Recent News

Energy Drink Education

Energy drinks have been around longer than we may think. Today, we learned that Coca-Cola was the first energy drink in the United States. Could it be because they used to put cocaine in the recipe? Over the years, there have been many energy drinks to hit the market: Monster, Red Bull, 5-Hour Energy. Our presenter stated that along with other biological problems, energy drinks have even caused some deaths. We learned that caffeine and sugar is what gives a person a boost, but some people drink up to five energy drinks a day. This is unhealthy. The next time you want a boost, you should try exercising as a better option.

American Red Cross Volunteer: Amanda Crest

River Community Covina & the Wellness Center want to recognize Amanda Crest for stepping up to help the community of Beaumont, Texas. During the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Amanda went to Texas with the American Red Cross to volunteer as a Disaster Mental Health Worker, where she provided a variety of care and assistance to others for up to 11 hours each day. Amanda traveled to different cities in the area to visit people at their homes. She talked to them about their current states and asked if they had any needs from the Red Cross. She also worked in the client shelter and helped community residents process their losses and create plans for the future. She assisted with lunch and dinner food trucks in the community and passed out cleaning supplies to those in need. Lastly, she found next of kin for those who passed away in the storm, and she met with family members and other volunteers to provide emotional support and comforting words of hope. Being able to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey was a rewarding experience for Amanda. Although it was difficult and saddening at times, to see the devastation caused by the storm and hear people’s stories of loss, she is grateful to have had the opportunity to volunteer with the American Red Cross to help those in need and looks forward to helping in the future.

Halloween on the Hill

Mariposa staff and residents went up to River Community and were given a presentation on the history of Halloween. The attendees carved pumpkins and fellowshipped with the residents. They also enjoyed a delicious spaghetti lunch with some cool Halloween treats for dessert.

 

20th Annual Mujeres De Paz March

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Staff and residents from Mariposa and Bimini participated in the 20th Annual Mujeres De Paz March in East Los Angeles. Mariposa participants carried posters that were made by residents. It was an emotional moment to see family members carry pictures of their loved ones who lost their lives due to violence. Bimini participants created signs with powerful messages that shared their emotion and stance against violence, and they, too, marched in unity with the community. The march ended at East Los Angeles College Performing Arts Center, where all inidividuals participated in a candlelight vigil that was held to honor the victims and survivors of domestic violence. Everyone enjoyed watching Aztec dancers and hearing survivors speak about their stories.

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Bimini

Recovery Happens 2nd Annual Arts Festival

Mariposa staff and residents participated at the Recovery Happens 2nd Annual Arts Festival at Omni Center. It was a delightful time for residents, family, and children. The day was filled with music from the River Band called 5150. There were tables filled with art supplies, and adults and children enjoyed themselves painting, coloring, and making figures with clay. We had a delicious chicken and beef taco plate meal with rice and beans. There was beautiful art on display for sale. Some residents wrote heartfelt poems and shared them aloud on the microphone. It was such an awesome day of fellowshipping and art.

Newest River Community Graduate: John D.

River Community is proud to announce the graduation of one of our residents, John D. John came to us in February and did nothing less than flourish in our program. This resident continued to set a shining example for our other participants by leading our community as Resident President and holding a spot in the Resident Council. He always volunteered to help when needed and did so with a smile. John was faced with hardships while in our program and yet still completed and graduated the program. He moved on to stay sober and in recovery. Congratulations, John!

California Consortium of Addiction Programs and...

 We are so very honored and grateful to be involved yet another year at the Annual CCAPP Conference. Outreach Representatives Kyle Barker of Touchstones and Gustavo Solis of River Community are shown below attending, exhibiting and supporting the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals.We look forward to another great event this year where we are able to connect with so many in our field of addiction and recovery, building strong connections with like-minded professional who are dedicated and passionate about the people we serve and the services we provide to help those in need.