Recent News

September 24, 2011

On Saturday, September 24, 2011, all SMRS gathered at Charles Farnsworth Park in Altadena, California, for a Recovery Celebration in observance of Recovery Month. This event had a great turnout and proved to be another worthwhile effort toward sharing the joys and benefits of recovery with participants, family, staff and the community.
 

  

River Community Covina and Wellness Center...

The participants of River Community Covina and Wellness Center programs made this beautiful banner for the “Recovery Celebration” that was held on September 24th. The participants painted their hands and placed them on the banner then added a coin representing how many days, weeks, months, or years they were sober. It was a joint project, the idea of which they came up with themselves. They enjoyed the entire process and were proud to display the results during Saturday's event.

 

Volunteers of America

At Mid Valley Outpatient, Donna Bautista, a case worker at Volunteers of America, recently arranged for a large donation of backpacks filled with school supplies for our participants and their children. Staff member Joe King had the pleasure of handing out these gifts. He shared, “It is a joy to see the gratitude in our participants’ eyes when we not only provide a needed service for their children, but help them feel more prepared to work toward their own education.”

 

“Smoking Cessation” group created an anti-smoking...

Participants in the River Community Covina and Wellness “Smoking Cessation” group created an anti-smoking poster, the theme of which was “Weapons of Mass Destruction”. Participants “donated” their personal cigarettes to the project giving the poster a 3-D effect. They are very proud of their work along with their personal progress in their “Smoking Cessation” group.

 

Pizza saving lives

As Touchstones provides strategies for making healthy choices in a social model environment, we engage residents and staff in all aspects of family life. Among other life skills, residents and staff work together planning and preparing meals. When Dominoes Pizza donated pizza dough to Touchstones, staff and residents set out to build their own pizza although no one had any experience with pizza other than ordering it and having it delivered. Residents and staff planned, shopped and baked. The final product, as one 16-year old male commented, “this tastes just as good as if it had come out of a box."

Mid Valley Outpatient parenting program Letters...

Participants of our Mid Valley Outpatient parenting program wrote letters of thanks to Gareth Lee of DPSS to acknowledge the County’s support in providing parenting education to indigent populations in the El Monte Area. One participant wrote, “My relationship with my children is so much better since I started parenting classes. I feel like everything doesn’t have to be a fight anymore.”

In August, the Agency held its first All-Agency Staff meeting with our new employees at Mid Valley Recovery.  The main event was a contest between all SMRS programs in which staff was to provide a 3-minute commercial about their program. The Screening and Assessment and Marketing Departments judged the contest, evaluating the persuasiveness, timing, inclusion of the program description and staff, to name a few. Choosing the winners was a difficult task, as everyone did so well. Screening and Assessment enjoyed the time spent judging and we as a team look forward to working alongside our new family members from Mid Valley.

August 17, 2011

The residents of Mariposa in East Los Angeles had the opportunity to attend a retreat called WITS Women in the Spirit during the first weekend of August. The residents raised the registration fees with car washes. The retreat is located at Camp Williams Resort in Azusa, California, just right up the road from River Community. The residents enjoyed fun and fellowship with other women the recovery community. They attended multiple 12 step meetings and some of them even found sponsors. They were able to get several phone numbers from women who are willing to support their new clean and sober lifestyle. They enjoyed delicious food that was cooked by the volunteer firemen on the camp. The women also played in the river, participated in all the activities and even volunteered. Residents stated they had a wonderful time and are excited to go on their own next year.