want to take the time to wish the very best for Vernell Carr. Vernell has been employed with Nevins Inc. for 26 years and recently decided to retire. Her last day was July 31st. I am sure I can speak for Vernell that in her 26 years there had not been a day that she didn’t want to come to work here, because she loved her job and enjoyed working with the staff and the individuals that Nevins serves. Vernell’s career has been challenging and rewarding, but she always did her best and remained positive to assure that the individuals she worked with were always in her best interest. Vernell made sure to let me know that she would be stopping by Nevins from time to time to visit and reminisce about all the great memories that she has had, but in hindsight we still need her “green thumb”, so we will make sure we make her feel welcomed at any time. Vernell is looking forward to spending more time with her husband Carl and have more freedom to pursue her hobbies and other interests. We wish Vernell all the best from the Nevins family!
Again we would like to thank the Charlotte HOG Chapter for holding their Poker Run on July 8th, and including Nevins as the main benefactor. The Charlotte HOGs continue to be instrumental with the overall success and achievements that have occurred this summer for Nevins!
We would also like to say a great big THANK YOU to Elevation Church for sponsoring the Camp Nevins Field Day on July 27th. Much fun was had by all! Just check out the pictures on page 3 to see how much everyone enjoyed the event.
Our summer fun continues, and I would like to thank all the staff and volunteers who continue to be part of the growth here at Nevins, and I look forward moving into August and what the coming months will bring!
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A New Year for Nevins!
July 1st. is the start of our new fiscal year, and I am very excited to share some of our successes this past year! It’s been rewarding to know that we have accomplished what we had set goals for this past year. Nevins achieved a three year Accreditation with CARF, a roof replacement on our cafeteria, two passenger vans to upgrade our fleet, Administration Office and Technology upgrades, and the development of our art and music therapy programs.
Nevins Inc. has had over 30% growth while delivering quality services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 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 intellectually and developmentally disabled adults in Mecklenburg County. I firmly believe, as do our community members, that no one does it as well as Nevins, and we are committed to maintaining our position as a leading service provider.
Nevins Inc. would like to thank Dr. Voci and the St. Anthony’s Foundation for hosting the 12th Annual Festa Italiana All proceeds benefit the Nevins Center. This year the event was held at the beautiful Courtyards of Gateway Village in Uptown Charlotte, with more restaurants that supported us, as well as top notch entertainment. We do not have overall numbers that have been raised for Nevins yet; however, it has been estimated that 700+ were in attendance! We plan on improving our Technology even more, and could potentially use some of the funds to begin the capital improvement for the Baucom building roof replacement.
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Summer is approaching, and we are looking forward to the several events and activities that Nevins has to offer including our 3rd Annual Nevins Camp!
We wrapped up our Spring Fling, and had a great turn out. I would like to thank all the Nevins staff and families for their continued support as we continue to move forward. We recognized Bill Payne with the Melanie Lester Employee of the Year Award for 2016. Bill passed away in late December, and was employed with Nevins for close to 20 years. Bill rarely missed a day of work, and was considered a positive role model from his peers, as well as the individuals that he worked with on a daily basis. He was instrumental in the growth that Nevins has had over the past few years, and will be greatly missed. Nevins recognized the Charlotte Hog Chapter #3456 with the Bridget Murphy Patron of the Year Award for 2016. The Harley Davidson group has been hosting Harley Day at Nevins for over 25 years. This day is one of the most anticipated days of the year for our participants, looking forward to riding on a Harley Davidson throughout the Nevins community, and enjoying a day of true patronage from our friends from the Hog Chapter.
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With Spring things really kick into high gear around here!
Spring in the South is quite possibly my favorite time of year. After a somewhat cold but mild winter, the dogwoods were in bloom and the flowers planted in years past are in bloom and reminds me of the beauty and resiliency of our campus community. And our ability to grow and thrive in any circumstance.
