Where I came from, drinking and using drugs was the norm. Everybody did it, which is why I started at age 14. I’d smoke every…
NO PERSON LEFT BEHIND
Chris Budnick, Executive Director
“When will life get better?” It’s a common question openly shared and silently contemplated by individuals initiating recovery. And it’s especially true for those arriving at Healing Transitions.
A perfect storm can thwart one’s efforts: the mental obsession of addiction, its physical and emotional toll and the magnitude of obstacles in the way (criminal justice involvement, strained and lost family relationships, debt, the wounds of past trauma, and the guilt of harm caused to others).
This storm can leave many wondering, “Where do I begin?”
HISTORY IN THE MAKING
During the mid-1990’s, Wake County was struggling to address the problems surrounding nearly 2,000 homeless individuals, two-thirds of whom were identified as also having an alcohol or other drug problem. Because no shelters would serve individuals under the influence, this population was either sent to the emergency department or to jail.
The County formed several committees to explore possible solutions and eventually recommended the creation of a non-medical detox, an emergency “wet” shelter and a long-term peer-run recovery program (based on a model found in Louisville, KY that was achieving significant results at a minimal cost).
In 2001, Healing Transitions opened its men’s campus with 165 beds. Then in 2006, the women’s campus was opened with 88 beds.
Since its inception, Healing Transitions has provided a better quality and more economical alternative to emergency departments, jails, first responders, and the streets.
OUR 2019 MILESTONES
As part of a critically important effort to support the well-being of our staff, we applied for and received grant funding to invest generously in our workforce. Because when we can help keep our caretakers healthy, we help assure better quality of care, reduce turnover related to burnout and promote a healthier workforce. This funding allows staff to meet twice per month with an outside mentor or supervisor to have candid and confidential conversations about work and other aspects of life. The grant also provides an annual training stipend that can be spent on nearly anything that makes an employee’s life better.
In January 2020, Healing Transitions (once again) became a living-wage organization based on the cost of living in Wake County. This means that we are committed to paying all of our staff fairly for their work.
In August 2019, Healing Transitions was one of two organizations called upon by Wake County to expand our overnight emergency shelter for single women. The pressing need involved the number of women sleeping outside at night, a need the county could simply not accommodate. We, along with Urban Ministries, immediately rose to the challenge and began using mats in our community room to increase our capacity and meet the demand. Longer-term solutions include capital expansion for both nonprofits.
2019 was yet another year of record-breaking demand in the following areas: average daily census, unduplicated individuals served, number of meals and beds of shelter provided, clinic visits and more.
In May 2019, we spearheaded an $11.75M capital campaign (Recovery Can’t Wait) which will enable us to keep up with demand and continue serving people the moment they ask for help and as many times as it takes.
OUR YEAR IN NUMBERS
TOTAL REVENUE – $5,099,862
TOTAL EXPENSES – $4,560,8684
2019 IMPACT STATS
SEEN IN CLINICS
(up 69% from 2018)
(up 15% from 2018)
(up 4% from 2018)
GIVEN IN PARTICIPATION
(up 4% from 2018)
(from participant children)
(up 70% from 2018)
STORIES OF HEALING
We simply could not do this work without the incredible ambassadors we have leading the way. We rely on each one of these individuals to help move our mission forward as we build a community where long-term recovery can and does flourish. Thank you!
A Place at the Table
Allscripts Volunteer Network
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Volunteer Network
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
Nationwide Volunteer Network
Oak City Recovery Run Club
Pullen Memorial Baptist Church
Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness
St. John’s Metropolitan Community Church
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
Temple of Pentecost Church
Wake County Master Gardeners
Wake County Overdose Prevention Coalition
White Memorial Presbyterian Church
Campbell University, Meredith College, Shaw, NCCU
Consumer Education (CESI)
North Carolina State University Bachelor of Social Work Program
Triangle Family Services
UNC School of Social Work
Wake Technical Community College
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
Advance Community Health
Duke Raleigh Hospital
Veterans Affairs Medical Centers
Fellowship Health Resources
NC Harm Reduction Coalition
Recovery Communities of North Carolina (RCNC)
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
A Simple Way Recovery Homes
The Carying Place
The Diaper Exchange
Dress for Success
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
North Carolina Guardian ad Litem
Oak City Cares
Oxford Houses of North Carolina
Raleigh Rescue Mission
Shepherds Table Soup Kitchen
Toys 4 Tots
Wheels 4 Hope
The Women’s Center of Wake County
Because of the leadership of our Board and the dedication of our wonderful staff, Healing Transitions is poised for success as we enter this new decade. We continue to serve more individuals than ever before in our organization’s history – in fact, in January 2020 we served an average of 348 people per night in facilities that were only designed to house 253 individuals.