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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New Programs, New Opportunities!
As we continue to grow we continue to develop more programs. Our Music Therapy classes are prepping and rehearsing for our Christmas Show and we now have Art Therapy.
Nevins would like to welcome Jax Jackson. Jax is a freelance artist based out of Charlotte, NC. He experiments with many art forms but primarily focuses on canvas paintings. His canvas pieces are purely abstract and use geometric forms to symbolize his unique perspective on life. He is a University of North Carolina – Charlotte graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work.
I would like to recognize some recent donors: Danny and Carol Collins for their donation of the piano and auto-harp; Linda Manning for her donated fish tank; Jax Jackson for donating art items and his overall time spent with our individuals; Tom Gottcent for his tireless efforts getting us donations; Greg Brown; UNC Charlotte; University of Tennessee alumni and our generous families.
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As we move into Autumn we have several events ahead of us. Everything from fun to educational! We have our annual Fall Festival on the calendar for Friday, October 7th. and our Breast Cancer/Downs Syndrome Awareness day later on in the month of October.
Moving forward into this year Nevins has partnered with Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Department. Nevins’ trained instructors and advocates will work with the Sheriff’s Depart-ment to help them understand the differences and signs for someone that has an intellectu-al/developmental disability.
The Nevins Yearbook is returning and that means we have scheduled picture days, so check the calendar and come ready to get your photo taken. We are very happy to bring back this tradition from years ago as a great way to showcase our wonderful participants and staff.
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We are wrapping up another busy, but very successful, summer and looking forward to some cooler weather.
CARF International has announced that Nevins, Inc. has been accredited for three years for its Community Employment Services in Job Development and Employment Supports, Governance and Community Integration Programs. Nevins continues to maintain and improve its standard of care through the CARF independent review process and has maintained continuous accreditation status since 2001.
This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. Nevins has demonstrated to a team of surveyors, during an on-site visit, its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable and of the highest quality. I would like to thank all staff, parents, families, guardians and board members for your commitment and consistent efforts to improve the quality of services Nevins provides, as well as the loyalty to the focus of the Nevins mission.
Please come and support our neighbor the Statesville Avenue Presbyterian Church for their 4th Annual Fall Festival and Health Fair on Saturday September, 24th from 10am-2pm @ 3435 Nevin Rd, Charlotte, NC 28269. This event is free and open to the public. Dental Screening, BMI Screening, Blood Pressure Screening, Family Photos-Lifetouch. Our Nevins Music Program will also be performing at the event. ? Thank you!
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We are continuing the tradition of growth that we have established in the past few years through innovation and commitment to our mission: that all individuals deserve the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential through employment and community involvement.
We are excited to announce our enrollment is up over 15% in the last 12 months with all of our programs showing growth, and I want to thank the families and guardians for their continued trust and loyalty of the quality services that Nevins provides.
I do want to call special attention to the efforts of all that participated or contributed to the St. Anthony’s Festa Italiana Charlotte which benefits Nevins annually. With your help, the Corky Building received a new roof in 2015.
Our goals for this year are meant to build on the successes we had last year and will be supported by donor contributions. Some of those goals are:
Þ Continue to grow the number of individuals through program expansion and development.
Þ Ongoing facility maintenance including a new roof for the cafeteria.
Þ Develop new employment opportunities through private sector collaboration.
Þ Achieve National CARF Reaccreditation.
We are confident that this year will be as successful as last. If you are in a position to assist with any of these goals we look forward to hearing from you.
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