PERSEVERANCE THROUGH ADVERSITY
Chris Budnick, Executive Director
The struggles and perseverance of 2020 have been acutely felt by the population we serve: homeless, uninsured, and underserved individuals with addiction. The stressors of COVID-19, economic hardship, and racial injustice exerted tremendous pressure upon individuals, families, communities, and the nation. At Healing Transitions, we have been challenged to navigate the difficulties by developing new skills, innovations, and partnerships, and we are drawing upon these experiences to build a better today and tomorrow. As I reflect on the depth of loss experienced by many in 2020, I am uplifted by the resilience, unity, and compassion demonstrated by the Healing Transitions community in four specific areas.
OUR 2020 MILESTONES
In 2020, Healing Transitions and its champions raised over $8 million for the Recovery Can’t Wait capital campaign. Not only was this raised during a pandemic, but in 2020 alone, we raised the median amount we initially thought we could raise in the lifespan of the campaign. We saw unprecedented backing from the City of Raleigh, Wake County, and many other key investors. The money raised will go toward a much-needed expansion at both of our campuses, which will begin later this year!
After hearing the news of Healing Transitions temporarily closing its doors, then later operating at a reduced capacity, the community flocked to support our staff and participants. Initially by showing up in droves for a Reverse Parade on April 17th. Then by the incredible generosity of Trophy Brewing and Fairway Independent Mortgage donating to provide food from Hole Mole and Gonza Tacos food trucks, plus Papa Murphy’s donating 50 pizzas for our staff and participants. And finally by the constant stream of messages of support and donations by our community. The Recovery Village worked hard to keep morale and spirits up at HT!
Participants & Staff
Our staff and participants had more put upon them in 2020 than at any point in the history of HT, and they showed the utmost resiliency in the process. The courageous, innovative, resilient, and dedicated work of the staff had them working at all hours to navigate the pandemic where they fine-tuned strategies that helped us avoid any outbreaks of COVID-19. They did this despite great periods of uncertainty, stress, and fear; and they fulfilled jobs that placed them at higher risk of exposure to COVID-19. Through it all, they still managed to maintain their recovery and find joy and camaraderie for both themselves and the staff.
In March of 2020, Healing Transitions made the difficult decision to close its doors to new admissions and visitors for the first time in organization history. But thanks to the work of WakeMed, Wake County Emergency Operations Center, and the Department of Health and Human Services providing immediate and essential guidance, education, and resources, we were able to open an offsite detox within weeks of closing our doors. The offsite detox provided care for 217 individuals in just over two months until we re-opened our main campuses at a reduced capacity.
TOTAL REVENUE – $4,964,098
TOTAL EXPENSES – $5,072,060
2020 IMPACT STATS
If January was any indication of how 2020 was positioned to play out, we were on track to realize yet another consecutive year of record-breaking demand. Once the global pandemic reached Wake County, everything changed. Almost overnight, we reduced our bed capacity at both campuses to remain safe and follow CDC and Wake County guidelines. COVID impacted our program numbers, but thanks to our incredible recovery village and committed staff, we helped as many people as we could. Though 2020 brought challenges, we did what we always do – made a positive impact on those struggling with addiction.
SEEN IN CLINICS
DAILY CENSUS PRE-COVID
DAILY CENSUS POST-COVID
PER PERSON/PER DAY
(up from $37 in 2019 due to COVID)
GIVEN IN PRESCRIPTION
(up 27% from 2019)
(up 5% from 2019)
In spite of the pandemic and its economic impact, Healing Transitions rose to the challenge. Even at reduced capacity we remained open and operational throughout while successfully continuing to raise significant funds towards our capital campaign expansion efforts. Many thanks to our staff, boards, and community supporters. We are well-positioned to remain a vital force in our community.
— Leon Woodruff, Board Chair
To each of our 1,291 generous donors (519 of whom were first-time givers), we thank you! To our 90+ community partners (including but not limited to healthcare providers, first responders, employers, nonprofit partners, educational programs, and criminal justice, recovery, faith, fitness and housing organizations), we thank you! To our countless volunteers, including our capital campaign steering and honorary committee members, we thank you! And to our faithful leadership team, we thank you! Without you, we could not move our mission forward. We are beyond grateful for your support and commitment.