Presented by Simmons Banks and the Collierville Chamber of Commerce, the annual Excellence in Business Awards serves as an opportunity to recognize those that set a standard for excellence in their respected category and strive for innovation in local business.
Service is at the heart of nonprofits like Fayette Cares, Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy, Page Robbins Adult Day Center, and Ronald McDonald House of Memphis. We are honored to recognize them as this year’s Nonprofit of the Year nominees.
Their name says it all. For over 35 years Fayette Cares has been the go-to agency for those in need in Fayette County.
Whether it’s dealing with victims of domestic violence, those who encounter homelessness, clients who need emergency help due to severe economic hardship from a pandemic or any life-altering misfortune or simply an individual who needs a helping hand and ear during a personal crisis, Fayette Cares responds.
Begun in a 250 dirt-floor facility helping one family and growing into a multi-service agency with modern facilities capable of providing temporary emergency shelter to over 30 families in desperate situations, helping the homeless is just one of their many challenges.
From crisis counseling to helping individuals and families establish plans for self-sufficiency, Fayette Cares has been a helping hand to thousands of people in need.
Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy
It’s a unique organization with a very basic mission: to serve individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities and hardship by providing equine-assisted activities and therapies to empower, nurture, inspire and succeed.
Founded in 2015, Southern Reins experienced such tremendous growth that by 2018 they were able to secure their own home on a beautiful 28-acre facility in Collierville. Southern Reins features a 12-stall barn, attached covered riding arena, Crosstie Pavilion, six turnout pastures, a learning center and administrative building.
Page Robbins Adult Day Center
From their original home in Collierville Christian Church to their current modern facility on Houston Levee, Page Robbins has found a home in Collierville since their inception in 1995.
Page Robbins provides unique and uplifting daytime care for adults with memory loss, in a safe environment, while empowering and educating their caregivers and the community.
Serving over 50 individuals, 30 on a daily basis, Page Robbins offers a host of activities, including art therapy, exercise and movement, chair yoga, cognitive expansion and even an outdoor garden. With clients from Collierville and the surrounding area – from North Mississippi to Midtown Memphis – Page Robbins focuses on the individual with the goal of making “every day their best day.”
Ronald McDonald House of Memphis
Jill Crocker has served as Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis for the past five years, and she knows the importance of the facility for the children and their families who face pediatric cancer and other catastrophic illnesses. As the children undergo treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Ronald McDonald House offers a “happy house. We approach it with joy and happiness,” Crocker notes.
Ronald McDonald House partners with St. Jude to offer a nurturing, family-centered residential community. It offers an environment of hope through support services and child-centered activities that allow children to be children and keep families together as they get the necessary care. And it’s free of charge.
Since its creation in 1991, Ronald McDonald House Memphis has served over 10,000 families, who come from across the globe. Their doors are open to every patient of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, regardless of religion, ethnicity, race, gender, national origin and age.
Ronald McDonald House in Memphis offers hope and happiness to countless families.