(Featured photo: Auxiliary members: Ann Alford, Kimberly Gilbert, Lauren Gillette, President; Lynn Joliet, Bernadette Rodriguez, Victoria Scoggins)*
Auxiliary of Nexus Recovery Center Brightened Mother’s Day with Pop-Up Flower Shop Featuring Beautiful Handmade Floral Bouquets
Pop-Up Flower Shop Spread Mother’s Day Cheer and Raised Funds for Life-Saving Mission
To honor all the mothers at Nexus Recovery Center, the Auxiliary of Nexus established a Pop-Up Flower Shop with a giveback element. Dedicated Auxiliary advocates worked with Nexus clients to curate bountiful, colorful blooms which were sold for Mother’s Day. All of proceeds of the bouquets went straight back to the empowering mission of Nexus.
The weather was perfect as Auxiliary members and Nexus clients gathered outdoors amongst tables bursting with thousands of flowers of all varieties and handcrafted each bouquet. In addition to bouquets purchased, supporters could also sponsor a gift basket for a mother currently on campus in the Nexus recovery program, and/or donate to the organization in their mother’s honor.
Prior to the pandemic, the Auxiliary hosted an annual spring luncheon to generate funds and awareness around the mission that offers specialized substance use disorder treatment services to adult women in Dallas. The organization also specializes in the recovery of mothers. Nexus provides treatment living space for moms with up to three children accompanying them on campus: a unique attribute of Nexus’ program and a vital distinction that is instrumental in recovery. But with precautions still in place, the Auxiliary hosted the socially distanced Pop-Up Flower Shop event, where North Texans purchased arrangements online.
“It was truly heartwarming as we were joined by clients and mothers at Nexus and some even brought in their mothers in support of this first-time pop-up shop,” said Lauren Gillette, Nexus Auxiliary Advisory Board President. “It was a wonderful opportunity for our Auxiliary to work together as we handpicked our favorite flowers and created beautiful bouquets that would be a wonderful surprise on Mother’s Day morning.”
The nonprofit celebrates 50 years of helping women pursue their recovery journey this year; a milestone anniversary comes at a time when recovery efforts and treatment services are especially critical due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“What we do every day at Nexus is life-changing and life-saving work,” said Heather Ormand, CEO of Nexus Recovery Center. “This is a beautiful way for the women at Nexus to be celebrated, as well as spend time with the amazing members of our Auxiliary engaged in a fun activity. We’ve served nearly 2,000 women since the pandemic began over a year ago. Every single woman that walks through our doors is someone’s daughter or mother – we are here to help them on their recovery journey and provide their families hope for celebrating Mother’s Days to come together.”
Membership in the Auxiliary is open to the public and the public is encouraged to learn more about the Auxiliary and Nexus Recovery Center by visiting the website at www.nexusrecoverycenter.org
ABOUT NEXUS RECOVERY CENTER
Based in Dallas, Texas, Nexus Recovery Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that offers specialized substance use disorder treatment services for adult women, as well as therapeutic treatment and care for their accompanying children in order to break the cycle of addiction. Founded in 1971, the mission of Nexus is to serve as a link to sobriety, independence, and dignity for women and their families affected by addition. Nexus inspires hope, offers respect, and honors the unique differences of female addicts. Nexus has been accredited by the Joint Commission since 2006 and is the only treatment center in North Texas that accepts women in the late stages of pregnancy and allows children to accompany their mothers into treatment. We are able to provide all these services with the help of a dedicated board, volunteers, staff, partners and donors. Together we break the cycle of addiction, changing families’ lives, whatever their income, gender, sexual orientation or ethnicity. Visit the website at www.nexusrecoverycenter.org
*Photos by Sharon Adams/ACPR
(Sharon Adams, Adams Communications Public Relations, is honored to represent the Auxiliary of Nexus Recovery Center and Nexus Recovery Center.)