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Betsy Chambers, Ann Alford, Holiday Bazaar chair; Michelle Crum

Ann Alford chaired theWomen’s Auxiliary of Nexus Recovery Center’s Holiday Bazaar held recently at a private home in the Park Cities. One of the first holiday bazaars of the season, there was fine jewelry, gifts, artworks, specialty foods, beautiful clothing and holiday decorations from 24 vendors.    Everyone enjoyed fun holiday shopping, good fellowship, tasty treats and a fabulous raffle in support of the Nexus Recovery Center. 
       

Many thanks to our generous vendors who each gave back a percentage of their proceeds to benefit Nexus: 2Shea Boutique & Spa, 3 Dogs Dancing, Aransas Salts, Archipelago Designs, Becerra's Tamales, BiniChic, Designs by Alyson, Deborah Gaspar Jewelry, Ella Banks Vintage Brooches, Ergo Candles, Infusions Oils & Vinegars, KBK Designs, Karen Otto, Diana Bandoh Jewelry, Abi Salami Visual Artist, Lynn Armstrong- Both Hands Studio Ceramics, Marquis Collections, Mud Monster Studio, Ollie & Linda, Pink & Co., Shelly Sweets Baked Goods, Stella & Dot, Toni's Toffees.

       

Everyone is invited to join in the Women’s Auxiliary luncheon on Tuesday, April 30th at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. New York Times best-selling author Anne Lamott is the featured speaker and tickets are available online now. http://www.nexusrecovery.org/spring-luncheon
       

Nexus Recovery Center in Dallas has a long history of providing individualized treatment for women and young girls who suffer from addiction. Last year, 1,969 women and 341 children were served. This integrated program has a continuum of care that includes prevention and intervention, detoxification, residential recovery treatment, early childhood and high school education onsite, afterschool and summer programs for school aged children, life and parenting skills training, outpatient care, transitional housing and alumni programs.
       

Members of the Auxiliary make our community a better place by putting in countless volunteer hours each year, planning and implementing special events to raise money for Nexus.

         

Membership in the Women’s Auxiliary is open to the public. Everyone is invited to join us in our mission to support and promote the interests of Nexus Recovery Center, Inc. This mission is accomplished using the following methods: By building a strong and active membership; by stimulating public awareness; by helping in the financial support of Nexus’ services and projects.  Carole Steele is Women’s Auxiliary president.

         

For more information, visit the web site http://www.nexusrecovery.org/holiday-bazaar
                                                                                                    

Mission Statement: The mission of Nexus Recovery Center is to serve as a link to sobriety, independence, and dignity for low-income women and their families affected by addiction. We inspire hope, offer respect, and honor the unique differences of female addicts.

                                                                              

Statistics: In 2018, Nexus served 1,969 women and teens and 341 children, including 64 Nexus born babies.

In March 2018, Forbes reported that drug overdoses are the leading cause of death from injury in the United States and that women are more susceptible to become addicted to drugs as a result of gender-specific issues. The Hartford Courant reported that women face a higher risk for an opioid addiction and women have significant barriers to receiving treatment. Because addiction takes hold of women faster and results in increased negative physical effects, women generally come to treatment for addiction in worse shape than men.  

Drug overdose deaths have outpaced motor vehicle accidents and gun homicides combined, killing Americans at a faster pace than the HIV epidemic did at its peak. The US consumes more opioid pain medication than any other country on Earth, and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death in Americans under 50. These statistics have spurred multiple governmental entities to name this the defining epidemic of our generation.

Women-specific treatment is needed to accommodate gender-specific needs and barriers such as; child care, psychiatric problems, trauma induced by physical or mental abuse and increased inability to pay.

History: Established in 1971, by 1974, Nexus programs included therapy and life skills training and housed 17 women. In 1990 the facility relocated to a 12-acre campus in east Dallas to provide a wider array of services. The new space enabled Nexus to become a leader in treatment for women by allowing children to accompany their mothers into treatment. In 1991, Nexus expanded the adult women program to 40 beds. In 1993 because no treatment providers would accept pregnant or newly parenting teens Nexus began filling this service gap. In 1999, the Child Development Center was built to meet the needs of accompanying children. In 1997, Nexus opened a secondary site for outpatient services. In 2012 the adolescent program expanded to 30 beds.

 

Joint Commission accredited since 2006, a rare accomplishment in the non-profit sector due to the high standards required to earn and maintain. Nexus is committed to providing top-notch care for low-income women and their children.

 

Photos by Dana Driensky

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