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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

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
overview
OVERVIEW
  • History of Wellness Center
  • Developing Programming Over Time
  • Financing
  • Marketing
  • Challenges
  • What’s Working Currently
history of wellness center
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
developing programming over time
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
developing programming over time continued
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
developing programming over time continued6
Developing Programming Over Time - Continued
  • You can bring in a variety of people if you offer a variety of groups
financing
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
financing continued
Financing - Continued
  • Initial Investments
    • Karaoke Machine
    • Drums
    • Cooking Items
  • Investments Over Time
    • Yoga Mats
    • Meditations Cushions
    • DVDs
marketing
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
challenges
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
challenges continued
Challenges - Continued
  • Certain Groups Didn’t Work
  • Lack of Time for Outreach
  • Challenges with Certain Presenters
  • Coupons/Incentives for referring a friend
what s working currently
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
what s working currently continued
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
contact information
Contact Information

Independent Living, Inc

5 Washington Terrace

Newburgh, NY 12550

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