Women In The Spirit Retreat (WITS)
Mariposa staff, residents, and members of our alumni enjoyed a 3-day women's retreat at Camp Williams in the Azusa Canyons. For some residents and staff, it was their first time experiencing the retreat. Activities for the women included hiking, lounging in the stream, participating in a spiritual healing activity called “Mend and Weave”, and playing fun games. There was also opportunities to attend AA/NA/CA meetings and fellowship with other women in recovery. The women got to dance the night away under the stars, celebrating life in recovery. Included in the retreat were great meals and hospitality tents where coffee, drinks, and snacks were provided. Thank you to the WITS committee for their hospitality and for such and amazing experience!
Happy Birthday John!
Social Model Recovery Systems would like to congratulate our Director of Development, Mr. John Kirby, on 21 years of sobriety! When asked how he did it, John simply stated, "I let God be bigger while my ego shrank."
Not One More Liquor Store
Social Model Recovery Systems, in partnership with the Coalition to Prevent Alcohol Related Harms in LA Metro (COPALM), co-hosted a community forum to address alcohol density and celebrated the unique and proactive way Boyle Heights has tackled this community problem. Many Coalition Members participated at this lively event which consisted of presentations from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control, Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, Councilmember Jose Huizar’s Office, and the Los Angeles Police Department. Two of our Coalition Members shared why they are actively fighting alcohol outlets but also how children and youth are affected by being exposed to alcohol. COPALM is working to create an ordinance that will protect communities already suffering from too many alcohol outlets by not allowing new outlets from setting-up shop. Although the ordinance is in its infancy stage, it may be instrumental as Boyle Heights has approximately 200 alcohol outlets.
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Food and Mood Presented by Tiffany Fabricius
The participants at River Community Covina and River Community Wellness Center learned how food can directly affect the way they feel, and how it relates to their recovery. During this Food and Mood presentation, staff member Tiffany Fabricius went over the importance of eating whole, unprocessed foods and how it affects the body and mind. Participants were introduced to tools to utilize for themselves, such as label reading strategies and easy substitutions.
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