Recent News

River Community Learns About Portugal

River Community experienced a presentation close to the heart of one of their very own Primary Counselors, Sara Meeks. We experienced the sights, sounds, traditions, and food of Portugal. The residents participated in preparing beautiful artwork from Portuguese cultural tradition and history, while others helped prepare a lavish and delicious meal for all to enjoy. Sara’s daughter also shared in presenting the journey of cultural self-discovery that she and her mother had recently experienced, after their mother/grandmother passed away. This presentation was moving, compelling, and emotionally charged as the description of Portugal unfolded into memories, traditions, and somewhat of a healing process in the sharing. Tears were shed but smiles and dancing were also shared, with a special participation from the Program Director, Justin Womer.

Presentations on different cultures create a welcoming environment to curiosity for the world. They are also meant to help our residents and participants understand the meaning of valuing everyone’s life experience.


CCERP at National Night Out!

We participated at the National Night Out event, where we hosted a booth and distributed our Park Do’s and Don’ts brochure, information on marijuana use and our resource guide. Additionally, we distributed cat litter and coffee grounds with instructions provided by Teens Health, to show community members a safer alternative of disposing unused or expired prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications. This alternative was well received and people were surprised at how easy it is to find these common household products to minimize environmental harm. Over all, the event was a success and well attended; we had a lot of fun, especially as we listened to mariachi music and enjoyed the Folkloric dancers.
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CCERP Welcomes New Residents to Improve our...

Community members were welcomed at our ”Cena con Vecinos” (Dinner with Neighbors) and learned about our program at our brand new office. The night was filled with games that involved our work to improve park conditions and deter illicit activity, minimize alcohol-related problems, how to deal with pesky illegal marijuana dispensaries and lastly safe disposal of unused or expired Rx and over-the-counter prescription medications. We topped-off the evening with raffles and delicious tacos—from a local “taquero” (taco vendor). The best part of the event was that we increased our Coalition membership by eight residents, who are eager to learn and improve their neighborhood! If you are in the area, come visit us at 2118 E. First Street, LA, CA 90033.

Stepping Stones Celebrates

Stepping Stones staff and residents came together to celebrate Tonjua's 20 years of sobriety. Everyone at Social Model Recovery Systems wishes you a Happy Birthday.

Touchstones Celebrates Anna’s 12th Year Clean

Touchstones staff and residents came together to celebrate Anna’s 12th year of being clean. She has been an amazing and dedicated young woman, who continues to strive to serve our community. We all appreciate you Anna and are so proud of how far along you have come! We hope that you continue to put all your energy into your positive lifestyle change! Everyone at Social Modal Recovery Systems wishes you a Happy Birthday.

Pasadena Council on Alcoholism and Drug...

Daniel, a participant at the Pasadena Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, learned he had a 5-month-old daughter while serving a jail sentence two years ago. He was told that she was in the DCFS system and that if he wanted to have a relationship with her, he would need to complete a treatment program. A few months after his release, he enrolled in PCADD and began to form a relationship with his daughter. His road has not been easy and there have been setbacks along the way, however, he never gave up. He continued to keep his desire to be with his daughter as his primary motivation and today, Daniel is nine months sober and one year clean, has a sponsor, is working full-time, attending aftercare groups, and has overnight visits with his daughter. We are very proud of Daniel’s hard work and his dedication to being a clean and sober father. Daniel stated, “Through this program, I have learned that I can do anything so long as I am clean and sober. Today my life is not unmanageable.”

River Community Covina’s Presentation on Yemen

 A River Community Covina participant took the group through the hardships of Yemen, a country that at one time in their history killed people who were addicted to drugs. In the 21st century, 85% of the population is addicted to Khat. The country’s population prefers to drink beer or wine to quench their thirst because their water is not free of pollution. We indulged in some delicacies of the country and a professional belly dancer provided entertainment for the group. We all sat in amazement and awe as she performed several Mediterranean style dances. Our entertainer offered to provide free belly dance lessons to the participants who found interest in learning this unique form of art.