Recovery Happens at Skid Row
We wanted to share the Skid Row residents’ dreams of a cleaner community, a visible population, and a connection to the larger Los Angeles community. September is National Recovery Month. So, we came to share visions, we came to share dreams. We worked hard cleaning the streets, and then sharing a meal with the good residents of Skid Row. Conducted simultaneously in Gladys Park and San Julian Park, we shared a program of music, drumming, and commendations to UCEPP Coalition members from the Los Angeles City Council.
Thank you, Skid Row residents, for welcoming us to share with you.
Recovery Month Continues
Staff and residents joined United Coalition East Prevention Project and other Social Model Recovery Systems programs to celebrate Recovery Month. We all joined together and helped to clean up the streets of Skid Row. As we were cleaning, a camera crew followed us and documented this event of recovering addicts giving back to the community. We had a great time and it was a beautiful experience! As we were cleaning, locals were saying,“thank you for what you're doing for us.”
Another Coin Out at Touchstones
Crystal coined out and completed the residential program at Touchstones, our adolescent substance use disorder treatment facility. While at Touchstones, Crystal turned 18, got a job, enrolled and is attending community college, and is moving into a great women’s sober living. She has made tremendous changes in her outlook and lifestyle and has demonstrated that just because one is raised by addicts to be an addict, it doesn’t mean that has to be your destiny. Crystal recently reunited with her grandparents and has been supported by her YOW team and her Public Defender throughout her treatment process. We are so proud of you Crystal!
Recovery Happens At Cortez Park
Recovery Month is a national observance that occurs every September to build awareness and reduce stigma surrounding substance abuse and mental illness.
In celebration of Recovery Month, Social Model Recovery Systems hosted a Recovery Happens event at Cortez Park in the city of Covina. This was the 26th year that we've hosted this event and we had another successful year. Program participants, alumni, staff, families, and friends in the community attended to celebrate recovery from substance abuse and mental illness. Guests enjoyed a barbeque, program banners created by participants, and a great day at the park with others who are supportive of recovery.
A special thanks to F&W Food Services for providing a donation of hamburgers, hotdogs, and buns for all to enjoy. Recovery Month Celebrations will continue throughout the month so don’t miss out in showing your support!
Screening and Assessment Clothing Drive
Thank you Carol Ivy, for motivating staff and initiating a selfless act of helping others! After becoming aware of the needs for women and children’s clothing at several programs, the Screening and Assessment Department wasted no time in organizing a clothing drive. In a short period of time, our agency pulled together and demonstrated our commitment to helping others who are struck by adversity. Needless to say, it was an overwhelming turnout that proved to be beneficial to many. Giving back has it perks as it reminds us of our purpose in being of maximum usefulness to the community.
It's a Birthday!
Touchstones Program Director, Garett, joked with staff and residents as she celebrated 18 years clean! The residents made her a beautiful card and asked her what she would have done differently if she could go back to age 16. “I would have gotten clean then instead of wasting 10 more years bumping my head!” she said. “I didn’t even know what addiction was as a teenager or that I could live a happy life.” Everyone enjoyed caramel cake (yum) and worked on the Recovery Happens banner (fitting).
Trip to Los Angeles County Arboretum
The staff and participants of the Pasadena Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence recently enjoyed the day at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. They explored the lush gardens and landscapes of the grounds by starting with the Garden for All Seasons, then walked through the Prehistoric Forest to Baldwin Lake where they watched the ducks and turtles swim, then over to the Queen Anne Cottage where they learned a little about the owner “Lucky” Baldwin, then they strolled through the Rose Garden and made their way to the Meyberg Waterfall where they walked to the top and looked out at the view of the San Gabriel Valley mountains. They concluded their day with a relaxing picnic on the lawn. Staff, participants, and peacocks all enjoyed the beautiful yet humid summer day, proving that recovery can be both healthy and educational while still being fun!