Human Services

BrightStone, Inc.

  • Franklin, TN
  • www.brightstone.org

Mission Statement

BrightStone provides comprehensive work, social support, and future residential services for adults with special needs expanding their potential and helping them develop mentally, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.

Main Programs

  1. Job Training
  2. Life Long Learning and Independent Skills
  3. Health and Wellness
  4. Therapeutic Program
  5. Enterprise
Service Areas

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Tennessee

We are located in Middle Tennessee in the historic town of Franklin, in Williamson County. The majority of our adults reside in Davidson and Williamson Counties; however, we serve adults from several other surrounding counties. This serene country environment provides an excellent setting for our adults who enjoy living in peaceful and calm surroundings. We are, however, close to the busy city life of Nashville giving our adults many opportunities for work, social support, and an active life!

ruling year

1999

Principal Officer since 1999

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Mrs. Brenda Hauk

Keywords

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Adults with developmental disabilities; job training; adults with special needs; day program for adults who are developmentally disabled; learning center for adults with special needs; Williamson, Davidson, Robertson, Maury, Rutherford

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EIN

62-1783260

 Number

1973462498

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Recent accomplishments: I. Due to an increased need for services, BrightStone implemented a strategic plan for future growth. Led by our Board of Directors, Five Planning Teams were established: 1) Operations Team, 2) Fund Raising Team, 3) Licensure and Legislation Team, 4) Land Acquisition Team, and 5) Build Out Team. Each team consists of a staff team leader, one or more Board members, and one or more volunteer community professional support. Twelve months were spent working on specific assignments which culminated in reports being given at a Board Retreat. After working with our county and our above-mentioned teams, BrightStone purchased property with the vision of building a new campus on which to provide full 24/7 program services for our adults in a safe and secure learning environment. County entitlement to build our new campus facility has been attained. We have completed a 5-year proforma with capital and operating cost projections including a transitional period and an occupancy projection. We are currently managing the acquired property, conducting an intensive awareness campaign and preparing for a future capital campaign. II. BrightStone's Health and Wellness Program has expanded to include a walking program, called ""BrightStone Striders"" and a therapeutic yoga program - all to enhance the quality of life of the adults we serve. III. To further enable BrightStone's job training opportunities as well as our social enterprise program, a new lead teacher was secured to oversee a new job training area in Packaging and Fulfillment. This was the result of the success of our new consumable dry-mix training room. The hand-mixed products are now packages and orders fulfilled - all by students working at their own level of independence. BrightStone's own product packaging denotes our brand and shares our mission as the products are sold at several retail stores. BrightStone received a Consumer and Industry Services Permit from the State of Tennessee as a Food Manufacturer (TCA 53010103; Permit No. 049725).IV. Though BrightStone had reached maximum capacity in the adult population that we serve, by adding the new job training area, we were able to add 4 new students. By taking students off the waiting list and into our program, we are able to bring joy to our students and confident relief to their families. Goals for 2016 include: 1. Land Development - preparation of the land for the future construction. This includes attaining appropriate county approvals, completion of architectural drawings, renditions, and concepts; securing appropriate engineers and construction company.2. Funding - Develop fundraising strategies that will sustain future growth by focusing on annual giving, and encouraging major and planned gifts; preparing for a future capital campaign, and restructuring the development department under the leadership of a Director of Advancement. 2. Community Relations, Communications & Marketing - Increase awareness of BrightStone through tours, participation in community and corporate events; use public relations and social media to bring greater awareness of our fundraising benefits, donor appreciation events and availability of BrightStone's student-crafted products. 3. Education - Enhance our understanding of the broad needs of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities by joining hands with nation-wide organizations trying to meet this need on a national scale.4. Programming - Continue to provide the best programs in Tennessee for adults with special needs by sustaining our excellent program of learning, living, and growing as individuals as well as our therapeutic program helping the adults attain their highest level of independence. This will be accomplished by hiring excellent staff to provide direct service to each individual and by attaining the necessary funds to bring about change and success. We are looking forward to celebrating the next few years as BrightStone continues to grow and expand. The provision of full-life services on a learning campus remains our vision, and the need is critical.

Programs

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Program 1

Job Training

BrightStone adults learn job skills and productive work habits in a work-based learning program. Their strengths are determined, goals are established, and tasks are broken down into steps. Students are provided job coaching and training as they learn to complete a task, stay at their work station, respond appropriately to their supervisor--all while completing a hand crafted product which becomes part of BrightStone's enterprise, with all funds returning to the program of services. Our current hand crafted products include: ceramics, painted terra cotta clay pots or other decorative pieces, and consumable dry mixes.

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Program 2

Life Long Learning and Independent Skills

BrightStone adults are encouraged to continue their lifelong learning, just as any other adult in the non-disabled world. A variety of classes are offered in such areas as nutrition and cooking, health and physical wellness, daily living skills, computer skills, functional academics, art, crafts, social awareness, and community involvement. The adults learn skills that will help enhance their lives and give them the skills to achieve their highest level of independence.

