VIDEO: Circles of Care – Central Florida Humanitarian Organization
By Central Florida Humanitarians // October 27, 2015
ABOVE VIDEO: Circles of Care has deep roots in the community and a well-deserved reputation as the leading provider of mental health, alcohol and drug abuse treatment programs that include hospital, residential, outpatient and in-home services.
Circles of Care’s logo depicts well the continuity of service and the impact that this long-standing mental health services organization has had in Brevard.
The top circle, balanced on two others, represents the blessing of a sound mind, while the two lower intertwined circles represent the interdependence of physical and emotional health.
A heart within this triad symbolizes caring and dedication to nurture health and wholeness in all ages.
The organization has deep roots in the community and a well-deserved reputation as the leading provider of mental health, alcohol and drug abuse treatment programs that include hospital, residential, outpatient and in-home services.
Treating addictions and mental issues is at the heart of Circles of Care.
“Nearly seventy percent of persons with mental health symptoms also have substance abuse issues,” said president and CEO James Whitaker.
“You can’t effectively treat one without addressing the other.”
Harbor Pines, a 50-bed inpatient psychiatric crisis stabilization unit, primarily treats indigent clients and is a cornerstone of the public mental health system.
Twin Rivers, a 20-bed special care unit, serves the adult community with detoxification and stabilization of alcohol and drug disorders.
Sheridan Oaks East and West are both psychiatric inpatient facilities for the elderly.
SOLUTIONS FOR SENIORS
To serve children and their families, Circles of Care operates the 16-bed Child Crisis Stabilization Unit and the three-bed Juvenile Addictions Receiving Facility.
Circles of Care also operates the Assisted Living Center, a safe residential environment for 16 adults with chronic biochemical brain diseases.
At the agency’s Supervised Apartments, seriously and chronically mentally ill adults live safely in individual apartments under 24/7 supervision.
Three outpatient centers treat adults and children in Titusville, Rockledge and Melbourne with programs that include Solutions for Seniors, an intensive outpatient program for the geriatric population suffering from mental illness.
The Life Management Day Treatment Program serves 80 to 90 chronically mentally ill persons with counseling, education and training in the daily living skills they need to function more independently.
What began as a group of six employees operating out of a condemned school building has grown to a $41 million agency with more than 450 employees.
Last year, Circles of Care also merged Prevent! Of Brevard’s into it substance abuse treatment program, adding, among other services, in-school drug and bullying prevention initiatives, the Brevard Tobacco Initiative, a program for adolescent first-time offenders and Sally’s House, a 15-bed home where women recovering from substance addiction can live with their children.
“Since 1963, our organization has provided innovative and progressive programs to meet the community’s need for behavioral healthcare and we are dedicated to do so for years to come,” added Whitaker.
ABOUT THE 2015 CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIAN AWARDS
Recognizing Outstanding Individuals & Organizations Who Dedicate Their Time, Talent and Treasure
The 2015 Central Florida Humanitarians include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities.
The Central Florida Humanitarian honorees will be recognized during a Gala event on Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.
The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards were created six years ago by Maverick Multimedia, publisher of Space Coast Medicine & Active Living magazine and Space Coast Daily, to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that dedicate their time, talent or treasure to help people in need locally – and around the world.
TIME: In this category consider candidates who have selflessly and consistently devoted their time as volunteers at hospitals and nursing homes, in activities for the less fortunate and as organizers, administrators or operatives in the many other altruistic endeavors in our community.
TALENT: In this category give consideration to those who have volunteered their special talents and expertise to address specific circumstances in which the lives of those in need are improved.
TREASURE: The humanitarians in this category will include those who have generously shared their monetary good fortune and/or volunteered their time and efforts in fund raising for the advancement of a philanthropic cause.
All 2015 honorees will be featured in the Oct/Nov 2015 edition of Space Coast Medicine & Active Living magazine and SpaceCoastDaily.com.
The first Gala was held in 2010 and is produced by Brevard Productions.
ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS SELECTED TO BE HONORED INCLUDE:
• Brevard Family Partnership
• Brevard Neighborhood Coalition
• Brevard Special Olympics – Debbie Spence
• Lila Buescher
• Canine Companions for Independence
• Childrens Hunger Project
• Circles of Care
• Ginger Davis
• Cove Merchants Association
• Dr. Brian Dowdell
• Early Learning Coalition of Brevard
• Betsy Farmer
• Darcia Jones-Francey
• Harris Corp. Foundation
• Malak Hammad
• John & Cynthia Handley
• John Harper
• Mike & Stephanie Haridopolos
• Sheriff Wayne Ivey
• Robert Jordan
• Dr. John Lovejoy Jr. & Dr. John Lovejoy III
• Victor Luebker
• Rita Pritchett
• David Schmitt
• Oscar & Turney Sieveking
• The 2015 Central Florida Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement honoree is Dr. Anthony Catanese.
HONORING SELFLESS VOLUNTEERISM
As always, the Central Florida Humanitarian committee will also honor hospital and hospice volunteers from Health First Hospice, the Dr. Jey Pillai Center for Hospice Care at Wasdin Woods, VITAS, Hospice of St. Francis, Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital, Health First Viera Hospital, Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center, Health First Palm Bay Hospital, Wuesthoff Medical Center – Melbourne, Wuesthoff Medical Center – Rockledge, the VA Clinic in Viera, and Sebastian River Medical Center.
“Over the years, our editorial team has had the distinct honor and pleasure of identifying and featuring the many members of our community who give back so much and are dedicated to reaching out and helping others, here and throughout the world, in a multitude of ways,” said Maverick Multimedia Editor-In-Chief Dr. Jim Palermo.
“For the sixth consecutive year, we will once again produce the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards Gala on the first Thursday of November. This year, more than 42 deserving humanitarians will be honored during the Gala.”
The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards will be part of Space Coast Medicine Week, a comprehensive series of health and educational events produced by Space Coast Medicine & Active Living magazine and Space Coast Daily.
JOIN US FOR AN INSPIRATIONAL EVENING
This inspiring and compelling event is sponsored by M.H. Williams Construction, Parrish Medical Center, SOAR, Brighthouse Networks, Wuesthoff Health System, First Choice Medical Group, Clear Choice Health Care, Florida Pain Institute, Brevard Geriatrics, Knudson Brain & Spine Law Injury Office, Dr. Mark Pinsky, Space Coast Medicine & Active Living magazine and SpaceCoastDaily.com. Each honoree or organization will be presented the Central Florida Humanitarian Crystal Globe.
“We would like to thank our long list of sponsors who support the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards and who make this wonderful event possible,” said Giles Malone, a partner with Maverick Multimedia and Brevard Productions, who annually produce all the events of Space Coast Medicine Week.
COMPELLING MULTIMEDIA TRIBUTE VIDEOS & STORIES
Stay tuned to SpaceCoastDaily.com and Space Coast Medicine & Active Living magazine for exclusive and comprehensive multimedia coverage of each honoree as we present their compelling stories.
“Please join us on Thursday, Nov. 5 to celebrate and be inspired by these incredible individuals and groups,” said Maverick Multimedia President & Publisher Tom Palermo.
“In the meantime, please click the link below that showcases the distinguished Central Florida Humanitarian Alumni.”
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIAN ALUMNI
FOR MORE INFORMATION or to make a reservation to attend the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards Gala call 321-323-4460 or 321-615-8111 or e-mail MaverickMultiMedia@gmail.com
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ABOVE MAP: The 2015 Central Florida Humanitarian Awards will take place Thursday, Nov. 5 at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, located at 200 Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.