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Touchstones celebrate our Family with...

Touchstones celebrated our Family Thanksgiving Dinner with Turkey, mashed potatoes and all the fixings as well as many, many desserts provided by  parents grateful for their child’s opportunity to learn a new and productive way of life free of the use of alcohol and other drugs. Residents and their families enjoyed the meal and fellowship sharing their joys and hopes for the holiday season. One 17-year old male who has struggled with his addiction and was in Juvenile Hall last year for the holiday season was overheard telling his mother, “I just never thought I deserved anything good. If I started to be successful, I just felt as though I had to mess it up. I think knowing that is going to help me a lot.”

Dia De Los Muertos

River Community Covina participants Alicia B. and Michael H. facilitated this month’s Cultural Awareness group. They presented a beautiful PowerPoint on “Dia De Los Muertos” and spoke of its history and the traditions associated with it.  They did a fabulous job; their peers and staff enjoyed the day.

 

 

Grandma, you be the black Ninja and I'll be...

"Grandma, you be the black Ninja and I'll be the red Ninja" was Touchstones Program Director Patti Ochoa's four year old grandson's request. He was thrilled when she came to his pre-school halloween Party/Parade as a black Ninja. "Can my grandma be with me in the parade?", he asked his teacher and she proudly paraded - the only non-teacher adult with 100 pre-schoolers.  Residents at Touchstones are shown by the actions of the Treatment Team, on a daily basis, that the happiest, most productive moments in our lives, are the times we are doing what will make someone else happy, what will add to their life rather then being self absorbed and self involved in the world of drugs and unhealthy life choices.

Touchstones residents and staff celebrated Halloween with photo opportunities and pumpkin carving fun (some traditional and some not so traditional). Pumpkins were anonymously judged by staff and the carvers of the top three jack-o-lanterns joined the Program Director for lunch at a restaurant of their choice.

River Community and Wellness Center graduate...

River Community and Wellness Center graduate, John N., was honored at the annual ACHSA “Inspiration Awards” Luncheon held at the Biltmore Hotel on October 20, 2011. It was a joy and our pleasure to sit with him on this glorious day. Congratulations, John!

United Coalition East Prevention Project

United Coalition East Prevention Project staff, alongside youth coalition member, Travelle, participated in an interview with the LA Weekly regarding the Ford Hotel. This once seedy skid row hotel has been transformed into safe affordable housing. This was one of our original nuisance abatement cases and highlights a significant UCEPP victory.

14th Annual Mujeres de Paz Candelight Vigil

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness, the Mariposa women (as well as the East Los Angeles Women’s Center) joined together to walk and remember the women, children, and families affected by the devastating impact of domestic violence on hearts, homes, and hopes. Our journey began at the mural of the La Virgen De Guadalupe on the corner of Mednik and Cesar Chavez Avenue. The procession traveled to Collegian Avenue and Cesar Chavez Avenue, and ended at the East Los Angeles College Performing Arts Center Court Yard where the ceremonies included inspiring stories, dance, and song. The women of Mariposa enjoyed this experience as it renews faith and hope that their stories of domestic violence can come to an end and that they too can start a new violence-free clean and sober life.

 

River Community Covina and Wellness participants...

The River Community Covina and Wellness participants celebrated “Red Ribbon” Week by learning about its origin and then creating their red ribbons.