June 15, 2011
Last month, River Community once again celebrated the rich cultural diversity of the populations we serve in our monthly Cultural Awareness Celebration. This month's featured culture was the rich pageantry that represents Persia. The highlight of the festivities was the food and tastes of middle eastern cuisine, including shish kabobs with beef and lamb. Our participants were interested to learn more about the long history and seemingly exotic customs that mark the Persian culture, traditions, history, and heritage.
June 14, 2011
Today, River Community Covina and Wellness participants were given the task to draw their Higher Power. It gave them time for self reflection in terms of where they are in their recovery and the impact their Higher Power has had on their lives. Here are the results.
June 13, 2011
Touchstones alumni spend time with current residents sharing their experiences both as residents at Touchstones as well as young people in recovery. Residents find the time they spend with alumni reassuring and often talk of the hope they received from these interactions. Building a foundation based on a series of healthy choices is easier to accomplish when the journey is shared with someone who has walked it before you.
June 9, 2011
Today we were invited to the sights, sounds, heritage and culture of the Philippines. Sara (River Community's new Primary Counselor) worked with two participants and Patrick to bring a touch of the Philippines to River Community. Participants were exposed to the multiculturalism of the Philippines, documenting Spanish, American and Indigenous cultures at an intersection of time. A delicious meal brought the flavors to life and everyone remarked on what a great time they had.
May 18, 2011
The Touchstones hummingbirds hatched on May 17. The two birds were waing for their mother to return when this picture was taken. They should be able to leave their nest in about a week. Residents are busy trying to agree on names for the two.
May 18, 2011
This morning Julie DeSena, Primary Counselor at our Pasadena Council on Alcoholism program, coordinated a visit from two representatives from the organization Peace Over Violence to provide information and resources for women who have been victims of abuse and violence. This activity was for the purpose of helping our current female participants begin the healing process as well as reinforce recovery. Valuable insight and knowledge on this topic was shared to help participants in gaining the necessary tools and support to help them in their goals of overcoming traumatic pasts. PCADD provided a small intimate and safe setting where our female participants were able to explore and process thoughts and feelings related to their pasts. We had an excellent turn out and response for this activity and we look forward to continuing to work toward recovery together.
This afternoon PCADD staff had the oppurtunity to recognize seven AOD adult program participants for successfully completing intensive outpatient treatment at our facility. We had a total of seven graduates in attendance as well as family, friends, sponsors, and peers. This was an inspiring celebration of recovery and a source of hope for our new participants. We are very proud of our graduates who are intent on carrying the message of recovery and helping others as they continue on their path to freedom from substance abuse.
May 18, 2011
Program participants made this beautiful “Thank You” poster for Steve Parker, manager of our local Albertson’s grocery store. Steve and his staff have been donating food to River Covina and River Wellness for the last year and sadly, his store has closed. Participants and staff presented Steve with this poster to show their gratitude for his generosity. His support of our programs and the Agency as a whole will be missed.
Our participants created their “Personal Flags” which are an expression of themselves and where they are in their recovery. As you can see, they put a lot of thought into their stories resulting in the beautiful flags seen here.