History

This year, FiftyForward celebrates 60 years of helping older adults in Davidson and Williamson counties live fuller, more productive lives. From our beginning as a three-day-a-week program for active seniors at the Knowles Center, to a network of seven centers in 2007, FiftyForward has grown to be the premier nonprofit organization serving adults 50 and older in Middle Tennessee. In addition to our activity locations, we offer specific services and programs to encourage volunteerism and to assist older adults to live independently.

Milestones through the years include:

2015 Executive Director Janet Jernigan and Associate Executive Director Adrienne Newman celebrated 25 years of service to FiftyForward. Through their leadership, the organization continues to be mission focused and attentive to the needs of a growing elder and caregiver population.

2012 FiftyForward Music for Seniors was named a finalist in the SunTrust Business Acumen in the Arts Award presented by the Center for Nonprofit Management.

2011 Co-sponsored by AARP and the Council on Aging of Greater Nashville, the FiftyForward Governmental Affairs Committee hosted a forum featuring the two candidates for Governor of Tennessee with emphasis on older adult issues.

2011 FiftyForward transformed our “nonprofit model” to a “social profit model” by focusing on generating revenue through emphasizing rental of our facilities and reinvesting  income from the new fee-for-service FiftyForward Care Team into serving more low income seniors.

2011 FiftyForward partners with the YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee to produce the inaugural Viva la Diva Run for Women and Girls of all ages, a signature event featuring  a certified 5K and 10 mile run.

2010 In the aftermath of the devastating May Tennessee floods, FiftyForward staff and volunteers led and participated in a variety of flood relief efforts. Grants from The Melkus Foundation, HCA Foundation and Piedmont Natural Gas enabled the agency to hire staff for one year including a full-time care manager and part-time in-home specialist to assist senior adults in their recovery.

2009 FiftyForward Executive Director Janet Jernigan receives the ATHENA Award, Nashville’s highest honor for women.

2008 Senior Citizens, Inc. (SCI) officially becomes FiftyForward.

2007 Two capital campaigns are launched: $5 million to renovate the Senior Center for the Arts and the Donelson Center and build the endowment for both, as well as a $5 million effort to support the renovation of the former Bordeaux library to become the Northwest Senior Center and to establish an endowment for the center’s programs and services.

2007 Five centers received accreditation by the National Institute of Senior Centers:  College Grove, Donelson Station, Knowles, Madison Station, and Martin Center.

2004 Senior Center for the Arts is formed and receives a boost from the Frist Foundation with a $15,000 Innovation in Action Award.

2003 Metro Nashville Government transfers management of the Knowles Trust to SCI.

2002 Capital/Endowment Campaign ends with a total of $14.3 million raised.

2001 SCI forms a partnership with the YMCA of Middle Tennessee to explore building a co-habited facility in Bellevue. The J. L. Turner Lifelong Learning Center and the Bellevue Family YMCA open in September 2006.

2000 SCI begins its first major capital/endowment campaign to raise $13.5 million to fund the building of three centers and grow the SCI endowment.

1998 Senior Support Services and Peer Counseling program established.  NOW DEFUNCT

1998 SCI Living At Home Program selected by the Tennessee General Assembly to conduct a pilot project, CHOICE, to demonstrate the benefits of home and community based care (versus nursing home care). Grant expires in 2001.

1997 Victory Over Crime program begins.

1997 Respite Care Program expands to include Senior Companions.   NOW DEFUNCT

1996 Brentwood Senior Group (which became the Martin Center) and Madison Station Senior Center begin operations.

1994 Volunteer Respite Caregivers becomes an SCI Living At Home program.   NOW DEFUNCT

1993 FLIP (Friends Learning in Pairs) program launched, training senior volunteers to mentor/tutor children with reading skills challenges in grades K-4.

1986 College Grove Senior Center is founded.

1969 Meals on Wheels program organized.

1965 SCI became one of the few national sites for the newly initiated, federally funded Foster Grandparent Program