2018 Annual Report
Courage. Resilience. Compassion.

Looking Back &   FORWARD

Chris Budnick
Executive Director

2018 marked a record-breaking year with both the highest-ever number of individuals served and average daily census, which has increased the demands on already overcrowded campuses. We attribute these increases to the growing population of Wake County and the current opioid crisis. These two factors have created a moral dilemma for the organization as we seek to respond to the tension between the stress of overcrowding and the risks of turning people away. Shouldering the burden of this dilemma are the staff and participants. They have my admiration and appreciation due to their hard work, innovation, resilience and compassion.

Hard Work: Due to the leadership of our new development team, the active engagement of our Boards of Directors and Trustees, the formation of a development committee and the expertise of consultants (moss+ross and Angel Oak Creative), we had an incredibly successful year nearly doubling our total supporters from 545 donors in 2017 to 1,049 donors in 2018.

Innovation: We launched our Rapid Responder pilot program in partnership with Wake County Public Health and Wake County EMS, and we successfully established a recovery outreach program for any individual who has received services from us, regardless of their length of stay.

Resilience and Compassion: There has been a 197% increase in opioid overdose deaths in Wake County from 2013 (38) to 2017 (113). The loss of life is a daily reality for our staff and participants. In 2018, 15 former participants died from an opioid overdose, leaving each of us overcome with grief. In the midst of it all, our people have continued to rally around one another with love, support and a relentless commitment to help others.

Looking Forward: As we gear up to launch a historic $11.75 million capital campaign for our much-needed expansion, we enter 2019 filled with excitement, energy and eager anticipation. We’re committed to seeking new and improved ways to provide our services, and in so doing, directly impact more lives than ever before. Because recovery can’t wait.

Richard Gaylord
Board Chair

“Leadership, energy and commitment to a mission always trickles down through the organization and determines that organization’s destiny. For this reason, I personally feel very excited about the future of Healing Transitions. Our Board of Directors is currently composed of individuals who are passionate about our overall mission and focused intently on how to address the overcrowding and demand for services at both campuses. To be a part of such a talented and diverse group of people is both fun and rewarding. We are excited to be in the leadership phase of a capital campaign to expand both campuses and will share more updates in the coming year.

2018 was the most successful year ever for the board and staff of Healing Transitions and we fully expect 2019 to be even better. I feel Healing Transitions is one of Wake County’s most valuable assets. If you haven’t toured one of our campuses I would encourage you to call us for one this week.”


Healing Transitions has responded to the nationwide increase of unintentional opioid overdoses by implementing a series of overdose prevention strategies, including overdose reversal drills. These are held just as we would a fire drill and help to ensure everyone on our campuses knows what to do in an emergency situation. In 2018 alone, staff and participants performed 17 successful opioid overdose reversals between both campuses.

As part of an effort to raise the integrity of our brand as one of excellence and to increase public awareness in preparation for our capital campaign public launch in 2020, we launched an organization-wide brand refinement including both our logo and our messaging.

Because of your steadfast support, Healing Transitions had a 92% increase in total donorship (up from 545 donors in 2017 to 1,049 donors is 2018).

Intended to engage individuals in the community who’ve had an opioid overdose reversal, we partnered with Wake County Public Health and Wake County EMS to launch the Rapid Responder pilot program. We hired three former participants, each with their own personal opioid overdose experience, and had them trained as NC Certified Peer Support Specialists. Every day, these specialists ride with EMS to visit individuals who’ve experienced a non-fatal opioid overdose in the last 24 hours. The Rapid Responders remain in contact with these individuals through text, phone calls and in-person meetings and link them to helpful community resources. This assertive outreach program illustrates our civic leadership and dedication to our helping philosophy as we are on the front lines reducing the impact opioid addiction is having in our communities.

For the first time in our history, due to the record-breaking demand for services, we had to start using overflow mats in classrooms and community spaces to keep up. This reflects our higher-than-ever census numbers in 2018.

Our Year in   NUMBERS


Our Year in   NUMBERS


2018 Impact   STATS

Stories of   HEALING


We couldn’t do it without our village of supporters, partners, volunteers and leaders. We rely on each one of you to help move our mission forward. Because of you, we’re building a community where long-term recovery can flourish.


Advance Community Health

Alliance Health

Carolina Outreach

Connected Community


Duke Raleigh Hospital

Veterans Affairs Medical Centers

Fellowship Health Resources


Morse Clinic

NC Harm Reduction Coalition

NC MedAssist

Raleigh Pharmacy

Recovery Communities of North Carolina (RCNC)

REX Healthcare

SouthLight Healthcare

Turning Point Family Care

UNC Health Care Addiction Treatment Center at WakeBrook

Urban Ministries’ Open Door Clinic

Wake County Department of Public Health

Wake County Human Services

Wake County McKinney Team

Wake County Medical Society – Project Access

WakeMed Faculty Physicians

WakeMed Hospital

Wake Smiles



Cary Police Department

CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) Training

Department of Parole and Probation

Garner Police Department

Raleigh Police Department

Wake County Emergency Medical Services

Wake County Sheriff’s Department


Campbell University


Consumer Education (CESI)



Meredith College




Shaw University

Triangle Family Services

UNC School of Social Work

Wake Technical Community College



A Place at the Table

Allscripts Volunteers

Blue Cross Blue Shield NC

The Camel Club

Dix Park Advisory Committee

F3 (Fitness, Faith, and Fellowship)

FIA (Females in Action)

Habitat for Humanity

Homeless Employment Initiative Team

Homeless Working Group

Journey Church

Nationwide Volunteer Network

Oak City Recovery Run Club

Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness


St. Mark’s United Methodist Church

Temple of Pentecost Church

Wake County Master Gardeners

Wake County Overdose Prevention Coalition

White Memorial Presbyterian Church



A Simple Way Recovery Homes

The Carying Place

The Diaper Exchange

Dress for Success

Emmaus House

Families Together

Family Promise of Wake County

Fellowship Home of Raleigh

The Food Bank of North Carolina

The Green Chair Project

Helen Wright Center for Women

The Interfaith Food Shuttle

LGBTQ Center

Love Wins

North Carolina Guardian ad Litem

Oak City Cares

Oxford Houses of North Carolina

Passage Home

Raleigh Rescue Mission

Salvation Army


Shepherds Table Soup Kitchen

StepUp Ministries

Toys 4 Tots

Wheels 4 Hope

The Women’s Center of Wake County