History

Tammy Lynn Center was born in 1969 from the hope of parents to improve the options for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Back in the late 60s, parents had very few choices: they could institutionalize their children at a distant facility with poor living conditions, or try and care for them on their own with little to no outside support. Our three founding families, the Tucker, Moore and Pierce’s, decided to create a better option: the Tammy Lynn Center.

TLC began as a “Mom’s Morning Out” in the basement of a church in Cary, NC. From our humble beginnings, we continued to grow and expand, moving from the church to our current location on Chappell Drive, where we now offer a range of services which provide opportunities for those with special needs to live and be part of their community, close to their families, with the skilled care and support they deserve to live a full and independent life.

TLC TIMELINE

2016

Purchased and renovated community-based group home on Ralph Drive.
Hired the Center’s first bilingual speech therapist.
TLC kicks off its second wave of 3-year strategic planning.

2015

Purchased and renovated community-based group home on Rose Street.
30th Annual Toast event was held and total funds raised exceeded $200,000 for the third year in a row.
ECIS program expands with new therapists, providing bilingual individual and group services to families.
Therapy Program expands to provide Special Consultative Services and welcomes new Speech and Psychologist contractors to the TLC family.

2014

ECIS is accepted into Rex Endowment program for free training and the ability to provide Triple P, Positive Parenting Program, to support our families with simple and practical strategies to confidently manage family life.

2013

Tammy Lynn Center creates a 3-year strategic plan with input from a broad constituency including: the individuals we serve and their family members, senior leaders, all staff, Board of Directors and Endowment Board members, and community leaders including government representatives, current donors/partners and potential donors/partners.
The Center hires its first Nurse Practitioner
TLC concludes its partnership with Band Together at a concert with Lyle Lovett and Delta Rae; raising more than $852,000 for the Center’s services

2012

TLC welcomes new President and CEO Holly Richard after the retirement of Mary H. Freeman
Expansion of the ECIS program to include 5 additional contract child development specialists and including children up to age 5.

2011

TLC is selected as the 2013 Band Together nonprofit partner

2010

Tammy Lynn Center hosts the 25th annual A Toast to the Triangle. The event attracts 1200 attendees and raises $192,000 for the programs and services for the Center.

2009

Tammy Lynn Center celebrates 40th birthday with each of its three founding families in attendance.
The Center receives three-year CARF Accreditation.

2008

Kristi Yamaguchi returns as Honorary Chair for the 23rd annual A Toast to the Triangle.
The Toast brings in nearly $213,000 for programs and services of the TLC, setting a new record in contributions.

2007

Kristi Yamaguchi, Olympic Figure Skating Champion, serves as the Honorary Chair for the 22nd annual A Toast to the Triangle.
Two more community-based supervised living residences open in Cary.
A More-at-Four preschool classroom opens at the Center, allowing for inclusion activities.

2006

The Center’s new Adaptive Playground, undertaken by Leadership Raleigh, Team 20 is dedicated in May.

2005

An intensive behavioral program launches as part of Developmental Day Services.
Respite Care celebrates its 20th anniversary.

1999

The Center’s ECIS program celebrates 25 years and earns the Anne Sessoms Royal Award for lifetime achievement and contribution.
The Center’s website goes live.
The Glaxo Welcome Enrichment Center is dedicated by Lady Janet Sykes.

1998

New flexible, family-friendly service options are implemented for home-based services.
A new reimbursement system is implemented for Respite Care.

1997

A community-based adult supervised living apartment program for four young adults is initiated.

1996

Meredith’s Courtyard is constructed and dedicated to the memory of Meredith Herold, a former TLC resident and student.

1994

The Terry “Bunny” Roberts Memorial Garden is dedicated in memory of Terry, a former resident.
The Center celebrates its 25th anniversary.

1990

Completed renovation of former children’s residence and education facility to make space for therapy, conference and training rooms, assessment and observation area, library and office space.

1986

The first A Toast to the Triangle™, Tammy Lynn’s signature fundraising event is held.

1985

The Center assumes home-based Respite Care services from the ARC of Wake County.
An adult residence is constructed on the Chappell Drive campus.

1979

A new residence for children and an education facility are constructed on Chappell Drive in Raleigh.

1974

The Early Childhood Intervention Project, originally titled Project Outreach, is started.

1972

Day Services begin at Greenwood Forest Baptist Church in Cary.
After moving to the former Catholic Orphanage in Raleigh, residential and center-based Respite Care services begin.

1969

Tammy Lynn Memorial Foundation, Inc. is incorporated.