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

November 2020

Spindletop Center hopes everyone had a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving! Ahead of the holiday, we asked some of our individuals what they were thankful for this year. Click the photo above to see what they said.
#GivingTuesday is here!

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Whether you come together with your family, your community or your organization, find a way to give back.

You can support Spindletop Center and other nonprofits by giving a donation, your time or the power of your voice.

Donate to Spindletop Center today at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/spicen/. You can select the program or service you wish to donate to, including our Community Garden, Early Childhood Intervention Program, and more. You can also start your own fundraiser on Facebook and select Spindletop Center as the nonprofit organization.

Thank you for your support!
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.

Kelsey Johnson with 12News talked with Rita Drake, Clinical Supervisor at Spindletop Center, about election anxiety. Watch the segment by clicking the image above!
Screenshot from Holiday Stress Public Service Announcement

Click the image to watch our PSA from November!

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.

Make a difference this holiday. Shop for gifts at smile.amazon.com/ch/74-1684198 to generate donations for Spindletop Center.

Hope Center is Open!

As of November 30, Hope Center is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm. Stop by to check out their newly renovated space, with updated paint, flooring, and furniture.

About Hope Center
Hope Center is a peer-run facility offering support groups and activities to promote mental health and substance use disorder recovery and wellness. These activities include arts and crafts, goal setting sessions, lunches and daily group meetings with peer support specialists. 


Hope Center accepts applications on an on-going basis throughout the year. Community members interested in joining Hope Center can complete an application in-person at 2725 S 8th Street, Beaumont, TX Monday through Friday between 9:00 am until 2:00 pm.
Jordan James
Let’s get to know this month’s Thank You Thursday recipient a little bit better!

Jordan James has been a part of the Spindletop Center family for 6 years. In his role, he supervises Service Coordinators in Port Arthur and Beaumont. He is responsible for HHS expectations of the Local IDD Authority Service Coordinators who are assigned to the individuals enrolled in the Home and Community-based services Medicaid waiver program as well as working with the public and the private providers of the waiver service.

Jordan's supervisor notes that he is a strong advocate for the individuals we serve and seeks to gain new knowledge to better help them.

"Jordan is a strong advocate for individuals with IDD who are served in the HCS program. He readily shares information from HHS with staff and assists them in understanding HHS guidelines and required procedures for the HCS Medicaid waiver. Jordan also likes to increase his knowledge regarding resources for the individuals/families served."

1. What do you enjoy most about working at Spindletop Center?   
I enjoy helping the people we serve to be able to better advocate for themselves. It makes me feel proud when I’m able to see someone start to share their thoughts and desires about the services they receive and their life in general. I have an innate desire to help others and working at Spindletop makes me feel that I am serving a purpose with my life.

2. What is one fact about yourself that most people at Spindletop Center wouldn’t know? 
I don’t have a degree in Social Work, it’s in Political Science.

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

Black Lighting, The Italian Job, and My Lottery Dream Home


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


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

I would like the power to teleport. It would make traveling easier, just think of a place and be there in an instant.

The Crisis Counseling Program team went out into the community and handed out bags filled with snacks, drinks, and toiletry items to people who are homeless earlier this month. 
In honor of Corporate Compliance and Ethics Week (November 1-7), we highlighted the work of our Spindletop Center Compliance Officer Creslyn Davis! As the Compliance Officer, Creslyn oversees all aspects of compliance for the Center, ensuring that no forms of fraud, waste, or abuse take place in any of our programs or services.

Creslyn holds ethics and compliance in high regard, perceiving ethics as "evaluating the historical infrastructure concerning society." She takes a collaborative approach to compliance concerns through the Compliance Committee, who meet regularly to discuss concerns and create solutions.
Spindletop Center Job of the Week

Spindletop Center's Job of the Week posts this month included Qualified Mental Health Professional, Executive Assistant, Director of Human Resources, and ECI Administrative Coordinator.

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.

Stay on top of stress! It seems like the holidays sneak up on us every year, no matter how prepared you are! Write down the things you need to do (Christmas shopping, food preparation, wrapping presents, etc.) and have a tentative schedule for when it will be done. Don’t forget to include some self- care time and to get enough sleep. The holiday season is typically busier than normal, and it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Remember to enjoy these times and the REASON for the added stressors!

Make memories, not debt! Gift-giving is a fun experience, but be mindful of overspending this holiday season. Set a budget and stick to it! Set priorities for gift-giving, travel and decorations that will not leave you in a hole as you move into the New Year! Due to the pandemic, family and friends may be feeling extra pressure this year. Purchase meaningful gifts- a grocery gift card would be a welcome gift for a family; a special book is the perfect gift for a child, homemade baked goods would be a great treat for your neighbors, and a video slideshow of family pictures would be a welcome gift for parents and grandparents. Give coupons for date nights, movie nights, picnics, etc. to a loved one- these meaningful experiences will make memories that will outlast anything you could purchase in a store!

Eat healthy, stay active. Eat fruits and vegetables which pack nutrients and help lower the risk for certain diseases. Limit your portion sizes and foods high in fat, salt, and sugar. Also, be active for at least 2½ hours a week and help kids and teens be active for at least 1 hour a day.

Enjoy Holiday themed workouts! Go caroling, take a walk around the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights and put on your favorite Christmas music to dance around while decorating and cooking this holiday season! (More ideas here: itstimetexas.org/healthy-holidays/)

Remember to stay safe and follow social distancing guidelines when planning your holiday events. Holiday celebrations will likely need to be different this year- avoid activities that are higher risk for spread. Plan a Netflix watch party to view your favorite holiday movies, attend religious ceremonies via Zoom, or host a virtual happy hour with family and friends with an Ugly Christmas Sweater or PJs theme! Have a virtual dinner and share recipes with friends and families! Now is the time to be creative in how we can be together, even when we are apart!

Mask Do's and Don'ts from the CDC

Do:

  • Make sure you can breathe through it

  • Wear it whenever going out in public

  • Make sure it covers your nose and mouth

  • Wash after using
     

Don't:

  • Use on children under age 2

  • Use surgical masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE) intended for healthcare workers

 

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

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, 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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