May 2023

This month at Nexus Recovery Center, we talk to Nexus alumna Jessica, who says that her time at Nexus helped her connect with her family. We also thank the North Texas Food Bank for helping us acquire a new convection steamer for our cafeteria, and we take a moment to recognize our volunteers from SMU’s Big Event volunteer day. Finally, we invite you to our Second Annual Mothers Brunch, taking place on May 20 at Dallas Country Club.


North Texas Food Bank Awards Grant for Convection Steamer

Nexus recently received a Sustainability Grant from the North Texas Food Bank for the purchase and installation of a restaurant-grade convention steamer for our cafeteria. Convection steamers have many advantages over other types of cooking methods, helping to preserve both the appearance and nutritional value of the food being cooked, while simultaneously reducing the cooking time.

The Nexus Nutrition Team is excited to receive this new convection steamer, which will help them better provide healthy meals to the women and children that we serve. Thank you to the North Texas Food Bank for this generous grant!


SMU Students Volunteer at Nexus for “The Big Event”

Thank you to all of the volunteers who came out to Nexus last month as part of The Big Event at SMU. The Big Event is the largest single day of collegiate-led community service in the country! It was brought to SMU’s campus in 2018. Each year, hundreds of students sign up and get together and visit a number of service sites throughout the Dallas Metroplex, including Nexus Recovery Center. This year, our SMU volunteers helped stuff information packets to help us educate more people about Nexus’ mission.

We greatly appreciate the dedication and service of this year’s Big Event volunteer group, as well as everyone who donates their time and talents to Nexus. If you or your group are interested in volunteering for Nexus, please click the button below, or contact us at



Jessica Reconnects with Her Family

Before coming to Nexus, Jessica was homeless, her family was all broken up, and she spent her time “engaging in criminal activities.” She was on the run from Child Protective Services (CPS) and was struggling with trauma. Jessica didn’t want to lose her kids, so she decided to come to Nexus to change her life and become a better mother for her children.

Jessica’s stay at Nexus lasted three months, and during that time, she felt welcomed and appreciated. While starting residential treatment was an adjustment, Jessica says that Nexus helped her deal with her trauma and gave her an opportunity to reconnect with her family.

“It gave us an opportunity most people didn’t. It gave us an opportunity to connect. We didn’t have to be separated.”

Currently, Jessica works part-time as a barista and plans to go back to school to become a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), so she can help others the way she was helped. She loves Nexus and believes it is the place to go if someone wants someone to have their back. Nexus has become the foundation of her recovery, and she will always be grateful for her experience there.

“I just love Nexus,” she says. “Nexus has been the foundation of my recovery.”


Join Us for the Mothers’ Brunch!

The Auxiliary of Nexus invites you to celebrate mothers and all the women in our lives at our second annual Mothers’ Brunch. Proceeds for this fundraiser 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 children.

Please join us on Saturday, May 20, 2023 from 11:00am to 1:00pm at Dallas Country Club (4155 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75205). Thank you to our Honorary Chair, Louise Hallam Collins, and our 2023 Co-Chairs, Lili Luth and Laura Sahliyeh!

Tickets start at $250, and sponsorship packages are available. Please click the button below to RSVP today!