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Advocates for All

SJCS strongly believes that regardless of an individual’s circumstance, whether that be economic status, race, religion, age, mental or physical disability, sex, sexual orientation or identity⁠—the people we serve, our employees and those we encounter in the communities we serve, deserve the right and opportunity to live their best lives. Our video series Advocates for All, are compilations of candid, personal and in-depth interviews with individuals sharing their experiences, ideas, and thoughts on what it means to be an advocate, an ally, and a member of our incredibly diverse community.

We are St. John’s Community Services and we are Advocates for All!  

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“I’ve just felt that I’ve been able to have a positive impact on so many lives.” Eddie Allen, an…Read More

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“That’s just plain heroic” – Alan Thornton, President & CEO said of Belinda Kimble’s work…Read More

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“Just disregard the disability, they want to do the same things that we want to do…Read More

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“I’ve tried to create an environment where, firstly, if we try something that doesn’t work…Read More

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It was love at first sight. Not many people know their true life’s passion when they are 12 years…Read More

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Most of us have been on the receiving end of that message, and it seems like a small, easy act…Read More

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“We take individual goals and mash it up with some passion,” Precious Myers-Brown, Chief…Read More

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SMYAL is a 35-year-old organization that was founded in DC to stop the institutionalization of…Read More

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Did you know that 40% of homeless youth identify as LGTBQ, and in many cases…Read More

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Alex explains as a Trans person how choosing a place to work was based on more than just…Read More

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"When I was assigned the SHIFT training through Disability Cocoon a Technology Movement, I thought it would just be a simple course that I would complete and move on. The SJCS Martin location already has individuals that are supported by Enabling Technology, so I did not think that I had anything to learn. Boy, was I wrong! I have not been a supporter of Enabling Technology. I have been a supporter of “taking care of folks.” This statement is hard for me to admit, but it is the truth.

The “SHIFT” training opened my eyes of all the possibilities for the individuals we serve. They don’t need my care, they need my support. I have been in the field for almost 30 years and my mind set was always “ the individuals need care.” The individuals need opportunities to grow, make choices and be independent. They need opportunities to try and if they fail, the Enabling Technology will be in place to keep them safe. I sat down and reviewed a list of those individuals on my caseload. Many folks can grow, even excel with technology.

I've recently been enjoying some “alone time” after raising children for 23 yrs. Now, I pick the TV station or turn off the TV altogether and listen to music. I select my bedtime, and am not on another person’s schedule. I complete my chores, or leave them for the morning. Those are all my choices! The individuals we serve only experience alone time during sleep hours, and sometimes that is interrupted with bed checks for sleep aid equipment or implementing toileting schedules. Those interruptions are similar to nurses checks at a hospital. We all know that there is no rest at a hospital. These interruptions are every day! No wonder they nap in the day. Our schedule has affected every aspect of their lives, even sleep. The individuals we serve need to make their own choices! Enabling Technology will enable them to do just that.
This old dog has learned a new trick." -Wendy Bratton, SJCS Program Coordinator in Martin/Paris TN.
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When I was assigned the SHIFT training through Disability Cocoon a Technology Movement, I thought it would just be a simple course that I would complete and move on. The SJCS Martin location already has individuals that are supported by Enabling Technology, so I did not think that I had anything to learn. Boy, was I wrong! I have not been a supporter of Enabling Technology.  I have been a supporter of “taking care of folks.” This statement is hard for me to admit, but it is the truth. 

The “SHIFT” training opened my eyes of all the possibilities for the individuals we serve. They don’t need my care, they need my support. I have been in the field for almost 30 years and my mind set was always “ the individuals need care.” The individuals need opportunities to grow, make choices and be independent. They need opportunities to try and if they fail, the Enabling Technology will be in place to keep them safe. I sat down and reviewed a list of those individuals on my caseload. Many folks can grow, even excel with technology. 

Ive recently been enjoying some “alone time” after raising children for 23 yrs.  Now, I pick the TV station or turn off the TV altogether and listen to music. I select my bedtime, and am not on another person’s schedule. I complete my chores, or leave them for the morning. Those are all my choices! The individuals we serve only experience alone time during sleep hours, and sometimes that is interrupted with bed checks for sleep aid equipment or implementing toileting schedules. Those interruptions are similar to nurses checks at a hospital. We all know that there is no rest at a hospital. These interruptions are every day!  No wonder they nap in the day.  Our schedule has affected every aspect of their lives, even sleep. The individuals we serve need to make their own choices!  Enabling Technology will enable them to do just that.
This old dog has learned a new trick. -Wendy Bratton, SJCS Program Coordinator in Martin/Paris TN.
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Awesome young lady. Always there for whoever, whenever and whatever needs to be done. Down to earth and can calm somebody's nerves over any situation. Whenever she says, ok listen, this is what we are gonna do....., then you know she has remedied your situation!! Simply the best. Better than all the rest.

You're so amazing Wendy Johnson Bratton!!! They are so blessed to have you supporting them. You are able to touch people with your kindness and compassion. Thank you for everything you do. 🥰

Well said

Go Wendy!!

Go Wendy Bratton!!! 💖💖

Way to go Wendy!

Wendy Johnson Bratton is simply one of the best for the above and hundreds of other reasons!!!! ❤️❤️

Absolutely true and Wendy you are beautiful inside and out!!

Yessssss Wendy Johnson Bratton !!!❤️🙌

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Advancing Community During a Time of Crisis

We are all experiencing the effects of isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic and realizing how very important personal connections are especially in a time of uncertainty. At SJCS our Mission is to advance inclusive communities, however, the new norm of social distancing we are having to re-imagine what that means. On a daily basis we are leveraging technology to connect the people we support with their loved ones and vital services and therapies. If there is one thing this world health crisis is teaching us, it is how very important a sense of community is, even if we have to rethink and change the way we connect with each other while apart.

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