A Night For Nexus benefiting Nexus Recovery Center Warmed Hearts and Inspired a Resounding Standing Ovation Celebrating Recovery
Lindsey Sanders, Chair | Becca Crowell, President
(Featured photos: David Kiger, Lindsey Sanders, Chair, Night for Nexus. Karen Luter, Ashley Tatum.)*
The iconic Statler in downtown Dallas set the scene for Nexus Recovery Center’s A Night for Nexus, creating a very cool mid-century modern vibe with white and black only attire.
Guests arrived dressed to the nines in support of Nexus’ mission to serve as a link to sobriety, independence, and dignity for low-income women and their families affected by addiction.
Emcee Alisha Laventure, WFAA news reporter, welcomed the crowd and reminded everyone that it was North Texas Giving Day and because of a $15,000 matching gift by the Roco Agape Charitable Foundation, gifts tonight were doubled.
Lindsey Sanders, gala chair thanked her committee, sponsors and underwriters and was joined on stage by Mike Molthan, a former alcoholic and drug addict who is now a talk show host on iHeart Radio’s 1190AM and Facebook Live, as he shared his story of addiction and recovery.
Nexus board president Kevin Crayton took the stage saying Nexus is one of the few facilities in Texas that allows children to accompany their mothers into treatment and provides treatment to pregnant women into their third trimester. He said donations tonight will help the more than 2,300 women and children Nexus helps every year. Past board president Jan Madigan spoke talked about being the daughter and wife of people in recovery and what Nexus means to her.
Client speaker Alice Boss shared her heartfelt story giving her personal testimony about the daily struggles facing addicts and the power of triumphs in recovery with insight into her path with Nexus in becoming sober. She was joined on stage by her children, with hugs and tears all around, inspiring a resounding standing ovation.
Leading in to the live auction, Alisha thanked everyone who makes change possible for the women and children at Nexus, saying Nexus believes that every woman helped is more than an addict. Nexus believes she is a daughter, a sister, a mother, a wife, an advocate, a mentor, an entrepreneur and so much more.
Becca Crowell, executive director of Nexus Recovery Center reminds everyone that Nexus inspires hope, offers respect, and honors the unique differences of female addicts. In 2017 Nexus served 2,091 women and teens and 305 children, including 72 Nexus born babies.
After a spirited live auction which included a WaterColor vacation, a private two-hour wine reception at Samuel Lynne Gallery and a dinner for eight in a private home sponsored by Parigi, colorful lights splashed the stage and Emerald City Band struck the first chords of popular tunes spanning decades that kept everyone dancing until the lights went out.
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 2017, Nexus served 2,091 women and teens and 305 children, including 72 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.
(Sharon Adams, Adams Communications Public Relations, is honored to represent Nexus Recovery Center and A Night for Nexus.)