2016 November eNewsletter

A message from our CEO Tamara Player - Thankful for a caring home - Carrie's story - Lawrence Automotive raises funds for Helen Vine - Holiday Appeal and Annual Report - #GivingTuesday Is this email not displaying correctly?
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Buckelew Programs
Buckelew Programs E-Newsletter

November 2016
…homes, jobs, 
health and hope
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Happy Thanksgiving!

A message from our CEO Tamara Player

Welcome Tamara Player, our new CEO!

Happy Thanksgiving! I’m so grateful for the warm welcome I’ve received from our community—it’s an honor and privilege to join the Buckelew team!

The seasons are changing and so is Buckelew Programs. We are entering a “Season of Transition.” As we’ve all experienced at some point in our lives, transitions can be challenging, and yet, they are necessary for us to reach our full potential or as I like to say, ‘to become our better selves.’ Just know that our board, staff and I are working together to prepare for our next season--growth and sustainability!

For now, we are looking inward at who we are, what we do and how we do it. It’s the first of many steps toward building a solid three-year strategic plan, which includes rebranding and completion of the integration of Helen Vine Recovery Center and FSA Marin with all its programs.

Thankful for a Caring Home

Helen Vine is not the last stop, it's the first - Carrie's Story

On November 16th, our Marin Assisted Independent Living Program (MAIL) gathered for their annual Thanksgiving Celebration at a Buckelew home in Terra Linda. Clients and their families were treated to a scrumptious meal prepared by our friends at Red Robin Catering. MAIL staff served up turkey with all the fixings, and an extra helping of smiles and love. Seasonal decorations created by clients and staff in our arts and crafts group added to the festive atmosphere. Before dinner, Program Director Claire Zurack greeted everyone and invited the group to share what they are thankful for. "I am thankful for all the love and support I have received here," a woman said. 

"Helen Vine is not the last stop, it's the first." - Carrie's Story

Helen Vine is not the last stop, it's the first - Carrie's Story

Carrie’s life looked perfect. She had a loving husband and two beautiful daughters. “I was a PTA mom. But when I got home at night, I couldn’t stop drinking. I was not a normal person when I drank.” After the death of her mother, Carrie’s alcoholism spiraled out of control. When she finally sought help at Helen Vine Recovery Center, it took several stays for Carrie to turn her life around.

Make an offer on this 32 roadster and support Helen Vine Recovery Center!

Make an offer on this 32 Roadster and Support Helen Vine Recovery Center!

When a generous customer donated this beautiful 32 Roadster to Lawrence Automotive and said “fix it up and sell it for a good cause”, Larry Levstik, the garage owner, did not have to think twice about where he wanted the proceeds to go: “Helen Vine Recovery Center saved my life. I like to practice at serving what saved me.” The donor wholeheartedly agreed, as he himself lost two grown children to drug overdoses, and was eager to contribute to help those struggling with substance abuse.

Larry, who is deeply committed to the recovery community, put up a website dedicated to this very special fundraiser – which comes just in time to help us raise money for the upcoming big move of our Helen Vine Recovery Center to its new location next spring! We are so grateful to Larry and the roadster’s previous owner for their kindness. What an amazing community we live in! Please visit helpmarindetoxcenter.com for more information

2015-16 Annual Report and Holiday Appeal

Our annual report for 2015-2016 is here! This year, we provided mental health and addiction services to more than 10,000 men, women and children; over 900 people received detox support at Helen Vine Recovery Center; more than 800 youth were screened for suicidality and other mental health issues through TeenScreen at Marin middle and high schools; over 90% of supported housing clients successfully maintained their community living. But what good are numbers without stories? It's the stories behind the numbers that really tell you the difference that Buckelew Programs - and your support! - makes in our community. And you can read these stories here.

Please make a gift today to help us maintain these vital services! We are so grateful for your partnership.

Join Us for #GivingTuesday November 29th

Giving Tuesday

On November 29th, we’re joining a global day of generosity, #GivingTuesday. It’s a day when you can make a big impact on Buckelew Programs and on the lives of youth, adults and families affected by mental health and addiction challenges.

With your help, we’ll raise funds to bring hope and healing to families and individuals facing the turmoil of trauma, mental illness and substance abuse.

If you haven't already made your year-end gift to Buckelew Programs, please consider making a gift online on #GivingTuesday – and then talk about it on social media!

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