The holiday season is the perfect time to cherish traditions by reconnecting with family, friends, and neighbors. It’s a time to build lifelong memories and to let your loved ones know how much you appreciate them. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to spend the holidays with their family, and our staff at Phoenix House has made every effort to remind our clients that they are not alone.
Thanks to the generosity and the cheerful spirit of our extended “family” of staff and clients, Phoenix House had many wonderful holiday celebrations. Here’s a sampling:
On Friday, December 13, we decorated with reds and greens for a staff holiday luncheon. The administrative team gathered to celebrate with a delicious meal prepared by the one and only Regina Logan. Games and activities organized by our ever-resourceful Administrative Director Earlene Bryson (who also coordinated the event) included a crossword puzzle, a singing contest, and a Secret Santa game. Staff shared many laughs and much cameraderie throughout the event.
On December 22, our adolescent clients joined their families and counselors to cook tamales at Phoenix House Academy in Los Angeles. Tamales are a traditional Mexican dish that consists of stewed meats or vegetables wrapped in cornmeal dough, which is then steamed or boiled in a leaf wrapper. This dish was especially popular with those of our Latino/a clients who grew up enjoying it with their families.
On Christmas Eve, our clients at Phoenix House Orange County celebrated the holiday season by coming together for a movie night. Learning to have “sober fun” is an important part of recovery, and our clients enjoyed gathering for popcorn and Christmas classics. The next day, all of our clients invited their families and loved ones to join our joyous Christmas dinner.
During this special time of year, Phoenix House would like to commend Antoinette Reynolds, a counselor at Phoenix House Venice who also serves as Executive Director and Program Coordinator of the Mildred Cursh Foundation, providing mentorship and assistance for children with incarcerated parents. She was recently recognized by our local paper, the Argonaut Online, as one of the Westsiders Making a Difference in 2013.
The Phoenix House California team wishes you and your loved ones a happy New Year!
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