Recent News

Important Women in Black History Presentation...

The residents at Mariposa celebrated Black History Month with an African-American Southern Cultural Dinner and presented on important women in black history. The dinner had a special menu designed by the residents, featuring homemade southern food. There was a wide variety of dishes, including; ham, mashed potatoes & gravy, fried chicken, corn bread, macaroni & cheese, spinach & cheese, collard greens, rice, corn, and for dessert apple pie, banana cream pie, and peach cobbler.

The residents presented their projects on women who have strongly impacted our culture and are aknowledged in black history, these women included; Venus and Serena Williams, Coretta Scott King, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ruby Amanze, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Afeni Shakur, and Harriet Tubman.

We all enjoyed the food and learned about strong women in history.

Cultural Awareness Committee Meeting

River Community Wellness hosted the Cultural Awareness Committee Meeting this month in celebration of the Lunar New Year. Staff took an enchanted trip to Vietnam, learned about the country’s rich history, culture, and Tet tradition. This was an excellent opportunity for intercultural exchange and understanding, which helped foster appreciation for the similarities and differences between different cultures.

Touch Stone staff member, Michelle's Baby...

All of Touchstones Staff came together to celebrate Michelle's Baby Shower! Michelle has been an awesome co-worker to everyone around her and more importantly an amazing friend. Whenever we ask for her help, she never hesitates, and provides us with the help and answers we need. We are sad that this is her last week with us, but happy to see her take on this new journey ahead.

We love you Michelle!

See you in a couple months with baby Jaziel in your arms!

Mariposa Visits the African American Museum

Mariposa staff and residents visited the African American Museum. We enjoyed the exhibits, pictures, and the historical information that we learned. Tour guides were available to answer questions that the residents had about the displays. After we were done, staff and residents walked across the street and enjoyed a delicious lunch. Residents enjoyed this fun and educational field trip.

Social Model Recovery Systems and LA Fire...

Social Model Recovery Systems Kristine Cox supported Los Angeles County Fire Department and Metro Rail as they conducted a mass casualty drill. Los Angeles County Fire Department Representive Alicia Mejia is a big supporter of Social Model Recovery Systems. Thank you Alicia, for inviting Social Model Recovery Systems to be a part of this awesome event!

Happy Birthday River Community

On January 30, 1987, River Community received their very first resident making this a very special day! Here we are 30 years later providing services to many individuals not only here at River but all throughout Social Model Recovery Systems, Inc. To honor this day our program director facilitated a group on the history of River Community to our residents. Residents and staff enjoyed a pizza lunch with delicious cookies for dessert. From our humble beginning as a program thirteen miles in the Angeles National Forest, we are now a fifteen program agency providing services from Orange County to Los Angeles to participants such as women with children, veterans, adolescents, people with co-occurring disorders and those coming through the criminal justice system. The panorama of services also includes residential and outpatient settings. Dedication and the spirit of recovery shines throughout our agency and has since the beginning. We would like to give special thanks to The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Bud Hayes, Chris Spencer, Phyllis Key and the Department of Mental Health.

Bowling Day

Social Model Recovery Systems, Inc. provided a wonderful morning of bowling at Brunswick Zone West Covina Lanes. Participants, family and staff all enjoyed the exercise and comradery, it was great fun. Special thanks to Victoria and her team at River Community for providing everyone with a delicious lunch.