Newsletter April 2010

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Message From The President

Dear Friends,
I am pleased to share with you the opening of our extraordinary Beyoncé Cosmetology Center at our Career Academy in Brooklyn and our new treatment facility in Wilmer, Texas. At a time when many non-profits are struggling for survival, we are reaffirming our commitment to the thousands of men, women, teens, and families who turn to Phoenix House for help. I am grateful to Beyoncé and her mother Tina for their generosity; to our longtime friend Kara DioGuardi for her passion and vision; and to all those supporters joining us at events in Florida, California, Texas, New York, and New England. Having supporters like them—and like you—helps so much as we expand our services and fight the stigma of addiction.

Best regards,
Howard P. Meitiner
President & CEO

Beyoncé Opens Cosmetology Center at Phoenix House

Last month, pop superstar Beyoncé and her mother and business partner, fashion designer Tina Knowles joined us for the opening of the Beyoncé Cosmetology Center at our Phoenix House Career Academy in Brooklyn. The new Cosmetology Center will offer a seven-month cosmetology training course, helping our clients gain the career skills they need to lead productive, rewarding lives in recovery. At the ribbon cutting ceremony—after remarks from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, OASAS Commissioner Karen Carpenter-Palumbo, and Tina Knowles—the music icon spoke passionately about the need to erase the stigma of addiction. “These beautiful women I met at Phoenix House did not choose to become addicts,” she said, “but they have chosen to get better.” She and her mother, who owned a popular hair salon in Houston, Texas when she was growing up, envision the Cosmetology Center as a place that will “give men and women in treatment hope even after Phoenix House.”Since the event, we have experienced increasing interest in the work of Phoenix House and have received wide and varied media coverage, including Good Morning America, Fox New York, and Access Hollywood. We express our heartfelt gratitude to Beyoncé and Miss Tina for their tremendous gift—and the attention they have brought to our work.

Recovery Across The Regions


Triumph for Teens Gala
Phoenix Houses of California is excited to announce LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and the cast and producers of Fox’s “Bones” as honorees for our seventh annual Triumph for Teens Awards Gala on April 20. This yearly event celebrates the victories of young people over substance abuse and honors entertainment and business leaders for inspiring them to make positive decisions. Proceeds will benefit our residential treatment centers, family therapy, and prevention program. Please click here to purchase tickets or for more information, contact Stephanie Horsley at 1 888 671 9392.


Kara DioGuardi in Ocala
On April 24, American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi will host a golf scramble and gala dinner at Golden Hills Golf & Turf Club in Ocala. For the past six years, Kara has brought the healing power of music to young people in treatment by opening recording studios at our Los Angeles and Yorktown Academies; soon, she will open additional studios at our Austin Academy and at our Citra treatment center. All proceeds from the Ocala event will benefit the new studio for young adults in Citra. Two VIP tickets to the American Idol finale will be auctioned off at the gala dinner. For more information, visit the Golden Hills website.

New England

Phoenix House Gives Back
Recently, Arbor House TSS, a Phoenix House program in Holyoke, MA, delivered a gift of 45 hand-knit hats and scarves to Amherst Survival Center. Adults in treatment knit garments for those less fortunate as part of our expressive arts program, creating a sense of community while learning to knit and sharing tips and techniques. This calming and centering activity allows our clients to give back to the community in a creative, tangible way.


New Treatment Center in Wilmer
Phoenix House of Dallas recently opened a 300-bed adult residential treatment program for Dallas County. The facility is located just 15 miles southwest of Dallas in Wilmer, TX. Jimmy Ochs, Program Director, and his staff will bring state-of-the-art substance abuse treatment and vocational training to over 800 clients each year, helping these men and women gain the skills and education they need to re-enter their communities as healthy and productive citizens.

Spotlight Story: Sarah M.
Growing up with an abusive father, I felt lost in my own skin. I was on probation by the time I was a junior in high school, but that didn’t stop me from using ecstasy and coke. I entered Phoenix Academy in Austin, Texas in 2007, broken and out of touch with reality. Gradually, the staff taught me to accept life on life’s terms and to realize that nothing is constant but change. It was up to me to decide what those changes would be.After completing the program, I became a leader in my community and graduated from high school, things I previously thought I would never do.

By The Numbers

Today, more so than ever before, we recognize the unique challenges our veterans, military personnel, and their families face:

  • From 2004 to 2006, an estimated 1.8 million veterans met criteria for past-year substance use disorder
  • More than 15% of all Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who have gone to the VA for healthcare have been diagnosed with a substance use disorder
  • Less than 40% of troops with psychological wounds receive treatment, in part because of the stigma of seeking help.

With these and other critical needs in mind, we recently launched our new Military Services Program.

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