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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!


Recognizing someone is quick and easy – just send us an email! Acknowledge 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!


The Something Good in Memphis project was created by MIFA in 2009 to advance our vision of uniting the community through service. Our mission is supporting the independence of vulnerable seniors and families in crisis through high-impact programs. Our values are to welcome and respect all people, act with integrity, value individual initiative and ability, serve individuals and the community as an act of faith, and balance humanitarian goals with sound business practices. Learn more about MIFA here





the good in memphis

Debrah McVay is something good!

Debrah McVay, is a breast cancer survivor. Debrah has beat breast cancer, and she is waiting to have surgery, but she manages to work with a her all-female adult dance program called the Sassie Seniors of Memphis for the past 10 years. This adult program is geared to single or retired women who can no longer work due to stroke, heart attack, breast cancer, health problems, etc. This program helps these women get back to their lives by dancing as a healing tool. Debrah also won the Women of Excellence in April 2014 for an outstanding community program. Debroah has hosted several fundraisers so the Sassie Seniors could travel to places they never been to dance for the city and county mayors, the county commissioners, plus the Jackson State homecoming and parade. She has also supported the Southern Heritage Classic parade for years. The Sassie Seniors give back to the community and will dance to save a life, even if it's their own. Debrah is truly a women of God. She attends Springfield Baptist Church in Southhaven. She loves to dance. Debrah has won several awards for best dancer and the list goes on. Debrah hit the main stage at the Juneteenth Festival for the Father's Day weekend with the Ike and Tina Turner Review. Debrah also won the best dance director at the red carpet at the New Daisy in Memphis. These women are ages 50-82. I thank God for these women, they are my role models and they help everybody. They also support groups that may need some guidance or help with a family member. As a retired nurse she can do just that. Kudos to the Sassie Seniors! Debrah will perform a solo one wing dance at a homegoing service this Saturday in honor of two of her members that lost and mother and a brother. That's what you called doing something good in Memphis. Debrah also goes by the name Deoncye'.

Posted by Ellen Whitten at 15:38