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SRVS Joins State Employment Leadership Initiative

Three Shelby Residential and Vocational Service (SRVS) leaders will participate in the state Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities’ (DIDD) newly launched mentorship program, which aims to increase employment rates and opportunities for people with disabilities.

Tyler Hampton, executive director, Troy Allen, director of employment services and community employment, and Felicia Robinson, director of community services and outreach supports, all were chosen for the Tennessee Employment First Leadership Initiative (TEFLI) and will serve as subject matter experts.  

The goal of TEFLI is to recruit experts from organizations across the state who will provide consultation and mentoring to other disability services providers. SRVS was selected for its work and leadership demonstrated in transitioning the agency to a fully integrated and inclusive community employment model.

“TEFLI’s intent is true community membership and the same opportunities for people with disabilities as those without,” Hampton said.

In addition to SRVS, leaders from St. John’s Community Services, also in Memphis, and Core Services in Johnson City, Tenn. are participating in TEFLI.

“TEFLI allows organizations around the state to have the opportunity to collaborate and be mentored to with agencies that have gone through transformation of closing sheltered workshops to increase competitive and integrated employment for person supported,” Robinson said.

All participants will receive training from federal Employment First experts from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, and will be paired with other agencies in the state to offer support and resources. The new mentorship program is scheduled to run for five years and an estimated 1,200 people supported in DIDD programs will be reached.

“I am completely honored to be part of this initiative,” Allen said. “This allows me to put my 30-years of experience in disability services to work in a way that will undoubtedly help hundreds, if not thousands of people. I honestly believe this wave of systematic change is a human rights movement, and I'm proud to be a part of such needed and important work.”

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Barzizza honored during special presentation at SRVS’ 20th annual Sparkling Nights

Germantown Alderman John Barzizza was presented a commemorative plaque and wine bottle for his years of service during Shelby Residential and Vocational Services’ (SRVS) 20th annual Sparkling Nights fundraiser, held Aug. 11 at Hilton Memphis.

Barzizza’s commitment to SRVS spans more than two decades. When he first became a SRVS volunteer in the late 1990s, his son, John, was supported by SRVS. His other son, Justin, also was supported in SRVS’ residential program. Determined to find a way to raise money for the group that helped his family, Barzizza and SRVS board members founded the Spirit of SRVS auction, food and wine tasting fundraiser. The event name was later changed to Sparkling Nights in 2016.

“I wanted to give back,” said Barzizza, who also sits on SRVS’ Board of Directors. “SRVS has made a major difference in my sons’ lives.”

The first Spirit of SRVS was a success, Barzizza recalled, with nearly 100 people attending and approximately $10,000 raised. Twenty years later, the event continues to grow and attracts more than 700 attendees and raises an average of $200,000 each year.

Sparkling Nights is SRVS’ largest fundraiser of the year and has raised more than $2 million to support SRVS programs, including children’s services, residential supports and employment. SRVS is the state’s largest provider of services for people with disabilities and provides services to more than 1,600 annually.

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SRVS receives Person-Centered Excellence Accreditation

Highlighting its achievements in quality and care, SRVS has been awarded a four-year, international Person-Centered Excellence Accreditation from CQL | Council on Quality and Leadership. SRVS’ Kids and Families program also earned accreditation for the first time and is the only pediatric program in the region to be awarded the designation.

CQL is an internationally recognized accrediting body and not-for-profit leader that designs progressive practices and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and people with mental illness.

The accreditation is a testament to SRVS as being the best organization in the region for helping people with disabilities, said SRVS executive director Tyler Hampton. SRVS is the state’s largest provider of services for people with disabilities and helps more than 1,600 people annually.  

“CQL accreditation recognizes the dedication of our staff, and the commitment SRVS has to utilize the best practices in all our services,” Hampton said. “I am very proud that SRVS Kids and Families is the first pediatric program in the region to be accredited by CQL. It confirms that SRVS operates high-quality programing for children and does it in a very person-centered way, looking at each child individually and tailoring their care to the needs of the family.”

To qualify for accreditation, SRVS showed proficiency in Person-Centered Planning, Quality and Accountability and Supports and Services. As of July 1, the latest figures, 333 agencies in the United States have been accredited. Agencies in Australia, Canada and Ireland also earned accreditation by CQL.  

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