…helping people move from where they are to where they dream to be.

United Way of the Mid-South serves the greater Memphis area in improving the lives of Mid-Southerners by mobilizing and aligning community resources to address priority issues. As part of a strategy for creating equitable access to the fundamental resources and supports needed for people in the Mid-South to achieve their hopes and dreams, United Way of the Mid-South implemented a two-generation strategy, Driving The Dream™(DTD). Driving The Dream is a functional coordinated network of effective community-based services and supports to help families advance from where they are to where they dream to be.



  • 2Unique Community Salvation Foundation
  • Agape Child & Family Services
  • Alliance Healthcare Services
  • Alpha Omega Veteran Services, Inc.
  • American Red Cross, Mid-South Tennessee
  • America Works
  • Amerigroup
  • Anaya Partnership/Youth Villages
  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mid-South
  • Binghampton Development Corporation
  • Birthright Memphis
  • BlueCare Tennessee
  • Bodine School
  • Boys & Girls Club of Memphis
  • Catholic Charities of West Tennessee, Inc.
  • Center for Employment Opportunities
  • Center for Transforming Communities
  • Church Health Center
  • Churches-Families and Communities Together (C-FACT)
  • City of Memphis – GVP
  • CMI Healthcare Services
  • Collective Blueprint
  • Collierville Literacy Council
  • Communities In Schools
  • Community Intervention Memphis
  • Community Legal Center
  • Constance Abbey
  • Coordinated Effort to Enhance Development
  • (CEED)
  • Daughters of Zion All Women’s Bible College
  • DeafConnect of the Mid-South
  • DeNeuville Learning Center
  • Divine Life
  • Dress for Success Memphis
  • Early Success Coalition
  • Economic Opportunities
  • Enchanted
  • Families Matter
  • Frayser Community Development Corporation
  • Freedom, Healing, Wholeness INC.
  • Freeman Outreach Center
  • Gestalt Community Schools
  • Golden Leaf Church
  • Goodwill Homes Community Services, Inc.
  • Grace House of Memphis, Inc.
  • Greater Memphis Financial Empowerment Center
  • Good Shepherd Pharmacy
  • Harwood Center, Inc.
  • Hope City
  • HopeWorks
  • Integrated Addiction Care
  • Jesus People Church
  • JIFF, Inc.
  • Kindred Place
  • Knowledge Quest
  • Latino Memphis
  • Le Dujour H.E.R.O. Village of the Mid-South, Inc.
  • Legacy of Legends CDC
  • Libertas School of Memphis
  • Liberty Memphis
  • LifeLine to Success
  • Literacy Midsouth
  • Madonna Learning Center
  • Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc.
  • Memphis Child Advocacy Center
  • Memphis Crisis Center T3
  • Memphis Dream Center
  • Memphis Gridiron Ministries
  • Memphis Public Library & Information System (211)
  • Memphis Jewish Community Center
  • Memphis Urban League, Inc.
  • Methodist Le Bonheur Community Outreach
  • Meritan, Inc.
  • Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA)
  • Mid-South Food Bank
  • Mind Renewals, Inc.
  • Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc.
  • New Ballet Ensemble & School
  • Oasis of Hope
  • One by One Ministries
  • Naturally Nurtured Birth Services
  • Pathways In Education
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity (Tau Iota Chapter)
  • Porter-Leath
  • Progeny Place
  • Promise Development Corporation
  • Raleigh Community Christian Child Care Center
  • Refugee Empowerment Program
  • RISE Foundation
  • RiseTN
  • Room in the Inn
  • Seedco
  • Shelby County Dept. of Human Services
  • Shelby County Schools
  • Shelby Residential Vocational Services (SRVS)
  • Southeast Regional Development Corporation (SRDC)
  • S.O. What! Foundation
  • STS Enterprise Corporation
  • Synergy Treatment Centers
  • Tech 901
  • The Excel Center
  • The HART Center
  • The Salvation Army
  • The SMART Center
  • Thistle & Bee Enterprises
  • TN Voices for Children
  • United Housing, Inc.
  • United Way Free Tax Prep (FTP)
  • University of Tennessee of Health Science Center (UTHSC)
  • UpSmith, Inc.
  • Urban Strategies, Inc.
  • U of M Dean of Students
  • WorkSteady Works, LLC
  • YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South
  • YWCA of Greater Memphis
  • Young Ladies of Change, Inc.

