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December 2020

Spindletop Center Brings Free Online Wellness Tool to Southeast Texas 

To help serve the Southeast Texas community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Spindletop Center launched a new partnership with myStrength Inc. to offer free online wellness tools to their clients, Spindletop Center employees and the community. myStrength provides personalized resources to promote sustained mental health wellness and overall well-being. 

“We know people in our Southeast Texas community are struggling emotionally due to the prolonged stress and anxiety caused by the pandemic,” said Holly Borel, chief executive officer of Spindletop Center. “Our hope is that by providing free access to the myStrength application, we are giving the community a resource they can use to find inspiration and hope to help process how they are feeling so they can make it through these difficult times.” 

The myStrength website is a self-management tool for managing emotional well-being and motivation, which supports whole person health through customized resources. Users can engage in their personalized eLearning program after completing a wellness assessment. myStrength’s guided programs are supplemented by tools, a mood tracker and inspirational quotes and videos. 

“myStrength offers behavioral health tools that foster resilience and self-empowerment to live better and healthier lives,” said Borel. “We are thrilled to bring this helpful resource to Southeast Texas with the assistance of the Episcopal Health Foundation.” 

To sign-up for a FREE myStrength account, visit https://appv2.mystrength.com/go/stctr/STCCommunity

Stronger Together Flyer

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 
StrongerTogether@stctr.org today.

The Texas Mental Health Creative Arts Contest is taking submissions now until March 1! The art contest is designed to help fight mental health stigma. Winners in each category will receive special recognition and prizes. To find out more and enter the contest, visit https://gallery.txsystemofcare.org/
Congratulations to Some Other Place for being awarded the Frank M. Adams Outstanding Community Volunteer Service Award by the Texas Council of Community Centers on December 10.

Spindletop Center nominated Some Other Place for the award due to their partnership with the Center and the work that Some Other Place does to serve the community, such as delivering meals to homebound residents, offering financial assistance with housing and providing a day center for individuals who are homeless. The award was presented to Paula O’Neal, executive director of Some Other Place, by Holly Borel, chief executive officer of Spindletop Center, in a virtual ceremony that brought community center professionals together from across the state of Texas.

Beaumont Enterprise toured the newly renovated Hope Center and spoke with staff about the services and support Hope Center provides to the community. Read the article by clicking the photo above!
Screenshot from Holiday Stress Public Service Announcement

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.
Thank you to Cheniere Energy Inc. for their recent donation to Spindletop Center!

The donation of over $7,000 is going to aid in the reopening of Hope Center.

“The Hope Center is grateful to Cheniere Energy for this generous donation,” said Garry Lewis, director of the Hope Center. “With these funds, we will be able to purchase new educational materials, replenish our food pantry and buy art supplies.”
 
Hope Center is a peer-run facility offering support groups and activities to promote mental health and substance use disorder recovery and wellness. The facility was devastated during Tropical Storm Imelda and needed to be fully restored. Hope Center reopened on Monday, Nov. 30 to the community, with renovated facilities and new furniture.
 
“The emotional wellbeing of our community has been impacted by the recent unprecedented circumstances, so now more than ever Cheniere is committed to doing its part to contribute to the resilience of Southeast Texas,” said Maas Hinz, vice president and general manager of Cheniere Energy Inc.’s Sabine Pass facility.
 
The funds were donated as a part of a mental health initiative at Cheniere Energy Inc. Employees at Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass facility participated in an internal mental health awareness campaign and fundraising drive. During the month of November, Cheniere Energy Inc. promoted group discussions on mental health stereotypes and facilitated engaging activities for employees to participate in. This initiative enabled Cheniere Energy Inc. to make a difference within their Sabine Pass facility, as well as the community.

Support Spindletop Center today and everyday when shopping on Amazon! Shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/74-1684198 to generate donations for Spindletop Center. 

After 31 years of service, Sandra Daniel left Spindletop Center, and Center staff held a parade to wish her well!
Spindletop Center's EMT brought in local food truck Taco Rey for on-site staff to enjoy for lunch!
Let’s get to know this month’s Thank You Thursday recipient a little bit better!

Deborah has been a part of the Spindletop Center family for 28 years. In her role, she prepares files for audit reviews, scans and releases records for clients and staff, and moves files from hospitals and labs to Laserfiche. 

Deborah’s supervisor notes that she is professional, a hard worker, and approaches challenging tasks with a smile. She is a true team player, and she cares for her coworkers and our clients.

“Deborah is a hard worker that is driven by her strong work ethic. She is always dependable and does not need any quality checks of her work. You can check it, but it will always be 100% accurate! Deborah is always kind and professional to all callers and to her coworkers. Even when you ask Deborah to do something that she is uncomfortable with, she will always give it her all with a smile. She is a true professional and a joy to work with."

