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January 30, 2020
Looking to accelerate your health rate? Take part in the inaugural Try2Tri series.
Get in shape, while supporting three local organizations with the Try2Tri series starting on Feb. 8.
Along with Kissimmee Main Street, the events will benefit the Osceola Council on Aging and The Transition House. This is the first year the city has combined all three into the Try2Tri to challenge people to participate in three races within three months.
The first race, the Kiss-Im-Mee 5K will benefit heart health awareness.
“Fifty percent of the proceeds will go to the American Heart Association,” said Kissimmee Main Street Director Diana Marrero- Pinto. “These events help promote and show the ways these groups are impacting our community.”
The 5K begins at 7:30 a.m. at Kissimmee Lakefront Park and costs $25 if participants register before the end of January. Enjoy a run around Lake Tohopekaliga seeing historic homes and a view of downtown.
There will be several awards for top three male and female finishers by age. Dress up in your favorite Valentine’s themed outfit with prizes for “The Cutest Cupid” and “The Prettiest Pair.” This is the 12th year for the Kiss-Im-Mee race.
KUA Presents March for Meals 5K is the second race on March 14 and the money raised will help the Osceola Council on Aging. Pre registration is $20 for participants.
“The community needs to know that seniors are going hungry every day and it’s unacceptable,” said Council Nutritional Director Wilda Belisle.
March for Meals has been racing through downtown for 15 years.
Try2Tri “is an incredible idea. We can team up and get the community to help. We believe in the other (organization’s) causes and support them,” Belisle said. Funds raised by March
Funds raised by March for Meals will help shorten the waiting list and provide more meals for seniors.
The event will include a kid’s run, silent auction, prizes for largest and most spirited teams and more. Wear St. Patrick’s Day attire to add some extra fun to the event.
Last year, March for Meals saw 500 participants and they are hoping to see more this year.
Hot dogs will be served, and individuals are asked to bring non-perishable food items and will be entered into a drawing.
“We decided to take part in this three-month event. We are all part of the solution. It was a nobrainer,” said Belisle.
The final race is for The Transition House April 4 and is free. It is the third annual Alcohol Awareness Month Walk/Run.
Christine Falkowski, event coordinator, said, “It’s important for the community to know about options available for treatment for alcoholism. We want to raise awareness especially for teens and young adults.”
Several vendors will be set up at the park, such as the Boy Scouts, Tax Collector, Elections Office, St. Cloud Medical Center and more.
The Transition House has been serving the community for 26 years and provides substance abuse treatment for anyone. It works closely with the Department of Health and Osceola Healthcare.
“We make it easy to get treatment,” said Falkowski. “It’s about helping people.”
All three events will be at Kissimmee Lakefront Park and by registering and completing each race, participants earn a Kissimmee Try2Tri medal. The event is sponsored by the Kissimmee Utility Authority.
“This is something that I have wanted to do with these organizations, since we have three great events happening at the Kissimmee lakefront,” said Marrero- Pinto. “This is beneficial for all the participants in each of these events and it’s a great way to show off the Kissimmee Lakefront and keep our community healthy by supporting three great causes.”
January 2, 2019
Homeless Veteran Program Graduate Recognized with Gift of a Car
Ron Rosoff, a recent graduate from The Transition House, Inc., Veterans Grant and Per Diem Residential Program located in St. Cloud, FL, received an early holiday gift thanks to the National Auto Body Council (NABC), Recycled Rides, Geico Cares and Orlando’s Supercenter on December 21, 2018.
Rosoff was presented a 2013 Nissan Ultima SL by representatives of NABC, Recycled Rides, Orlando’s Supercenter and the Geico mascot on behalf of Geico Cares.
“I was shocked and honored,” said Rosoff. “I pray daily to be able to give back what I’ve learned and earned at The Transition House.”
A Navy veteran and submariner, Rosoff, who suffers from a spinal injury and pronounced Stenosis C5-7, was prescribed Methodone for pain management and over nine years became dependent on the medication.
“I had to detox from Methodone, which was really awful, before I could enter the program at The Transition House on July 19, 2018,” Rosoff said. “The counseling, structure and physical fitness area has helped me to become more focused, task-oriented and goal-specific than I have been in years.”
Rosoff graduated from The Transition House program on December 5, 2018, and has found a permanent home and is seeking employment.
“The first trip I made in my new car was to visit my parents, who are in their 80s, and that was blessing. My family says I’m the old me again. They see night to day in my behavior and personality,” continued Rosoff.
“I’m honored to receive this amazing donation because now I’m able to look for work, do volunteer work at The Transition House, and see my family again. It’s a freedom I’m so grateful to receive.”
November 19, 2018
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office holds ‘Holidays and Heroes’ drive
Bryan Hutchins, a Corrections Technician at our Washington Work Release Program, helped to raise food and money for the Holiday and Heroes Food and Donation Drive. This program helps feed 30 families during the holiday season.
November 14, 2018
Work release programs host job fair
We participated in a job fair for inmates who are working towards building a productive life once they are released. It was a joy to be able to meet these men and help them begin their path to success!
October 15, 2018
The Transition House Memphis opens its doors
The Transition House is opening its doors in Memphis! Our second location in Tennessee, and the first in Memphis, will provide a variety of outpatient behavioral health services to the surrounding community. We could not have done it without the help of the Greater Memphis Chamber. We look forward to serving the residents of Memphis!
