watch how we plan to grow
The Center along with organizations across the globe participated in Giving Tuesday Now on May 5, 2020 to share how they have been contributing during the COVID19 pandemic and how they plan to grow. The Center hosted a live facebook event and if you didn't get a chance to view it live you can watch it below.
We were joined by local Roanoke musician Porch Front Dan and Nashville Artist Douglas Allen who performed short virtual concerts in support of The Center.
Our leadership shared our big plans for growth as we move forward to expanding The Center and how you can get involved to help us grow!
Thanks again to everyone who made our #givingtuesdaynow campaign a success and please feel free to share the video on your personal social media platforms! We look forward to growing together as we transition and expand!
OUR ASK ON GIVING TUESDAY NOW: We are social distancing for social good this #GivingTuesdayNow. Join us and millions around the world in giving back, spreading kindness, and showing how together we can be a force for good: now.givingtuesday.org.
During this global pandemic the New Transitions Center has been making an effort to support our families safely and do our part in flattening the curve by staying home. We have provided weekly ideas to our families to keep our participants active inside the home during this time and host weekly Virtual Bingo sessions. While we have done our best to make it through this time it is important to now start looking to the future and re-opening our doors.
Being a new program with just a few months under our belt this has been a large hit to our progress and growth as a newly founded non-profit. We plan to re-open our doors in June 2020 for our 4th month of programing. We need your help to do so. During this time our doors have been shut we have continued to add up expenses but not been able to supplement that with our normal participant dues. This is where we are asking for your assistance. We are taking extra precautions in our procedures upon re-opening. Supplies and staff training is needed during this time among many other needs. If you can give any amount it is very much appreciated.
For those that provide an address with their donation we will be sending you a Friends of the Center sticker to show your support. We are thankful for you! #FriendsoftheCenter #GivingTuesdayNOW
How we plan to keep everyone safe
In anticipation of our community having to manage coronavirus and prevent the infection and exposure of COVID19 we are implementing the attached guidelines. Feel free to download and view these guidelines.
If they may be of service for an organization or business in your community that is struggling with how to re-open amongst the current environment please feel free to share.
During this time people are certainly taking heightened measures to ensure that they protect themselves and their families. One step in this process is wearing gloves while out in the community.
Gloves are a great protective device you can use during this time but it is extremely important that you use proper glove safety while out in the community.
If you are touching your phone and your face and body while wearing gloves they truly are serving you no purpose. Ensure you are only touching the items you are purchasing and then remove your gloves before entering your car, honestly even before grabbing your keys for your car. Otherwise you are just transferring the germs from the surface of your gloves one of your own belongings. Then upon arrival at your home you should disinfect the items you can (such as plastic containers) with a a disinfectant wipe. I have also seen suggestions to not eat any produce you purchase for 48 hours to ensure anything living on the surface will have died.
The video below will guide you in proper removal of gloves, to ensure you are not touching the outside of your gloves at any point of removal. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to us at the Center.
The Center staff have missed having everyone's smiling faces but today we went virtual for BINGO!
It was great to get the crew together for some fun over a Zoom conference call to play Bingo! This is just one of the ways The Center is trying to support families and stay engaged during this time. The staff have sent out activity suggestions that can be followed at home that mimic what the participants are use to doing at The Center. Just because we aren't together doesn't mean we can't still learn and grow!
virtual couch concerts
Nashville Artist Douglas Allen is a Friend of The Center and is offering live-virtual concerts to help spread some positive energy during this time of crisis and I encourage you to listen! Follow his Social Media to get updates on his ~ daily live shows (Next Couch Concert is Thursday Mar. 26th at 4 pm CST)
Safety is at the forefront of everyone's minds. Below are a few vetted resources that may be of service to you, your family and friends. Please share and distribute any of the below links:
The Math Behind Social Distancing
VIDEO: Practical Tips to Stay Health During COVID19 and Beyond
Activity & Educational Resources:
DIY Face Masks for You or to Donate to Healthcare Professionals
GUIDE: Resources for Families Staying at Home
It is with a heavy heart and great weight that I share this message.
