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October 2020

Click the image above to see Spindletop Center's Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report!
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Stronger Together Spindletop Cares
Stronger Together Spindletop Cares is a series of wellness calls, virtual support groups and other supports available FREE to the public to help our community cope in these uncertain times.

To learn more about how you can participate, please email today.

Thank you to Port Arthur News for sharing a story about the work Qualified Mental Health Professional Lauree Chapman, along with a mental health liaison from the Port Arthur Police Department and a member of the SETX Civilian Task Force, did to assist a woman in Port Arthur. Read the story by clicking the image above.

Click the image to watch our PSA from October!

Over 3.2 million students are bullied each year, which peaks during middle school.

Bullying can include teasing, physically hurting someone, spreading rumors, leaving others out on purpose, and cyberbullying.

If you see someone being bullied, stand up for them or find someone who can help.

Protect yourself and encourage others to be kind to one another.

For more information, call us today at 409-839-1000.
Spindletop Center hosted the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Out of the Darkness community walk on Saturday, October 17 on our South Campus in Beaumont. At this event, participants were able to pick up t-shirts and resources, participate in a memorial event, drop off donations, and purchase merchandise entirely from their cars. 

The Out of the Darkness Experience is a journey of remembrance, hope, and support. It unites our communities and provides an opportunity to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about.
AmeriCorps VISTA Shannon McNicholas just finished her service term at Spindletop Center, but before she left, she made some gardening videos, including this one on What to Plant Right Now for your fall and winter garden!

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The Center hosted a virtual retirement celebration for Ginny Morgan after 25 years of service. Ginny and her family were joined by Center staff virtually, as staff members shared memories of their time working with Ginny and wished her well in her next chapter.

Congratulations to Ginny!
Let’s get to know this month’s Thank You Thursday recipient a little bit better!

Our Thank You Thursday recipient is Lisa Stark, Rehabilitation Teacher I! Lisa has been a part of the Spindletop Center family for 10 years. In her role, she supervises the LEAP and CHARM Day Programs, which includes 10 staff and about 50 individuals.

Lisa’s supervisor notes that she is a strong advocate for the individuals we serve and provides great support for her staff.

“Ms. Lisa is a vital member of IDD Provider services, and she is someone whom many can rely upon. Lisa provides guidance and leadership to her staff, and she serves the individuals with compassion, understanding, and knowledge.”

1. What do you enjoy most about working at Spindletop Center? 
Honestly, it’s when the individuals are happy and acting silly with me and the staff. Even on bad days they can make me laugh!

2. What is one fact about yourself that most people at Spindletop Center wouldn’t know? 
I love to play in the dirt! When I get outside in my garden I stayed out there until it gets dark or the mosquitoes run me in; I seriously get down and dirty! I absolutely love working in my yard.  I have plants everywhere so it keeps me really busy!

3. What are your three favorite movies/TV shows? 

A Thin Line Between Love and Hate
Everybody Hates Chris
Twilight Trilogy (New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn 1 & 2)- I LOVE Taylor Lautner

4. What’s something that you hope to cross off your bucket list in the near future? 
Finish writing my book. I have everything lined up to have it published but these last few chapters are emotionally draining. But with God all things are possible!

5. If you could have any super power, what would it be and why? 

I wish I could read minds! I know I probably wouldn’t like most of what is revealed but if I can save people from committing suicide then it would be worth it!

The pain that suicide leaves on a family is unimaginable!

Thank you to our Direct Support Staff!

In honor of Direct Support Professional Recognition Week, our EMT and IDD Supervisors wanted to say Thank You to our Direct Support Professionals at Spindletop Center! Click the image above to watch their video.

Spindletop Center thanks our Direct Support Professionals for all you do for our individuals and the Center!

About Direct Support Professional Recognition Week

Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week (September 13-19, 2020) is an amazing opportunity to feature the committed, groundbreaking direct support labor force that is at the heart and soul of assistance for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD). The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) recognizes and thanks DSPs around the United States who help make all the difference in the world for people with disabilities.

DSPs are essential to the values and mission of NACDD and our member Councils. As we work to ensure that every individual with an I/DD is empowered and equipped to lead an independent, meaningful, and full life, a DSP stands ready to ensure the success of that individual. Especially during this time in the pandemic, the role of the DSP has become even more crucial. We recognize the difficulty of making sure everyone remains safe, yet also cared for. DSPs are truly so much more than a health worker, or nurse, or job coach as they combine so many different professions into one.

