Recent News

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.

“A Conversation: Real Talk with Real Youth and...

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:

Follow us on Instagram: @SOScovina @westcovinaCAN

For information contact: Elsa Greno, Project Coordinator at

SMRS Staff Highlight: Michelle Anders

"I was raised in a healthy family dynamic. I started my career as a firefighter and loved what I was doing. I met my now ex-husband who introduced me to meth. My life spiraled downward, and I gradually started losing everything: my career, my self-respect, my sense of direction. I landed in prison with a four-year sentence. I had long periods of abstinence, but it failed when I got into another bad relationship and ended up relapsing.

I was released from prison one more time and made the decision to transition to treatment. I was able to learn a lot about myself and how to utilize coping skills. I now have 4 years sober. I knew that I wanted a career where I can be in a helping field. I was told by a friend that there was an opening for a Case Aide at Royal Palms, and here I am. Working here at Royal Palms has inspired me to get into school to obtain my Drug and Alcohol counseling certificate – my goal is to work as a counselor.

The joy that I get the most is when I am able to help someone change their life around and show them that it is possible to make a change, no matter what stage or phase they are in at that moment. It will be challenging, but the reward at the end of the day is far greater than any drug."


Alumni Success Stories