1. What do you enjoy most about working at Spindletop Center?   
Serving our consumers in different capacities throughout my years at Life Resource/BSC/Spindletop

2. What is one fact about yourself that most people at Spindletop Center wouldn’t know? 
 I love Crafting and Genealogy

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

DIY shows, Rachel Maddow and all Avengers Movies


4. What’s something that you hope to cross off your bucket list in the near future? 

To go on my first Crafters Cruise, with our Crafters group


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

To be able to remove all disease, and replace hearts filled with hate, with love.  Reason is because it is heartbreaking to watch people losing their lives  and loved ones to Cancers, COVID, and other diseases. 

Hate destroys, Love gives peace and builds.

Meet Frank Coffin

Frank Coffin has over 40 years of experience in law enforcement, but that wasn't the first career he had considered when he was an undergraduate student at Lamar University. Mr. Coffin majored in Psychology, and when he was planning to continue on to graduate school in that field, his advisor approached him about going into law enforcement. He took his advisor's advice, applying to work for the Beaumont Police Department while completing his graduate degree in criminal justice administration. Over his 40 year career, he worked his way up to Chief of Police and retired in 2011. Now, he is a private investigator, performing witness interviews and completing research to support the individuals and attorneys he works with.

Mr. Coffin has served on Spindletop Center's Board of Trustees since 2011, and he serves as the Vice Chair of the Board. His parents were involved in statewide boards for organizations supporting mental health care and IDD services, contributing to his passion for the work that Spindletop Center does. He enjoys making sure everything runs smoothly at the Center and being involved in the decision making process. He notes that serving on Spindletop Center's Board of Trustees is a rewarding experience. "Spindletop Center is an amazing place because of all of the services it offers," he says.

Mr. Coffin wants Spindletop Center staff to know how amazed he is by the good job that they do and the hard work they put in, that he believes often goes unappreciated. "The job they do is impressive, the average person has no idea what the average Spindletop Center employee does."
Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Spindletop Center for its comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2019. The report has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the report.
 
“This recognition represents Spindletop Center’s commitment to transparency and full disclosure,” said Denise LeBlanc, chief financial officer of Spindletop Center. “Clients, employees, stakeholders and interested parties can be assured that Spindletop is going beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to give a clear and thorough report of our financial position.”
 
The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.
 
“I feel honored, and I am very proud of all the hard work our financial services staff has put forth in achieving this recognition,” said LeBlanc. “We have a very dedicated and efficient team.”
 
Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) advances excellence in government finance by providing best practices, professional development, resources, and practical research for more than 21,000 members and the communities they serve.
Spindletop Center Job of the Week

Spindletop Center's Job of the Week posts this month included Administrative Assistant, Registered Nurse, Custodian, and Behavioral Support Specialist.

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!

Kroger Community Rewards logo

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.

Happy New Year!  As you start 2021, it is a great idea to call a family meeting to come together and set some family goals for the upcoming year!  Here are some suggestions to help get you started:

  1. Be adventurous!  Make a family bucket list of things to do on weekends and in the evenings instead of sitting with Netflix and your electronic devices. 
  2. Get outside more! Activities such as hiking, camping, going to the beach, flying kites in the park, etc. can bring you closer as a family (while maintaining social distancing!) Here is a great book of ideas on getting up and getting out with kids: Fifteen Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids
  3. Be healthy! Make your family’s HEALTH a main priority this year!  A proper sleep schedule, healthy diet, increased physical activity and mental health awareness can help improve your focus, strength and quality of life.  Use the myStrength app to help cope with stress and anxiety.  Set daily step targets. Practice yoga or meditation.  Allow children to help plan and prepare healthy meals.  Enjoy an evening walk or bike ride around the neighborhood to spend some time together and improve physical fitness.
  4. Be grateful! Practice gratitude as a family.  Write down what you are thankful for- a gratitude journal, post-it notes or jar filled with notes of gratitude towards each other or those outside the family can be a great place to start.  Help younger children with prompts- what are 3 things you are thankful for, name something nice you saw/ate/felt today.  Send thank you notes for more than just gifts- thank others for small acts of kindness and for little deeds that make you smile. The more you practice being grateful, the more you will notice the positivity around you and focus less on the negatives.
  5. Be creative!  Now is the perfect time to learn to draw, watercolor, play an instrument, take pictures, knit/crochet…If you have ever wanted to pick up a new hobby, challenge yourself to start today! Here are 5 practical ways to keep your creative resolutions: https://blog.ed.ted.com/2017/01/31/5-practical-ways-to-keep-your-creative-resolutions/
  6. Be silly! Life is stressful- especially now. Learning to live through a pandemic, social and political unrest, and a new way of virtual learning/work has been hard on everyone.  Make having fun a priority- dance, sing, have family game nights!  Make an effort to be silly and to laugh more with your family. Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain and protects you from the damaging effects of stress…it is the best medicine!
COVID-19 Symptoms Infographic

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 https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/public.aspx.

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, programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and substance use recovery services for each stage of life. Our mission is to help people help themselves by providing resources and supports.

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