The L.E.A.D. Committee celebrated the Leadership Academy Class of 2020 graduates on Friday, October 16 with a parade.

Congratulations to the graduates: Jazmine Avery, Tamika Elam-Frank, Daphne Jones, Shaequaya Jones, Hana Mekonnen Sithole, and Crystal Tucker!

Meet Nicole Lavergne 

Nicole Lavergne, our newest ex-officio Board of Trustees member, is a Lamar University Senior majoring in Speech and Hearing Sciences and minoring in Dance. As an LU student, she is involved in a variety of campus organizations, including the Catholic Student Center, the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, and the Honors Student Association. 

Nicole is passionate about helping others and giving back to her community. She gained this passion from performing on a dance team when she was younger, as they performed routines in nursing homes and brought joy to those in the audience. She knew she wanted a career that was rooted in helping others, which led her to her current major and inspired her to participate on Spindletop Center’s Board of Trustees.  

“The work that Spindletop Center does aligns well with what I plan to do professionally for the rest of my life.” said Nicole. “I want a career where I am helping other people.” 

We are able to welcome Nicole to our Board of Trustees thanks to the Stepping Up program at Lamar University. This program, which is offered through Lamar University’s Reaud Honors College, provides students with an introduction to local non-profits and prepares them for a career in service. Nicole has always been interested in learning about non-profits, and although taking this step puts her out of her comfort zone, she is enjoying the experience. 

“Everyone has been very helpful, and I feel like everyone wants me to succeed,” said Nicole. “I am very excited for this opportunity, and I am ready to jump in and do the best that I can.” 

Spindletop Center Job of the Week

Spindletop Center's Job of the Week posts this month included MVPN Peer Coordinator, Outreach Coordinator, Resident Specialist, and Qualified Mental Health Professional.

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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Support Spindletop Center just by shopping at Kroger! It's easy when you enroll in Kroger Community Rewards®! To get started, sign up with your Plus Card using the link below, and select "Spindletop Center" as the local organization you wish to support. Once you're enrolled, you'll earn rewards every time you shop and use your Plus Card! Happy shopping! Just click here.

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Don't forget, employees and their dependents who are covered on the Center's health insurance have access to Teladoc/Telemedicine! For more information, refer to your Employee Benefits Guide or contact Human Resources.

Thankful for Healthy Families This Holiday Season

Tips to Support your Family's Health Goals During the Holidays (and Beyond!)

  1. During breaks from school and work, it can be easy to break your normal routine and over-indulge on your favorite holiday dishes and drinks. Try to maintain your typical eating patterns and avoid extra snacking throughout the day and as you prepare your yummy holiday meals and treats! Keep fresh fruits and vegetables handy to snack on instead of prepackaged and processed treats.
  2. Portion size matters! The amount of food you eat is one of the most important parts of building a healthy eating lifestyle. Children and adults have different caloric and nutritional needs.  How much you eat can affect your weight and risk for heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
  3. Build a healthy plate! High-fiber fruits and vegetables are important sources of vitamins and nutrients and adding them to your meal plan will help you reduce your calorie intake. Instead of appetizers of chips and dips, try a fruit and veggie tray instead! Add healthier options to your menu such as salad, sautéed green beans, roasted carrots and mashed cauliflower.  Learn more about building a healthy plate at
  4. Include your children and partners in preparing your holiday meals. Shop at local farmer’s markets to source locally grown foods. Teach children about reading nutrition labels at the grocery store to pick out healthier food options. Children will often try new foods if they get to see where it comes from and how it is prepared.
  5. Don’t forget to get outside and play! Take advantage of time together by going to the park, riding bikes around the neighborhood or organizing a family game of football or catch! Plan a post-meal walk to burn off those extra calories!
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It is important to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends frequent hand washing, practicing social distancing, and wearing a mask when around others as ways to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

For more information on how to protect yourself from COVID-19, visit the CDC's website.
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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

COVID-19 patients reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Call your doctor if you have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19.

For more information about the coronavirus and updates related to Texas, be sure to visit

Here are photos of some of our staff members responsibly wearing their masks while working.

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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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