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Developing a Wellness Center on a Shoestring Budget. NYAPRS Conference Wednesday, September 14, 2011 Bryon Abrams – Wellness Center Coordinator Emanuel Hemsi – Manager – Supportive Housing Independent Living, Inc – Newburgh, NY. 5 Washington Terrace, Newburgh, New York 12550

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Developing a Wellness Center on a Shoestring Budget

NYAPRS Conference

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Bryon Abrams – Wellness Center Coordinator

Emanuel Hemsi – Manager – Supportive Housing

Independent Living, Inc – Newburgh, NY

5 Washington Terrace, Newburgh, New York 12550

  • Phone: (845) 565-1162 Fax: (845) 565-0567 Videophone: (845) 565-0337  www.myindependentliving.org


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OVERVIEW

  • History of Wellness Center

  • Developing Programming Over Time

  • Financing

  • Marketing

  • Challenges

  • What’s Working Currently


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History of Wellness Center

  • Two Existing Programs Melded to Create Wellness Center

    • Many Roads to Wellness

    • After Hours Drop In Center

  • Original Vision – Transformation of Mental Health System

    • Handout – Wellness Center Vision

  • Grand Opening

    • Handout - Grand Opening Flier


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Developing Programming Over Time

  • Original Vision of Programming

    • Handout - Weekly Schedule

  • Started with Bryon’s Strengths

    • Tai Chi and Qi Gong

  • Vision was a comprehensive Wellness Program


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Developing Programming Over Time - Continued

  • Preferences Noted:

    • Specific activities/workshops vs. overall program

      • Handout – Current Monthly Schedule

    • Active engagement vs. lecture format

    • Alternative to classes at a gym


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Developing Programming Over Time - Continued

  • You can bring in a variety of people if you offer a variety of groups


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Financing

  • General Programming Budget

    • Budget did not change from the After Hours Drop In Center Budget – County Department of Mental Health

    • We’ve had about $100/week to plan programming

  • Other Sources

    • Donations - Currently Receiving about $2000/year

    • Open House/Raffle

    • Smoking Cessation Contract with County Department of Health


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Financing - Continued

  • Initial Investments

    • Karaoke Machine

    • Drums

    • Cooking Items

  • Investments Over Time

    • Yoga Mats

    • Meditations Cushions

    • DVDs


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Marketing

  • Press Releases

    • Sample Press Release Handout

  • E-Mails

  • Open Houses

  • Sign In Front of Building with Daily Schedule

  • Fliers

  • Word of Mouth

  • Facebook

  • Linked In


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Challenges

  • Money

    • For paid presenters, space and staff time

  • Space

  • Participation (or lack thereof)

    • Childcare Issues for Potential Participants

    • Lack of Transportation

    • Timeslot of Program (M-F 5:30 – 7:30pm)

  • Seasonal Lulls in Attendance


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Challenges - Continued

  • Certain Groups Didn’t Work

  • Lack of Time for Outreach

  • Challenges with Certain Presenters

  • Coupons/Incentives for referring a friend


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What’s Working Currently

  • Donation Based Program (vs. Charging a Fee to Participate)

  • Partnering with Other Agencies

    • Just began a contract with County Department of Health to provide Smoking Cessation

    • Space at Cornerstone Residence – Safe Harbors of the Hudson

    • Connections with Other Practitioners/Presenters


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What’s Working Currently - Continued

  • Bryon’s Expertise – Ability to Run Many of the Groups Himself

  • Word of Mouth, Open Houses, Press Releases

  • Longevity – Staying the Course

    • Regular Participants


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Contact Information

  • Bryon Abrams – Wellness Center Coordinator

    • 845-561-4061 x266

    • [email protected]

  • Emanuel Hemsi – Manager Supportive Housing

    • 845-561-4061 x261

    • [email protected]

      Independent Living, Inc

      5 Washington Terrace

      Newburgh, NY 12550


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