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Health and Wellness

BrightStone adults are provided the opportunity to participate in physical exercise both at our facility and in the community. A physical therapist (PT) provides an initial evaluation which determines their area of strength, weakness, and tolerance level. That information is the basis for individual exercise plans for each adult. A PT assistant or a physical trainer works with each adult in small groups to implement the exercise plan developed by the PT. The students go to the YMCA two times each week while the PT assistant has classes at BrightStone two or three times weekly. The adults also participate in therapeutic yoga twice each week and Special Olympics every year. A full time nurse is on staff to assist with any health or medical need as well as medication administration. The wellness program consists of classes in nutrition, dental hygiene, general physical care, etc; a walking program called "BrightStriders"; and weekly food selection for their own menu.

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Therapeutic Program

BrightStone has an emphasis on providing a variety of therapies which assist each adult to reach their highest potential. Some of the therapies provided in addition to physical therapy are music therapy, pet therapy, art therapy, along with individual opportunity for waiver funded language therapy and occupational therapy. BrightStone is a fieldwork site for doctoral Occupational Therapy students from Belmont University, thus bringing new insight and opportunities for our students and learning for our teaching staff.

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Enterprise

The products hand made by BrightStone adults are sold at local crafts fairs and at select retail outlets in Franklin and Nashville. Our BrightStone adults assist with production and packaging of the products. They are very proud of their accomplishments! The proceeds from the sale of products return directly back into the cost of programming.

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Service Areas

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Tennessee

We are located in Middle Tennessee in the historic town of Franklin, in Williamson County. The majority of our adults reside in Davidson and Williamson Counties; however, we serve adults from several other surrounding counties. This serene country environment provides an excellent setting for our adults who enjoy living in peaceful and calm surroundings. We are, however, close to the busy city life of Nashville giving our adults many opportunities for work, social support, and an active life!

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

BrightStone has the following needs:(1) $31,000 to complete funding for a new bus to transport our students to and from their homes and BrightStone as well as to and from the community for activities and involvement (2) $10,000 for our Scholarship Fund to help adults be able to attend BrightStone who have no other place they would like to go each day. (3) Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated and help provide needed resources not covered by tuition allowing us to provide a wide variety of programs including health and wellness, therapeutic activities and exercise programs, all supervised by our full-time registered nurse. (4) Volunteers to assist teachers and students in areas such as job training, computer skills, functional academics, field trips, and special events. We need volunteers with skills to help maintain our property involving fencing, mowing, carpentry, electrical, landscaping, etc. To inquire about volunteer opportunities, please contact Bekah Hart at 615-790-4888 ext 104.

Accreditations

Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities

Affiliations + Memberships

Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network

Williamson County Chamber of Commerce

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BRIGHTSTONE INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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BrightStone, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Brenda Hauk

BIO

Master of Education, Peabody School of Education, Vanderbilt University. Bachelor of Music, Baylor University. Special Education teacher, 12 years in Texas, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. Founder and Developer of Williamson County Schools Transition Program, called the JOBS Program, matching special needs students with local job opportunities in Williamson County schools. Trainer and Coach for TN State Special Olympics. Teacher Trainer for special education programs in local churches.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Everyone needs a reason to get up in the morning and something of value to do! We all value ourselves by the accomplishments that we make each day, and so do our BrightStone adult students. Individuals with intellectual and developmental challenges not only can work, they greatly enjoy working. BrightStone provides options, support, and opportunities so these adults can live a valued life at their highest potential with respect and dignity in a caring and loving environment. Our ultimate goal is to provide whole life programming, assistance, and learning for our adults 24/7 including a program of vocational training and job opportunities, social and community activities, life and functional learning, a full program of individualized therapeutic opportunities, and much-needed supervised residential options. We recently purchased property in Franklin and look forward to building a new campus to accomplish this goal! To live as they want, where they want, with whom they want while participating in activities and jobs they like is a lofty and determined goal of our staff, our families, and our adults themselves! This new and innovative campus will be the means toward this goal. Job skills in such areas as horticulture, crafts, hospitality will be taught in a facility built to meet their individual learning styles as well as their physical and health requirements. Our new campus will also host an equestrian center for therapeutic horseback riding and animal care. Other therapies will be provided in this state-of-the-art facility, such as aquatic therapy, physical therapy, language therapy, and behavioral therapy along with augmented communication methods. This is a huge vision and will take a huge community of caring people to make it happen! We are very excited about the future of BrightStone and the quality of life it affords these very deserving and hard working citizens who want to contribute - they just need the chance! Many donors have helped BrightStone reach its current successful status. We are very grateful to this giving community made up of so many, many people who care, and we look forward to a future of partnering together to provide a place of hope, a program of work and dignity, and a culture of positive success!"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Don Stinnett

HCA, Chief Controller "Retired"

Term: May 2016 - May 2017

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