As of March 23rd (next Monday) The Center's operations will be on hiatus for at least 2 weeks (thru April 6) with a possible 2 month (8 week) extension.
Due to an obligation and responsibility to public-community health and the role The Center plays in securing the health of those with special needs, we feel now is the time to temporarily postpone operations. Bare with me as I explain a bit about why we feel now is the time.
You may not know this about me but I have been in academic medicine my whole career as a non-physician focused on global health, mainly orthopaedic trauma. Drs. Jay Bender and Zachary Jones our founder and board member respectively are Physicians and leaders facing this public health crisis at their hospitals. Public health is at the root of our purpose and we have been doing our best to respond to the facts responsibility while considering the long term repercussions of what this may mean to all of you, our staff, The Center and the community at large.
You may have been hearing the term "flatten the curve". This is a public health strategy that simply means if we can reduce the number of people infected in the short term and extend the amount of people infected over a longer period of time our healthcare system can better absorb and manage the influx of people needing help (in addition to those already in need). This is critical when facing a pandemic which is what COVID-19 has become. We have a chance NOW as a community and society to avoid a long term painful health and economic crisis if we can dampen the rate of exposure. The reality is that the coronavirus infection which leads to COVID-19 is here, it's not going away anytime soon and it is highly contagious, doubling its infection rate every 3 days. We now know that regardless if symptoms are present (ie fever, cough, shortness of breath) the infection can be passed along, it is estimated that for each person infected they may pass it along to at least 50 more. Currently the CDC has recommended that no more than 10 people gather to limit transmission over the next few weeks. Although at any given day at The Center we have less than 10 people, each one of those people interact with their families and each one of those family members interact with their co-workers, friends ect. So just because your loved one is interacting with the small subset of people at The Center, there is potential exposure by anyone each of those individuals may have been in contact with. Exponentially this grows to a significant number of possible exposures. This is why social distancing is so important. This is why we feel the need to respond and respond NOW is great. Our hope is that by doing our part we can reopen stronger than before and sooner than later. Here is a very good article on the math and science behind flattening the curve.
We highly encourage you and your families to practice extreme social distancing, work from home if you can and limit your interactions with others to only essential activities.
As a team, we are committed to supporting the families we serve. During this hiatus we hope to provide support by:
We are committed to supporting Cristin and Izaiah, our stellar team, as they are the heart of what we do at The Center. We want to make sure we are ready to re-open after the hiatus with leadership that is even stronger to provide excellent care for those we serve. As a Board we are committed to a financial package for the staff through the possibly extended 8 week hiatus. This poses a financial burden on The Center but one we feel is necessary to support those who support the families we serve.
You will see content from me over the coming weeks that promotes advocacy for special needs and how COVID-19 has impacted organizations supporting those most vulnerable, how it is affecting The Center and ways you can help. I humbly ask that you share it with your community.
As the corona virus is highly contagious so are positive messages and if we work together we may be able to cause a different viral effect, one that is positive and strong.
I personally want to emphasize that we are stronger together. This is a unique opportunity to take pause, spend time with those we are closest to and recalibrate on what is important. I personally choose to view this as a gift. It comes at a price. It comes with stress, anxiety and fear. I encourage you to focus on gratitude during this time and practice self-care routines.
If you feel this message or any others I have sent may be of service please feel free to send along, copy and paste in emails or social posts.
As always please reach out if we can be of service and please please take good care! We promise to stay in touch!
Amber Caldwell, MSc
Acting Executive Director
New Transitions Center
Our Stock the Center event on October 3rd was a huge success. Thank you to everyone for your support. We raised over $13K through the fundraising event! We couldn’t have done this without your help and we are incredibly appreciative to you for that. It was a perfect event to showcase our community-based model to enhance the lives of young adults with special needs. We welcomed family, friends, community leaders, business owners and new clients at our space. Can’t wait to see you at the next event.