Recent News

August 17, 2011

The residents of Mariposa in East Los Angeles had the opportunity to attend a retreat called WITS Women in the Spirit during the first weekend of August. The residents raised the registration fees with car washes. The retreat is located at Camp Williams Resort in Azusa, California, just right up the road from River Community. The residents enjoyed fun and fellowship with other women the recovery community. They attended multiple 12 step meetings and some of them even found sponsors. They were able to get several phone numbers from women who are willing to support their new clean and sober lifestyle. They enjoyed delicious food that was cooked by the volunteer firemen on the camp. The women also played in the river, participated in all the activities and even volunteered. Residents stated they had a wonderful time and are excited to go on their own next year.

August 14, 2011

Touchstones residents and staff loaded three vans and a U-Haul and headed for their Annual five-day camping trip. A unique treatment venue, the camping trip is fun and marks the end of the summer and the preparation for school to start. Touchstones residents attend school on our property five days a week for four hours a day.

August 11, 2011

Today, River Community was pleased to host another Cultural Awareness Celebration. This time the residents were treated to a red tablecloth tour of Italy, including the sights, sounds, fashion, history and culture. After lunch participants and staff put skit humor into a presentation of Italian culture, complete with an obnoxious tourist asking questions.

August 8, 2011

The men at the Greer House hosted a bar-b-que for the River Covina and Wellness participants and their sponsors. The participants wrote their personal “Mission Statements” which were used to decorate place mats and the walls for all to see. Those who did not have sponsors had an opportunity to talk with others about getting one, exchange phone numbers, and increase their sober support network. It was a beautiful day with a wonderful turnout.

August 5, 2011

River Community female residents attended the 15th annual Women in the Spirit 12-Step retreat. The event was well attended and residents and staff from other programs Social Model family were also present. During the opening ceremony almost all of our participants shared and took part in the event. Several of our residents who have not shared in other groups or meetings felt safe and welcomed enough to share at this event. They enjoyed the weekend of events and a couple of the women remarked that they would be looking forward to attending again as River Community graduates next year.


August 1, 2011

Participants of Mid Valley Outpatient will have the opportunity to attend two new groups as of this week. Seeking Safety is a manualized evidence-based practice, used to assist participants in learning and practicing new coping skills to deal with both substance use and trauma symptoms. Participants will also be able to take Employment Readiness group to assist them in developing and acting on a vocational plan. “Many of our participants have never held a job or developed the skills needed to acquire one. I’m glad we are able to help them with real life skills to get them into the workplace,” says Joann Saldana, a Counselor at Mid Valley. Participants will learn how to budget, identify employment goals, and how to fill out a job application and succeed in the interview process.

July 30, 2011

As a result of a generous donation by a friend of Touchstones, our residents were able to enjoy the Barnum and Bailey Circus at the Honda Center in Orange. Many residents said they had never been to the circus before this outing. Several residents found themselves feeling sorry for the animal performers and verbalized the fact that, unlike their human counterparts, the animals didn't have a choice about performing.