30 Year Celebration
Social Model Recovery Systems proudly announces that we have been serving the community now for 30 years! Since 1986, we have been providing direct treatment services, prevention, training and education. This milestone was celebrated by staff, families, and alumni at Huntington Beach, California. Attendees played games, flew kites, enjoyed food, and embraced fellowship. Surf lessons were provided by the Boys and Girls Club of Pomona Valley, food and refreshments were donated by F&W Food Services, and photos and video were compiled by Levi Molina. The weather was amazing, burgers and hotdogs sizzled on the grill, and live music by Ugly Nelson made this the perfect day at the beach. Special thanks to all those who made this event a success!
Juneteenth Cultural Event at River Community
River Community celebrated our Juneteenth cultural event. We were joined by the men of Omni in this event and we heard from inspirational African American voices through the ages. We were taken from a place of bondage and oppression to the days of the first African American President. This event shared with our residents the universal language of music and food as we enjoyed soul food for lunch.
LGBTQ Community Partnership
Our residents stood with the LGBTQ Community in recognizing the stigma and marginalization this community has faced. River was joined by the women of Stepping Stones as we heard from four guest speakers who shared stories of resilience and empowerment with those in attendance. The event was inspiring and offered support and encouragement to several of our residents who had questions.
Loyola Marymount University partners with Community Centered Emergency Room Project
CCERP in partnership with the Loyola Marymount University, School of Psychology, hosted a tailored two-part psychology training for our Coalition members. During the first session we learned how to deal with stress, including various coping strategies. We also learned about negative coping mechanisms, one of which is substance abuse. In the second session we focused on family life and strengthening bonds with our children. We learned about good parenting strategies (i.e. positive activities and role modeling) which can help our children to cope with life’s stressors and deter them from resorting to substance abuse. Our Coalition members identify strategies to prevent the harm alcohol and other drug use has on the entire family. The class culminated with certificates of recognition and comprehensive resource packages being given to all participants. The most rewarding part of working with our Coalition, is seeing them transform and develop into great leaders who are focused on improving their lives and the lives of their loved ones. This is what makes our prevent work meaningful.
Safety Presentation by the Los Angeles County Fire Department
Safety Officer and CERT member, Kristine Cox, arranged for the Los Angeles County firefighters to come to River Community Covina and Wellness Center and present for our staff and participants. Station 154 in Covina showed up with their engine company and facilitated an awesome safety presentation about home fire safety and fire extinguisher use. Our participants were amazed at all of the current technology and information they received from our firefighter friends just up the street from us. River Community Covina and Wellness Center have had these gentlemen in our lives for the past several years and they make sure we are safe and educated on the most current safety technology and services.
Thanks for all you do, Los Angeles County Firefighters!
The residents from Mariposa celebrated Juneteenth, the oldest known festival
to commemorate emancipation from slavery two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. The residents celebrated by cooking chicken, corn bread, and greens. They also had some strawberry sodas and cherry pie. The residents sat in the group room and watched the movie Roots. One resident stated that 7th grade was the last year she went to school and appreciated the opportunity to learn about slavery. Another resident commented that she enjoyed eating great food and talking about the history and why Juneteenth is celebrated.
Completion Ceremony at Mariposa
Mariposa, our Residential Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program for Women and Women with Children, celebrated the wonderful achievements of the women completing the program. The recent Semi-Annual Completion Ceremony was a beautiful event that included their loved ones, an opportunity to fellowship, and a fun picnic. The ladies completing their program were presented with a certificate and heart-warming words of inspiration spoken to them by their counselors.