Journeys in Community Living
1130 Haley Road
Murfreesboro TN 37129
Mission Statement
Journeys in Community Living is committed to supporting adults with disabilities in choosing and realizing their visions of where and how they live, work and socialize.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. George Cunningham
Co-CEO/Executive Director Frances Cook
Board Chair Mrs. Barbara Turnage
Board Chair Company Affiliation MTSU
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1975
Former Names
Rutherford County Adult Activity Center
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $5,129,079.00
Projected Annual Revenue $5,075,306.00 (2018)
Mission Journeys in Community Living is committed to supporting adults with disabilities in choosing and realizing their visions of where and how they live, work and socialize.

Journeys in Community Living was established in 1975 as the Rutherford County Adult Activity Center. A name-change occurred in August 2011 to better align the organization’s name with its evolved missions.

Rutherford County Adult Activity Center was a good name 38 years ago, when the organization operated primarily as a day care & recreational center, but it is far more than that now, and the individuals here have led the way.

It is now understood that people with disabilities can:

· Work in regular jobs and be taxpaying citizens

· Live in their own homes in regular neighborhoods

· Be good neighbors and friends

· Give back to the community through volunteer work

· Make decisions about where they live and work

Throughout all these years and the changes they’ve brought, it was the people being supported who have led this journey. Their abilities, their interests and most importantly their dreams and aspirations are what paved the way forward. They continue to lead us even further into the future today!

And while it is difficult to predict where they will be heading over the next several decades—other than more into the community—a few things are certain. The people served by this organization will continue to amaze with their abilities; move and inspire with their courage; and bring joy to the daily lives of those around them.

The journey is never-ending!

1) live healthy and secure lives,
2) work at meaningful jobs which they enjoy,
3) live in homes of their own with whom they choose,
4) have friends and other relationships in their lives, and
5) participate in and contribute to their communities. To enrich the lives of persons with disabilities by increasing their community presence and the community's understanding of their abilities and contributions.
Our most significant accomplishments over the past year were to:
1) continued in our mission to locate and secure affordable housing for individuals we serve
2) continued to utilize our Healthcare Oversight Program to improve the health of all individuals we serve.
4) continued to increase community awareness of our agency and its mission through traditional and new media avenues.  
Goals: In the current year we wish to:
1) continue growing awareness of our agency and its mission.
2) improve staff retention by creative floater positions that allow more flexibility in staffing schedules
3) acquire community employment for several more our clients and
4) improve our program funding by expanding our grant application and fund-raising efforts.
Over the next year, we need to:
1) improve our financial situation. We need to fully recover from seven years without rate increases from the state in order for employee salaries and benefits to become competitive. 
2) continue developing a quality workforce. We must evaluate and enhance our training and development program to ensure that only the most qualified candidates are hired to aid the individuals we serve. 
3) increase awareness of our program. We need to take all possible steps to increase awareness and distinguish our program. This includes, among other things, developing and updating PR materials, conducting open houses, submitting information to media outlets, improving social media other online efforts. 
4) grow our program in an intelligent manner. We will need to continue developing our supported employment business model, as well as our Semi-Independent Living residential program, Family Based residential services, and Personal Assistance programs. 
5) update our equipment and facilities. In order to deliver services in the most efficient manner possible, we must replace outdated equipment. We must also consider our long-term facility needs within the framework of program expansion. 
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Mail check or donate online at, phone donations, in-kind donations, volunteer in office or help planning fundraising events. Our greatest need is monthly donors to sustain our workforce development and healthcare appointment schedules for our participants.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
Secondary Organization Category Employment / Employment Preparation & Procurement
Tertiary Organization Category Health Care / Health Support
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Cannon
TN - Rutherford
  • Rutherford County, including Murfreesboro, Smyrna, La Vergne and all unincorporated areas of the county
  • Cannon County, including Woodbury and all unincorporated areas of the county 

·      Long Term Success: Participants in our residential program receive the services they need to live safely and as fully and independently as possible in the community of their choice.


·      Short Term Success: Participants learn or improve individual homemaking skills like housekeeping, money management, cooking and recreation.


·      Monitoring Success: each participant chooses the skills they wish to learn or improve, and progress is monitored monthly and reviewed yearly at their individual planning meeting. The overall quality of agency services is monitored through an annual quality evaluation provided by the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Satisfaction surveys by the individual and the individual’s family are also done yearly



·      Examples of Program Success: 1) an individual moved from a state institution into a small 3-person supported living home. At the time of her moved she exhibited numerous behavior problems and had serious unaddressed health issues. She now takes care of her home (shops, helps cook her meals, cleans and does her own laundry), participates in her community through volunteer work and holds down a part time job. 2) Another individual lived at home with his elderly parents who provided him with total care but gave him no access to community activities or outside friendships. He now rents his own home with two other housemates, cares for his own personal needs, is active recreationally and has a large group of non-family friends.

