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SRVS’ Krieger is Zaxby’s Employee of the Month

Pictured center is Karl Krieger, Zaxby’s dining room attendant and April Employee of the Month. He was joined by restaurant and SRVS staff recently

Pictured are Troy Allen, Director of SRVS Community Employment Services; Nakisha Todd, Manager of SRVS  Collierville Enhanced Learning Center; Felecia Robinson, Director of SRVS Community Based Services; Nikki Trim, General Manager, Zaxby’s; Karl, Matt Irby, Zaxby’s District Manager; Britney Cross, Cashier and Jeremy Gattie, Owner. Krieger was referred to SRVS for supported employment services, where he was assigned to SRVS employment                    consultant Deb Nichols.  

Karl Krieger doesn’t have to think long about what he likes best about his job as a dining room attendant at the Zaxby’s restaurant located at 375 New Byhalia Road in Collierville, where he has worked since September 2016. “I get to help others,” he said recently in the restaurant dining room. “It feels great.”Karl’s exemplary initiative, punctuality and positive attitude led to him being an overwhelming favorite for April Employee of the Month in a poll of his co-workers and managers. He has held other jobs.  Several years ago he worked at SRVS, Tennessee’s largest provider of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He worked in the SRVS occupational workshop and also at local companies where he developed his job skills.  For 15 years he was employed at another restaurant until it closed. Karl, now 52, was not one to be idle. The Tennessee Department of Vocational Rehabilitation referred him to SRVS for supported employment services, where he was assigned to SRVS employment consultant Deb Nichols to help him with his job search. Based on his marketable and transferable skills and work history, Nichols connected Karl and Zaxby’s. “Karl loves his job at Zaxby's, he always stays on task,” Nichols said.  “Being punctual is a must with him and missing work is not an option. He is proud to wear his Zaxby's uniform."

Watching Karl intently move about the Zaxby’s dining room, it’s clear he’s a man on a mission doing work that gives him personal satisfaction and fulfillment. 
“He has a great personality and work ethic,” said Nikki Trim, the restaurant’s general manager. “He doesn’t stop until the job is done.” When he talks about his place of employment, a sense of pride is evident in Karl. “So far Zaxby’s is the best job,” he said. “Like one big happy family.”

Posted by SRVS PR at Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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SAVE THE DATE- SRVS Upcoming Event


The Wesberry Golf Classic 

SRVS will hold its annual golf tournament, the Wesberry Golf Classic, Monday, October 2,  2017 at the Ridgeway Country Club in support of SRVS programs. 

Ridgeway Country Club, Memphis' original Country club, features a mature, traditional course with Champion Bermuda greens and Zoysia grass fairways, providing a memorable playing experience. This is four person scramble.  Teams are expected to register in advance.  Day of event check-in starts at 10:30 am; lunch will be at 11:30 am; and the shotgun starts at 12:30 pm. 

For more information about the golf classic, sponsorship opportunities and to register your team, visit:

Posted by SRVS PR at Friday, March 10, 2017
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SRVS Receives Christopher Reeve Grant to Support Equine Therapy


SRVS has received a $5,950.00 grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to increase the number of people supported by SRVS benefiting from equine therapy. The grant makes the therapy accessible and affordable to more individuals with paralysis.

In 2015, SRVS partnered with Southern Reins, a Nesbit, MS equine therapy provider, to give people supported by the agency access to equine therapy. The Therapeutic Riding lessons  strengthen participants bodies,  increase their community outings and  opportunities for socialization by exposing them to an array of volunteers each week, teaching a new skill, improving fitness goals, bolstering confidence, and increasing a sense of joy.

However, many people supported by SRVS were missing out on this opportunity. Only those who were able to afford the class fees and travel with ease --were able to participate in the equine therapy program.  With funding from the Christopher Reeve Foundation, 12-15 individuals with paralysis can participate regularly in equine therapy throughout two 10-week sessions.

Horseback riding has shown to improve strength, balance, and coordination while increasing a person’s self-confidence and sense of enjoyment.

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.


Posted by SRVS PR at Monday, February 20, 2017
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