Recent News

Women's Journal To Recovery

 Staff Member Denise Valdivia (bottom left) and Director Chris Abernathy (bottom right) of River Community Covina and Wellness Center provided participants from Stepping Stones a Certificate of Completion for the Women's Empowerment Group. Based on Self, Relationships, Sexuality, and Spirituality, a “Women’s Journal to Recovery” is a Stephanie Covington Four-Module Curriculum. Each one of these ladies who went through the curriculum truly felt proud of themselves and expressed feelings of accomplishment, confidence, and joy.

Stepping Stones, Residential Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program for Women and Women with Children, is a program of Social Model Recovery Systems.

River Community Covina and Wellness Center, also a program of Social Model Recovery Services, provides day treatment, outpatient, and wellness services for adults with co-occuring disorders. 

KevinMichael Key Appointed to Alcohol Justice Board of Directors

UCEPP Staff member KevinMichael Key has been appointed to the Alcohol Justice, Board of Directors. Alcohol Justice began in 1987 as one of the endowed Buck Trust agencies, originally known as The Marin Institute. In 2011 the name was changed to Alcohol Justice to reflect its commitment to equity for all communities and its role as a nationwide industry watchdog.

Eliminating Alcohol Advertising on Public Property
• Alcohol Justice was instrumental in banning outdoor alcohol advertising on San Francisco’s Bay Area’s BART and MUNI public transportation systems and created model legislation to end alcohol advertising on street furniture in San Francisco.

• In January 2015, Alcohol Justice and the Coalition, which it staffs, passed an ordinance to eliminate transportation system alcohol ads in the City of Los Angeles. The coalition also successfully lobbied the LA City Council to eliminate alcohol ads from 6000 bus benches. Advocates such as Kitty Dukakis and Gov. Michael Dukakis, and the former Director of Public Health Jonathan Fielding have spoken out with the coalition.

KevinMichael began working with Alcohol Justice as part of the No Alcohol Ads on Public Property Coalition, which culminated with the passage of a new LA Municipal Code Ordinance in January 2015. Having been successful in curtailing alcohol ads on most public property, the Coalition members have reformulated themselves as the Los Angeles Drug and Alcohol Policy Alliance (L.A. DAPA) so that we can continue our efforts to make all of our communities safer and healthier. Just this week, L.A. DAPA organizations were able to derail AB1322 - the free booze at barbershops and beauty salons bill before it passed committee.


Breaking the Cycle

Joseph,19-years-old, was raised by his grandmother along with his four siblings. When he came to Omni Center, he decided to surrender his own will once again. By surrendering, Joseph began to work closely with his counselor and with his AA sponsor. He volunteers in his NA fellowship, participated in the ‘Al-Impics’ dance intro with his peers, and always extends himself to help with extra duties. He is well-liked by his peers, staff, and is now the first to graduate High School in his family. “I never thought I would be experiencing this. I am the first in my family to graduate high school on stage with a cap and gown. I’m breaking the cycle. No matter what you go through or what you have been through, we’re all destined for greatness."

Joseph closed his interview with this formula: Surrender+Commitment =Recovery

Congratulations Graduate and Mariposa Alumni!

Cameron, one of Mariposa’s alumni, has successfully graduated from East Los Angeles College. She participated in the graduation ceremony and received her Associate’s Degree In Behavioral Science. Cameron plans to further her education and transfer to a four-year university this upcoming Spring 2016. We are so very proud of our butterfly! Congratulations!


Al-impics 2015 Banner and Uniform Winners!

We are so very proud of everyone who participated at this year's Al-impics festivities. Our dedicated staff and participants throughout the agency held their heads up high representing Social Model Recovery Systems. What a great day to remember!


Museum experience

Stepping Stones residents recently visited the Museum of Natural History. They had fun exploring various exhibits - but the one that caught their attention was Grandes Maestros. Grandes Maestros brings together hundreds of folk art masters from across 22 countries to showcase modern culture, religion and traditions through a celebration of beauty and power. There were more than 1,200 pieces that tell the modern day stories of communities across Mexico, Central and South American, Spain and Portugal.

Always being of Service

River Community Covina and Wellness Center staff and participants gave back to their community at the Annual Community Service Day in Covina. In collaboration with Covina United Methodist Church and the Assembly of God, our team was assigned the “Downtown Covina East Side”. River Community Covina staff member Cindy had no problem directing her team to clean up the streets and back alleyways along Citrus Avenue Downtown Covina. Great Job to all of our staff and participants who gave back!

... and 28 Years of Total Sobriety!!

River Community Covina and Wellness Center celebrate monthly sobriety birthdays! This month we had a special celebration totaling 28 years of sobriety! A special guest appearance from Justin (River Community) 14 years, Theresa (Wellness Center) 9 years, and Christopher (River Community Covina) 5 years. We are so very proud of all of you and “Keep Coming Back”!