by the SRVS Star Performers.
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NeighborHOOD Reflection

NeighborHOOD Reflection

NeighborHOOD Reflection
By Britney Thornton // Guest Blogger

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So how much would it take to motivate you to work? Pause. $8.50. Insert mental gasp. Really? Yeah, my friends say that a job has to at least be paying $8.50 for them to apply.
My recent conversation with a real disenfranchised youth in Orange Mound definitely surprised me. Apparently the fight for $15 message has not made its way to Ethel Street–a formerly notorious street for all things not so positive near the core of historic Orange Mound. I could not resist wondering how many more people would be willing to settle for $8.50 per hour? How this amount meets the needs of an individual– let alone a family? How much of a difference $15 would make?

Stopping to say hey to a familiar face, I rolled down my window to speak to Tarik on Ethel Street. “You coming out to ride with us?” Reservation. “Naw I ain’t gonna rob you.” Confusion. “What? I didn’t say anything about robbing me!” “Oh I thought you said ‘You gone rob us?'”

In actuality, I met with some college students days prior who were interested in starting a small business–a lawn care service working with disenfranchised youth age 16-24 to be exact. Their ask of me as an “experienced” non-profit leader was to connect them to real people who could give more insight on what would motivate a young person to want to work in said business.

Always down to connect to current residents in Orange Mound, I agreed to assist. To chauffeur them around. Not really having a plan, I drove the University of Memphis and Southwest college students around looking for real people to talk to. Somehow, we ended up on Ethel Street and I recognized a familiar face I had called out to earlier on a bike ride to “come ride with us next time.”

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Why would he assume that I would ask “If he was going to rob me.” Though we enjoyed good conversation with the Orange Mound transplant, his inclination to assume the worst really touched me. What lived experiences made it natural for him to jump to this conclusion? Who did he see in me when I rolled down my window to speak to him? Who did I see when I decided to stop? What were the college students thinking throughout the interaction?

People watching is one of my most favorite hobbies. Humans are by far the most interesting creatures roaming the earth. So complex. So simple. So difficult. So willing. A mixed bag full of all things good and all things bad–I love us.

We walked away with more perspective. I was able to use Tarik’s input to write a story for my friend’s blog. The college students were able to strengthen their business plan. What Tarik got out of the interview, I am not sure? An opportunity to vent??

According to Merriam-Webster, reciprocity means “the practice of exchanging things with others for mutual benefit, especially privileges granted by one country or organization to another.” I’ll leave it up to you to decide how much good and how much bad came from our experience.

Just another neighborHOOD reflection.

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Britney Thornton is a native Memphian from Orange Mound.  Licensed social worker, licensed educator, and former law student. Britney has found her passion as a community organizer.  A graduate from Baylor University and the University of Pennsylvania, she enjoys eating good food and traveling to new countries.  Founder of the non-profit JUICE Orange Mound, Britney challenges systems of oppression by thinking of new and creative ways to address old issues.  Innovative, personable, and driven, Britney is determined to redevelop not only the beloved community of Historic Orange Mound but also the great city of Memphis, Tennessee.

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Lydia’s One Wish Made Reality // Make-A-Wish Foundation

Lydia’s One Wish Made Reality // Make-A-Wish Foundation

lydia’s one wish made reality
make-a-wish mid-south
By Alden Zuck

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Lydia is a fun and outgoing 6-year-old girl who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. She had one wish and that was to go on a trip to Hawaii! So Make-A-Wish Mid-South stepped in and decided to make her dreams come true. Raymond James’ Employees came together with Make-A-Wish and worked hard to raise the money to make her wish possible. During the week, Lydia was running errands with her parents, when they “stumbled” upon Raymond James decked in Hawaiian-themed decorations. Lydia was in for a surprise and they celebrated with hula dancers and cake!

Make-A-Wish Mid-South has kids who are diagnosed with critical illnesses reffered to them so that they can help grant their one true wish so that they can make it through the next stage of treatement or to have these memories last a lifetime. Now this does not happen by Make-A-Wish alone, in fact everything that they do is because of all of the people in the community that want to help out these kids!

The employees of Raymond James decided to all pull together and raise enough money for Lydia’s wish and they were able to see Lydia’s reaction at the reveal party when she realized that her wish was granted!

Lydia goes to hawaii!

Seeing lydia’s joy and excitement when opening her gifts and fully realizing that her dream is about to happen is encouraging to see first-hand that Make-A-Wish is truely making an impact on kids all over the place.

