Celebrating SPARK Awards 2018 Nominees: Part 4

Celebrating SPARK Awards 2018 Nominees: Part 4

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been sharing some of the public nominations that were submitted for our cityCURRENT and WKNO produced televised awards show, The SPARK Awards. These are quotes from some of the public nominations we received; and these are all current “nominees” for the show, which honors organizations and individuals in 13 different categories, who are making a difference in the Mid-South. We’re sharing these stories to inspire each of us with the GOOD taking place here in our city.  

Wesley Living operates affordable housing for over 1,000 elderly families in Shelby County. The median income for families residing in our housing is $11,586 annually…Wesley Living Communities serve the most vulnerable of our senior population. We have developed cutting edge programing for the care of seniors in affordable housing which has brought national recognition. Senior programing at the properties has reduced the need for seniors to be institutionalized and instead allows them to age in place, saving money and allowing them to stay in the home they desire. A professional interdisciplinary staff of nurses, mental health professionals, and social workers connect residents with services so that they can maintain both independence and a high quality of life. Through partnerships with other organizations, Wesley Housing has been able to consistently house homeless elderly families providing them with not only a place to live but food, furniture, necessities such as sheets, towels, dishes, etc…Over the last three years, Wesley Living has made over $23 million in apartment renovations to ensure our seniors live in dignity…Wesley Housing has provided every property with transportation in the form of a van or bus and Wesley Living provides two drivers who full time operate buses to move residents to grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, theaters, zoos, events and more…We strive every day to provide dignity, and an excellent quality of life for Shelby County seniors of minimal means…”

Mrs. Karlisa Cryer is a returning member to the Mayor's Young Professional Council, she is currently serving as the Communications Chair and this is her second year on the council. She is a Memphis native. She grew up in the Whitehaven area and graduated from Whitehaven High School. She graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a Bachelor's degree in Communications and completed her Masters in Public Administration from Tennessee State University. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is a graduate of the New Memphis Embark program. She is a recent graduate of the Junior League of Memphis ‘LEAD’ program and she just completed the 2018 Nexus Mentoring class as a protege. Karlisa has been serving her community for years by volunteering with the YMCA Y Achievers, The Special Olympics, the Mayor's Young professional council, Soulsville USA, Westhaven Elementary, Girl Scouts Heart of the South, Usher's New Look, and the My Brother's Keeper Alliance to name a few organizations…She is currently a Communications Project Specialist at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In this role, she organizes community efforts for hospital employees. She is over the school supply drive for the Adopt-A-School Partner Bellevue Junior High, and she was one of the project leads on the MLK hygiene kit service opportunity for The Mission, and she continues to connect internal departments with opportunities to make a difference in the Memphis community through service opportunities. For all these reasons-and many more, Karlisa Cryer would be an excellent choice...Thank you for considering my nomination of her for this honor.”

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