Upcoming Events – January 2023

Image of a wintery scene with fluffy textured fur and a white mug with a dark colored orange slice and brown sprinkled marshmallows on top. The mug is sitting on the edge of a light brown surface and two sliced oranges are placed on it's left. Pathfinder's branded graphic with tagline is centered on the mug. Yellow and red text, "UPCOMING EVENTS," is on the right of the image on a faded dark background with gold lights.

Check out what’s happening in your area by visiting our Community Calendar and begin your journey with events that enhance your life experiences.  Also, follow us on social media to stay up to date with events in the disability community.

Besides our helpline and website, Pathfinder helps answer the question, “Where are the resources?” through virtual learning opportunities. We are excited to have the following two webinars scheduled in February with more to come in future months.

Since housing is one of the top needs expressed by individuals we serve, we are spotlighting the programs Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) offers to help meet those needs. Then, three weeks later we’re kicking off our new series, “A Guided Journey to Prepare for the Future.” More details about each webinar and links to register are below. Registration is required.

 

Finding and maintaining affordable housing can be a challenging journey for Tennesseans with disabilities. Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) aims to address these challenges through various programs. Attend this webinar to learn more.

 

Preparing for the future can be overwhelming for individuals with disabilities and their families. Tennessee Center for Decision Making Supports provides resources and support to help navigate the planning process. Attend this webinar to learn more.

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Fit 4 Life is back with the new 2023 Spring session. The program will begin the week of February 20th and run through April 22nd. This free 9-week program will empower athletes to lead a healthier lifestyle through fitness, nutrition, and mental wellness coaching.

Locations expected to host programming below: Nashville, Franklin, Brentwood, Hendersonville, Spring Hill, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Memphis, Johnson City

Registration and volunteer links will go live on the Special Olympics Tennessee website and emailed by January 23rd, 2023. For questions, please contact the program administrator Natalee Kamau at nkamau@specialolympicstn.org.

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SAVE THE DATE!
February 16, 2023, at 6 p.m.

Join The Healing Arts Project, Incorporated (HAPI) for a night of fun and as they celebrate HAPI’s 13th Annual Phoenix Art Gala to support local artists in addiction and mental health recovery.

This year, HAPI partnered with the Murder Mystery Company to bring the ultimate murder mystery experience, Midnight at the Masquerade: It’s Time to Take Off the Mask.

A silent auction will feature work from various Tennessee artists in recovery, and dinner will be served. Just one click away! Get ready to Take Off the Mask!!! Get your tickets now by clicking the RSVP.

Participants are encouraged but not required to wear masquerade attire.

For more information visit HAPI’s website.

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Disability Day on the Hill is a chance to gather as a community and take part in the legislative process. This year, Tennessee Disability Coalition (TDC) announces the Tennessee disability community will be heading down to the capitol in-person on Wednesday, March 8th 9am-2pm CT. There will be plenty of opportunities to participate, advocate and celebrate virtually too!


The theme for DDH 2023 is “My Tennessee Life.” With a slight nod to our Tennessee Queen, Dolly Parton’s “My Tennessee Mountain Home;” highlighting how living with a disability in Tennessee is very different than other states. Heading into DDH 2023, TDC asks that you share your unique Tennessee disability experiences to help others understand why we advocate…to make Tennessee a better place for ALL to live.

Check out this video from TDC that gives a rundown of the events. Stop by their event page for more information.