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October has been a very busy month for Nevins. We have had several big events and we still continue to give back to our community with our volunteering that include Meals on Wheels, Raptor Center, Samaritan House, and Classroom Central. Nevins and our individuals that we support were also honored for a day at the Samaritan House volunteer appreciation that took place on October 18th. We also held a successful breast cancer awareness day that included a walk and an American Cancer Society representative that came and educated our staff and participants on the importance of breast cancer screening. Our (b3) Supported Employment Services continue to grow with new referrals and several new opportunities that support our mission. Individuals that have been instrumental to helping this service be a success are, Derek Littlefield, Marlene June, Stanford Davis, Flisha Stancil, Delores Miller, and Charles Washington. Thank you for your hard work and continued dedication.
November brings the start of the holidays and some special events including the second annual visit to the Universoul circus and our annual staff Thanksgiving Lunch, be on the look out for more details about these and other great goings on at Nevins.
Nevins would like to welcome Joyce Korzen to our Board of Directors. Joyce is a VP with Carolina Medical Center and we know that she will share the same passion as Nevins does serving others. We are very excited for her to bring exciting and new ideas that supports our mission. Welcome Joyce!
Congratulations to Tammi Holmes she is the October Employee of the Month! Tammi has been with Nevins for over 10 years. She got her start at Nevins in the Sheltered Workshop and then transitioned to housekeeping. Tammi continues to do a great job and she was able to add an extra day to her workweek when the need arose. Tammi says she “likes coming to work at Nevins, seeing my friends and getting paid.” We all appreciate the great job you do, Tammi!
Autumn is here finally and Nevins just keep getting better! We continue to see steady growth in our Day Support and Employment service programs. We are seeing a lot of old and new faces returning to Nevins, both staff and participants. This goes to show that the word is spreading that Nevins continues to provide quality service, promoting opportunities and learning new skills as our mission states. We have a lot of new ideas and events coming to Nevins for the remainder of the year. However, I would like to thank Patrice Baldwin, Tanisha Rorie, Natasha Young, Glendalyn Jeffers, and Helen Martin and all who are involved with the event planning that helps keep everything organized and engaging for all of our staff and individuals we support! Stay tuned to our monthly newsletter and facebook for upcoming events!
We are very excited to thank our friends at Festa Italiana and Adventure Vans. With their help and generosity we are adding 2 new vans to our fleet including a handicap accessible one so we can all do more in the community through volunteering and learning field trips.
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Congratulations to Jaharis Ogando for our September Employee of the month. Jaharis started at Nevins as a volunteer over the summer in our Nevins Camp. Jaharis brought new energy, creative ideas, and passion with her everyday. Her program manager felt she would be a asset to her team in the Abilities and Possibilities program and she came on full?time in August. Jaharis, says “I enjoy this population, and working in a group setting with these individuals, overall it is rewarding and gratifying to help them all achieve their independence.” Jaharis has an Associate degree in Criminal Justice and is currently working on her second Associates Degree in Surgical Technologies through CPCC.
Our staff wanted to help out ALS in support of their recent success with the ALS Challenge. We did, but with our own Nevins Twist! Enjoy the video, Share it to share our mission, and make your own confetti challenge video and share it with us!
Nevins Confetti Challenge
And donations received will be used to fund our Scholarship program helping more people gain access to our services!
Thank you, and remember to clean up the confetti quickly, it gets everywhere!
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What a wonderful end to a great summer! Our Nevins summer camp was an awesome success partnered with our Abilities and Possibilities Program. Thank you to Natasha Young and her staff and volunteers for providing a wonderful experience to all of the individuals that attended. We look forward to next summer! Our commitment to providing quality services and customer service continues to benefit our mission we
serve here at Nevins. We are growing and we welcome new and past participants
back to Nevins. I give credit to all the staff that is out there promoting our core
values and mission. Nevins continued guiding principles are innovation and vision,
integrity and trust, respect for all people, individualism and unlimited potential, and I
thank everyone that carries on our vision.
Our partnership with Carolina’s Medical Center is a positive example on how we successfully employ program participants with disabilities. Our individuals are entitled to equal pay and other forms of compensation as well as job assignments, classifications, organizational structures, position descriptions and lines of progression.
On Friday, October 3rd we will welcome fall with our Fall Festival. From 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm come back to Nevins to kick off Autumn with music, dancing and fun. This event is open to guests and the community so invite friends and family. We have a lot of other events and exciting program opportunities in the future. Stay tuned!
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Congratulations to Carol Forston the Nevins August Employee of the Month! Carol has been with Nevins since Oct. 2014 . . . almost a year. She is a Charlotte native with two children, Achley 23 & Gevonnie II 10 and recently married Gevonnie Harris. Carol has a son with Down Syndrome and because of this has developed a passion for working with others who have similar disabilities. She enjoys working for Nevins and wants to continue to learn .
It has been a very busy time for Nevins this summer. Our summer camp partnered with our Abilities and Possibilities program have been going strong, and we continue to grow in our Innovations Day and Employment programs as well. I am very pleased and proud of everyone that continues to make Nevins a positive place to be that enriches the individuals lives that we serve. Thank you to the solid management team that continues to provide leadership and guidance to our front line staff!We continue to receive encouraging feedback from family members, friends and longtime supporters of Nevins. In contrast to where we have been in the past, Nevins faces increased competition among organizations that provide similar services to developmentally disabled adults in Mecklenburg County. I firmly believe, as do all the Nevins Staff, that no one does it as well as Nevins ,and we are committed to maintaining our position as a leading service provider. With all those accomplishments I am most proud to say that we are providing services to 14% more individuals than last year. That means that 14% more individuals are receiving high quality person?centered education, training and care, and helping them live more fulfilled lives. Lets take this opportunity to get the word out that Nevins is growing and back to innovating new programs and services to better meet the needs of the developmentally disabled community. Since we all are a part of this community share your story of Nevins with somebody along with a brochure(available in the Admin office.) You never know when you might help make the connection to somebody who needs our help or who can help us.
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Congratulations to Abdul Lusack for the Nevins July Employee of the Month! Abdul has been with the Nevins family for over a year. Abdul went from working with teenagers to now working with the adult population where he feels this is where his passion and calling is. Abdul says, “I do enjoy working with the individuals that Nevins serves and helping them work on different skill sets and becoming more independent with their daily lives and decision making, we also have great staff and a wonderful management team, and I like the fact that management has an open door policy that makes us all feel appreciated and comfortable for us to approach for advice and suggestions to make our jobs more fulfilling”. Congrats Abdul!
Happy New Fiscal Year! Summer is officially here and it has brought on some hot weather! We are closing the books on a successful year and we are continuing to make strides to improve and add to our overall services. . . . For more read the Newsletter here.
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