Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for NAMIWalks 2016
River Community Covina and River Community Wellness Center hosted a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser to raise money for NAMI. It was a great success! Those who attended the dinner that night had an opportunity to come together as a community to support those who live with mental health disorders. We were inspired by one of our own participants who shared his journey through his addiction while he battled his mental illness and how he is now able to live with his mental illness and maintain his recovery. We were all grateful for the amount of participants, family members, and the community that came out to support us with raising money for the NAMI Walk. We will look forward to next year’s Spaghetti Fundraiser.
Let's Go Dodgers! Let's Go Mid Valley...
Mid Valley Outpatient staff and participants enjoyed a fun outing together at Dodger Stadium. Dressed in blue and white to support their team, all were able to experience the excitement and ambiance of the crowd as they cheered for the Los Angeles Dodgers! Mid Valley Outpatient staff provided the snacks and drinks in appreciation for the hard work that the participants do in their recovery. Participants expressed their gratitude and said that they would definitely love to experience it again! In the end, The Los Angeles Dodgers took the win over The Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-2, as participants and staff all cheered,“Way to go, Boys in Blue!!”
Food With a Purpose
Dear Mama is a local pop-up food distributor, completely vegan, and oh-so yummy! Thank you so much to Dear Mama Founder, Desiree Flores, for dropping off her delicious tamales and clothing donations to the women and children we serve here at Social Model Recovery Systems. Located in Boyle Heights, Desiree caters and collaborates with events and festivals, providing homemade plant-based food to help single-parent families. You can contact Dear Mama via email: dearmamaLA@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook!
Mariposa Open House
Recently, an Open House was hosted at Mariposa, Residential Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program for Women and Women with Children. It was a great event that had community providers throughout Los Angeles county visiting and recieving tours by the Mariposa participants. Lunch was provided by staff in two very nice settings to choose from...inside the women's group room or out in the patio area. Here, guests engaged in conversation and took advantage of the great networking opportunities. Many of the the guests in attendence were visiting Mariposa for the very first time. Thank you to everyone who came out to attend the event and thank you to the Social Model Recovery Systems staff members and Mariposa participants who supported and helped to make this day a huge success!
Completely CARF Accredited and Proud!
We are delighted to announce that Social Model Recovery Sysmtems has been issued additional CARF accreditations for three new programs: Royal Palms, Rena B and Bimini.
Not only have we achieved accreditiation fo these remaining three programs, we are excited to announce that these programs attained the highest level of accreditation from CARF, as we had conformance to all CARF standards. Very seldom does this happen.
As a result of this recent CARF survey, Social Model Recovery Systems is now placed in the top three percent of all CARF accredited programs internationally and, along with CARF, we believe this to be an extraordinary accomplishment!
We are very proud of all of our staff for their dedication and commitment to helping the people we serve, the families that suffer, and the commuity that needs us. We remain dedicated to providing the very best services we have to offer and it is with great joy and excitement that we share this wonderful news.
We Do Recover!
River Community Covina and Wellness Center celebrate Sobriety Birthdays the last Thursday of every month. This month we had six participants take 1 year sobriety birthdays and one participant take 9 years!! We are so very proud of our participants and staff who participate in their sobriety and share their experience, strength, and hope with us. Keep Coming Back, It Works If You Work It!
RAM's Newest Committee Member, Socorro Chacon
For the past year, Community Centered Emergency Room Project has been working with the Rethinking Access to Marijuana (RAM) workgroup. RAM’s mission is to prevent the access and availability that leads to use of marijuana products by youth in Los Angeles County. We are excited to share that Socorro Chacon will be part of RAM’s Steering Committee and she will also serve as the Administrator for their Community Organizing Committee! Currently, she is working on preparing a series of Town Halls to equip communities with the resources and knowledge needed to guide our youth. We know that her experience and leadership will be a tremendous asset to this workgroup. This is just the tip of the iceberg and we cannot wait to see the amazing work she will do.
For more information or if you would like to get involved please visit their website at: www.lacountyram.org