New growth reminds us that our commitment to serving our individuals and assisting them to succeed in life, through person centered thinking and mission focus, has never been stronger.
Please welcome Carson Breeden as our new Program Manager for Clinical Services. Carson brings to Nevins several years of experience and knowledge working as a Case Manager in our population, as well as working with Cardinal Innovations. We are excited for her to bring new ideas and creativity to continue to forge ahead with new energy and commitment to providing quality services to the all the individuals Nevins serves. Also, congratulations to Natasha Young who has been promoted to Program Director. Natasha will have oversight for all programs that Nevins has to offer, and will ensure the integrity of all of our services are in compliance.
Festa Italiana is on the calendar for May 21st. at our new location: Gateway Village in Uptown Charlotte. I will be asking for volunteers that day to help set up, tear down and be of assistance to the St Anthony’s Foundation throughout the day. I look forward to seeing our families and individuals in attendance, and having a fun and fulfilled day! See you then!
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March was Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and Nevins had the opportunity to celebrate and showcase our commitment to providing quality services and educating others on the opportunities that Nevins has to offer. Nevins attended the Metro School and East Mecklenburg Transitional Fairs. These two events offered options for families and the support they need for post-secondary success for students needing ongoing services. We look forward to connecting with the families again in the future!
On April 8th we are working with our community to put on a community yard sale from 8am to noon. Our community store will be providing refreshments while you shop.
Our wonderful Spring Fling Nevins Reunion event is on April 22 (11am—2pm) this year and we are expecting a great turnout with plenty of fun as we acknowledge the recipients of our annual awards. We will all have a great time with the return of our cakewalk, dancing, lunch and reconnecting with friends.
The Nevins Special Olympics Team has been preparing for the big games on the 19—20 of April. Share the moment with them at the Opening Ceremony at Bojangles Arena on April 18th at 10am and help cheer all the Olympians on to victory.
The 12th Annual Festa Italiana is right around the corner! You still have time to purchase Early Bird tickets. Please go to www.festaitalianacharlotte.org
I look forward to seeing everyone there!
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I would like to thank all the staff, parents, guardians, and AFL’s that completed the annual Nevins Survey for 2016. There is still time to turn in a completed one if you have not already done so. If you have not received one, please contact Cathy Duenkel or Natasha Young. We hope to have the results from the data collected and ready to be presented and shared with everyone before March 31st.
As we move into the Spring Season and warmer temperatures, our staff and individuals will be engaging in several outdoor activities and events off campus. We typically have permission forms sent home with everyone. Please keep in mind that we have deadlines to follow that require Nevins to provide accurate counts for participation, so please have your signed forms returned by the due date.
I look forward to seeing everyone at our annual Spring Fling in April and Festa Italiana is just around the corner!
Thank you to all for being a champion to our participants!.
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Nevins February 2017 Newsletter!
Many updates this month from new inclement weather policy to fundraiser tickets on sale!
Thank you to Tanisha Rorie, Rudy Ware, Anthony Glover, Tierra Lewis, Jazuam Riley, Jer-ry Johnson, Eyvonnie Jackson, Janice Alexander and Jonathan Martin for being flexible, avail-able and understanding as we go through a transition with our Transportation Depart-ment. Transportation plays a major role here at Nevins, and without these staff working as a team and communicating with each other effectively, our routes and maintenance for our vans could impact our daily operations. Thank you again!
Families, Group Homes, AFL’s, etc. please call our transportation number at 980/505-2388 for questions or concerns, and I can always be reached at 704/596-1372. Thank you eve-ryone for your patience and cooperation!
I would like to Thank the Char-lotte Christian School students and staff that came out for a volunteer day this month and helped us with clean up, windows and in the cafeteria.
Another change you need to be aware of is the fact that we are no longer following the CMS schedule for closing due to in-clement weather. For information regarding our closing due to the weather, please call704/596-1372 for a recorded mes-sage or transportation at 980/505-2388. We will also have the infor-mation posted on our Facebook page and website.
