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Royal Palms Celebration of Red Ribbon Week

In preparation for Red Ribbon Week, Staff and Residents worked together to create this year’s display celebrating child drug prevention with the national theme, “Drug Free Looks Like Me”.

The residents painted a backdrop with the lettering and incorporate it with the Halloween theme. They created masks and hung them in our lobby to make it more exciting.

Overall, the residents had fun painting and decorating then had their own photoshoot afterwards, which they said was their favorite part of the event.

Royal Palms dedicated the celebration to all the youngsters who have the chance to change their lives and encourage others to be drug-free.

Stepping Stones Celebration of Red Ribbon Week

Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents, and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America.

Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985. When he decided to join the US Drug Enforcement Administration, his mother tried to talk him out of it. "I'm only one person", he told her, "but I want to make a difference."

On Feb. 7, 1985, the 37-year-old Camarena left his office to meet his wife for lunch. Five men appeared at the agent's side and shoved him in a car. One month later, Camarena's body was found. He had been tortured to death.

In honor of Agent Enrique Camarena, and all those who fight to eliminate the destruction caused by drug use, Stepping Stones is celebrating Red Ribbon Week with the following activities:

Saturday – Sports Day/TEAM up against drugs!
Sunday – Pajama Day/Follow your Dreams!
Monday – Wear Red Day/ RED-y to live Drug Free!
Tuesday – Tie Dye Day/ Say “PEACE – out” to drugs!
Wednesday – Workout Day/Stay FIT not lit!
Thursday – Crazy Hair, Crazy Sock Day/Drug Free from Head to Toe!
Friday – Nerd Day/ Make smart choices!
Saturday – Spooky Face Paint Day/ Say no to Spirits by getting in the Halloween Spirit – Door Decoration Contest!

Residents also decorated press on nails with Red Ribbons, unfortunately they were lost during double scrub!

River Community Celebration of Red Ribbon Week

Here at River Community, we are honoring the tradition of Red Ribbon Week! Residents created outlines of themselves demonstrating the rewards of sobriety vs the struggles of living in the disease. We also played Red Ribbon BINGO and decorated our facility with red ribbons while sporting our “Change begins with awareness” bracelets. River Community is thriving in sobriety.

Red Ribbon Week is the largest drug prevention campaign in the nation. Launched in 1988 with President and Mrs. Reagan serving as honorary chairpersons for the event. Traditionally, the campaign is celebrated during the last two weeks of October with October 23rd-31st being the official Red Ribbon Week. It is an ideal way for people & communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. Show your personal commitment to a drug-free lifestyle by participating in a Red Ribbon Week Celebration in your community.

This year the theme is “Recovery Looks Like Me”. The theme was created by Ohio 7th grader Marin Wurst. It serves as a reminder that everyday Americans across the country make significant daily contributions to their communities by being the best they can be because they live Drug-Free.

24th Annual Mujeres de Paz Vigil

Recently, HI Mariposa staff and residents went to East Los Angeles College Performing Arts to attend the 24th Annual Mujeres de Paz Vigil presented by East Los Angeles Women’s Center.

The celebration is to honor domestic violence survivors and to remember those who have lost their lives to violence. The celebration started with a beautiful Indigenous ceremony by Danza Azteca Xochipilli followed by some testimonies of domestic violence survivors.

We all participated by lighting up a candle in remembrance of all the people who are no longer here with us. The closing ceremony was done by La Bomba Collective Afro Puertorican Drum Circle.


Breathe Better Live Better campaign for Smoke-...

Tobacco-Free Partnership Covina/West Covina announces Breathe Better Live Better campaign for Smoke-Free Housing in Covina.

On September 29th, 2021, SMRS’ Tobacco-Free Partnership of Covina/West Covina held the Breathe Better Live Better community forum to explore secondhand smoking regulations in Covina. This event allowed residents, health care professionals, and property managers to express their views regarding secondhand smoke regulations. While the forum was held online, some residents gathered in person at the City Grill in downtown Covina, and Mayor Jorge Marquez stopped by as well.

The forum was moderated by Primo Castro from the American Cancer Society/Cancer Action Network. He introduced our panelists Daniel Yukelson, Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles, Melanie Hardy, and Tim Hanes of Emanate Health. Following the brief presentations by the panelists, we began the question-and-answer session led by Joe Rodriguez, Stamp Out Smoke (SOS) Covina Coalition. The session allowed community members to ask questions regarding the health benefits of smoke-free multi-unit housing among others.

The forum is one of three ways we are gathering community input. There is a survey link to our Breathe Better website and also a form to collect testimonials. The Breathe Better website is open until October 15, 2021. Please visit to submit your survey or leave your testimonial to support smoke-free housing for Covina residents!

Watch the recorded forum of Breathe Better Live Better campaign for Smoke-Free Housing in Covina here.

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Citizens Business Bank Charity Golf Tournament

Citizens Business Bank recently hosted its 36th annual Charity Golf tournament to raise money for local non-profit organizations.

Albert Grant (Kitchen Supervisor at Rena B), John Catania (Executive Assistant), and Anna Lee (Director of Innovations) had the opportunity to represent Social Model Recovery Systems in the tournament held at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale, CA.

This fundraising event presented a great opportunity to network with executive leadership from private businesses and non-profit organizations, as well as philanthropists. Although we did not place, Team SMRS played well, and Anna Lee won an award for the women’s longest drive contest.

Each year, Citizens Business Bank donates proceeds to multiple organizations that are dedicated to making a positive impact on local communities.

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OC Recovery Connection Rally 2021

In celebration of the National Recovery Month, Social Model Recovery Systems joined the OC Recovery Connection Rally last Saturday, September 25, in Kiwanis Land Park, Garden Grove, CA. The purpose of the event is to build a network of resources for individuals and family to heal and create growth in recovery.

National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible.

Thank you to those who dropped by at our booth and always remember, no matter what you’re experiencing, help is always available to support you & those around you.

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