Tanner and Brittany Bailey
This “newly” married couple is looking for the right AFL “fit” for them. They are VERY active and always looking for new things to try or adventures. The Bailey’s are located in Lexington, North Carolina, which is the city of BARBECUE! In Lexington the couple has a great support system of family and friends. They have a 5 year old Golden Retriever/Australian Sheppard, that is very sweet and LOVES people. Their dog is their child, for now but there is anticipation for children in the future. Tanner works through a contractor called BHI that contracts for Duke Energy and Brittany is a QP at Reach For Independence. The couple feels that becoming an AFL for some person/s with needs is their next calling in life and they are both very excited to make someone apart of their family.
Stacey is a fantastic new addition to the RFI family. Even though she is new to our family, she has been working in this field for 20+ years. 7 of those years were spent as an AFL to individuals and she is ready to again fill the place in her extended family. Stacey is always up for any challenge and willing to help everyone around her. She and her granddaughter live in Asheville, NC near Willow Creek Horse Farm. They enjoy relaxing activities and attending church on Sundays. They share their 3 bed, 2 bath house with an affectionate 7 year old Shepard/Lab mix. They all are eager to begin this endeavor.
Myra and her dog Debo are in search of a well-suited consumer in which to provide a safe, stable environment. They reside in Clyde, NC roughly 35 minutes from our Day Program, in a home that is not wheelchair accessible. They also love to spend time outdoors at the beautiful lakes and rivers that her town contains. She works as a Qualified Professional in our Administrative Office, as well as a Direct Support Professional in our Day Center. She enjoys traveling out of state and would enjoy someone willing to accompany her in these trips. She has 30+ years of experience working with the IDD/DD community, along with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. Myra is a valued asset in all aspects of our organization and we have no doubt she will be an excellent AFL to anyone.
Cheryl has been a patient, caring, hard-working staff in our day program, for 2 years, in addition to 12 years of experience with this population. She feels that she has been lead to the position of being an AFL since her children are now grown and her “nest is empty”. She loves to spend time with her grandchildren, watch movies, try new recipes and attend community events frequently. She resides in Arden, a short distance from Launch Trampoline Park and as of right now her house is not wheelchair accessible. She hopes to find someone whom she can enhance their quality of life while building a lifelong friendship with as well.
Chris and Michelle Brigmon
Chris and Michelle have been married for 28 years. They live in Fairview, NC, only 10 miles from the Reach main office. Chris has lived in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina all his life. A 1989 graduate of A C Reynolds High School, he is a local truck driver. Michelle moved to North Carolina in 1983 from New York. A 1988 graduate from A C Reynolds High School & went to Cecil's College where she received her Associates degree in Business Management. She has been employed at TE Connectivity, in Fairview, for 13 years. Their nest is empty! Their children Amanda, 26 years old & Dallas, 24 years old have moved out. This has left them with two extra bedrooms & a full bathroom. They are not only wanting to provide a home for someone but a family & a Church family! Not only do they have love to give but are ready to be AFL providers! They have one dog named Scooby-Doo who is a big baby! They enjoy going to local campgrounds & spur of the moment short road trips! They have prayed about this for quite a long time now & are led to believe they are ready to provide a loving Christ centered family for someone.
Kelly and Joe Watkins
Their home has one wheelchair accessible bedroom available with a screened in front porch, a beautiful view of the mountains, and a large back yard. They are in the heart of Henderson county and are just 30 minutes from Asheville. Both have extensive knowledge of the healthcare field as Joe is a Paramedic, and Kelly is a QP who has worked with the IDD population for about 3 years. Kelly began in this field working with children on the Autism spectrum who were in elementary and middle school. Once she graduated college and moved back to Henderson County, she began working with teenage girls at a therapeutic boarding school; who had mental health diagnoses. She realized that working with people who have disabilities is her passion and found the opportunity to work with RFI. After working at the day program for a year, she began working as a QP, which she is currently doing full-time. She has also worked with people with Severe to moderate IDD and various other disabilities. Kelly and Joe love to spend time outdoors, at community events and with their three dogs. They are excited to bring a new family member into their home to teach daily living skills and provide the care needed to live a happy, fulfilling life.