McNabb Center hosts Evening of Hope

Don Rogers, left, and Penney Rogers, right, were honored Thursday night for their support of The McNabb Center.

The McNabb Center held its Evening of Hope event on Thursday, Aug. 12 at The Country Club in Morristown to recognize Don and Penney Rogers.

Rogers, upon being honored, also honored the McNabb Center’s work on trying to help women out of incarceration and provide them hope.

“The Jail to Work program has saved the county more than $700,000 by not having to pay for the costs of incarceration,” Rogers said.

Andy Smith and Doyle Wallace spoke about the impact the Rogers family has had on the community and their commitment to serving.

Jerry Vagnier, CEO of the McNabb Center, and Raneika Greenlee, diversion/re-entry co-occuring services coordinator for the McNabb Center, spoke about McNabb’s mission to improve lives by serving those with the most need and fewest resources.

The McNabb Center works with nearly a dozen local employers to give access to employment opportunities to women in the Jail to Work program.

The McNabb Center is continuing to expand in the Hamblen County region and will soon open a Crisis Stabilization Unit.

The McNabb Center was thrilled to bring back this event after taking a year off during the pandemic.

The Evening of Hope benefits McNabb Center programming and services in Hamblen County.

The man of honor, Don Rogers, came to Morristown from New Jersey and established Rogers Petroleum in 1980.

Since then, the company has grown into the leading petroleum wholesale distributor within the Southeastern market.

Personally, and professionally, the Rogers family is committed to supporting the local community.

“Don and Penney embody the McNabb Center’s mission; improving the lives of the people we serve,” said Sharon Reid, McNabb Center’s senior director of Hamblen County services. “They have been long-time supporters of the Center and the entire Morristown community and they make a positive impact on our work.”

The McNabb Center’s clinic in Morristown offers numerous services, including mental health care for children, families and adults; intensive outpatient substance use treatment for adults and adolescents; pre-arrest diversion programming, which includes the Jail to Work program and Crisis Intervention Team training; recovery housing; a Crisis Stabilization Unit; and the Youth Emergency Shelter.

As part of the Evening of Hope’s festivities, ColorTech announced an additional $5,000 donation to support the center’s services.