Congrats to Gerald
We would like to congratulate Gerald on successfully graduating from trucking school. He has aptly and quickly grasped the concepts of driving tractor trailers which resulted in him passing his Class “A” exam. When asked of his feelings with successfully following through on his goal he stated, “I can’t believe how much my brain has changed. I owe my thanks to God, my counselor and my family. I had to stick with the professionals to get the help I needed.” We here at River Community Covina and Wellness have delighted in his presence and are truly proud of his ability to push through his struggles to start a new life. Congratulation Gerald!
Andrew Peckich of the Screening and Assessment Department represented Social Model Recovery Systems at the annual Dinner in the Park hosted by the Pasadena Union Station Homeless Services. Andrew provided 100 sack lunches to the shelter and helped serve Thanksgiving Dinner to over 1,000 people. Andrew said it was a great time to share a word of encouragement to the folks being served as well as an opportunity to talk with other organizations about the services Social Model provides. Happy Holidays.
Outings with Stepping Stones
Stepping Stones recently visited the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir. A Mandir is a Hindu place of worship - a place of spirituality and paramount peace. It is also a center for vibrant social, cultural and spiritual activities. The Mandir is comprised of 2 types of stone(Italian Carrara marble and Indian pink sandstone). Individual stone pieces were carved by hand, shipped to the USA and assembled in Chino Hills like a giant 3-D jigsaw puzzle. Also, in November, the ladies participated in the Veterans Day ceremonies at the Field of Valor in Covina.
On Saturday November 15, 2014, Touchstones had an Alumni Picnic with alumni, family members of alumni, and current residents. We had music, raffles and fun. We asked the alumni recovery group some questions and they shared their experience strength and hope with the current residents at Touchstones. It gave our current residents hope that they could do it too. It was a great experience for the alumni and the residents. Alumni from the last five years were present at the event.
On Saturday, October 25, 2014, the Mid Valley Outpatient family gathered at Montebello Park in the city of Montebello for our Annual Drug Court Awareness Picnic. The theme for this year's event was "Recovery, A journey not a Destination". Drug Court programs from all over Los Angeles County were represented. We had an incredible turn out for the event from staff, participants and family who spent the day enjoying good food, music, games and most importantly, sober fun. We are incredibly proud of our men and women for making the decision to take responsibility for their recovery through action and fellowship.
Kristine Cox recently completed her Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training and is now among her fellow First Responders. Kristine successfully completed her 7 weeks of intense CERT training with the Los Angeles County Fire and Rescue Units at our local Covina United Methodist Church. First Responders are typically the first contact with victims of disasters and their role is critical for the pre-assessment of all victims prior to Fire and Rescue reaching everyone involved in disasters. Kristine now has the skills to assess, treat, and triage victims who have been involved in unfortunate situations. Kristine is also the Safety Officer for River Community Covina and Wellness Center in Covina.
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)