May 10, 2002
Volume XXXV, No. 19

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START Center staff members invited to Gervin technology center

PHOTO George Gervin welcomes Deborah Van Damme, START Center, to the technology center named in his honor.

The Southwest Texas Addiction Research & Technology (START) Center is expanding its community outreach by collaborating on projects with various nonprofit and substance abuse treatment centers in San Antonio.

Dr. Nassima Ait-Daoud, START Center clinic director, and Deborah S. Van Damme, START Center research assistant, were recently invited to attend the opening ceremonies for the George Gervin Technology Center. The ceremony was followed by presentations from various community leaders including Conrad Lindemann, chairman of the board of the George Gervin Youth Center; George Gervin, founder of the center; Barbara Hawkins, executive director of the center; Dr. Angie Runnels, president of Saint Philip's College; and John Sanders, city councilman, District 2.

The George Gervin Technology Center offers education, counseling and social services, as well as job readiness skills training, college and technical school assistance, résumé writing and cultural and recreational activities. In addition, the center offers certificate programs in sales training and a Microsoft Office module.

Under the leadership of Dr. Bankole Johnson, and through partnerships with other organizations, START Center staff members hope to increase alcohol and drug abuse awareness and to reach and assist more people with addiction problems.

The George Gervin Technology Center is located at 3030 East Commerce St. For more information, contact Van Damme at (210) 562-5462.


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