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

August 2019

All Spindletop Center Behavioral Health staff convened for a daylong meeting on August 21 in preparation for the new fiscal year beginning September 1!

 

Dr. Scott P. Strang, Spindletop’s chief clinical officer, presented an overview of the division’s key strategic initiatives for FY20. Leadership from the Human Resources and Quality Assurance departments presented on issues and challenges that have merged in the past year. Staff were provided opportunities to ask questions, meet with their new directors and teammates, and to identify their priorities for the upcoming year.

Congratulations to the Pay It Forward Campaign recipients Ebony Chambers, Nekiesha Cotes and Barbara Mott!

These individuals were honored for their hard work and dedication to Spindletop Center and the individuals we serve at the Center's Pay It Forward Celebration.

They have carried the mission and values of Spindletop Center by going above and beyond, providing excellent customer service, improving our Center, working with others, and demonstrating adaptability to change. Congratulations and thank you! #SpindletopCares

Since it's #BacktoSchool time and students have returned, we thought we'd share a few photos of our chief officers when they were in school!

1. Holly Borel - Chief Executive Officer
2. Lisa Gibbs - Chief Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Officer
3. Creslyn Davis - Chief of Human Resources
4. Denise LeBlanc - Chief Financial Officer

Here are new employees that started in August! Give them a warm welcome if you see them!

Back Row (Left to Right):  Tracy Kemper, Marlon Bill, Jazmyne Dumes, Karen Spears, Heather Dews, Melba Hilliard

Front Row (Left to Right): Christine Pipes, Kiara Cuellar Mendez, Rebecca Burns, Jada Viney, Rachel Escagne, Alicia Permenter

Back Row (Left to Right):  Amanda Sigee, Patrick Harris, Ashley Haynes, Raven Malley

Front Row (Left to Right): Jena Aldredge, Sakurah Fisher, Heather Howlett, DeVonna Harris

The Golden Triangle Recovery Community is hosting the Recovery Rally at the Pavilion on September 14 in Port Arthur! It's a free family friendly event. See the flyer for more details.

Here are a few photos from our 4th Annual Mental Health Symposium on August 1 at the Jefferson Theatre!

Some of our staff and consumers participated in #NationalBowTieDay on August 28!

Thanks to Nederland ISD for having us at their 13th Annual Health Fair on August 1!

Kari Dolan, grant writer, recently attended the AmeriCorps VISTA Sponsor Convening in Orlando to learn more about Spindletop’s commitment to sponsor nine VISTAs (Volunteers in Service to America) over the next three years.

 

Two VISTAs will be working to develop a community garden in Port Arthur in collaboration with our Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Program and the other seven will aid in the center’s transition to become a CCBHC (Certified Community Behavioral Health Center) as well as obtaining accreditation from CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities).

 

If you know of anyone interested in working as an AmeriCorps volunteer, please call 409-839-2212. Click here for more information about the positions. Those selected will earn a small stipend for their service and will gain invaluable experience for their future career endeavors.

Our first two AmeriCorps VISTAs during their first day!

 

As a former VISTA, Cathryn Cole (right) will supervise all projects the VISTA team is working on including the Spindletop Community Capacity Building while Sarah Yashinskie (left) spends her focus on building a community garden in Port Arthur in collaboration with our Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Program.

 

Kari Dolan (middle), grant writer, will serve as the VISTA project director.

Thanks to West Orange-Cove Consolidated ISD for having us at their 21st Annual Employee Health Fair on August 21!

Say hello to your Spindletop Leadership Academy 2019-2020 Class!

(Left to right): Jazmine Avery, Hana Bekele Mekonnen-Sithole, Tamika Elam, Crystal Tucker, Daphne Jones, Linda Williams, Shaequaya Jones, Stephanie Speece and (Whitney Murdock-Facilitator)

Our Early Childhood Intervention team was featured in the ECI Connection August Newsletter! Check out the article below.

Click the image to watch our PSA from August!

Experiencing a traumatic event, such as a natural disaster, the death of a loved one or domestic violence, can cause feelings of fear, anger or sadness, and even lead to mental health issues.
Having a proper support system to help boost resilience can prevent many long term effects.
You don't have to go through this alone. For more information, call (409) 839-1000.

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? I really enjoy working with our consumers and watching their lives take off into a better direction.
  2. What is one fact about yourself that most people at Spindletop Center wouldn’t know? I believe most people would never know how truly bashful I really am.
  3. What are your three favorite movies/TV shows? I’m a true girl, so movies like Pretty Woman, Sweet Home Alabama, and most westerns.
  4. What’s something that you hope to cross off your bucket list in the near future? I hope to take a cruise to Alaska.
  5. If you could have any super power, what would it be and why? I would like to have the ability to walk on water, and translate.

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 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Supported Employment Program!

Lauren Hays (left), workforce development specialist II, Mary Jackson, workforce development specialist II, Patricia Fontenot, program supervisor I, Randy Whitman, workforce development specialist III, CiJi Levier, customer service representative III, Mary Bean, workforce development specialist II
(not pictured Marilyn Richmond, workforce development specialist II)

"The Supported Employment department is essential in assisting individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities find and maintain integrated and gainful employment in the community," said Monica Zoch, associate director of IDD Provider Services. "Our supported employment staff work tirelessly to job develop with the individuals they serve and identify employment in which they can be successful. They also provide essential supports on the job site to train individuals on their assigned job duties. Without the wonderful assistance provided by the supported employment department, many individuals would not receive the much need support to find and maintain employment."

"Mr. Randy Whitman will begin a new chapter in his life on September 6 as he enters retirement," said Fontenot. "We thank him for his 40 years of service and we will truly miss him in Supported Employment."

Spindletop Center's Job of the Week posts this month included Maintenance Specialist III, Customer Service Rep, Human Service Tech I, Speech Language Pathologist!
To find out more about these positions, and all of our available positions, visit our job website
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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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655 South 8th Street
Beaumont, Texas 77701
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