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Grandma, you be the black Ninja and I'll be...

"Grandma, you be the black Ninja and I'll be the red Ninja" was Touchstones Program Director Patti Ochoa's four year old grandson's request. He was thrilled when she came to his pre-school halloween Party/Parade as a black Ninja. "Can my grandma be with me in the parade?", he asked his teacher and she proudly paraded - the only non-teacher adult with 100 pre-schoolers.  Residents at Touchstones are shown by the actions of the Treatment Team, on a daily basis, that the happiest, most productive moments in our lives, are the times we are doing what will make someone else happy, what will add to their life rather then being self absorbed and self involved in the world of drugs and unhealthy life choices.

Touchstones residents and staff celebrated Halloween with photo opportunities and pumpkin carving fun (some traditional and some not so traditional). Pumpkins were anonymously judged by staff and the carvers of the top three jack-o-lanterns joined the Program Director for lunch at a restaurant of their choice.

River Community and Wellness Center graduate...

River Community and Wellness Center graduate, John N., was honored at the annual ACHSA “Inspiration Awards” Luncheon held at the Biltmore Hotel on October 20, 2011. It was a joy and our pleasure to sit with him on this glorious day. Congratulations, John!

United Coalition East Prevention Project

United Coalition East Prevention Project staff, alongside youth coalition member, Travelle, participated in an interview with the LA Weekly regarding the Ford Hotel. This once seedy skid row hotel has been transformed into safe affordable housing. This was one of our original nuisance abatement cases and highlights a significant UCEPP victory.

14th Annual Mujeres de Paz Candelight Vigil

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness, the Mariposa women (as well as the East Los Angeles Women’s Center) joined together to walk and remember the women, children, and families affected by the devastating impact of domestic violence on hearts, homes, and hopes. Our journey began at the mural of the La Virgen De Guadalupe on the corner of Mednik and Cesar Chavez Avenue. The procession traveled to Collegian Avenue and Cesar Chavez Avenue, and ended at the East Los Angeles College Performing Arts Center Court Yard where the ceremonies included inspiring stories, dance, and song. The women of Mariposa enjoyed this experience as it renews faith and hope that their stories of domestic violence can come to an end and that they too can start a new violence-free clean and sober life.


River Community Covina and Wellness participants...

The River Community Covina and Wellness participants celebrated “Red Ribbon” Week by learning about its origin and then creating their red ribbons.


October 15, 2011

On October 15, 2011, Mid Valley’s Drug Court team and participants enjoyed a day at the park to celebrate their participation in a Los Angeles County Drug Court. Participants bbq’d with peers, friends, and family. Several competitions also took place for the best banner, three-on-three basketball, Dominoes, and Spades. Mid Valley took the second place trophy in the Volleyball competition, losing at the last minute to Pomona Drug Court’s American Recovery Center.


September 23, 2011

14 participants at the Mid Valley Outpatient Drug Court program in El Monte graduated on September 23, 2011. The two-hour celebration included presenting diplomas to the graduates and acknowledging their successes. It was concluded by case dismissals by the District Attorney’s office. The event was presided over by Commissioner Vasquez, the former judicial lead of the program, and lead by Debbie Nelson, Program Coordinator for Mid Valley. Program and executive management staff were in attendance along with Jerry Brown, a member of Social Model’s Board of Directors. Participants and their families enjoyed cake and punch following the ceremony. Mid Valley has experienced over 900 graduates of its Drug Court program since its inception 17 years ago.