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Here's what's been happening at Spindletop Center!

December 2019

The Center hosted a Retirement Party for Caron Tigner to celebrate her 31 years at Spindletop!
Congratulations Caron!

Caron Tigner was one of the few Spindletop employees who was here for over 30 years.

If you enter her office, you’re always greeted by her warm, welcoming spirit.

“I’m a human resource specialist. I’ve been here 31 years, 5 months and 17 days,” she said.

She recruited, interviewed and handled employee’s relations at Spindletop. Caron highlighted that one of her major accomplishments here was learning all the HR policies and procedures.

“You have to be aware of all the guidelines or you could put your company in danger,” she said.

Caron went on to say she never had the chance to go to college, but that didn’t stop her from applying to Spindletop.

“I don’t hold a degree, but I did a lot of vocational training in different areas like accounting and clerical staff,” she said.

Before applying to Spindletop, Caron was attending a computer training school, which is when she decided she would work at Spindletop.

“This job was a godsend,” she said. “I moved to Texas, and Spindletop was one of the places looking for an applicant. I applied and was hired on June 1, 1988.”

Caron is always willing to give advice to new employees.

“Do everything you can to understand what your responsibilities are so you can carry out those responsibilities,” she said. “That will lead you to a long, fruitful career here.”

Caron emphasized how the Spindletop employee appreciation events always made her feel appreciated.

“I think the culture at Spindletop is great,” she said. “Being here feels like you are a part of a family. I love my job, my coworkers and what I do.”

Santa and his elf stopped by the Spindletop Cafe to give gifts to our school-aged individuals!
This activity was sponsored by the Consumer/Advocate Advisory Committee (C/AAC), which benefitted from the sundae sale that was held earlier in November.

Toye Babb (left) and GeRon McGlory (2nd from right) presented information to the Port Arthur Independent School District Parent Transition staff, individuals and families!

Two AmeriCorps VISTAs are working to create a garden accessible to all individuals at Spindletop Center with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Meet our two gardeners!


Sarah's experiences as a Health Education Specialist led her from Maryland to pursue a project which will facilitate healthy living in our community. Shannon's experiences in the mental health community have led her to a strong realization that gardening is not only great for physical health, but is also a great tool to help people feel healthy mentally. These two VISTAs are passionate about providing individuals at Spindletop with the possibility for personal growth through growing their own food.


If you would like to donate to the garden or get involved in any way, please contact Shannon with the Spindletop VISTA Gardening Team at


(Left to Right: Sarah and Shannon)

Two more AmeriCorps VISTAs started at Spindletop Center!

Shannon McNicholas (left) will spend her time focusing on building a community garden in Port Arthur in collaboration with our Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Program while Teri Wilkinson (right) focuses on advancing the implementation of the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accreditation.

A number of Spindletop Center supervisors and management staff attended a two-day National Council Middle Management Academy at the Holiday Inn in Beaumont and become graduates!

Here are a few photos from the photobooth at the Center's Holiday Party at the Holiday Inn!

We had a great time at the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce's annual Let it Shine event at the Holiday Inn!

Some of our Youth Recovery Community and Substance Use Services staff participated in the 6th Annual Christmas in the Park event and handed out items to the homeless. Even some retired staff and community partners were there!

Our Employee Appreciation Committee hosted a Christmas with Santa Holiday Party for staff and their families in the Spindletop Cafe. The evening was filled with fun, food, crafts and Santa!

In early December, we held a Hispanic Community Outreach Event with other community organizations at La Luz Del Mundo in Port Arthur. It was a wonderful event and a success! Other organizations that attended were The Arc of Greater Beaumont, The Association of Professionals & Students, the Partners Resource Network, Family Services of Southeast Texas, Samaritan Counseling Center and Port Arthur ISD Migrant Program.

Various departments around the Center held their own holiday parties and gatherings!

Click the image to watch our PSA from December!
Tis the season for holiday cheer, but the hustle and bustle of the holiday season can also trigger stress for many people.
To reduce stress during this time of the year,
Stay organized
Share tasks
Take breaks when needed
Limit those holiday comfort foods and choose a healthier option
For more information, call 409-839-1000. This message is brought to you by Spindletop Center, proudly promoting healthy living in our community.

Let’s get to know this month’s Thank You Thursday recipient a little bit better!
  1. What do you enjoy most about working at Spindletop Center? What I love about my job is serving my clients. As a counselor I am goal oriented and I view therapy as a collaborative relationship in which clients can become empowered to pursue change from their current situation to reach greater peace and content in their life. Seeing the changes and growth of my clients is very filling.
  2. What is one fact about yourself that most people at Spindletop Center wouldn’t know? I love traveling around the world. I have family in all seven continents. Also, I have visited at least one country in every continent except Antarctica and Australia.
  3. What are your three favorite movies/TV shows? The Big Bang Theory, The Sound of Music and all the Disney princess movies.
  4. What’s something that you hope to cross off your bucket list in the near future? I am hoping I will visit Australia soon.
  5. If you could have any super power, what would it be and why? If I could have any super power, it would be flying, so I can go see the world.

Each month, we will highlight one of our programs or departments with photos and a description of what that program or department does.
This month, we're highlighting our Purchasing Department!

Aleia Darjean (left), purchaser II, Richetta Blanchard, purchaser VI

The Purchasing Department provides procurement services to all departments and programs, as well as our individuals. We purchase whatever is needed to service the departments including vehicles, furniture, office supplies and medical supplies. We also assist virtually all program committees with their purchasing needs to have successful events.

"Our purchasing team is dedicated with helping in any way we can to achieve the goals of Spindletop Center and its individuals," said Blanchard. "We serve on several committees, such as the Event Committee, Mental Health Fun Day Committee, Safety Committee and the Gala Committee.  We are a department of two, however, we are a very strong unit and we have a great working relationship. I am very proud of our department and its commitment to Spindletop Center.  We are Stronger Together!"


"Who doesn't want a personal shopper?" said Denise LeBlanc, chief financial officer at Spindletop Center. "Richetta and Aleia are experts at finding what is needed and at the best price. Be sure to send all purchasing requests to them to keep us in compliance with purchasing regulations and to save you time!"

Spindletop Center's Job of the Week posts this month included Maintenance Specialist, Early Intervention Specialist, Training Specialist and Accountant!
To find out more about these positions, and all of our available positions, visit our job website and be sure to share with your friends and family!

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Spindletop Center is a non-profit healthcare organization specializing in behavioral healthcare, intellectual and developmental disabilities and substance use disorders for each stage of life. Our mission is to help people help themselves by providing resources and supports.

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Spindletop Center
655 South 8th Street
Beaumont, Texas 77701
Crisis Line: 1-800-937-8097

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