The great thing about this is that anybody can help! They need wish granting volunteers, event volunteers, companies, schools, individuals, businesses, clubs, volunteer groups, and any group of people who want to step in and join Make-A-Wish in any form or fashion!

“Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with critical conditions. Doctors diagnose one child every 20 minutes with a critical illness. Recent studies have shown that wishes provide long-term impact through increased emotional and physical health, making children more likely to overcome their conditions. Each year, Make-A-Wish Mid-South grants wishes for more than 275 children locally. The average cost of a wish is more than $8,000, and Make-A-Wish relies solely on fundraisers, corporate support, and donations from the public to transform lives, one wish at a time.

If you are looking for a way to help kids in Memphis then Make-A-Wish will create something specifically for you and what you are looking for.” (Make-A-Wish Mid-South Press Release)

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Entrepreneurship Empowerment Camp // The Urban League I know

Entrepreneurship Empowerment Camp // The Urban League I know

entrepreneurship empowerment camp

The urban league i know

By Jerome Robinson

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I remember in my early twenties seeing the Memphis Urban League for the first time.  I had no idea what it was or what it was about. It was there in my thirties, it was still there in my forties, and now I am fifty-one and I got a call to work on something for the Memphis Urban League.  I had no idea how to get started.  I knew nothing about them.  I googled them and I still didn’t learn much.  I got to meet the board of directors and the executive director and while they all seemed like really nice people, I still could not figure out who they really were.  Several race related issues hit the news and I expected to see someone from the Urban League in the news taking a stand, but that didn’t happen.  People around me talked and would give their opinions of what the Urban League was doing or in most cases not doing.  I sat down one day with executive director Tonja Sesley-Baymon and in my overly transparent way, I shared way to much of my personal story with her.  Tonja had a wall up around her, she seemed a little disconnected.  So I was starting to ask myself, who really is the Memphis Urban League and what do they do?

The JustMyMemphis Fun Crew started working on a new website for the organization and we shot some short videos to help promote them.  I was not there for the shoot, so while watching an interview of Tonja Sesley-Baymon I saw something I had not seen before.  Her “Why” showed up.  She had lost her brother.  He needed help, he wanted help, but ultimately he did not find the help he was looking for and as a result Tonja lost a brother, the community lost the gifts this young man was yet to share, and our city lost another piece of its soul.  But for Tonja, his lost would create a power that lives on today not just in her but in the Memphis Urban League.  For me, this was the moment I learned who and what the Urban League was all about.  So I went to work, looking for for stories to share about the work being done.  I had not seen the impact yet but now every time I step in their office I feel it.  There is a spirit of growth and development of those without voices, without hopes, and without directions.

The Fun Crew went behind the scenes of a program Mr. Barry Jackson had been working on.  Barry is the Workforce Economics & Development Specialist – Save Our Sons Facilitator for the Memphis Urban League and graduation was coming up for his Youth Entrepreneurship Empowerment program.
We spent a couple days at the Urban League headquarters just capturing what was going on with this group of young people that had devoted their summer to learning how to be entrepreneurs instead of just a summer of school break.  I wasn’t there to see the program in person.  The Fun Crew was though and the video below is the result.  I have to tell you, I am a fairly emotional guy at times.  My heart takes over and then come the tears.  I missed the lesson that guys don’t cry!  So when I saw this video for the first time, yes I got a little emotional.

Young entrepreneruship empowerment camp

This was the Urban League I know.  The work they do is changing lives, but almost no one could see that.  Not because it wasn’t being done.  But because our city, our communities, our world is so focused on the negative.  We are focused on talking about what isn’t getting done and as a result we miss the positive stuff happening right in front of us.  The young people that came to the Youth Entrepreneurship Empowerment Camp are talented young people but without the hope and polish and promise given to youth of other communities.  But at the Memphis Urban League these youth got coaching, training, styling, and then put in the spotlight.  The goal was to show them just a little of what is possible.  Give them a spark and allow it to blaze up into an amazing future.  This is the Memphis Urban League I know.  This is the organization that has been serving our city for 75 years.  I hope all of Memphis will look around and find ways to help support organizations like the Urban League.

At JustMyMemphis, the Fun Crew started asking this question one night over drinks, Whats Your Story?  Once I decided to ask that question of the Memphis Urban League, I realized that while we were not paying attention this organization was at the work of helping individuals and communities reach their full potential.  This is what a #BeAmazing organization looks like and I am so proud I get to help them in at least a small way!

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