Among the valuable life lessons Dedriene Rogers and Yaminah Rossell were taught growing up was the significance of what it means to give back to the community, to help enrich and enhance the lives of others, to esteem others highly than themselves.
After years of hard work, after years of persevering, after years of acquiring the essential knowledge in this forever commendable education industry, their long-awaited dream is starting to come full circle.
In a nutshell, the keen knowledge and joy and happiness that were instilled in their lives even as youngsters have greatly enabled them to possess that which they’ve acquired and strive daily to put it on display before the world.
To their credit, their much-anticipated time to give back and impact lives has finally arrived.
And, given the immense strides these longtime friends and colleagues have executed in recent years, it’s abundantly obvious the only way they can go is up.
Rogers and Rossell are co-founders of Helping Others Utilize Self Effectively (or H.O.U.S.E.), LLC, a Memphis-area community-based organization that offers long and short-term non-medical services and assistance to individuals from all walks of life.
Officially installed for operations on March 20 of this year, H.O.U.S.E. — located at 6094 Appletree Drive, Suite 6 in Southeast Memphis — is widely known for providing supportive services to mental health and the substance abuse population, largely by assisting people with meeting their treatment goals and objectives. In fact, families of patients are normally allowed to virtually dictate their services through this up-and-coming organization, considering services can be rendered for a few hours or for as long as 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
In addition, H.O.U.S.E. serves as choices providers through Blue Cross Blue Shield and TENNCARE and, according to its founders, its newly-erected company currently is in the final stages of partnering with Amerigroup Insurance Company.
Also, H.O.U.S.E. offers personal pay services to clients.
“Our mission is to empower and assist individuals with physical disabilities or mental disabilities within their homes,” Rogers and Rossell told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during recent interview. “Being seasoned functional Skilled, and multi-handicapped Special Education teachers, many of our parents were in need of assistance once their child graduated at the age of 22. They turned to us for assistance, which influenced us to begin this agency.”
It is, by all accounts, through Rogers and Rossell’s passion and dedication for assisting those with special needs that has greatly fueled their desire to collectively birth an organization whereby the lives of individuals can be impacted and enhanced not just in the Bluff City, but the Tri-State area.
Rogers, 36, a Memphis Kingsbury High graduate, is also a graduate of Austin Peay State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education and Early Childhood. She holds a Master’s in Curriculum and Instructions Administration and Supervision from Freed Hardeman University.
Rossell, 40, meanwhile, is a graduate of Zama High in Camp Zama, Japan. Her higher education resume includes earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education (with a concentration in Special Education) from Memphis’ Lemoyne Owen College. Also, she holds a Master’s in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix as well as a Certified Nursing Assistant certificate from West Memphis’ Mid-South Community College.
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Rogers and Rossell said their education, coupled with their wealth of experience in the special education realm will undoubtedly prove beneficial as they strive to persuade Mid-Southerners to embrace, thus buy into their newfound mission for establishing H.O.U.S.E.
“We like the fact of being able to assist others inside of their home,” Rogers said. “So they can stay in their home and not go to living facilities and we’re able to provide relief for our clients’ caregivers.”
Nearly nine months removed from having established their organization, Rogers and Rossell said plans are already in the works to serve individuals outside of Memphis and its surrounding areas.
Amongst the establishments they are targeting is the Houston, Texas area.
Moreover, no one, they acknowledged, is turned away.
“However, CHOICES is for 21 year-olds and older with physical disability and seniors age 65 and older,” Rossell said.
In the meantime, amongst Rodgers and Rossell’s primary emphasis for the remainder of this year is to devise ways to share their vision with others, starting later this month with a public engagement at Memphis’ Linden Camilla Towers.
Fortunately for them, their much-anticipated time to give back and impact lives has finally arrived.
“We will inspire people daily because we had doors closed in our faces many of times,” Rogers and Rossell said. “This led us to push, keep pushing, and pushing until we were able to become business owners.”
Given the immense strides these longtime friends and colleagues have executed in recent years, it’s abundantly obvious the only way they can go is up.
For more information about H.O.U.S.E., call 901-363-9691 or via fax at 901-566-0525.
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