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Journeys in Community Living is committed to supporting adults with intellectual disabilities in choosing and realizing their visions of where and how they live, work and socialize.
All persons with intellectual disabilities, regardless of the severity of their disabilities, should have the support necessary to:
Live healthy and secure lives
Work at meaningful jobs which they enjoy
Live in homes of their own with whom they choose
Have friends and other relationships in their lives
Participate in and contribute to their communities
JOURNEYS is a private, non-profit agency established in 1975 to provide residential and day services for adults with intellectual disabilities who live in Rutherford and Cannon Counties. It is funded in part by the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD), the United Way, the City of Murfreesboro and the Rutherford County Commission.
WHAT SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE?
1) Community Participation Services
This component provides the support necessary for our clients to become fully participating members of their communities. Persons are given the opportunity to use and develop their self-help, communication, socialization and functional academic skills in integrated community settings. Volunteer opportunities are also available.
2) Industrial Training
All participants are engaged in productive, paying work. Subcontracts are procured from area industries; and clients are trained in a variety of assembling, packaging, sorting, and salvaging, microfilming and other light industrial skills. Participants are paid according to Federal Wage and Hour regulations.
3) Job Training and Placement
Independent, competitive employment is the goal of this program. We locate appropriate jobs for the participants and provide necessary on-the-job training, free of charge to the employer. Small groups of clients are also placed in work crews in area industries with JOURNEYS supplying the supervisor.
4) Special Services
JOURNEYS strives to meet the special needs of all our participants and their families. Individuals receive yearly physical and dental evaluations and health services are arranged as needed. Physical, occupational and speech therapies are provided, as well as counseling and social work services. Former clients now in competitive employment are provided ongoing support and retraining help through our Follow Along Program. Retirement activities are also available for our Senior Citizens.
5) Residential Services
JOURNEYS believes in supporting the full integration of its clients into the community. It operates one group home for men and women and a Supported Living Program, where clients are maintained in their own homes with the help of residential staff.
Transportation is provided to and from our clients' homes, our day facility, and employment sites. We also provide transportation for shopping and recreational activities and for medical appointments.
- Vicki Baldwin
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