Recent News

Mariposa Staff Christmas Lunch

All staff went to Ordunez restaurant in Montebello to have a Christmas lunch. We celebrated everyone’s dedication and hard work at Mariposa. Staff played the White Elephant game and enjoyed each other’s company. Each person shared what their New Year’s resolution will be and what this year has brought them.

Touchstones Holiday Party

Touchstones Staff had a lot of fun spending time with family and seeing Santa! Merry Christmas from Touchstones Staff!

Skid Row Community ReFresh Spot

There are those among us who feel great satisfaction when giving back to our community. We earnestly try to do our best. We feel pleased when we can donate some of our time or resources to those less fortunate. After giving, most of us carry on in our busy lives feeling content because we have contributed in some small way. Then there are those individuals who cannot rest even after dedicating endless hours, days, months, and years to a cause.

Please, let me take a moment to introduce three such people who work for our company that fit into the second category. Never do they pause to self-congratulate because they are too busy looking at the work that still needs to be done. When the day is done, and they have given and given to the community, they are the ones who only see what more needs to be accomplished.

As you will read in the attached article, there are four individuals in the SMRS family that deserve special recognition. Let’s give tribute to those who contributed to the most recent positive change to happen on Skid Row! Bruce Boardman, Zelenne Cardenas, Charles Porter and Adelene Bertha thank you for all your hard work, dedication, and continuous support to the Skid Row Community Improvement Coalition (SRCIC) that envisioned and advocated for the Grand Opening of the “Skid Row Community ReFresh Spot.”


Art and Prevention

CCERP staff recently had the opportunity to incorporate art into our work by using Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design strategies at our local Boys and Girls Club. We used art to identify what the youth did not want in their communities, as well as what a safe community looks like, by designing positive messaging. Some of the messages tackled smoking, drug use, graffiti and littering. Although creating art can seem intimidating, we encouraged all participants to embrace mistakes and explore colors and mediums to express themselves. We are grateful for our partnership with the Variety Boys and Girls Club in Boyle Heights. The art work will be on display starting December 19th. Come take a look and get inspired!

Newest River Community Graduate: Joseph M.

River Community is very proud to announce the graduation of Joseph M! Joey came to our program about ten months ago through the Department of Mental Health court linkage program. This participant flourished tremendously while in our facility. We are very excited to see where his journey in recovery takes him. Congratulations, Joey!

Happy Holidays from Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones is enjoying the holiday season immensely. Last weekend, they walked in the Covina Christmas Parade, along with many other members of the Social Model Recovery Systems family. They enjoyed food and hot chocolate after the parade at a gathering hosted by River Community/Wellness. This week, the residents went to Home Depot and picked out trees for their house and our Recovery Bridge Housing. Happy Holidays! 

2nd Collaboration of Treatment Providers Meeting

Drug Free Anaheim hosted the second Collaboration of Treatment Providers Meeting. Several organizations were represented. The meeting reviewed the quarterly findings of the program’s 190 participants and began a comparison of data on the spread of opiates from the 200+ other Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I) programs throughout the United States. Colin Womer, Program Coordinator for Drug Free Anaheim, is truly proud to report that based on the data, Drug Free Anaheim has had the largest participation rate of a first year P.A.A.R.I program in the nation.