Author archives: Dianne Villamin

3
Feb
2023

River Community 36th Year Anniversary

3.02.2023 Nick Uncategorized

River Community, a program of Social Model Recovery Systems is celebrating its 36-year anniversary of providing treatment services. Our treatment program provides recovery services to people with co-occurring disorders and chemical dependency problems.  River Community is one of Social Model Recovery Systems’ treatment programs located in a beautiful mountain setting alongside the San Gabriel River in

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18
Jan
2023

New Year, New Perspective

18.01.2023 Nick Recent News

“New year, New me” is the typical yearly new year resolution we see in our social media feeds posted by our family and friends. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that there is something wrong with them or that they will change. There are 365 days in a year,  and the beginning of the year is

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12
Jan
2023

Mental Wellness Awareness Month

12.01.2023 Nick Recent News

January is Mental Wellness Awareness Month. This is the time to recognize the importance of attending to our mental health, especially seeing the vast prevalence of mental health issues and disorders that exist in our world. Remember, mental health is just as important as physical health. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) website illustrate the

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28
Dec
2022

THE ‘SPARK OF LOVE’ HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE

28.12.2022 Nick Recent News

Los Angeles County Fire Department and Southern California firefighters, in partnership with ABC 7 Toys for Tots, is celebrating its 30th year of “The Spark of Love Holiday Toy Drive”. Every year, “The Spark of Love Holiday Toy Drive” collects unwrapped toys and sports equipment for underserved children and teens in Los Angeles, San Bernardino,

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22
Dec
2022

SMRS All-Agency Meeting

22.12.2022 Nick Recent News

Social Model Recovery Systems All-Agency meeting was December 15th, at Saint Anne’s Family Services in Los Angeles. It had been almost three years since the last Quarterly All-Agency meeting. Many of the employees (especially those who were hired during the pandemic) had not had the experience of being part of this event. The SMRS All-Agency meeting

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20
Dec
2022

Experience, Strength, and Hope Award 2022

20.12.2022 Nick Recent News

Social Model Recovery Systems, led by the agency’s Chief Executive Officer, Bruce Boardman, is honored to have been a part and sponsor of the 12th Annual Experience, Strength, and Hope Awards. The event took place at Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on December 7th. This year, the Experience, Strength, and Hope Award recipient was Danny Trejo.

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14
Dec
2022

Holiday at River Community

14.12.2022 Nick Recent News

The holiday spirit shines brightly at River Community this year. Residents and staff made it more exciting by decorating the whole place led by Sarah Tostado, River Community Program Director. Everyone participated in the event and designed their own ornaments. This will be an exciting Christmas celebration with traditional Christmas decor like bells, reindeer, candles,

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30
Nov
2022

Holiday Stress

30.11.2022 Nick Recent News

According to the CDC, the most dangerous times of the year for drug-and-alcohol-related deaths are December and January. Some studies show that a number of people rely on drugs and alcohol to cope with anxiety or depression that increase during the holiday season. More people are anxious or depressed, and this will likely increase their

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22
Nov
2022

Practicing Gratitude

22.11.2022 Nick Recent News

Thanksgiving is approaching. This holiday is time to focus on gratitude,  but for some people,  it could be a difficult time. A lot of people are experiencing mental health crisis and this holiday can trigger anxiety, depression, or loneliness. Holidays can cause a lot of stress like holiday blues, holiday spending, or some may just

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