Hamilton Center, Inc. takes over downtown Terre Haute for Employee Kickoff

On Friday, July 15th, Hamilton Center, Inc. took over downtown Terre Haute for a few hours, treating its more than 660 orange-clad employees to breakfast at one of several local eateries before convening at Indiana State University’s Tilson Auditorium for the company’s 10th annual Employee Kickoff celebration.

The event, which took place two weeks after the conclusion of the HCI fiscal year, served to honor the employees for their accomplishments of the past year as well as to share goals and objectives for the next 12 months. Many employees took home one of several thousand dollars’ worth of prizes in a raffle drawing, ranging from TVs to recreational equipment and kitchen appliances.

Melvin L. Burks, President/CEO of the mental health facility, served as master of ceremonies. He noted that the company has greatly reduced its number of employees working remotely due to COVID-19, and the event was a chance for everyone to get together again.

“I want to thank all of you for coming daily to serve our consumers,” Burks said. “That is our number one goal. My main reason for being here is to serve our consumers at a quality level.  I want you all to know, that from myself and the management team that we appreciate everything you have done for our corporation and our consumers,” he added. “I can’t say that enough. We cannot make it without you. I am going to work hard to make sure you have a good life, and you can go home and take care of your family.”

Four employees were honored as the outstanding employees of the quarter – Lila Wilson (clubhouse generalist), Lisa McKillop (housekeeping supervisor at the corporate building), Maria Ramos (mental health technician at the Fort Harrison Group Home) and Sabrina Harroll (therapist in Clay County). Executive coordinator Torre Anderson was also recognized at employee of the year.

Nichelle Washington, the company’s executive director of quality and compliance, led the team which organized the event.

“Some of you may not have been here for all 10 years of Employee Kickoffs, Mr. Burks wanted to do this to help kick off our next fiscal year and not only serve our consumers but also serve our communities,” she said. “We serve one another, and our community partners. We want to thank Mr. Burks for making this possible for us.”

Hamilton Center, Inc. is a regional behavioral health system in Central and West Central Indiana with corporate offices located in Terre Haute, Ind.  Services are provided to children, youth, and adults, with specialized programs for expectant mothers, infants, and people who may be struggling with stress, life changes, or relationship issues, as well as more serious problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, and serious mental illnesses.

Be The Change

Be the Change event invites guests to learn about the chemicals in our brains that affect happiness and the power of connection

On Thursday, Sept. 19, join Hamilton Center Foundation, Inc., for the fourth annual Be the Change event, where individuals will have the opportunity to learn about the chemicals in our brains that affect happiness and discover the power of connecting with one another – all while raising funds to help provide high-quality behavioral health care and wellness services in our community.

This year’s theme for Be the Change, “Getting Your Daily Dose & The Power of Community,” will feature Danielle Bryan, a Confidence Coach & Transformational Speaker based in Austin, Texas. Bryan is a Terre Haute native who has spent the past decade traveling around United States with a path rooted in the service of others and awakening the Inner Power of her clients.

Bryan’s passion for changing the way we view “Self Love” started at a young age when she saw much suffering in her family and felt her own negative self-talk affecting her daily life. Countless years of unworthiness and shame carried into her young adult life, and she could feel the need to create change.

Through her workshops and speaking engagements, Bryan strives to bring a sense of connection and love through the avenues of “Movement, Meditation & Motivation,” and her goal is to impact 17 million by changing the way people approach their mental and physical health. During Be the Change, she will share information about the four primary chemicals in our brains that affect happiness — dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and endorphins — and the power of connecting with one another.

Be the Change: Getting Your Daily Dose & The Power of Community will take place on Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Red Barn at Sycamore Farm, 5001 Poplar Street in Terre Haute. Registration and hors d’oeuvres will begin at 5 p.m., and the program will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event are $50 per ticket or $400 for a table of eight. A $500 Corporate Sponsorship that includes a table of eight is also available.

All funds raised at the Be the Change event through ticket sales and donations will benefit the Hamilton Center Foundation, and all funds will be generously matched, dollar-for-dollar, by the Hux Family Charitable Trust. To make a reservation or donation, visit www.hamiltoncenterfoundation.org, or call 812-231-8416.

The mission of the Hamilton Center Foundation is to strengthen the community by providing consistent and lasting support to Hamilton Center, Inc. (HCI) as it provides the highest quality behavioral health care and wellness services in Indiana. The Foundation has made several grants to support Hamilton Center programs, most recently providing approximately $18,000 in mini grants to support a variety of HCI initiatives, including providing safety products and materials for families, supporting a community-wide suicide prevention campaign, offering summer activities for underserved youth, providing emergency funds to support basic needs, purchasing hiking equipment to support an outdoor recreation therapy group, providing funds to purchase play therapy equipment for young children, and supporting graduation celebrations for individuals who complete treatment for substance use disorders. The Foundation also recently awarded $25,000 to Hamilton Center’s mentoring program, which matches at-risk youth with HCI staff mentors who work to help the children develop positive relationships and behavior at school and at home. The program offers tutoring options and seeks to build confidence among the students.

To learn more about the Hamilton Center Foundation, visit www.hamiltoncenterfoundation.org, or contact Margie Anshutz at manshutz@hamiltoncenter.org or 812-231-8320.