Author archives: Dianne Villamin

27
Sep
2022

The Best is Next

27.09.2022 Nick Recent News

Story of Darcy Mascarenas “Thanks to Social Model, I am about to embark on the greatest adventure.” My name is Darcy. I have struggled with mental health most of my life. I was in a rough spot in my life back in 2017. I was homeless with nothing in my name, not even a cellphone,

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11
Aug
2022

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

11.08.2022 Nick Recent News

The new 988 Mental Health Hotline is now live. Mental health crisis is one of most severe effects of Pandemic. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, second leading cause of death of people ages between 10 and 34 are “suicide”. To help address the mental health, the Congress passed the

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4
Aug
2022

The Butterfly Art Project

4.08.2022 Nick Recent News

Residents at Royal Palms participated in an art activity project. Art Therapy has been proven to be an emotional outlet to express oneself and eases the mind which is good for the soul. We have witnessed the artistic gift that many of our residents had put aside for many years blossom into art that is

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26
Jul
2022

Be A Good Example

26.07.2022 Nick Recent News

Story of James Murrell The way we live should be an example to those around us. Omni Center is proud to announce that one of our staff, James Murrell, just earned his AS and AA degree in Business Management, an AA degree in Psychology, and a BA degree in Psychology. Mr. Murrell’s goal is to

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15
Jul
2022

A Time for Celebration!

15.07.2022 Nick Recent News

This year, to celebrate Juneteenth, SMRS staff were invited to share their thoughts, feelings, hopes, doubts, and personal truths about this federally recognized holiday. Below you will find a bit of history, hope, heart, and hype. History On January 1, 1863, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation which freed approximately 3.5M enslaved persons living in

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28
Jun
2022

Congratulations, Brandon James!

28.06.2022 Nick Recent News

Brandon James has been working with our agency for fourteen years. His first position was at the front desk at the Royal Palms, then he moved to the Rena B and filled several different roles. Brandon originally worked in the motion picture industry as a craftsman, but his meth addiction derailed his career. Little did Brandon

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23
Jun
2022

Moving Beyond Misery

23.06.2022 Nick Recent News

Story by Kerry Cooper One morning, I looked at my life and I knew that this day was the day that I would do whatever it took to be free from the life of misery that I had led for so long. At the age of 55, I was addicted to crack cocaine and in

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13
Jun
2022

ACHSA Luncheon

13.06.2022 Nick Recent News

On May 26th, several of our SMRS staff attended the annual ACHSA Luncheon (Association of Community Human Service Agencies).  We were honored to have Anders Corey, Health Deputy for Supervisor Kathryn Barger, sit at one of our two tables, while Patricia Suong, Director of Youth Justice Policy, graced us with her presence at our second

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11
Jun
2022

Life Can Be a Circle at Times

11.06.2022 Nick Recent News

Story by A. Rebecca Heming Just got back from the NAMI walk and am sitting at my desk.  It’s funny how life can be a circle at times. 19 years ago I worked at a non-profit advertising agency and met a wonderful woman by the name of Letty.  We became friends and she used to

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9
Jun
2022

Listening, Learning, and Working Together

9.06.2022 Nick Recent News

Social Model Recovery Systems (SMRS), convened a listening session with House Majority Whip James Clyburn and Congresswoman Karen Bass as well as City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson to hear from former and current people experiencing homelessness  (PEH). Congressmember Clyburn is the third-ranking Democrat in the United States House of Representatives and the highest-ranking African American in

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