Cultural Awareness Luncheon
In February, the Screening and Assessment Department hosted a cultural awareness luncheon for the main office. The luncheon featured a variety of ethnic foods, including collard greens, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, bbq ribs and the best peach cobbler in town! Malavika cooked homemade Jolof (African rice) which received fantastic reviews. Andrew and Carol decorated the main office conference room with African Art work, sculptures and musical instruments. Discussion during the luncheon revolved around the origins of “soul food”, African American historical figures, and an enjoyable and unique twist to the game of Bingo. DJ Michael Sivey provided music inspired by African American tradition. A great time was had by all.
Yet another recent graduate from High School at Touchstones!
D.S. recently graduated from High School at Touchstones. After 11 months of hard work and life changing practice, D.S. accepted his diploma from the Principal of Richland High School, and then shared his special day with his family and peers. D.S. also completed the program at the same time and moved back in with his mom. We are very proud of D.S. and look forward to his return as a mentor and active alumni.
The Touchstones kids ventured to the Fowler Museum at UCLA
The Touchstones kids went to the Fowler Museum on the UCLA campus. The kids really enjoyed the different exhibits and were awed at how old some of the objects were. We watched a video on an African village and how the people are not allowed to copy each others' art from village to village. The kids really thought that was interesting. We stopped for our picnic lunch and everyone enjoyed sharing the crust from their sandwiches with a flock of seagulls that was hovering nearby.
The men of River Community Covina and the Wellness Center visited Covina City Hall
The men of River Community Covina and the Wellness Center visited Covina City Hall where they learned about the History of Covina, viewed historical photographs, toured the museum, and learned about its recycling center. The men also went to the Community Resource area and left program brochures for folks who may be interested in receiving services from our Agency. They really enjoyed themselves and had a great day.
The residents of Stepping Stones recently hiked up Azusa Canyon
The residents of Stepping Stones recently hiked up Azusa Canyon. The weather was perfect and they all thoroughly enjoyed the exercise.
United Coalition East Prevention Program (UCEPP) hosted its Annual Coalition Holiday Celebration
United Coalition East Prevention Program (UCEPP) hosted its Annual Coalition Holiday Celebration on December 23. Participants from UCEPP and the Community Centered Emergency Room Project were invited to a sit-down lunch where nearly 200 tamales, fried chicken, juices and desserts were served. UCEPP members and youth participants invited their families to join in on the fun and everyone was able to reminisce over the past year through a slide show of pictures and a short video of a recent press conference. Participants were also recognized and thanked for their involvement and contributions to our prevention programs during the year. Throughout the entire celebration, the room of coalition members, family and friends, was filled with appreciation. It was an enjoyable time for all! Happy Holidays from the Prevention family!
Touchstones hosted its annual Holiday Dinner for residents, families, and sponsors
Touchstones hosted its annual Holiday Dinner for residents, families, and sponsors. Staff made tamales and roast beef, while families were asked to bring a dish that would be typical of their holiday dinner. We had 50 guests that enjoyed the food and fellowship, listened to the kids sing carols, and then cheered for the highlight of the evening -- a visit from Santa. Santa brought a gift for each resident as well as for visiting brothers and sisters. The families seem to have truly enjoyed themselves. We are already planning for next year!