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Red Ribbon Week October 23rd-31st, 2020

 

Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest and largest drug misuse prevention awareness program. Red Ribbon Week started after the death of DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who in 1985 was brutally tortured and murdered by drug traffickers he was investigating in Mexico. After Kiki’s death, people started wearing red ribbons to honor his sacrifice. Today, millions of people celebrate Red Ribbon Week by wearing red ribbons, participating in community antidrug events, and pledging to live drug-free lives. For more information and to access the Red Ribbon toolkit, visit www.dea.gov/redribbon.

SMRS Staff Highlight: Edward Carr

"I started my drinking career at 10 or 11 years of age. Once I got older, I thought that’s what grown adults did, until I started going in and out of jail, getting kicked out of my mom’s house, losing jobs, not being able to stay in relationships, and almost losing my life in a serious accident. I received treatment at Bimini and Rena B, but was discharged for drinking off the property and coming back drunk. Royal Palms was the last house on the block for me to where the light came on and I got a sponsor and started volunteering. Life began to change for me. The former Program Director at Royal Palms called me into his office, because he had gotten word that I was looking for a job. Royal Palms is a place that I truly love. My mission for every resident that walks into treatment here is to succeed, because if I can do it, they can also."

We're Hiring!

Some of our open positions include:

  • Substance Use Disorder Counselor
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Medication Support Counselor
  • Case Aide
  • Case Manager
  • Clinical Coordinator
  • Group Facilitator

Check out our Employment page for more information.

 

SMRS Staff Highlight: Vanessa Moses

"My life changed forever the day I walked into the doors of Mariposa. I was a 20-year-old girl lost and broken. I had no clue that the journey through treatment was going to help me in my future. The only goal I had at that time was to prove to the Department of Children and Family Services that I was a fit mother and worthy to have my child back in my care. I successfully completed 7 months of treatment at Mariposa and regained custody of my son. I transitioned into sober living and began volunteering at Mariposa. Mariposa was a safe haven for me, so therefore I stayed close by. I was too afraid to fall or slip back into active addiction. I expressed my gratitude through my hard work and dedication as a volunteer. I was offered a job at Mariposa and was in disbelief. 'How could a person like me, who did the things I did in my life be worthy enough for this opportunity?' Simple— a person believed in me when I couldn’t even believe in myself.

My start date was April 1st, 2008. It was no April Fools’ prank. I was blessed with an opportunity to give back to the community and through that process discover my potential. I became the Program Coordinator at Mariposa and worked there for 6 years. I left SMRS for a few years, to grow and ultimately expand my skill set. That did not last long…. I found my way back to Social Model Recovery Systems and began working at Bimini as the Program Coordinator and shortly after became the Program Director. Last year, I moved programs. I currently work at Rena B as the Program Director, and I am completely grateful for the immense opportunities that I’ve been given here at SMRS. I’m thankful for those who believed in me when I could not believe in myself… Thank you!

Today, I’m an Alumni and a Leader of Social Model Recovery Systems and have 13 years free from active addiction! It is possible for all your dreams to come true! I am grateful for my family here at Social Model Recovery Systems.

I leave you with this quote, 'You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated.' – Maya Angelou."
 

 

Royal Palms

We strive to be of maximum service to our residents and our community. We are a nurturing and supportive program focusing on providing tools and resources needed to embrace second chances and a life of integrity and success.

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Photovoice Art Workshops for Adults

Sponsored by the Tobacco-Free Partnership of Covina/West Covina

We need YOUR views and voices to raise awareness about secondhand smoke in shared living environments.

Are you a resident of Covina or West Covina bothered by your neighbor’s secondhand smoke and looking for a way to voice your views at the community level? Join the effort to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke by enrolling in the Photovoice Art Workshops for adults (18+). Photovoice Art Workshops uses a method where community members participate in raising awareness on health-related issues and attracting attention of city leaders through photography and narration.

Starting the week of October 6, 2020
-Free to enroll for adults 18+
-No experience necessary
-Meet other like-minded community members

Space is limited. Register here: https://linktr.ee/yrlepe

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For information contact: Elsa Greno, Project Coordinator at elsag@socialmodel.com