January is a time of new beginnings. This month, we’re highlighting the results of the Virtual Toy Drive by Brivo, Nexus’ award for Outstanding Healthcare Collaboration at the D CEO 2021 Excellence in Healthcare Awards last November, and a client success story by Nexus alum, Roshell Johnson, who shared her recovery journey. Save the Date and support Nexus at our Mother’s May Brunch celebration at the Dallas Country Club on May 21.
As part of its 50th Anniversary Campaign, Nexus has made several improvements to enhance the security of our campus, including adding new security cameras and a keyless access control system by Brivo. This month, Nexus is truly excited to feature Brivo and the results of its 1st Virtual Toy Drive, which ended on December 31.
The Virtual Toy Drive was the brainchild of Deb Bourk, Enterprise Sales Manager-Central at Brivo, who oversees enterprise accounts in the central United States from Texas up to Minnesota and east to Pennsylvania. Thanks to the support of CEO, Steve Van Till, Brivo pledged an additional $2,000 to the Toy Drive to be distributed to Nexus and two additional charities based on the amounts raised by the company’s national sales team. Through their combined efforts, Brivo and its staff raised a total of $2,150 to support children accompanying their mothers into treatment at Nexus. On behalf of Nexus, thank you to Deb Bourk and Brivo for supporting our mission and the women and children we serve.
Deb learned about Nexus in her previous role, selling security cameras and Brivo systems. She toured Nexus while working with PhD Communications to map out where equipment would be placed around campus. Nexus’ mission spoke to Deb, who is 7 years in recovery. “Seeing the moms and seeing the children and finding out the stories of the people that work there really touched me,” says Deb. “When I had the opportunity to do the toy drive, I was like of course, I want Nexus to be a part of this.”
Brivo, Inc., created the cloud-based access control and smart spaces technology category over 20 years ago and remains the global leader serving commercial real estate, multifamily residential and large distributed enterprises. The company’s comprehensive product ecosystem and open API provide businesses with powerful digital tools to increase security automation, elevate employee and tenant experience, and improve the safety of all people and assets in the built environment. Brivo’s building access platform is now the digital foundation for the largest collection of customer facilities in the world, occupying over 300 million square feet across 42 countries. To learn more about Brivo, visit www.Brivo.com.
On November 17, 2021, Nexus Recovery Center and Parkland Health & Hospital System were named Outstanding Healthcare Collaboration at the D CEO 2021 Excellence in Healthcare Awards, which recognizes outstanding industry leaders and healthcare innovation in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Nexus has partnered with Parkland since 1990 to provide women in treatment with the medical care they need to improve their health and wellness. Our Pregnant and Parenting Women with Children program was founded to meet the specific needs of women who are pregnant and/or parenting by allowing children to accompany their mothers into treatment and serving pregnant women before and after childbirth. In addition to treatment services, women receive prenatal, delivery, and postnatal care at Parkland to ensure the safety of mothers and their babies. To date, Nexus is still the only treatment center in North Texas that provides a comprehensive treatment program for women and children, including those who are pregnant. In addition, Parkland provides routine medical care onsite through its mobile HOMES van.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated substance use and led to record-setting numbers of overdoses. Throughout the pandemic, Nexus has remained open to provide treatment services for women and their families impacted by substance use disorders. In addition, Parkland has provided COVID-19 vaccination clinics at Nexus for clients and staff. Through these collective efforts to ensure client safety, less than 0.25% of total clients served for the year tested positive for COVID-19.
“We are truly honored to receive this award from D CEO and especially thankful for Parkland’s assistance all of these years,” says CEO Heather E. Ormand, who accepted the award on Nexus’ behalf. “This collaboration allows us to meet the needs of women and their families, many of whom have not had access to healthcare, so they can receive needed services to rebuild their health on their recovery journey.”
As one of the few providers in the state of Texas that accommodates pregnant women at all stages of pregnancy before and after treatment and invites children to accompany their mothers into treatment, Nexus offers services to women seeking sobriety from across the state. San Antonio native and Nexus alum, Roshell Johnson, stopped by Nexus to share her recovery journey and show off her beautiful baby boy, Masiah, who she had while she was in treatment.
Before coming to Nexus, Roshell had spent two years living in a hotel in her hometown of San Antonio, where she sold and consumed substances. Having used since the age of 13, she believed that was the life she was supposed to live. Her turning point came when she met a woman from Victory Outreach who began to visit the hotel. Although Roshell was initially reluctant to listen, she eventually started to talk to her and accepted her help with groceries and other necessities. The woman offered her a chance at a new life if she accompanied her, but Roshell struggled to leave because of the severity of her substance use disorder. Since she was pregnant, she knew that she had to do something. Roshell reached out one night at 2 in the morning and told her she was ready.
Roshell had never left San Antonio and had never been to a treatment facility. She was given a ride to Dallas and arrived at Nexus in March 2021, not knowing anyone and unsure of what to expect. Much to her relief, the staff at Nexus were welcoming, fed, and clothed her, and made her feel secure. Two days after arriving, Roshell went into labor and delivered her son, Masiah. While she was in the hospital, CPS tried to remove her baby. She asked the CPS worker to give her a chance because she had come to Nexus to change her life and his. “And that CPS lady gave me a chance,” recalls Roshell. “I was so excited. I couldn’t wait to get back to Nexus to tell them and show them my love for them and go through everything they had for me.”
When she returned to Nexus, Roshell went to classes and learned to express herself in groups. She remembers that it was hard, and she had to fight her cravings, but she now had her baby by her side and that motivated her to keep going. She received parenting education and learned how to care for her son. She also attended AA/NA meetings. Being around the other women in treatment also helped inspire her to go further in her recovery.
“I feel like Nexus changed me to where I love the fact of being a mother, I love the fact of being in a normal life living,” says Roshell. “Even though it’s a struggle, even though it can be a handful because a baby is a full job itself, what I learned being at Nexus is that you don’t have to hide who you were, but you can change who you were to become someone you never knew you were.”
After completing treatment at Nexus in April, Roshell and Masiah went into Family Gateway, which provides supportive services for children and families affected by homelessness, while awaiting permanent housing. Roshell is happy to share that her CPS case was closed in June. Today, Roshell and Masiah live in their own apartment, which they moved into in July 2021. She remains connected to Nexus through its recovery support services and is working towards finding a job where she can make people smile. Reflecting on her journey, Roshell says, “Being in addiction and living that life, you’re addicted to it. It’s hard to get out of it. You need a push. You need a pull, and you need another pull. I got a push and a pull, and I got embraced. I got blessed, saved, and I’m so grateful and thankful for Nexus and everybody that’s been a part of my life during this recovery.”
The Auxiliary of Nexus invites you to help celebrate mothers and all the women in our lives at our inaugural Mother’s May Brunch celebration, which will support the mission of Nexus Recovery Center and ensure that mothers with substance use disorders can receive needed services to rebuild their lives and heal alongside their families.
Save the Date
Mother’s May Brunch
Saturday, May 21, 2022
11am – 1pm
Dallas Country Club
4155 Mockingbird Lane | Dallas, TX 75205
Nexus is committed to hosting a safe, in-person event and following all CDC guidelines. All guests will be encouraged to wear a mask upon entering the venue. For any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-321-0156.