On Monday, I traveled to Greeneville and had the opportunity to present Margi Story, East Tennessee Community Homes Director, with the DIDD Extraordinary Performance Award. Margi responded to an immediate need in the Middle Tennessee region for assistance in opening DIDD’s first four Middle Tennessee Community Homes. As the department expert in these endeavors, she responded to a request for this assistance that was made on a Friday evening, requiring her presence and expertise immediately. She did not hesitate and promptly drove nearly five hours to the Middle Tennessee region. During this time, she facilitated all preparations, implementations, and finalization of licensure requirements for the first four Middle Tennessee Community Homes. Due to her dedication and expertise, a successful licensure certification was achieved. The first transition to a Middle Tennessee Community Home occurred on February 27th and was made possible because of her above and beyond work ethic.
This week, as Margi opened the final three ETCH homes, her tireless work ethic was once again on display.
During my trip, I also toured Rosewood, Pinewood and Newell homes at Greene Valley Developmental Center and had the opportunity to visit with some of people living there