A special Valentine’s Day

Posted on Monday, February 18, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Manager Scott Fream and his team at Gondolier Italian Restaurant and Pizza, Jefferson City, gave more than love this Valentine’s Day.
Sunrise Community of Tennessee is an agency that provides assistance and support to adults with a wide range of intellectual and physical disabilities. There are four residential living centers in Jefferson City and Morristown.
Gondolier Restaurant made sure that it was a special Valentine’s Day. Sunrise Community is a national leader in providing residential and living skills to people with disabilities and makes sure that each service recipient is treated with compassion, dignity, respect, and prides itself on creating community relationship.
At Gondolier, each individual attending the celebration has a wide range of special needs. They were given an opportunity to interact with peers and the community in a warm environment and with great food.

Sunrise staff members Brandon Fannie, Wesley Davis, Vicki Cashen, Darin Cobbs, team leader Shannon Garland, Shauna Proffit, Robin Snell and Gondolier manager, Scott Fream

The nine individuals with disabilities actively participated in receiving valentine’s cards and enjoyed fellowship. Eight direct support staff members and the area’s team leader, Sharon Garland, enjoyed the meal and watched the skill building of self-advocacy from several individuals. Mr. Fream dedicated a personal server to the Sunrise Community’s group. Food, fun and friendship were had by all.
Mother Theresa once said,

“to keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.”

Between staff from Gondolier and staff from Sunrise Community, this special day gave nine individuals bright smiles and a reason to keep shining and to always look forward.

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