Thursday, February 19, 2009

25 Random Things About Brandywine Counseling

OK, we're getting in on the "25 Random Things" phenomenon. Rules: Once you've been tagged, write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

1. BCI’s first Executive Director was David Skinner.

2. Our first location was on 12th Street in Wilmington

3. We’ve had the name Brandywine Counseling since 1990. Before that, we were Brandywine Counseling and Diagnostic Center.

4. One popular misspelling of our name on our junk mail is “Brenuine Counseling.”

5. Some people refer to us as “Brandywine Consulting.” This is also incorrect.

6. BCI’s logo is a compass because we provide direction.

7. In the very early days of BCI, when it was still a part of Wilmington Hospital, we dispensed methadone mixed with orange juice.

8. BCI Client #1 has been with us since we opened in 1984. You can read his story here.

9. The Alpha Center used to be an alternative school and police station.

10. The Outreach Center was formerly a deli.

11. We occupied our former Riverfront site from 1997 to 2005. It was demolished within a week after we moved out.

12. BCI’s first fundraising event was called “Spring Into Spring” and featured oldies band The Fabulous Hubcaps.

13. Years ago, we used to have a program called “The A-Team,” which was short for Assertive Treatment Team.

14. The color of the Lancaster building is most often described as “mustard.”

15. The photos lining the walls at the Lancaster Center were taken by Dr. Glick on his many travels.

16. BCI’s slogan prior to “Where the Journey to Recovery Begins” was “We Care!”

17. We like our acronyms, even when we can’t remember what they stand for. COAPE?… NSAFE?… Anyone?

18. The “I” in “BCI” stands for Incorporated.

19. BCI’s longest tenured staff are Nurse Supervisor Marcia Blancato and CQI Director Janice Sneed, who have been with us 30 years.

20. If you spend any time at all at BCI, you are certain to overhear a conversation involving the word “urine.”

21. During BCI’s first ever “walkthrough exercise,” Basha Silverman went undercover as a client seeking admission, and was actually hung up on by the receptionist.

22. BCI staff later performed a skit, including this mishap, at a national conference to show other treatment programs how we improved our admissions process.

23. BCI started up The Lighthouse Program, including completely renovating a shelter home, within 4 months after funding was awarded.

24. Even the smallest donation to BCI can save a life – One dollar will buy 14 condoms, 4 first aid kits, or 12 sterile syringes.

25. BCI has 13 fans on Facebook. Come on over and join us! Right after you finish your own list. Tag, you’re it!

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