Budget 2801183
Population Served , ,

 ·      Short Term Success: participant finds employment in their chosen field


·      Long Term Success: participant maintains employment throughout program year, learning new skills and receiving positive job evaluation



·      Monitoring Success: each participant chooses the vocation goal and progress is monitored monthly and reviewed yearly at their individual planning meeting. The overall quality of agency services is monitored through an annual quality evaluation provided by the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Satisfaction surveys by the individual and the individual’s family are also done yearly


Example of Program Success: 1) participant maintains employment at a local health care center for over 20 years, receiving employee of the year award, 2) individual who is deaf and blind achieves employment at a local restaurant assembling record number of pizza boxes per hour.
Budget 41487
Population Served , ,

·      Short Term Success: Participants have access to primary care physicians and specialists who provide treatment for their complex physical and mental health needs.


·      Long Term Success: participants maintain or improve their health so that they can fully participate in their community


·      Monitoring Success: In addition to our annual Quality Survey through the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, our registered nurse reviews each participant’s comprehensive record to ensure that medial follow through(appointments, assessments medication administration, etc.) has been completed timely and consistently


·      Examples of Success: 1) an individual with serious mental health issues and chronic health problems is now working part time at a local restaurant and living semi-independently in her own home, 2) an individual with diabetes has not stabilized and able to work and volunteer in the community.

Budget 296574
Population Served , ,

·      Short Term Success: Participant explores his/her surrounding community, discovering recreational, employment and volunteer options


·      Long Term Success: participant becomes functioning and valued member of his/her community through increased autonomy, volunteer work and friendships.


·      Monitoring success:   each participant chooses the skills they wish to learn or improve, and progress is monitored monthly and reviewed yearly at their individual planning meeting. The overall quality of agency services is monitored through an annual quality evaluation provided by the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Satisfaction surveys by the individual and the individual’s family are also done yearly


Examples of Success: An elderly woman who lived in a state institution for 40 years is now a member of a local senior citizen center, where she has developed friends and goes on community trips. She has leaned to order food in a restaurant, deposit and cash her pay checks and make doctor appointments.
Budget 609350
Population Served , ,
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Barbara Turnage
Company Affiliation MTSU
Term Aug 2015 to Aug 2018
Board Members
Mr. Teb Batey Voting
Mr. Justin Bucchio Voting
Ms. Amy Byers Voting
Dr. James Calder Voting
Ms. Clarice Flint Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Lynn Foster Voting
Mr. Joey Gray MTSUVoting
Ms. Beverley Hamblin Voting
Mr. Rob Jacobs Voting
Mr. Mike Long Voting
Ms. Kay Murphree MTSUVoting
Ms. Faye Northcutt-Knox
Ms. Lori Sain-Smith Voting
Ms. Loren Sanderson Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Trish Waldron Voting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Clarice Flint
Company Affiliation State Farm Insurance
Term Aug 2016 to Aug 2019
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Risk Management Provisions
Accident & Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance & Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Commercial General Liability & D and O & Umbrella or Excess & Automobile & Professional
Commercial General Liability & Medical Malpractice
Computer Equipment & Software
Crime Coverage
Directors & Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Employee Benefits Liability
Employment Practices Liability
General Property Coverage & Professional Liability
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Property in Transit & Off Premises
Special Event Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation & Employers' Liability
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. George Cunningham
Term Start Oct 2015
Co-CEO Frances Cook
Term Start June 1984
Former CEOs
Betty McNeely 1974 - Oct 2015
Full Time Staff 71
Part Time Staff 81
Volunteers 18
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 70%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 5
When was Strategic Plan adopted? Mar 2013
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? No
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Community Resource Center - Nashville2000
United Way Member Agency1980
Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce1978
Tennessee Network of Community Organizations (TNCO)1978
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network2000
Senior Staff
Title Assistant Director
Title Social Services Director
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $5,075,306.00
Projected Expenses $5,129,079.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Revenue$5,126,445$5,061,875$5,243,101
Total Expenses$5,260,600$5,048,266$4,995,411
Revenue Less Expenses($134,155)$13,609$247,690
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$46,000$46,000$103,500
Individual Contributions$22,289$109,188($36,649)
Investment Income, Net of Losses$835$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$9,078$16,246
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$59,900
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$4,204,887$4,114,052$4,118,636
Administration Expense$1,012,045$883,820$828,842
Fundraising Expense$43,668$50,394$47,933
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.971.001.05
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%81%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue27%20%22%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$1,488,344$1,702,186$1,720,320
Current Assets$1,127,592$605,951$1,179,351
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$289,377$371,554$403,297
Total Net Assets$1,198,967$1,330,632$1,317,023
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.901.632.92
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $49,363,963Program Revenue $4,808,869Program Revenue $4,982,618
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFederated Campaigns $93,358Contributions, Gifts and Grants $109,188Federated Campaign Revenue $136,178
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountLocal Government Grants $46,000Federated Campaigns $88,740Noncash Contributions $59,900
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Dec 2018
Solicitations Permit
2018 Solic. Permit Financial Comments
*This organization has officially changed their name to Journeys in Community Living, Inc. in 2012.
Financial figures taken from 990.
Financials prepared by Tim Montgomery, CPA, PLLC. 
Comments provided by Nicole Rose 04/05/2018.
Nonprofit Journeys in Community Living
Address 1130 Haley Road
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Primary Phone (615) 890-4389
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. George Cunningham
Board Chair Mrs. Barbara Turnage
Board Chair Company Affiliation MTSU
Year of Incorporation 1975
Former Names
Rutherford County Adult Activity Center

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