Recent News

Mariposa Celebrates 37 Years of Recovery

Mariposa alumni and staff Melanie, Vivian, and Maria celebrated a combined total of 37 years of recovery. Residents decorated, prepared a delicious meal and baked a cake for them. Staff shared their experiences, strengths and hopes with the residents, inspiring them to continue to work hard in their recovery.

Mariposa's Juneteenth Picnic at Santa Fe Dam

Mariposa residents and staff enjoyed a fun-filled day at the Santa Fe Dam in Azusa. We rented a 9-passenger bicycle and rode it across the park with the children. The children had an amazing time seeing the whole park and were thrilled to be on a bicycle together. We then continued the fun with swimming and a barbeque styled lunch.


Royal Palms Volunteer heading to U.S.C.

Elgin S. received an Associate of Science Degree in Dental Prosthetics (Prosthodontics) from Los Angeles City College (LACC) and has been accepted to the University of Southern California (USC) in the School of Dentistry. He is a volunteer desk clerk at Royal Palms and began complimenting his recovery program with SMRS’s Adult Education Program, including Life Skills, Computer Skills Certification and pursuit of a Community College Degree through the California Department of Education. He stated, “I’m grateful to Social Model and the Board of Directors. There’s no way I could have accomplished this without their support and the support of my counselors.”

Royal Palms Celebrates Residents who earned a...

Earnest R., a resident, completed and received a Culinary Arts Certification from L.A. Kitchen. He stated, “I don’t know why it took me so long but I finally decided to get sober, listen and try it someone else’s way.” Today, he is employed full-time at Patina Restaurant inside the California Endowment Center in Los Angeles.

Radunty H., another Resident, completed the Culinary Arts School curriculum at Los Angeles Trade and Technical College (LATTC). This was made possible through the SMRS Adult Education Program’s partnership with the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). He recently completed his recovery program and was hired as a Chef on an overseas Cruise Liner.

Fun-Filled Day of Celebrating the Emancipation...

On June 19, the residents of Stepping Stones educated themselves on the emancipation proclamation and what it represents. We acknowledged the day by reading both the history of the day and the Emancipation Proclamation. We enjoyed barbecued ribs, greens, sweet potatoes and other side dishes for lunch as we made yard signs to remind the community of the importance of the day.

Spring Class of 2017 Computer Skills Graduation

Social Model Recovery Systems Adult Education Program in conjunction with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), recently hosted the 38th Computer Operator Literacy Graduation at Royal Palms. Family and friends were on hand to support the 24 graduates who received their Certificates of Completion. Tim Stevens, the Chief Operating Officer of Social Model Recovery Systems, delivered inspiring words of wisdom, stating “Be yourself and always tell the truth about yourself on your resume. Over the years I’ve hired people who didn’t necessarily have the best qualifications, but wonderful qualities --they were honest and sincere.” Rhonda J., our valedictorian, shared her personal story of recovery and expressed gratitude for the opportunities she has received on her journey to sobriety and success. The SMRS Adult Education Program began its Computer Skills Certification curriculum through LAUSD in 2003. Since that time, nearly 2000 women and men have enhanced their recovery with occupational and academic education.

River Community Wellness Center attends Veterans...

On June 17,2017 Kristine Cox from River Community Wellness Center attended the Veterans Forum Resource Fair, that was hosted by Congresswomen Grace Napolitano from the 32nd District of California and Congresswomen Judy Chu from the 27th District of California. Kristine provided information for the Veterans that attended the event about the programs and services at Social Model Recovery Systems Inc. Kristine met the hosts and Kathryn Barger, Los Angeles County 5th District Supervisor, Mayor of Azusa, Joseph Rocha. Kristine has been providing Community Outreach Services since 2009 with Social Model Recovery Systems Inc. and knows her stuff! We are so very proud of you Kristine!