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MIFA’s Something Good in Memphis campaign is designed to celebrate those who make Memphis better, whether it’s the stranger who helps change your flat tire in the rain or a human services pioneer who changes the lives of a hundred poor Memphians. Sometimes people tend to focus on the bad and forget the good, but we see reminders of the good in Memphis every day!


Nominating is quick and easy – just fill out our simple form! Nominate friends, neighbors,and colleagues whose daily efforts or remarkable deeds embody the spirit of positive action in our community.Thank you for being a part of the good in Memphis!


MIFA's vision: Uniting the community through service. MIFA's mission: Supporting the independence of vulnerable seniors and families in crisis through high-impact programs. MIFA's values: Welcome and respect all people. Act with integrity. Value individual initiative and ability. Serve individuals and the community as an act of faith. Balance humanitarian goals with sound business practices.





the good in memphis

Metrio Robinson is a caring mentor

Metrio has worked for Shelby Residential and Vocational Services as a Direct Support Professional for over the past eight years. He is a Site Manager at a home that provides supports to two SRVS service recipients. One of the individuals, Ronnie, is known to display multiple behaviors. Because of Metrio's compassionate heart and dedication, Ronnie has learned to adapt to his home environment and integrate into the community. Metrio is more than just a DSP, he is a mentor, friend and life coach... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Monday, October 25, 2010 | 0 comments

Velma Bledsoe has a heart of gold!

Velma is an amazing woman who supports individuals with disabilities at Shelby Residential and Vocational Services. Not only is she an inspiring leader to her peers and management staff, she goes above and beyond in providing care to 11 individuals as a home manager for 8 locations. She takes them on special outings,volunteer work and helps them out at the day center and occupational workshop they attend. She's even left her home in Arkansas in the middle of the night to travel to Memphis to... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Monday, October 25, 2010 | 0 comments

Brad Cummins is something good!

  Brad Cummins began coaching an inner-city basketball team two years ago because he wanted God to use him to make a positive impact. As empty nesters, Brad and his wife Becky knew God was calling them to invest their lives in the city. Combining this calling with his love for coaching his sons’ basketball teams as they were growing up, Brad looked forward to sharing Christ with his band of 14-year-old boys and seeing life change. What he didn’t anticipate was how much he would change.... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Monday, October 25, 2010 | 2 comments

Judy Ware helps out Handyman

For the past two months, Judy has shared her time and talent with the Handyman program, assisting with intake and placement. She said that volunteering with MIFA is "like going to church." Thanks for all you do!!!! Nominated by Arnetta Macklin. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Wednesday, October 20, 2010 | 0 comments

Lana Dowdy is dedicated to her community

    I am nominating Lana for her unselfish devotion to Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center, as well as her service to her church and many other civic organizations. Her selfless dedication to others is truly an inspiration. She will be embarassed by my nomination, but she deserves to be recognized for her lifetime commitment of making Memphis a better place to live. Nominated by John Thompson. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Thursday, October 14, 2010 | 1 comments

Kevin Kern and EPE are something good!

I’d like to nominate Kevin Kern and the Elvis Presley Enterprises PR staff as something good in Memphis. With the help of the Memphis Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, they have extended an invitation to recently rescued Chilean miner (and major Elvis fan) Edison Pena. This is a fantastic gesture that highlights the hospitality and graciousness of Memphis! Nominated by Anna Kathryn Word. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Thursday, October 14, 2010 | 0 comments

The Investor Relations group at First Tennessee gives back!

  The Investor Relations group at First Tennessee is something good in Memphis!  They collected care packages for Emergency Services that will help families with infants and small children as they access additional services after leaving MIFA.  They also took time from their busy schedules to tour MIFA and learn more about all of our programs.  Alan Balducci, David Black, Kathy Andrews, Natalie Flanders, Cory Shipman, and Aarti Bowman set a great example for their... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Tuesday, October 5, 2010 | 0 comments

Luciana Balla is something good!

  Lucy is a teacher, but not just any teacher. She is an ESL teacher at Egypt Elementary, and she is a wonderwoman. She runs a funded by Toyota that teaches English to non-English speaking parents so that they can better their lives here in America. She also runs a program just for boys that encourages them to read. She also heads up other programs that are too detailed to discuss in here. Nominated by Marie Balla. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at Tuesday, October 5, 2010 | 0 comments