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Cookeville community members help one another after winter storm

January 16, 2024 | Online Article

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — As Middle Tennessee continues to be in a cold snap after several inches of snow fell across the region, folks are still finding ways to give back and help.

A few minutes away is Community Options, a nonprofit that promotes independence for those with disabilities. Since there are staff at those residences 24/7, they needed to come to work.

So, two managers stepped in, and have spent hours driving to pick up their co-workers so they can get to work safely, and also bring them home.

“It was a little rough. I live about 35 miles away from a different town, so I’ve set up myself in a hotel in town to be able to help staff get to and from work,”

says Kelsey Prator, a project manager at Community Options.

Janette Seaborn Tulodieski emphasizes the importance of being there for them.

“Some of them didn’t have groceries, we went to get them groceries today and some of them wanted pizza, so we went and got them Little Caesar’s, just making them feel like they aren’t shut in and have someone that really cares about them,”

says Janette Tulodieski.