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Host program for developmental disability community through Burke

By Hailey Squiers, Mulitmedia Journalist, see the original KTRE story here.
Lufkin, TX (KTRE-TV)
Three years ago, Bernice Jackson and her husband Robert Jackson were newcomers to Lufkin. But, something just didn’t feel right.
“After Leroy came into our home, I began to feel like a normalcy,” said Jackson. “Because that’s all we’ve done since we’ve been adults.”
The Jacksons’ passion for helping those with special needs was perfect for the Companion Host Care program through Burke, where they were matched with Leroy Butler. According to Kasandra Malone, a supervisor for Burke, this program was created to get those with intellectual developmental disabilities out of group home and into a family-type environment.
“You have staff coming in and out 24 hours, and you don’t get to form that personal bond,” Malone Read More »

KTRE-TV Receives Frank M. Adams Award for Mental Health Awareness

In June of 2017, KTRE was presented with the Frank M. Adams award at the TX Council’s Annual Conference. Burke nominated KTRE for their work in promoting mental health awareness in their weekly Survivor Series. Watch this video to learn more about the award.

 
KTRE’s Survivor Series highlights members of the local community and the challenging obstacles they have overcome in life. KTRE journalists work to showcase these “survivors” in a compassionate way.  Every story ends with a life lesson that may provide hope and promise for someone coping with a similar obstacle.
KTRE has aired Survivors every week since September of 2015 in the highly rated Wednesday Evening News segment.  Since 2016, Burke has helped KTRE identify residents with intellectual and Read More »

The Texas Mental Health Crisis

Texas Association of Counties produced this video to explain how communities across Texas are facing significant challenge providing services to their citizens with mental health needs.

Burke counselor uses life experiences to help children with mental illness

By Caleb Beames, Multi-Media Journalist, see the original KTRE story here.
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Everyday at Burke, employees help people who find themselves deep in depression and dealing with anxiety.
One of those is Callie Hunt. Hunt not only listens to her patients, she also understands what they are going through. Twelve years ago, Hunt was getting to graduate from Lufkin High School. Hunt was one of the popular students.
“I was very active,” Hunt said. I was in groups and I was on the dance team,” Hunt said. “I grew up in a really great home. I had a really great childhood.”
The student that also was working hard at trying to become Miss Texas looked happy outside but on the inside Read More »

Zeagler presented with Spirit Award at 22nd Annual Mission Possible conference.

On March 8th, at the Mission Possible Conference in Nacogdoches, Buddy Zeagler, retired executive director of the T.L.L. Temple Foundation, was presented with the Spirit Award by the SFA School of Social Work. The intent of the award is to identify and honor individuals who may not be social workers, yet they embody the spirit of social work practice.  Zeagler was recognized because of his undying commitment to helping the community. His recent involvement with the School of Social Work and their projects with Impact Lufkin and the San Augustine community service center has opened up doors for community vitalization in East Texas.
Photo Caption: From left are: Dr. Freddie Avant, director and associate dean of the SFA School of Social Read More »

Working with Legislators to Improve Psychiatric Inpatient Capacity

Most people I know are disappointed with how divided politics have become. But as the 85th Legislature gets underway in Austin, there is a wonderful example of bipartisan cooperation that should make every Texan proud. Over the last several legislative sessions, lawmakers from both parties have come together to support better, more accessible and more affordable mental health care.
I experience this every day as CEO of Burke, the largest provider of these services in East Texas. Whether we are able to serve our clients depends in large part on how the legislature supports our work. And for the 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 led to a leg amputation eight months ago. For Jodi, the horrific loss of a limb led to the discovery of a promising future.
“You just step in it,” Richardson Read More »

Burke COO, Jake Squiers Named to Special Olympics Texas Board

The Special Olympics Texas board of directors recently named Jake Squiers, chief operating officer of Burke, as a new member.

Squiers just finished a two-year term on the nonprofit organization’s President’s Advisory Council and will now serve a two-year term in an at-large position on the board.

“Jake has a tremendous eye for detail and was a standout member of the President’s Advisory Council,” said Chad Tywater, SOTX board chairman. “Jake will be a great addition to our board for years to come.”

Squiers said he feels “honored and excited.”

“I’m very passionate about activities for folks with developmental disabilities,” he said. “I’ve been involved Read More »

Woman survives thoughts of suicide after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder

Nacogdoches woman, Sally Ellsworth, recently visited with KTRE about her bipolar diagnosis and past thoughts of suicide. In 2012, Ellsworth was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. The symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe and differ from the normal ups and downs that everyone experiences from time to time.  Check out her story on KTRE’s website, or watch the video below.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, and the rates are continuing to climb.
An East Texas woman, who could’ve been a part of that statistic, decided to get help after struggling with depression.
“Dying felt like the only option because I just 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 problem was prescription drugs. I couldn’t take them as they were labeled. My drug choice was narcotics, Klonopin, and fastins (phentermine).”
It was an addiction that ran 12 years of her Read More »