Recent News

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.

July 27, 2011

The Mariposa residents in East Los Angeles teamed up with New Hope Ministries in Montebello to provide their residents an opportunity to attend a women’s retreat. The Alhatti Christian Resort & Retreat Center is located in the town of Idyllwild, California, in the breathtaking San Jacinto Mountains. Residents enjoyed the peace and serenity nature hikes in the mountains. They watched the sunset and participated in worship services. Residents of Mariposa volunteered to assist the resort center that was understaffed at the time and received an acknowledgment award, which was jewelry for being of service to the resort. They enjoyed the amenities of the resort like the hot tub, sauna, room service, and delicious food. The residents also walked to the lake where they could feed the fish and had movies and popcorn in the movie room that was provided. One resident stated that she had a life changing experience and was able to get closer to her higher power. She stated she was really grateful for the chance to participate in this once in a lifetime experience.

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.