Recent News

The Director of Education & Training, is...

Director of Education & Training, Margo Edwards, works closely with the training support team, Lori Smith and Cecile Rodriguez to ensure that training participants receive their CEUs in a timely manner. Here they are seen discussing the recent changes to the pricing structure: training registration is required in advance and is done online – the new cost of online registration is $20.00. Participants who need to request their CEUs at a later date will now have to pay $40.00 for each certificate. The changes were announced in September and became effective October 1, 2011.

United Coalition East youth leaders were given...

United Coalition East youth leaders were given new bikes donated by the Adult Services Team of Social Model Recovery Systems. Our leadership program seeks to engage and empower youth to make positive changes in their lives as well as the neighborhood. This contribution was greatly appreciated as evidenced by the happy smiling faces. Thank you.

Resolutions Wall

Happy New Year!  River Community Covina and Wellness Center participants started off the new year by creating a “Resolutions Wall”. They listed some of their goals and displayed them proudly in the main group room. Some of the goals include “Exercise”, “Go to a Lakers game”, “Be sober”, “Finish school”, “Get my high school diploma”, and “Treating myself well”.  Well done, everyone!

River Community explored the rich cultural...

Recently, River Community explored the rich cultural heritage of Nepal. We were fortunate to have a Nepali participant who was able to explain to us the culture, traditions, lifestyles, celebrations, and activities that go on in Nepal. It was a truly eye opening event and authentic Nepali paintings and artwork were on hand to enrich the experience, brought by the participant's family. Much of the artwork is painted by women who have been widowed, abandoned by their husbands, or abused to the point of leaving their husbands. The art is their fundraising activity and a skill they can use to keep from starving to death. It was great to be a part of their organization, and several people did purchase the artwork. Lunch consisted of authentic Nepali food, including Samosas and lamb kebobs. Everyone had a great time and commented on how different Nepali life is from anything most had ever dreamt of.

Annual Holiday Party

Just before Christmas, the diverse programs of SMRS came together in the spirit of the Holidays with our annual Holiday party. Not only did current participants in our programs have the opportunity to break bread, but a number of Alumni turned out for the event. This sober holiday festivity for many of our participants may be the closest thing to a family celebration they have known in years. It is truly heart-warming to see the feelings of gratitude, fellowship and enthusiasm for recovery that this gathering facilitates. To ensure that the children of our participants don't go without, Santa personally hands out toys to all of the children. This year the Agency continued to ensure that age appropriate toys were available for the often overlooked teenage children. Presents for the teens included bicycles and MP3 players.

A New Sign for a New Year!

Mid Valley Outpatient is delighted that our new sign was installed just in time for the new year. We are now easily visible from the street, providing easier access to members of the community. Happy New Year from the staff and participants of Mid Valley Outpatient!


Happy Holidays from the Touchstones Treatment Team!

Recent Graduate visited Touchstones while home...

James Napoles recently visited Touchstones while home for Christmas break from Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. James successfully completed treatment and “Coined Out” at Touchstones on October 15, 2009. James shared his experience, strength and hope with current residents. He talked of some of the challenges of being a sober male in a university and how he has been able to use the strategies he learned as a resident at Touchstones to hold him in good stead and serve as a role model for his peers at the university, which was founded in 1884 with 22 students. James talked with Touchstones Program Director, Patti Ochoa, of the growth and changes of Haskell over the 127 years it has been serving men and women from federally recognized tribes from across the United States. James will spend the holidays with his father on the reservation in Bishop, California, and return to school after the holidays.