"Edley's has a unique vibe, and we are proud to partner with Friends life, who help that vibe flourish. They do such an incredible job with mentoring and empowering individuals with special needs to be more independent. Friends Life creates an environment where those individuals can learn, grow, and work. Our own managers become better leaders when they partner with the friends because they become better communicators, and more effectively practice patience while working with individuals with diverse skills. Friends Life makes the world a better place and are proud to be a small part of that" -Chris Beckler, VP of Operations, Edleys
Tomorrow is the day! We are so excited for the endless smiles, tears, and "awe" that will come from this show. Those joining us are in for a treat and we cannot wait to share with you the stories of our amazing friends.
"I want the audience to feel happy and powerful when they watch my piece!" -Keonna, creator and performer of I Love You. Join us October 12 to follow the journey of personal growth and self-discovery as she finds her place as a true woman of power! You can purchase your tickets now at friendslife.org or by following the link in our bio!
Join us on Monday, October 28, 2019 for our 6th Annual Charity Golf Classic! We are delighted to return to the Governors Club in Brentwood, TN, for what we know will be another year of fantastic golfing and fun!
"My piece means that I get to show the audience what my mom meant to me. Dancing makes me feel happy and gives me energy!" -Kaylea, the creator and performer of The Kaylea Cooking Show Join us on October 12 to learn Kaylea's ingredients to a happy life. You can purchase your Advocacy Through the Arts tickets now at friendslife.org or by following the link in our bio!
Congratulations to Patsy Webb, employment and service learning specialist, for her official Certified Employment Support Professional certification through @universityofga! Patsy currently leads pre-vocational classes in the day program and provides one-to-one job coaching in the community. The CESP™ credential recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a sufficient level of knowledge and skill to provide integrated employment services to a variety of populations. #inclusiveemployment #friendslife #aplacetobelong #workingtogether #universityofgeorgia
Anna Claire is a featured artist for the October 12th Art Show at @BelmontUniversity @TrouttTheater Anna Claire's textured paintings are flooded with repetitive circles of color and dots that engage the viewer. Metallic rings of gold and silver make an appearance in moments, as do globs, spikes of color and repetitive loops in these vibrant, candy-coated landscapes of pattern and sculptural quality. Anna's art mirrors her lively and welcoming personality, where everyone around her is quickly greeted as soon as they walk in the door. She makes everyone feel valued and seen. See original works by Anna Claire and the other talented artists on October 12th at 3 PM - 7PM! The event is free and open to the public. Artwork and handcrafted merchandise will be available to purchase with proceeds benefiting the individual artists and Friends Life Community. #friendslife #advocacythroughthearts #originalart
"My favorite part was getting to wear a pretty dress and having my dad on stage with me!" -Randle, creator and performer of The Most Powerful Force in the Universe Join us October 12 to find out what truly is "The Most Powerful Force in the Universe" according to Randle. You can purchase your tickets now at friendslife.org or by following the link in our bio! #friendslife #aplacetobelong #advocacy #belmontuniversity
"The Right Talent, Right Now" Friends Life Community is proud to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Held each October, NDEAM aims to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. Throughout the month, we'll be engaging in a variety of activities to educate our community on disability employment issues and the role they play in fostering a disability-friendly work culture. #servicelearningandemployment #friendslife #aplacetobelong #employmentinclusion
Bradley is a featured artist for the October 12th Art Show at Belmont University Troutt Theater, Belmont University, Nashville On thick paper with graphite and ink, Bradley creates segmented hearts with buildings and machines, further divided by lines, dashes, crosses and small pools of color. Bradley's strong presence is one you cannot miss. He is a leader. Bradley is fully loved by his peers. With each day together, Bradley and his peers laugh, joke, and enjoy each others company. See original works by Bradley and the other talented artists on October 12th at 3 PM - 7PM! The event is free and open to the public. Artwork and handcrafted merchandise will be available to purchase with proceeds benefiting the individual artists and Friends Life Community. #friendslife #advocacythroughthearts #originalart
Friends Life’s Dance Ensemble took a break from performing this week to visit the Nashville Ballet! They got to tour the studios, see the costumes and sets, and watch a rehearsal. Thank you, Nashville Ballet, for being so welcoming! #dance #nashvilleballet #aplacetobelong #nashville #friendslife #studio
We had a blast at the Ensworth Special Olympics Sports Festival on Monday. Thank you Ensworth students and staff for motivating and encouraging us through so many fun activities! "My favorite activity was the dance party because I got to dance with staff and all of my friends!" - Kate, Friend #specialolympics #ensworthschool #aplacetobelong #nashville
"I enjoyed being an intern this summer. I have to say it was definitely an eye-opening experience for me. I enjoyed the community created there, and I think the organization really does make an impact on those who need it!" -Matthew, Opportunity Now High School Intern Friends Life not only gives everybody a place to belong, but it gives everyone a place to grow and feel empowered by the work that they do! If you are interested in getting involved with Friends Life, please reach out to our Director of Philanthropy, Lauren Zook! #OpportunityNow #FriendsLife #Nashville #aplacetobelong #internship
FLC’s Grooving with a Purpose took the show on the road and performed for one of our amazing community partners, Christ Presbyterian Church. Grooving with a Purpose builds confidence that transfers into everyday life and job skills. Shows are being booked through October-give us a call! #FriendsLife #aplacetobelong #dance #nashvilletn
The conversation throughout this week has been all around HYDRATION. Thank you, Alana, for spending the week with the Friends! We are so grateful for the Lipscomb Dietetic Internship program and the amazing people they send our way! Drink up everyone - it’s hot out there! #Friendslife #aplacetobelong #healthyways #hydration #lipscomb #lipscombuniversity #nashville
Baking Class is back in the kitchen! Baking all morning working on teamwork, functional literary skills, kitchen safety, and following instructions. The BEST part of the class is surprising folks with delicious homemade treats. Today’s delivery was super sweet! Thank you #midtownhillsprecinct for your service to our community! #FriendsLife #aplacetobelong #healthytreats #communitypartners