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

October 2019

We held our Employee Appreciation Event at Max Bowl Port Arthur to celebrate our wonderful employees with a bowling tournament, food, karaoke, pool, arcade games and employee awards!

Our Port Arthur location hosted its 7th Annual Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer Awareness Event! Thank you to the Gift of Life Program and Port Arthur Police Department for helping make the event a success!

"We saw so many wonderful organizations and women telling their stories and celebrating their victories against this dreadful disease, so we decided to begin educating the beautiful, smart ladies with intellectual and developmental disabilities with guest speakers on ways to prevent, detect and eliminate the possibilities of getting this disease," said Dorothy McCloud. "The Spindletop ladies leave with knowledge and information that they can share with their families and a gift bag."

"We also had a separate session for the men on prostate cancer awareness. The men were educated about the importance of getting check-ups. They were motivated and encouraged to take their health and wellness more seriously. Our guest speakers did an amazing job."

Thanks to Lamar State College - Orange for having us at their 50th Birthday Bash and Fall Festival!

Some of our employees dressed up for Halloween at work! Also, the individuals in our intellectual and developmental disabilities programs had their annual Halloween event and costume contest!

Here are new employees who started in October! Give them a warm welcome if you see them!

Back Row (Left to Right): Richarre Antoine, Hanna Braneff, Carya Jones, Lorrie Tobey

Front Row (Left to Right): Summer Biscamp, Devin Bernal, Leticia Sedatole, Paige McCartney

(Left to Right): Savannah Simon, Jaime Jones, Morgann Talbot, John Casey

Spindletop Center’s Employee Appreciation Committee is selling shirts to benefit employees who were impacted by Tropical Storm Imelda.


Shirts will be on sale now until November 9 for $20 each. If you would like to order a shirt, please visit and select the $20 donation option with the Stronger Together shirt description. 


Then select your size and color option in the "Where would you like your donation applied?" section.


Shirts will be available for pickup on November 15 in our HR Building at 655 South 8th Street in Beaumont.


If you have any questions, please call Gayle Kemmerer at 409-784-5547 or email at

Our Substance Use Disorder Program held a retirement party for Emanuel Preston, program specialist I, who is retiring after six years at Spindletop Center! We wish him the best!

Thanks to Lamar University, the Lamar University Student Health Center and Mental Health America of Southeast Texas for having us at their Suicide Prevention Awareness Event. Thanks to the students for attending the presentation!

Since 2016, Spindletop Center has employed instructors to teach Zumba and yoga classes to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who attend our programs. 

Tricia Deland, a licensed teacher of Zumba and Zumba gold, holds a certificate for Primary Group Exercise from the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA).

"My students fell in love with Zumba gold right from the start and I fell in love with them," Tricia said. "I have been so blessed to be able to teach at Spindletop these past few years!"

"The main reason that I enjoy teaching Zumba gold at Spindletop is my student's enthusiasm. They get so excited about each dance and they let their excitement show, which makes it so much fun for me. I have come to know most of my students by name and I love interacting with each of them!"

"My experience at Spindletop has been absolutely amazing and wonderful. I look forward to teaching there each week. We exercise in a fun way, which keeps them moving and enjoying it at the same time. The students also make me feel like a rock star when I enter the room! They cheer, clap, holler and are genuinely excited to see me, which makes me feel very special and loved! I couldn't ask for a better place to teach!"

Beth Gallaspy, yoga teacher, took her first yoga class about 20 years ago, completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training program in 2013, and has completed several additional workshops and teaching intensives since then.

"I started teaching for the Spindletop Center in summer 2015," Beth said. "An employee who had been to one of my group classes at what is now Beaumont Power Yoga (then known as Sun Tree Yoga) arranged for the Center to hire me to teach employees one evening per week. That continued for about a year, then we switched to my teaching clients in fall 2016."


"I truly believe that yoga can benefit everyone. It helps you feel better in your body and teaches you to use your breath to calm your mind and settle your spirit. It can be playful and fun! I love sharing the wonderful practice of yoga with individuals at Spindletop Center."


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.

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? Being a part of the First Steps Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Program and Spindletop families.
  2. What is one fact about yourself that most people at Spindletop Center wouldn’t know? I like to travel.
  3. What are your three favorite movies/TV shows? The Sound of Music, How I Met Your Mother, NCIS
  4. What’s something that you hope to cross off your bucket list in the near future? Cruise to the Panama Canal
  5. If you could have any super power, what would it be and why? I would love the ability to fly, mostly just to save gas money.

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 Port Arthur Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Program!

Jaleesa Offord (left), human service tech, Tanesha Hope, customer service rep, Dorothy McCloud, supervisor of Day Programs, Princelette Prevost, human service tech, Natorian Carter, human service tech, Franny Wilson, human service tech, Crystal Casmore, human service tech/team leader, Sandra Mason, human service tech, Chloe Coleman, human service tech, Robert Taylor, unit supervisor, Tamesha Davis, human service tech, Pamela Lancaster, human service tech/event coordinator

The Port Arthur IDD Program provides age appropriate activities to assist individuals with acquiring, retaining and/or improving self-help, socialization and adaptive skills necessary to maneuver successfully in community settings. The goal is to encourage independence, integration and participation in activities of their interest, and that also promote good health and wellness.

"Our team here at PAIDD are diligent at coordinating with the individuals to provide unique, out-of-the-box events and activities to enhance their awareness and exposure," said McCloud. "
My staff are a unique group of very caring, talented and goal driven people. They are constantly challenging each other to create unique, exciting and meaningful events and activities for the individuals. If the individual has an idea, the staff research ways to make their ideas a reality. I appreciate my team!"

Spindletop Center's Job of the Week posts this month included Quality Assurance Specialist, Qualified Mental Health Professional, Crisis Team Leader - Professional Counselor and HR Payroll 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!

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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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