Happy Holidays! This is the time of year I especially look forward to being here at Nevins! Every day is a celebration, but as the holidays approach it always brings a smile to my face seeing the excitement and joy come out of everyone.
I think highlighting our current employment and opportunities that Nevins has established is appropriate for me to bring to everyone’s attention. Over the past year our Supported Employment Program has had significant growth. Jonathan Martin and his staff have worked very hard finding successful employment in the community for our individuals we serve, and Natasha Young also deserves credit for successfully implementing the clinical justification for these services to be approved. The growth of this program is not attributed to any one person, but to the trust and loyalty that families and guardians have in the mission that we serve. At this time the following employers/partnerships for individuals that Nevins has success mentoring for employment are: Metro PCS, Myers Park Country Club, McDonalds, Harris Teeter, Charlotte Hounds, Carowinds, CMC Main and Mercy Hospitals, Bojangles, Home Depot, Wendy’s, Pizza Hut, and Dollar Tree. Thank you to all employers that have been instrumental in creating opportunities and making a difference in these individuals lives.
Unfortunately, we say good bye to another employee. Mae Watkins has been employed with Nevins for twenty eight years, and has decided to retire. Mae’s last day was October 31st, and she simply states “I plan on enjoying my retirement”. Mae certainly will miss all the individual lives she has had an impact on, and indicated that she won’t be a stranger to visiting the Nevins Center. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors!
I wish everyone a safe and Happy Holiday! Adam Lawlor
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This November we have plenty to be thankful for! Download our newsletter to find out about all the activities and plans we have.
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This months issue highlights our wonderful Carolinas Medical Center and Nevins Partnership in the CMC Medical Equipment & Sterile Services Dept. and the retirement celebration for Mrs. Verrnell Carr and her 26 years at Nevins. We have a very busy October ahead of us including our long running Nevins Fall Festival, a petting zoo, and Holloween fun! Download your copy and remember we are always striving to “create opportunities” for this special community.
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This months newsletter has lots of fun as we wrap up summer camp and some great news about our continued facility improvements!
I am happy and proud to finally let you all know that one of the biggest capital improvements was completed for Nevins on August 21st.! The Baucom Building roof has been replaced and I know that our staff and individuals served are very re-lieved!
There have been some major improvements that needed to be done, and this summer alone we purchased a new van, re-placed the HVAC unit in the cafe-teria, as well as the Administra-tion Building also received a new HVAC unit.
I appreciate the patience from all of the staff, and I feel very blessed to know that Nevins can continue to provide quality ser-vices while repairs and much needed renovations are getting done. I look forward . . .
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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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