April 4, 2018
Alcohol Awareness Month
What an honor it was to have the City of Kissimmee Government join National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and The Transition House in recognizing April as Alcohol Awareness Month! Your support is invaluable as we work together to prevent alcohol abuse, spread awareness and provide supportive services to those in need in our community. Thank you!
October 3, 2017
CEO Tom Griffin of The Transition House, Inc. receives City of St. Cloud Proclamation
The Transition House, Inc. was recognized by the City of St. Cloud for our participation in National Recovery Month this September. Tom Griffin, CEO at The Transition House, Inc., was there to receive the City of St. Cloud’s proclamation.
September 29, 2017
City of St. Cloud Declares September National Recovery Month
St. Cloud’s Mayor, Nathan Blackwell, has officially recognized September as National Recovery Month. Support from the community is key to recovery in mental and substance use disorders and we are grateful for our community’s support!
January 6, 2017
Transition House partners with Valencia College
The Transition House is fighting the recidivism rate in partnership with Valencia College. Valencia’s Basic Construction Course is changing the lives of the men in our program and empowering them with marketable skills when they return to the real world.
July 22, 2015
The Transition House TREATS program
The Training and Rescuing Eagerly Adoptable and Talented Shelter (TREATS) dogs program is a way for residents at The Transition House to learn a new skill and rescue at risk animals at the same time.
January 14, 2016
A Letter from Senator Bradley
I have spent the last few weeks traveling around the district, speaking with many of you about what we accomplished during the 2016 Session. One of most inspiring stops was the celebration of the opening of the new Transition House in Bradford County. The Transition House will provide residential substance abuse treatment and services for residents of Bradford, Clay and Alachua Counties. This Center, a funding priority of mine, will employ Bradford County residents and provide life-changing treatment for those in the community dealing with addiction. I am proud to have the support of Sheriff Gordon Smith, law enforcement, the county and city commissions and the business community in this effort.
As always it is a pleasure to represent you in the Florida Senate. Please let my office know if I can ever be of assistance to you.
January 6, 2016
The Transition House to Open a DOC Diversion Program Facility in Starke, Florida
St.Cloud, FL – The Transition House, in partnership with the Florida Department of Corrections, is holding a grand opening and ribbon cutting of its new DOC diversion program facility on April 1st. This new facility will open in Starke, Florida, in addition to its four othe work release programs throughout the state of Florida.
“We are very excited to be serving Bradford County and the surrounding areas with our services. We have seen the impact it has had on the areas surrounding our five other locations, and cannot wait to execute our mission here and continue watching lives transform,” says Tom Griffin, CEO of The Transition House.
The Transition House’s work release programs have been very successful in assisting individuals in transitioning from a life of criminal activity and drug abuse to one that is healthy and contributing to society, specifically the workforce. However, the new diversion program in Starke is unique because it is designed so that criminal offenders can avoid charges and a permanent record that might hinder them from attaining employment. This is the first residential TTH program that is aimed toward both males and females.
The Transition House is a local non-profit agency that provides behavioral health services to veterans and civilians. The Transition House strives to equip their residents with skills that will enable them to live a successful life after the rehabilitation program. For the latest information on The Transition House Inc., you can follow the organization on social media at facebook.com/TheTransitionHouseInc or @TransitionHous on Twitter.
January 6, 2016
The Transition House residents graduate from vocational program sponsored by CareerSource Central Florida
St.Cloud, FL – Five residents currently enrolled in The Transition House’s men’s residential program graduated from a Construction Training Program sponsored by CareerSource and Valencia College. The program, Project OPEN (Osceola Poverty Elimination Network), was started two years ago to give the transitionally housed, homeless, and very low income a career start with short-term training. The goal is to give these individuals a start in a career in which they will earn a livable wage, and they will have the opportunity to further their education should they want to.
The Transition House is a local non-profit agency that provides behavioral health services to veterans and civilians. The Transition House strives to equip their residents with skills that will enable them to live a successful life after the rehabilitation program.
As the client progresses in The Transition House’s program, they are introduced to partners within the community such as Career Source, where individuals are able to sign up for a skills and job placement course. Veterans participating in the program receive training in all facets of facilities maintenance and general construction, including carpentry, electrical wiring, landscaping, HVAC, painting, plumbing, weatherization, and OSHA 10.
All five students graduated with their OSHA certification, CPR, and First Aid and a certificate in Basic Construction. They also graduated with three college credits. These students have tools, boots, safety equipment, and so much more. CareerSource has agreed to pay for all of the Valencia College short-term continuing education classes if the clients qualify.
“CareerSource helps The Transition House residents tremendously. Partnerships like this give our residents confidence to face the world when they are finished with their rehabilitation, and that is invaluable,” says Tom Griffin, CEO of The Transition House.
“We want to extend a huge congratulations to these clients that committed to the program and were determined and motivated to graduate this program. 3 of those 5 clients have already found employment,” says Jennifer Dellasanta, COO of the Transition House
The Transition House works with CareerSource, Goodwill Industries, and other similar organizations.
CareerSource Central Florida provides solutions for both businesses and career-seekers in Central Florida. They target select industries to find and place the “right” talent with the right businesses.