Enrich For Life

About Enrich For Life

 Motivation and Fulfillment

Enrich for Life was founded to improve the quality of life of higher-functioning adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through residential solutions and enrichment programs in Middle Tennessee.

Co-founders Chris and Allison Bender are motivated by a desire to provide opportunities for housing, employment, and personal development for adults with special needs - men and women like their daughter, Carlye Bender.

Residential Options
Few if any residential opportunities exist for thousands of intellectually challenged adults in Middle Tennessee. The Benders founded Enrich for Life to help create new residential models for adults with IDD funded by their personal earnings, family/friend support, and funds newly available through TennCare - ECF Choices.  For those who qualify, TennCare funding for residential support is available for adults with IDD through Employment and Community First Choices

Few jobs are available for adults with intellectual disabilities.  Few individuals work enough paid hours to help meet personal financial goals including housing, transportation, meals, wellness, and entertainment.  Enrich for Life is committed to collaborating in order to provide more opportunities for vocational training and new employment opportunities for higher-functioning individuals.  With new employment options, those who can work may have an opportunity to work more and earn more.

Spiritual and Personal Development - Faith, Activities, Education

Programs available for spiritual and personal development for individuals with IDD are also limited and are most often directed at a younger population. 

Enrich for Life 's inter-denominational small worship group, Faith Friends, provides a unique gathering for higher-functioning adults to study and explore their faith together. Our Faith Friends small group meets Wednesday nights at 6:00pm at Brentwood Baptist Church beginning September 12 - May 8.  Faith Friends Special Events will be added to our Summertime calendar and announced.

NEW Acrylic Painting Classes
, this small group will meet Wednesday mornings at the Enrichment Center at Academy Park in Franklin, 9am - 11am May 1, 8, 15, 29 & June 5, 12 at a cost of $14 per class.  Enter the parking lot on Granbury by the Williamson Co. Main Library. Professional Instructor, Pam Irvin will teach each week with an assistant to support each student and reinforce tips and techniques.

Summertime Bowling at Franklin Family Entertainment Center begins Tuesdays, 3:00pm - 4:30pm from May 22 to August 19. Cost is $7 per person if you bring your bowling shoes. Cost: $7 each Tuesday. We have fun and stay out of the heat!

Summer/Fall Bocce Ball Club begins  on Thursday mornings in June following Special Olympics Bocce Competition on May 18.  We will enjoy the use of multiple grass Bocce courts with access to shade! Details will be announced soon!!

Key Values
Commitment, Compassion, Collaboration, Engagement, Flexibility, Integrity, Gladness.

  • At least 22 years of age
  • Diagnosed with IDD
  • Independent. self-help skills require minimal supervision from staff or volunteers
  • No uncontrollable behaviors
  • Does not require one-on-one assistance based upon physical, intellectual or medical needs
  • Can follow simple direction or coaching in order to participate in activities and fulfill individual household responsibilities with minimum assistance from staff or volunteers
  • Ambulatory

Donate to Enrich for Life online through this secure link.

Enrich for Life is a Department of ACT Int'l, a local 501(c)3 organization dedicated to transforming the lives of individuals and communities since 1982.

Mail contributions to:  ACT Int'l, Enrich for Life, P.O. Box 1649, Brentwood, TN 37024-1649 

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