Recent News

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.

Narcotics Anonymous Convention

Last week, Stepping Stones women attended the Narcotics Anonymous Convention in Pomona. It was the first time that some of our participants attended a convention!


The Omni Center has a lot to be thankful for in this Thanksgiving Celebration month. Staff member Leo is celebrating his 7th year of being clean and sober. Residents James and Justin are celebrating their belly button birthday. Bryan, Peter, Ryan, Angel, Michael, Greer, and Max are celebrating 30 to 90 days of abstinence. 

Alumni Baby Shower

Mariposa staff and residents and Sabina Sober Living residents had a surprise baby shower for one of our Sober Living alumna. When the celebrant arrived at Mariposa, she cried with joy and stated: “You are the first friends who have ever done this for me. Thank you, all.” We had games, prizes, gifts, delicious food, and cake. It was a beautiful experience for all to see her smile.