Congratulations to our Senior Clinical Director, Dawn N. Dades, for her hard work and dedication. Along with the rest of the CARF Surveyor Class of 2016, Dawn has successfully completed the requirements and is now an Intern Surveyor for CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) International.
Dawn, you inspire us all to move forward and keep on working toward our goals.
Community Provider Luncheon at River Community in...
River Community hosted a wonderful networking event last Friday. The Community Provider Luncheon included 60 agencies representing a variety of social services. This annual marketing and outreach event is open to all social service agencies and is strictly limited to an hour of presentation followed by food and networking.
Happy Birthday Elyse!
Touchstones staff came together to wish our Program Director Elyse Vaughn a very Happy 21st Birthday...and many more to come!
30 Year Celebration
Social Model Recovery Systems proudly announces that we have been serving the community now for 30 years! Since 1986, we have been providing direct treatment services, prevention, training and education. This milestone was celebrated by staff, families, and alumni at Huntington Beach, California. Attendees played games, flew kites, enjoyed food, and embraced fellowship. Surf lessons were provided by the Boys and Girls Club of Pomona Valley, food and refreshments were donated by F&W Food Services, and photos and video were compiled by Levi Molina. The weather was amazing, burgers and hotdogs sizzled on the grill, and live music by Ugly Nelson made this the perfect day at the beach. Special thanks to all those who made this event a success!
Juneteenth Cultural Event at River Community
River Community celebrated our Juneteenth cultural event. We were joined by the men of Omni in this event and we heard from inspirational African American voices through the ages. We were taken from a place of bondage and oppression to the days of the first African American President. This event shared with our residents the universal language of music and food as we enjoyed soul food for lunch.
LGBTQ Community Partnership
Our residents stood with the LGBTQ Community in recognizing the stigma and marginalization this community has faced. River was joined by the women of Stepping Stones as we heard from four guest speakers who shared stories of resilience and empowerment with those in attendance. The event was inspiring and offered support and encouragement to several of our residents who had questions.
Loyola Marymount University partners with...
CCERP in partnership with the Loyola Marymount University, School of Psychology, hosted a tailored two-part psychology training for our Coalition members. During the first session we learned how to deal with stress, including various coping strategies. We also learned about negative coping mechanisms, one of which is substance abuse. In the second session we focused on family life and strengthening bonds with our children. We learned about good parenting strategies (i.e. positive activities and role modeling) which can help our children to cope with life’s stressors and deter them from resorting to substance abuse. Our Coalition members identify strategies to prevent the harm alcohol and other drug use has on the entire family. The class culminated with certificates of recognition and comprehensive resource packages being given to all participants. The most rewarding part of working with our Coalition, is seeing them transform and develop into great leaders who are focused on improving their lives and the lives of their loved ones. This is what makes our prevent work meaningful.