For more than 40 years, Burke Center has served East Texans across our 12-county service area. As we prepare for the next 40 years, we have renamed the organization Burke. Our services and commitment to our clients and East Texas are stronger than ever.


STEP Toward Recovery: Burke Hosting Outreach Presentation

By Nicole Bradford, Reporter, see the original story here. Nacogdoches, TX (Daily Sentinel) A year ago, LeeAnn Dwire might have seemed like a garden variety troubled teen. Depressed and anxious, the teen often isolated herself. Worse, she began having hallucinations — hearing voices that were not there. “I was in a bad place,” said Dwire, now 18 and holding down a job while preparing for the SAT. “My mom got scared for me and started trying to get me into the Burke system.” The teen was admitted into Burke’s STEP, or Specialized Treatment…— Read more

Nacogdoches Woman Recovers Physically and Mentally from Car Wreck

Nacogdoches woman, Jodi Richardson, recently visited with KTRE about her physical, mental, and emotional recovery from a bad car wreck in July of 2015.  Since then, she has dealt with overcoming and managing depression, having her leg amputated, adapting to a prosthetic, and committing to hours of mental health and physical therapies. Check out her story on KTRE’s website, or watch the video below. Jodi Richardson is back on the road to recovery, both physically and mentally. The Nacogdoches woman was in a bad car wreck a year and a half ago. Nerve damage…— Read more

Woodville Woman Survives Depression and Drug Abuse

This spring, Woodville woman, Kelli Fields found help through Burke's medical detoxification program. Fields recently visited with KTRE and shared her story of overcoming depression and her addiction to prescription medications. Check out the story on KTRE's website, or watch the video below. An East Texas woman suffered years of depression and drug abuse that was fueled by the victimization of sex trafficking. “It’s hard to be in such dark deep depression where you feel like you’re in a cage and there’s nothing to reach up to,” survivor, Kelli Fields said. “My biggest…— Read more
Nacogdoches Veteran Finds “friendly foxhole” in Peer Network

Nacogdoches Veteran Finds “friendly foxhole” in Peer Network

Published in the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel on May 30, 2016 News Editor’s note: The following feature is the last in a series highlighting May as mental health month. By Kinnie Reina, Burke Two years ago, retired United States Army major, Jeffrey Smith found relief in the Lufkin-based Military Veteran’s Peer Network. Smith retired from the Army in 2006 after 21 years of service. During his last three years of service, he served as XO (executive officer) at Fort Polk in Louisiana, where his brigade ensured that National Guard and Reserve units were trained and ready…— Read more