Our PLACE Update


It seems like the weeks and months are flying by as we move closer each day to Our PLACE becoming a reality for those in need in our community. As we move into October much has been accomplished since the last month’s newsletter. The biggest news by far is that we have hired an experienced Executive Director who will join us on November 1st. We were very fortunate to be able to attract this individual who possesses significant experience in working with those impacted by Alzheimer’s/Dementia. As a result, we are moving forward with much confidence and competence in being able to start our program with a high degree of quality and expertise.  The next step is to hire a Program Manager, and then in November, begin our search for three qualified part-time associates who will be working up to 30 hours per week. We will begin to publicize the part-time positions in a few weeks. For more information go to our website at www.ourplacetn.org and open the careers tab.


Construction continues to move along ahead of schedule thanks to a great construction team which also includes Main Street Architecture and Wilson Construction. The roof and exterior walls are up and the windows should go in over the next few weeks followed by dry wall being installed. Many thanks to the Tellico Village Woodworkers who have started to construct the interior cabinetry for Our PLACE which is a huge job being undertaken by a phenomenal group of men and women from this organization. We have also started to purchase the interior furnishings, and have a great group of volunteers working on this project.


Our Licensing Team continues to be on target with completing all required administrative details necessary for Our PLACE to obtain its business license from the state. In addition, our Information Systems and Finance Teams are working hard to make sure the right infrastructure is in place to support daily operations. Phase II Fundraising continues at a good pace as we move toward the anticipated $1.4m required to support Our PLACE through construction and first year of operations. Please, as I mentioned last month, consider how you or an organization you are a part of can contribute to this important addition to our community now and in the future.

On behalf of our Board please accept my and their heartfelt thanks for your continued support.  We could not have this journey without your generous support!

Jim Dezzutti

Volunteer Chairman


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Central UMC - Lenoir City Podcast

Listen to today's podcast from UMC that features Jim Dezzutti and Tom Schemberger. Jim is the volunteer chairman of Our Place, a new Adult Day Center that will open in March 2022 to serve the needs of adults and families with Dementia and Alzheimer's.


Click the "In The Know" podcast to view


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