Recent News

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”!

It's about the Kids

"A Window between Worlds" uses art for victims of Domestic Violence bridging the gap between pain and healing. The residents from Mariposa and their children received free admission to this event. They had an awesome time creating art through chalk, bubbles, pinwheels, face painting, and rock art. The children were able to mingle with Disney stars, see critters, play games and win free toys. There was a man on stilts, hula hooping, and a big slide. Free food was given out at the event by: In and Out, Panda Express, and Whole Foods.

History of Addiction

The Agency recently had the pleasure of welcoming motivational Interventionist and Author, Mr. Ed Storti, to our All-Staff Meeting this month. Ed shared with us his knowledge on The History of Addiction and Treatment. For decades, Mr. Storti has won the loyalty of clinics and the gratitude of clients in over 3,500 interventions. Mr. Storti has worked with disorders and addictions of all types but the numbers speak for themselves: A three-year study completed on 397 Storti Model cases (roughly 12% of all Storti interventions) showed that 95% of patients go into treatment immediately after the intervention.  Among the 5% who do not immediately accept treatment, 80% accepted treatment within a few months to a few years of the intervention, often soon after the intervention. So many patients choose to accept help because Mr. Storti’s method is inspirational, motivational and honorable. Social Model Recovery Systems is truly honored to have you here with us, Ed! Thank you for all that you do!

Denim Day - April 29

Staff and Residents of Stepping Stones, Mariposa and Omni Center gathered at Del Norte Park to acknowledge Denim Day. Residents played soccer, practiced their dance routine for Al-Impics, the kids played in the water park and we had lunch. Everyone wore their Denim Day buttons to promote Peace Over Violence.

Staff and Participants at River Community Covina and Wellness Center celebrated together today and carried the message about Denim Day.
Participants presented a great PowerPoint presentation for all to see and learn from for this month’s Cultural Awareness topic.

ROME – ITALY, 1997
An 18-year-old girl is picked up by her 45-year-old instructor for her very first driving lesson. An hour later, raped and abandoned by him in an alley, she has to make her way back home. Undeterred, she reports the incident and the case is prosecuted. The driving instructor is convicted of rape and sentenced to jail.
The perpetrator appeals the sentence. The case makes it all the way to the Italian Supreme Court, where the case against the driving instructor is overturned and the perpetrator is released.  In a statement released by the Head Judge, he argued, “Because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them…and by removing the jeans…it was no longer rape but consensual sex.” Enraged by the verdict, the women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans on the steps of the Italian Parliament building. This call to action motivated and emboldened the California Senate and Assembly to do the same — and a movement was born.

Strong Women in History

The ladies of Mariposa recently presented their favorite “strong woman in history” and gave an informative speech about the woman of their choice. Residents researched, gathered information, and made a collage of their empowering women. After making their presentations, some residents asked questions and demonstrated interest. We all learned new information about their chosen stars.

Women's Symposium

The agency recently exhibited at the 2015 Women’s Symposium, presented by the Betty Ford Center. The Women’s Symposium focuses on the advanced training for professionals who treat women. This year’s theme was "A Reachable Peace". While addiction is an equal opportunity disease, it affects women differently than men. How women become addicted, start using, progress, recover and relapse is unique to their gender. Recognizing these differences can be critical in identifying addiction, determining the most-effective treatment options, and helping women summon the ability to find lasting recovery. Topics for the day included the Story of Betty Ford, told by Susan Ford Bales, Family Recovery by Debra Jay, Trauma & Addiction in Women by Laura Ferguson, Aging & Addiction in Women by Marcia Newman, and Healing from Depression: 8 Keys to Recover & Thrive by Gayathri Ramprasad.

We were very proud and honored to be part of this wonderful day, to listen and speak with great women on professional topics as well as personal experiences in mental health, addiction, treatment, and recovery.