Recent News

Mid Valley Outpatient Drug Court Graduation

Congratulations to the 10 participants that dedicated a year or more to their recovery and accomplishing a milestone in their life by getting their cases dismissed. These participants put their recovery first and established a stable foundation for the future. Thank you, Miguel Palos, Social Model Recovery Systems' Board President, for attending this wonderful event. Social Model Recovery Systems would also like to say farewell to Commissioner Jose A. Rodriguez who started the Drug Court Program in 1995 at the El Monte Superior Court. Commissioner Rodriguez truly cares about drug rehabilitation and saving lives due to addiction. On behalf of Social Model Recovery Systems, we would like to extend our gratitude to Commissioner Rodriguez for all your dedication and years of service.

KABC Eyewitness 7 News - 5pm



Last week, Social Model Recovery Systems joined Goodwill Southern CA and other partners at the LA Grand Hotel to discuss the critical role that employment plays in preventing and transitioning individuals out of homelessness. Coalition partners, including local non-profits, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Mayor Eric Garcetti, announced the Everyone Works Campaign, an intentional commitment over the next 3 years, to make employment opportunities available to 15,000 Angelenos experiencing homelessness. We are excited to be a part of this historic effort. Together we can make a difference!

Coalition Partners Include: Downtown Women's Center | New Economics for Women | Social Model Recovery Systems | Homeless Health Care Los Angeles | The Leadership LAB | REDF | #LARISE | Economic & Workforce Development Department | Los Angeles County Workforce Development, Aging & Community Services | Mayor Eric Garcetti | United Way of Greater Los Angeles | Chrysalis | Amistad de Los Angeles - Amity Foundation


Upcoming Trainings!

"The Connection Between Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health in Obtaining Long-Term Stability"

Presenter: Christopher Abernathy, MS

Date: Friday, February 15, 2019

Time: 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Training Location: Community's Child Center- 18807 Crenshaw Pl, Torrance, CA 90504

Cost: Free Training | $20.00 CE Certificate - Please make checks payable to Social Model Recovery Systems or register online HERE


San Gabriel Valley Participant Holiday Party

Social Model Recovery Systems hosted its annual Participant Holiday Party for the San Gabriel Valley region of programs. Participants and families had an opportunity to enjoy a meal together, enjoy each other's presence, and truly get into the Holiday spirit! It was a great event as usual and there were so many children with smiling faces around. For many of the families, this was likely to be the first happy holiday get-together in a long time. As Santa arrived, a loud cheer echoed throughout the room. Participants lined up with their children to receive toys and the excitement could hardly be contained. A special thank you to the LA County Fire Department, Covina Fire Department 154, Toys for Tots, Spark of Love, Big Sunday, Shelter Partnership, Covina Valley Cyclery, and Social Model Recovery Systems Board of Directors and staff for their generous donations that made this event and the upcoming one in Los Angeles possible.

A Gift of Gratitude

Laura in Screening and Assessment was surprised by a visit from a former resident who was celebrating his one-year sobriety date. When his girlfriend asked him what he wanted to do on this very special day, he replied, “I want to take flowers to Laura for putting me into treatment.” He was feeling very blessed and expressed his gratitude by bringing flowers to say, “Thank you.” Exactly one year ago, Laura screened the participant seeking treatment who was motivated to start his journey of recovery. After admission into treatment, the program further engaged him, and his testimony is one that he shares with as many people who would hear him. He was excited about his new-found journey and proudly communicated his success and progress which included a home, a job, family, and his recovery! Stories like this one keep us going and affirm that we are doing the work our hearts lead us to do.

Harvest Feast 2018

River Community's Annual Harvest Feast was wonderful this year! With over 300 guests, we enjoyed delicious meals prepared with love by our new kitchen chef supervisor. River Community has undergone many renovations recently; at Harvest Feast we showcased these improvement projects. We enjoyed two amazingly talented bands, a fun photo booth, a gratitude wall, and raffle including beautiful gift baskets. All preparation for Harvest Feast was done by participants and staff; it was an honor to host this successful event and look forward to next year!



Manifestation Boards at Rena B

A manifestation board is made up of a collection of things residents want to bring into their life. It can be something material, emotional, physical, or spiritual, or a mixture of all of those things. You can create a very specific board, for example, to attract and manifest the ideal relationship, or maybe a personal board representing who you would like to become in the future.

A manifestation board, or "vision" board, is a creative project. One of the concepts is to empower the residents, while another is how they can create their own reality. This is a great exercise to do personally or in a group. It is exciting to watch them look through all the magazines, as their creative sides emerge and they compile their thoughts and visions onto the board to reveal their stories.

Thank you to our staff member, Brandon James, for facilitating this session and capturing the beautiful photographs below.