DDSN Awards the 2019 Silver Palmetto


For more Information contact: Tyler Rex, Thrive Upstate Executive Director

864 288-1907 ext. 3535

DDSN Awards the 2019 Silver Palmetto

To City of Greenville and City of Rock Hill

The South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN) awarded City of Greenville and City of Rock Hill the 2019 Silver Palmetto Award. The Silver Palmetto is DDSN’s way of recognizing and thanking city and municipal governments in South Carolina for making the lives of people with disabilities a priority in the previous calendar year.

DDSN Commission Chair, Gary Lemel made the presentation February 4 at the annual conference of the Municipal Association of South Carolina‘s “Hometown Legislative Action Day” in Columbia, SC.  City of Greenville Mayor Pro Tem Lillian Flemming was on hand to receive the award.

Read the Complete Silver Palmetto Award Press Release Feb 2020

Tyler Rex Selected to Become Riley Fellow

Tyler Rex, Thrive Upstate’s Executive Director joins other leaders selected from across the Upstate and surrounding area to participate in the Riley Institute at Furman’s 28th class of Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI). DLI graduates become Riley Fellows, members of a powerful, cross-sector, statewide leadership network that includes CEOs of corporations, mayors, city and county council members, legislators, school superintendents, pastors and rabbis, non-profit heads, chamber of commerce directors, and community leaders. See the full press release here:
DLI Class Press Release-Tyler Rex

Thrive Upstate Gives Back

The City of Greenville and the Cancer Survivors Park recently provided an opportunity for Thrive Upstate participants to be a part of making their community great.  Too often we deny individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to reap the intrinsic rewards of volunteerism and contributing to the community, simply because they lean on others for assistance in other areas of their life.  Giving back to the community is a big part of Thriving in Life!   The Thrive team worked side by side with the City of Greenville crew to plant, weed, work, and help beautify the wonderful Cancer Survivors Park.

FOX Carolina News Clip

Greenville Drive Fun!

Greenville Drive Game

We enjoyed a great afternoon at Fluor Field, “Greenville’s Front Porch.”  The warm, sunny afternoon at the ballpark was perfect.  Thanks again to AJ Gallagher & Co. for the tickets.  Coincidentally, two individuals supported by Thrive Upstate started their jobs at Fluor Field the same day!  It was really cool to have team Thrive both cheering in the stands and working behind the scenes…it captured exactly what we’re trying to accomplish with community integration.