High Hopes Development Center is honored to have been awarded the designation as a 2018 Top Workplace!
The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an independent employee feedback survey administered by Energage, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement.
“Becoming a Top Workplace isn’t something organizations can buy,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “It’s an achievement organizations have to work for.” "But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day -- the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what's most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it's going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together." Claffey adds, "Without this sense of connection, an organization does't have a shot at being named a Top Workplace."
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Join us in congratulating Gail Powell, High Hopes Development Center Executive Director, on yet another leadership recognition by the Nashville Business Journal. Gail has already received two consecutive Williamson County Impact Awards for the difference she helps make in our community, and now she is receiving a Women of Influence award as well. Powell will be recognized at the February 9th Women of Influence award banquet at Gaylord Opryland. Mayor Megan Barry, a Women of Influence alum, will be the guest speaker at the event.
High Hopes is very thankful for the leadership and compassion of Mrs. Powell!
High Hopes was pleased to recently dedicate four new structures on the playground. Interactive playhouse structures have been custom-built by through funding from local businesses, to feature brightly-colored and whimsical portrayals of community landmarks including Moody’s Tire & Auto Service,Regions Bank, and the Franklin Theatre Presented by Morgan Stanley. Additionally, Karen’s House was constructed in memory of long-time board member, Karen Karcher.
Karcher served on the board at High Hopes from 2006 until her death in April 2015. She faithfully served as board secretary for four years. Through the generosity of friends and family, a lasting tribute to Karcher, “Karen’s House”, was constructed. Additionally, the HCA Foundation matched gifts given by employees of HCA where Karcher worked for many years. The bright, cheery structure includes a pint-sized kitchen and table & chairs and features canvas prints of some of Karcher’s photography on the interior walls. More than 50 guests were on hand for the dedication.
Children will learn about visiting their local bank as they “drive through” the new Regions Bank “branch” on the playground at High Hopes. Represented with the Regions logo and color scheme, children can also crawl through a tunnel into the neighboring structure. Regions’ Greater Williamson County Market President, Marty Martin, “loves the creativity” involved through this partnership. With Regions Bank’s mission aimed at making life better, the partnership is a natural fit.
Since 1944, Moody’s Tire & Auto Service, has served Williamson county as a full service automotive repair and tire center. And now in 2015, children with and without special needs will be able to drive up, fill up their pretend gas tank, and work on their car, wheelchair, or walker at the “new” Moody’s/Goodyear Tire Center on the High Hopes playground. Owner Jimmy Moody, as well as Goodyear representative Darrel Bumbalough, were quickly on board with this project to support the programs of the development center. High Hopes is honored to have this pillar of the Franklin community collaborate to bring fun and educational opportunity to all the children.
Nothing says downtown Franklin like the Franklin Theatre. Since the summer of 1937 when the marquee first illuminated Main Street, folks have had an enduring romance with the theatre. Princesses, dragons, teachers and doctors….where do you find all of these in one place? In the new “Franklin Theatre” on the playground at High Hopes Development Center! Thanks to the generosity of Morgan Stanley employees, the theatre proudly displays“Presented by Morgan Stanley” on the marquee and provides an incredible place for children with and without special needs to imagine and dream about their tomorrows together.
Following the desire of Morgan Stanley to be involved with the nonprofit in Franklin that serves over 500 children and youth annually, Client Service Associate Kyle Ashmore led the charge as employees raised the dollars needed to sponsor the play structure. Employees from all three Nashville-area branches gathered for a lunch concert by Grammy award-winning songwriter Tim Nichols. Nichols has been involved with High Hopes for almost 20 years and humbly shares his story and commitment to the organization. In addition to the concert, employees participated in an in-house silent auction. Not only did employees raise the needed funds, they gained new insights into their coworkers!
Because of the commitment of these local sponsors, hundreds of children will have the opportunity to dream big dreams whether on the stage of the “Franklin Theatre: Presented by Morgan Stanley”, learning to cook in the kitchen of Karen’s House, driving through the local Regions Bank branch or taking care of their “wheels” at Moody’s. Big dreams for an unlimited tomorrow, isn’t that what every child needs?