Teenagers in treatment at Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles celebrated National Recovery Month on October 3rd with the annual Team Banner Presentations. Beneath pine trees and bright blue California skies, teams presented their projects that they had worked on over the last month. After time spent volunteering at a nonprofit, such as a nursing home, homeless services agency, or animal shelter, each team designed and painted banners about their recovery and service experience.
Special guests at the event included members of Shepherd of the Hills West Valley‘s Young Adult Ministry who assisted with decorations and judging of the best presentation and banner. Over brownies and lemonade, the volunteers mingled with the teen residential clients and discussed their experiences. Two guest speakers, Matt Henley and Pastor Mike Johnson, also shared their journeys of life in recovery.
Pastor Mike’s inspirational speech focused on being patient with oneself while learning new skills for lasting recovery. He told students how important it is to take life day by day. “Being average for a while is okay, while we are trying to get back on our feet. Sometimes high expectations we have for our life can cause us to feel down when events do not follow the course we had planned. We should be patient, then, and forgiving.”
The theme of this year’s National Recovery Month was “Visible, Vocal, Valuable!” By sharing their talents in order to nurture their communities, reflecting on their impact and what was learned, and presenting their experiences to others, our residents participated in a fitting celebration of this theme.
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