We Will Miss You Beth!
Stepping Stones would like to acknowledge Counselor Beth Ello as she moves on to new experiences in the field of drug and alcohol treatment. Beth will be greatly missed by her coworkers, supervisors and, most of all, the women whose lives she has touched. Stepping Stones has been very blessed to have such a beautiful spirit as part of our team for as long as we did. Enjoy your journey, dear friend!
International Women's Day Retreat
Staff and residents from Stepping Stones, Rena B, River Community, and Mariposa attended a Spiritual Women's Retreat to honor International Women's Day. Residents were served a healthy breakfast, delicious lunch, and dessert. Staff facilitated special activities where residents got to know each other and interacted with each other. The last activity was called, "Letting Go." This activity required the residents to write on a piece of paper what they are ready to let go. After everyone finished writing on the paper, residents tied it to a balloon, shouted "Higher Power, I'm ready to let this go", and all the balloons were released into the sky. Everyone who participated including staff felt released from what they were holding on to. Residents shared that they felt good to know that they are not alone in this journey of recovery. At the end of the retreat, all residents received a gift bag.
Thank You to Kaiser Permanente Chemical Dependency Recovery Programs
Celebration of Success
Rena B, Residential Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program for Men and Women, recently participated in the 2016 "Celebration of Success". This event acknowledged our Rena B participants, specifically AB 109 Post Release Community Supervision citizens, who are re-entering into the community. Participants were recognized for their positive goals, life-changes, accomplishments, and self-empowered success. These opportunities were made possible by support services from Health Right 360, Los Angeles County Probation Department, Rena B and Royal Palms (both treatment programs of Social Model Recovery Systems). Photo: Participants Gary R. (FL), George M.(FR), Christopher R. (B), and Rena B Counselor, Pamela Thompson. This event was hosted by Michael Barnes, Program Director of Royal Palms, Residential Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program for Men.
Zen Garden at River Community Covina and Wellness Center
Participants at River Community Covina and Wellness Center have become inspired by nature, creating a Zen Garden. The Zen Garden is under construction but is off to a solid start. Participants helped construct the new vegetable planter and planted new vegetables such as tomatoes, onions, peppers, along with herbs such as basil, lemon basil, and parsley. Participants will learn how to plant and grow their own food, how to prepare healthy meals, and enter their plants into the Los Angeles County Fair. Other vegetables and fruits that will be planted in the upcoming weeks are strawberries, thyme, and chives. Upon completion the Zen Garden will promote peace and serenity. We took advantage of a great photo opportunity as Dad shows his Son what has been accomplished.
Royal Palms at the World Premier of Utopia
It was a spectacular opening night of the World Premiere drama "UTOPIA" written by and starring David Douglas and Martin Head, directed by Katherine Whitney. Opening night festivities were attended by Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey and members of the Royal Palms, a program of Social Model Recovery Systems. Royal Palms staff and participants provided a rehearsal space for the production as well as offered themselves as helpful stage hands. The SOLD OUT audience awarded the production with a well-deserved standing ovation!
Omni Center, Stepping Stones and Mariposa residents and their families celebrated life and recovery at the Social Model Recovery Systems Easter Egg Hunt! Many thanks to Anna David and Mary Patterson Broome from AfterPartyMagazine for their generous donations of Easter Baskets, Goodies and Eggs. Anna and Mary Patterson attended the event and hid all the eggs. It was a beautiful day and the children were friendly, excited and dressed up for the occasion. Thank you Social Model Recovery Systems for providing special events where residents may practice being clean and sober in a healthy, family-oriented, and safe environment.