Come join us for our first annual Chili Cook Off to be held on February 25th. from 12:00—3:00 pm at Bird-song Brewing, 1016 N. Davidson St. I can assure you that it will be very fun and competitive as we already have official entry commitments from our Board of Directors, myself and our Nevins staff. Please check our Facebook page and website for additional information. www.nevinsinc.org/nevins-chili-cookoff/
I look forward to seeing everyone there!
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First Ever Nevins Chili Cookoff FUN-raiser!
Come join us as we warm up on what could be a chilly February Saturday with some of the BEST Chili and help Nevins create opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.
How do I become a Judge?–Easy just pay the Entry Fee $20 ($25 day of) and sample 10 Chilis while enjoying your favorite Birdsong Beer and pick your favorite in 2 categories: Traditional (beef based chili), or Alternative (protein of your choice!) 1st and 2nd place cash prize will be awarded based on attendee votes, so invite your friends! Buy tickets on our website:
Where: Birdsong Brewing, 1016 North Davidson St. Charlotte, NC 28206
When: Saturday, February 25th noon to 3:00pm
How: Purchase Tickets on our Website SPACE IS LIMITED, Entry price includes; Chili Samples, 1 beer ticket, and 1 Free raffle entry.
Do you want to enter the contest?! So you think you have a great Chili Recipe! Well just Click HERE to download the entry form! Entries need to be in before Feb. 11th.
Happy New Year! I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season.
The new year for Nevins will certainly bring more opportunities and success for Nevins! The holiday season was special at Nevins and highlighted our partners in the community as we celebrated the season. Much appreciation is shared with the following, Bank of America, Charlotte Latin High School, the Nevins Board of Directors, and the Nevins staff for hosting and helping our events be become a success.
In 2016 Nevins has grown significantly and have had many achievements. Nevins successfully acquired CARF accreditation for three years this summer, and the credit is due to our staff and individuals we support. Nevins was able to demonstrate that our commitment to offering programs and services are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality! We introduced Music Therapy as well as Art therapy programs to our individuals and we continue to expand our employment opportunities with Carolina Healthcare System, McDonalds, and Staples.
We were also able to contribute to another non-profit program, Families Doing Time. This program supports children impacted by incarceration. Nevins staff donated enough money and food items to pack 13 boxes, each containing a turkey and all the trimmings so that 13 families could prepare a holiday meal. There were big smiles all around!
I look forward to a very promising 2017 with everyone and our plans include continued expansion of services and program development, the ongoing facility improvements and more community outreach.
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We will continue to celebrate the great things happening here at Nevins through the rest of the year . I want to personally invite everyone to our Holiday Concert that will be held on Thursday, December 22nd. Invitations will be sent out soon. Ashley has been working very hard creating a program that will include our Chimes Chorus, and Holiday carols with tunes from our donated piano. It should be a joyous occasion for all! We will have our Community Store open as well for the event.
Congratulations to Jonathan Martin for making his vision come true. Nevins now has a fully operational store that has plenty to offer, and is operated daily to fulfill some training aspects for the individuals we support. The artwork on the walls of the store was completed by some of our individuals that participate in our Art Therapy program. A big thank you to Jax!
Nevins annual Holiday Charlotte Latin dance will be held on December 15th. Charlotte Latin School has continued to maintain their long term commit-ment to Nevins through continued support of our mission. Nevins would like to thank C.W. Stacks for his passion and leadership he has with his students to accommodate Nevins participants on such a wonderful event. C. W. will be retiring from Charlotte Latin High School this year and will no longer be our liaison. Nevins would like to wish C. W. all the best of luck in his future en-deavors! Nevins will be sending home invitations to all participants, and all past and current participants are welcome to attend.
Thank you again to all.. And again I wish everyone Happy Holidays and a happy and safe New Year!
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