The inspiring book of one man led to an extraordinary day of hope and resilience. At the Nexus Family Healing Building Connections virtual event in July 2020, Dr. Aeva Doomes, Medical Director for Nexus-Woodbourne Family Healing, shared a story about how donors can help support meaningful events and connections on campus.
Lydia, a young woman suffering from extensive trauma, was receiving intensive therapy at Nexus-Woodbourne. During her stay, she expressed a passion for cooking. Staff recognized that passion and used it to build her confidence and her independence. They helped her obtain her food safety licensure and training. They taught her to manage the food expense budget for the program.
Nexus-Kindred foster parents Master and Anna Hinkle have been in wheelchairs for most of their lives: Master since he was 3, and Anna since she was 16. Both were the result of vehicle accidents.
Brittany, a young Black woman suffering from extensive sexual trauma and abuse, was receiving intensive therapeutic intervention services at Nexus-Woodbourne. During Brittany’s stay, she expressed an interest in becoming a social worker. Staff recognized her passion for wanting to help others and used it to build her self-confidence.
At the age of 13, Nate started going to parties with older kids where he was introduced to and saw all sorts of things. He was living with his schizophrenic mother and Nate felt the need to keep his activities outside of the home to himself.
Pat and Paul Curran were “hometown sweethearts” from Hornell, New York, who married and moved to Minnesota. Paul worked with General Mills for 43 years and, Pat, who once worked for the FBI in Washington DC, became a dedicated mother to her two daughters, Mickey and Kathy.