To Team Social Model Recovery Systems:
As you may know, NAMI has become the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illness. On October 11, 2014, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) sponsored its 11th annual walk at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. Team Social Model Recovery Systems stood tall and proud with over 100 registered walkers, ready to fight this thing called “stigma” that plagues families and individuals whose lives have been adversely impacted by mental illness.
Many thanks to you for your hard work and strong determination to rise together as a team and putting forth an undeniable best team effort to meet a goal, which proves “that an undivided house will prosper.” In other words, great things happen when we work together. Our perseverance and continued effort did not go unnoticed and I bet inspired others to forget about self and help those that need assistance in helping themselves.
As a team, we raised 93% of our fundraising goal. NAMI is still accepting donations online at http://namiwalks.nami.org/socialmodel2014. Thank you Again, Ellen Striverson (Team Captain)
Slaying the Dragon
River Community Covina and Wellness Center participants, Mike and Daniel, presented their PowerPoint presentation of Slaying the Dragon. This is the remarkable story of America's personal and institutional responses to alcoholism and other addictions. It is the story of mutual aid societies: the Washingtonians, the Blue Ribbon Reform Clubs, the Ollapod Club, the United Order of Ex-Boozers, the Jacoby Club, Alcoholics Anonymous, and Women for Sobriety. It is a story of addiction treatment institutions from the inebriate asylums and the Keely Institutes to Hazelden and Parkside. It is a story of evolving treatment interventions that range from water cures and mandatory sterilization to aversion therapies and methadone maintenance. Author William White provides a sweeping and engaging history of one of America's most enduring problems and the profession that was born to respond to it." Staff and participants were truly amazed by their knowledge and presentation skills. Great Job Mike and Daniel!
In September, Mariposa women and children facility attended Social Model's Recovery Happens event at Cortez Park in Covina. All programs came together and enjoyed fun, food and fellowship with staff and families. We had a great time. Mariposa showed off our banner, created by the residents.
Trip down the River
In August, members of UCEPP’s youth participatory action research project went on a kayaking expedition on the LA River. LA Expeditions provided this special opportunity for our youth to learn more about our environment and ecosystem. They learned how to safely navigate the river and were introduced to the numerous plants and wildlife residing there. Our youth leaders were tasked with becoming custodians and protectors of the river. This trip was a great way to spend a hot summer day and a great opportunity to learn new things. Special thanks to Jed Schipper and Katherine McNenny for helping to make this opportunity possible.
Touchstones Program Director, Garett, celebrated 17 years clean last week with staff and residents of the program. Garett was able to share her experience, strength, and hope with the residence and talk about what early recovery was like for her. One of the residents pointed out that Garett has now been drug free longer than he has been alive (thanks!). Staff and kids enjoyed cake and Garett was pleased to share her birthday with the Touchstones kids.
Town Hall Meeting
On August 21, 2014, CCERP staff with the assistance of the great UCEPP team hosted a Town Hall meeting at Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center to raise awareness and promote a conversation focused on improving the quality of life in the area of LAC+USC Medical Center. Over 100 individuals were in attendance, including Field Deputies from the offices of Los Angeles County Supervisors Gloria Molina and Mark Ridley-Thomas. Representatives from the office of Councilmember Huizar and Councilmember Cedillo also participated in the discussion. Participants also included various local nonprofits, residents, and mental health professionals including Exodus Recovery, Inc., the Salvation Army, the Union Pacific Railroad, the Department of Recreation and Parks, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. It was inspiring to see so many people come together for one common issue. During the breakout groups, there were intense discussions focused on removing barriers, best practices, and commitments to help enhance pathways to wellness. We are looking forward to the next steps!
Visit from our funders
Stepping Stones women and staff were recently honored to have a visit from LA County SAPC Director, Wesley Ford (2nd from right). The women spent the afternoon getting to know the representatives who have been so instrumental in their recovery. The residents could not stop talking about how special they felt that Mr. Ford took the time in his busy schedule to visit with them. It was a great day, thank you Mr. Ford.