Recent News

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.

Mid Valley Outpatient Drug Court Graduation

Congratulations to the 10 participants that dedicated a year or more to their recovery and accomplishing a milestone in their life by getting their cases dismissed. These participants put their recovery first and established a stable foundation for the future. Thank you, Miguel Palos, Social Model Recovery Systems' Board President, for attending this wonderful event. Social Model Recovery Systems would also like to say farewell to Commissioner Jose A. Rodriguez who started the Drug Court Program in 1995 at the El Monte Superior Court. Commissioner Rodriguez truly cares about drug rehabilitation and saving lives due to addiction. On behalf of Social Model Recovery Systems, we would like to extend our gratitude to Commissioner Rodriguez for all your dedication and years of service.

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Last week, Social Model Recovery Systems joined Goodwill Southern CA and other partners at the LA Grand Hotel to discuss the critical role that employment plays in preventing and transitioning individuals out of homelessness. Coalition partners, including local non-profits, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Mayor Eric Garcetti, announced the Everyone Works Campaign, an intentional commitment over the next 3 years, to make employment opportunities available to 15,000 Angelenos experiencing homelessness. We are excited to be a part of this historic effort. Together we can make a difference!

Coalition Partners Include: Downtown Women's Center | New Economics for Women | Social Model Recovery Systems | Homeless Health Care Los Angeles | The Leadership LAB | REDF | #LARISE | Economic & Workforce Development Department | Los Angeles County Workforce Development, Aging & Community Services | Mayor Eric Garcetti | United Way of Greater Los Angeles | Chrysalis | Amistad de Los Angeles - Amity Foundation