Recent News

Spirit Week: March 18 through March 22


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Stepping Stones and Mariposa celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by having lunch together. On the menu, there was corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, and soda bread. Apple cake with a custard topping and potato candy were served for dessert. The residents gave presentations on Irish agriculture, religion and the origins of the leprechaun, and corned beef. The residents also did an art project where they decorated a small canvas to celebrate their sobriety dates. Many thanks to Susan H. and all the residents for making this such a nice afternoon!

Join Us for "Movies in the Canyon"

River Community is pleased to invite you to our first ever Movies In The Canyon event. This event will take place on Friday, March 15th 2019, in our newly renovated park located at the River Community facility. The Fellowship and fun begin at 6:00PM, with the movie Inside Out being played at 7:00PM. We will be offering sodas, popcorn and candy for purchase during the 6:00PM-7:00PM hour of fellowship, therefore, all you need to bring is your blankets and folding chairs.

Touchstones Graduation

Last month, a female resident of Touchstones celebrated her graduation from high school. Joined by family, friends, her support team, and Touchstones staff and residents, this young lady happily accepted her diploma from representatives of Richland High School, including our very own teacher, Jeffrey Segal. We are so proud of this young lady and all of the work that she has done. She gave a heartfelt graduation speech which included much gratitude for all of the support that she has received in her journey, as well as her plans of a successful life in the future which include moving on to college to pursue a degree in the helping professions. School is a very integral part of the program at Touchstones and we are always honored to help celebrate the successes of our residents in their academic pursuits.

River Community Museum Day

Last week, residents and staff of River Community enjoyed a day at two different museums. To honor Black History Month, we visited the African American History Museum. Residents were able to gain some insight on this culture and the trying obstacles that it has endured over the years. Following this museum, we explored the California Science Center. We were amazed by the Endeavour Spaceship Exhibit. Participants had a lot of fun with the interactive exhibits in the ecosystem portion of the museum. Everyone was very grateful for a fun day out!


LGBTQ+2 Certification

Regional Director Melanie and Program Director Vanessa attended the 3-day LGBTQ+2 Certification in Sacramento, California through Trainer Kristina Padilla of CCAPP. The two were able to learn skills and acquire tools to assist our already dynamic agency into becoming a more LGBTQ+2 agency. They are looking forward to sharing their new found knowledge and skills with the whole agency.

2019 African American Mental Health Conference

This past week, the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health hosted the 2019 African American Mental Health Conference: Engaging and Empowering Communities through Education, Advocacy, and Action. The conference served as a place where individuals of different backgrounds (scholars, mental health professionals, residents, and more) can come together to engage in conversation to increase mental health awareness, improve communities, and provide a greater understanding regarding underserved populations of color. Thank you to Edward Carr and Marvin Gulley, two of the newest members of our Outreach Team, for representing Social Model Recovery Systems at this event.