*118 Agencies Total as of 08/23 



2Gen for Tennessee

Driving The Dream™ is aligned with the two‐generation (“2Gen”) whole family service delivery model that has  been implemented within the Tennessee Department of Human Services. Known as ‘2Gen for Tennessee,’ this approach is consistent with the 2Gen service delivery model, which focuses on creating opportunities  for and addressing the needs of both adults and the children in their lives together. The 2Gen approach recognizes that families come in all different shapes and sizes and that families define themselves.  Our goal is to implement the 2Gen framework within the DTD partner agencies client intake and service delivery model, where all DTD programs are aligned and in synch – ensuring 2Gen tactics are applied when working  with all customers in all aspects of case management and service delivery.

This project is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee.

How it works and the expected impact

United Way estimates roughly 20,000 people in poverty can be promptly impacted by Driving The Dream in its early stages if we receive the support we need from donors, grantors, and other sources of philanthropy.

A coalition of local businesses who are all focused on investing in innovative poverty reduction solutions and economic growth strategies will create opportunities for us all. That means nearly 10% of Mid-Southerners in poverty can receive support now, and be connected to resources and opportunities to free them from generational cycles of poverty.

Families and individuals in poverty work with the Driving The Dream providers to create a “map of their dreams,” charting the order of steps, programs, and services necessary to help escape poverty and live the life of their dreams.

Leadership - System Advisory Team

Driving the Dream is guided by the System Advisory Team, which is comprised of leaders from the local health and humans services sector.  This guiding body was established to inform and influence system level practice and policy with the goal of addressing structural inequity that has perpetuated poverty in Memphis/Shelby County.

The DTD mission is to foster a DTD 2Gen community of practice where the people we serve are hopeful, resilient, and self‐sufficient.



All DRIVING THE DREAM™ Partners are trained to employ the Transitions to Success® care model and utilize the Arizona Self-Sufficiency Matrix (learn more & see the matrix here). Partners also centralize information, access client data, track client progress, and make/receive referrals through CoactionNet (a local, shared, web-based database).

Care Coordination Hubs

DTD Care Coordination Hubs are agencies in the network that employ care coordinators. These Care Coordinators work with individuals to create the “Map of My Dreams”  (care plan), refer families to appropriate services, and provide overall service coordination, coaching and support. The Hubs are housed at partner agency sites alongside their core programs, which increases access and eases stress for families seeking DTD services. The 2021 Care Coordination Hub partner agencies are Communities In Schools of Memphis (CIS Memphis), and Church Health.

Referral Network Partner Agencies

The DTD Referral Partner network is comprised of human services agencies that agree to adhere to  DTD guiding principles, adopt a common referral platform, participate in an enhanced online shared customer data system, and follow formalized policies and procedures for customer referrals and warm hand‐offs. Their primary responsibilities include informing individuals of services available at the Hubs, referring appropriate individuals to the Hubs, referring individuals to other DTD Referral  Partners, and accepting eligible individuals referred through the DTD network.

Outreach and Education Partner Agencies

Outreach and Education service partners actively reach out to individuals who could potentially benefit from Driving The Dream™, educate individuals about DTD and related resources, and connect individuals to a Care Coordination provider. Partners include agencies that frequently interface with clients, such as government agencies providing benefits or direct client services, 2‐1‐1, hospitals, childcare providers, schools, first responders, crisis centers, outreach coalitions, etc.

Driving the Dream is comprised of a number of partners

*118 Agencies as of 10/31/22

Funders and Supporters