Recent News

July 26, 2011

The residents of Mid Valley Omni Center participated along with other programs of SMRS in a day full of sports, food and fellowship held at Covina Park. The residents enjoyed spending time in an environment where they could experience socializing and having fun with people without the use of any substances. Many of the residents wrote about their own thoughts and feelings. It appears that what stood out the most with the residents was the interaction and hope they shared with people that are going through a similar life changing experience. A resident wrote “Mid-Valley has helped me find the tools to overcome my addiction and instill a new honest belief system.” Another resident stated “Outings such as this drug free softball game gave me the chance to interact with others who have the same affliction as me. It is one of the few sober times that I will remember and cherish”.

Mid Valley joined River Covina/Wellness and River Community softball game last week. They stepped right in and had a great time. It was as if they had been coming for years.

July 9, 2011

Touchstones provides an ongoing smoking cessation group. This group educates residents on the effects of nicotine and second-hand smoke. Residents become aware of the immediate and long term physical effects of smoking, they explore their personal underlying causes and conditions leading to their unhealthy choices regarding smoking, and study current research which shows the challenges for long term abstinence for people who continue to choose to use nicotine products when they begin their journey in recovery.


July 8, 2011

This week, River Community Covina and Wellness program participants designed “Freedom Flags” to share their thoughts on what “Freedom” means to them as they continue their journey through recovery.

June 30, 2011

This afternoon PCADD staff held a 4th of July Barbeque at the program. We invited all AOD and MH program participants, family members, and alumni group members to the party. We had a great turnout and staff was provided the oppurtunity to cook for and serve our participants, their families and friends in the community. This activity was an excellent oppurtunity to demonstrate the power of recovery, unity, and service while also providing a safe and fun afternoon for all in attendance.

June 23, 2011

UCEPP staff co-hosted a press conference this morning near Dodger Stadium requesting State Officials to investigate the California State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s (ABC) monitoring of the Stadium. This action is in direct response to the brutal beating of Bryan Stow, in which alcohol played a central role. Community activists, Dodgers fans and the faith community asked ABC why no formal monitoring and/or investigation has been made regarding the Dodgers and alcohol sales. Over the years numerous news stories and reports have documented a growing problem of unruly fan behavior and public drunkenness by stadium attendees.

June 23, 2011

UCEPP staff and the skid row community would like to thank our supporters and dear friends at the great school of UCLA and its Center For Health Policy Research for their most recent computer donation. These computers are an invaluable resource to our community. Through this donation, community members are able to find work, update their resumes, write letters, conduct research via the internet and most importantly stay connected with family. Special thanks must also go to Byron Trotter, Computer Resource Manager, Chad Artiaga and Mark Dailey, System Administrators, who early on embraced our community and immediately demonstrated their support. Words cannot express our gratitude … A HEARTFELT THANK YOU!!!

June 15, 2011

Last month, River Community once again celebrated the rich cultural diversity of the populations we serve in our monthly Cultural Awareness Celebration. This month's featured culture was the rich pageantry that represents Persia. The highlight of the festivities was the food and tastes of middle eastern cuisine, including shish kabobs with beef and lamb. Our participants were interested to learn more about the long history and seemingly exotic customs that mark the Persian culture, traditions, history, and heritage.

June 14, 2011

Today, River Community Covina and Wellness participants were given the task to draw their Higher Power. It gave them time for self reflection in terms of where they are in their recovery and the impact their Higher Power has had on their lives. Here are the results.