SRVS' 55th Anniversary

To celebrate our  55th Anniversary, SRVS recognized founding leaders who made this work possible. Gathered for the first time in recent years were children, widows and representatives of pioneers from the 60s and 70s who created a disability service network in Memphis.
Focused on Education, Employment and Residence for people with disabilities, all goals were eventually addressed through SRVS and continue today.
~Disability Pioneers Who Helped Create SRVS~
Milton Embry  ♦  Mercer West ♦ Civitan International ♦ Dorothy Wilson ♦ Diana & Charles Crump
♦ City of Memphis/Memphis Housing Authority/Housing and Community Development  ♦
United Way of the Mid-South ♦ Thomas James
Knights of Columbus ♦ Shelby County Government ♦ Kiwanis International


~Representatives of the SRVS Pioneers~

Diana Bedwell of the United Way of the Mid-South & Timothy Saffold of Memphis Housing Authority/Housing and Community Development 

Shelby County Commissioner Willie Brooks

Amy  Koch, Civitan President 2017

Frances Metheny, daughter of, & Frances James, widow of Thomas James

Betsy Kelly, daughter of William Embry, and Marion Hammer &  Bette Bush, daughters of Mercer West

Carole West, daughter of Dorothy Wilson

Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Crump, Son of Diana & Charles Crump
Dianne Polly, Regional Kiwanis Club Board Chair

John King, Knights of Columbus Foundation President
As part of the 55th Anniversary, SRVS met the First Tennessee Challenge with $30,810.
Thanks to all donors, First Tennessee President  of West Tennessee Region Bo Allen and Foundation’s Alana Hu presented a check for $25,000!

SRVS Choir set the tone with “What the World Needs Now”, Longtime SRVS supporter and Pastor of Longstreet United Methodist Church , Tondala Hayward, motivated all with a call to compassion, and youngest guest  Reid Simmons charmed the crowd, here with mom Hallie and Dinah Montague RN for SRVS Kids & Families.


Thanks to their vision and determination, today SRVS supports 1,600 people with disabilities each year with a continuum of care from  birth to end of life. ….SRVS Kids and Families provides an inclusive preschool and therapies for  394 children, community employment places  170 workers with training and employment at 50 companies, and adults live at 70 residential locations throughout the community.