Seeing the merger between Mid Valley Recovery Services & Social Model Recovery Systems from the Inside

… from Omni Center staff member, Terry Ung

It has been just over four months since the much anticipated merger between Mid Valley Recovery Services and Social Model Recovery Systems and so much has transpired in the ensuing weeks. We, the Mid Valley folks, have been welcomed into the Social Model family with open arms. We are training and sharing knowledge with each other and jointly formulating plans and programs to better provide communities and individuals with a viable resource to prevent and control substance abuse and mental health related problems. We have embarked on a new and extremely promising journey. This journey is one where regularly structured training, continuing education and highly rewarding interactive multi-program meetings are combining to light the way.

Providing quality and well rounded care and promoting spiritual, physical and mental wellness are at the forefront of our mission; seeking diversified treatment plans are a major component of that mission. Equally important is the influx of enjoyable group and family activities. The softball games between participants of all programs have become a much anticipated event for residents as well as staff. This summer, agency staff members, participants and their families, were all invited to a picnic at Farnsworth Park in Pasadena. The usual food, fun and games ensued. It was a chance for all to relax and enjoy a day of fun in a totally different environment. On November 5, the Mid Valley programs were honored to participate in Social Model’s 25th Anniversary Fundraiser at the Shilo Inn in Pomona, with considerable input and planning from our own Andrew, Garett, Melanie, and Monique. The evening was filled with the ‘giving’ spirit, as we all shared in the good food and entertainment. We were witnesses to testimonials about recovery from participants that truly stole the show, not to mention that the fundraising was quite successful. While in this business it’s never enough because of the overwhelming need, the contributions received will certainly give us a boost in providing help to those in need.

The Omni Center’s chef, Rene Avila, once again put on a magnificent feast for residents, their families and staffers to celebrate Thanksgiving. Eight turkeys, five hams and tons of fixin’s later, everyone relaxed and embraced the meaning of the day.

As the calendar year winds down, it is time to reflect on our past accomplishments, share memories and caring thoughts with family and one another, and look with excitement and eager anticipation of the coming year with a renewed energy and focus.

Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost. – Helen Keller