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Mariposa & Stepping Stones embrace “Women in...

Mariposa and Stepping Stones residents traveled to Camp Williams in Azusa to attend W.I.T.S (Women in the Spirits). This is a yearly three-day camping trip for women in recovery. They enjoyed spiritual walks, hiking, meetings and participated in a spiritual activity called weave and mend. Everyone had an amazing time and one resident stated “I didn’t know that I could have so much fun in recovery and with women.”

Mental Health Awareness Projects at Mid Valley...

The women’s group at Mid Valley Outpatient were given projects to do on Mental Health Awareness. Each participant chose a certain mental health diagnosis and researched how it correlated with Substance Abuse. These amazing women spent two weeks researching, organizing, and presenting their posters. They took such pride in presenting their projects and educating everyone about the importance of Mental Health.

River Community Covina & Wellness Celebrates...

River Community Covina and River Community Wellness Center celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a bang! Participants and staff from Mid-Valley Outpatient were able to join us for the fun. Our group room was transformed into a fiesta center of color, fun, and food. There were even piñatas displayed to complete the festive day. One of our participants gave an educational presentation on the history of Cinco de Mayo, the flag, and the culture. Tacos, enchiladas, rice, and beans were enjoyed for lunch. We had a wonderful day of sharing and appreciating the history of Cinco de Mayo.

Health and Wellness day at Pasadena City College

Pasadena City College held a Health and Wellness Day that participants from Pasadena Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence attended. The movie “Anonymous People” was featured, discussing the importance of reducing stigma through education on substance abuse addiction and recovery. Kristine Cox and Ellen Striverson delivered a consistent message to the attendees, “you can recover!” They took the opportunity to share their experience in this epidemic. Social Model Recovery Systems would like to express sincere gratitude to the Coordinator of Student Health Services, Jo Buczko, and the Health Education Intern, Nairy Tatlian, for coordinating this event.

The Women of Stepping Stones Beauty Day Adventure

The Women of Stepping Stones were treated to a day of beauty. The fun-filled day included going to a salon and getting new hair styles and colors. We are full of gratitude to Jerry Cortez, owner of Kut Haus Salon in Covina and all his staff for allowing our residents to experience such an uplifting event. His generosity has helped to build self-esteem and confidence in women trying to heal their lives.

The Women of River Community Attended SGVNA Women...

The women of River Community attended the 1st annual San Gabriel Valley Narcotics Anonymous (SGVNA) Women's Breakfast at the La Canada Flintridge Country Club. Our residents enjoyed a delicious brunch style meal while experiencing some awesome fellowship. There were over 150 women at this event with anywhere from 1 day to 30 years of recovery. Three amazing speakers held the attention of our residents with some very heartfelt stories.

Social Model Recovery Systems Celebrated the...

Social Model Recovery Systems celebrated the unanimous vote by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for the SAAFE Ordinance. The Safe Access to Alcohol and Food Establishment (SAAFE) Ordinance was a motion presented by Board Chair Mark Ridley-Thomas and Supervisor Hilda Solis that would update the operating standards for places that sell alcohol in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County by incentivizing the sale of healthy foods. Our work did not go unnoticed by both Supervisors who after the vote came outside and took photos.