Phoenix House News & Views: Thanksgiving Issue

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Message From The President
Dear Friends,
With Thanksgiving just a few days away, we at Phoenix House have many reasons to express our gratitude. We give thanks to those who serve our nation, whom we recently honored on Veteran’s Day; to our friends in the fashion industry who made our Fall Fashion Awards Dinner a tremendous success; to those who have brought our newest region, Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic, into fruition; and to the men, women, and young people in our treatment programs for their immeasurable perseverance and determination.

Last but certainly not least, we thank you, our dedicated supporters, for your continued belief in our mission. We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, from our family to yours.

Warm regards,
Howard P. Meitiner
President & CEO

Every Day is Veteran’s Day at Phoenix House
On November 11, many Phoenix House veterans, military personnel, families and supporters came together to celebrate Veteran’s Day. This was a particularly exciting day in New York, where Phoenix House proudly presided over the Opening Bell at NASDAQ and marched in the 91st Annual Veteran’s Day Parade.

We at Phoenix House try to extend the spirit of Veteran’s Day throughout the year by recognizing and serving our country’s military personnel each and every day. In September, we partnered with Congressman Steve Israel and the Northport VAMC to host Operation Appreciation, which honored our servicemen and women and provided information about our Military Services programs. “As an Air Force Veteran, I am acutely aware of the courage it takes to serve others,” says Deirdre Rice-Reese, Vice President, Phoenix House alumna and National Director of Quality Assurance, “as well as the courage necessary to fight for one’s own recovery. Phoenix House does an amazing job of cultivating this kind of courage in our clients.”

Phoenix House and Vanguard Join Forces
We are pleased to announce that Phoenix House has combined with Vanguard Services Unlimited to form Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic. This new region will extend our reach to the Washington D.C. area and broaden the scope of our services.

Vanguard has already brought nearly 50 years of substance abuse treatment services to Washington, D.C.—which has one of the highest rates in the country of people who need substance abuse treatment but don’t seek it. “This is an exciting time for Vanguard and a hopeful time for Americans battling addiction,” said Debby Taylor, President and CEO of Vanguard. “With Phoenix House, we will be able to provide more services to more people and aid them on the road to recovery.”

Phoenix House Honors Fashion Icons

Our Fall Fashion Awards Dinner in New York on November 2, 2010, was a star-studded evening of celebration as 850 members of the fashion industry gathered to honor Glenda Bailey, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, Josie Natori, President & CEO of the Natori Company, and Ronald Frasch, President & Chief Merchandising Officer of Saks Fifth Avenue. The event was a tremendous success, raising $1.2 million for Phoenix House. At the start of the evening, our guests, including Vera Wang, Joseph Abboud, and Francisco Costa, listened to two young Phoenix House clients’ powerful stories of struggle and triumph. “Like all of you, I was so moved by Matthew and Onieka’s stories,” said honoree Glenda Bailey. “Phoenix House is an angel to those who are battling their demons.” To read more about the event and see photos, click here.

Spotlight Story: Julie F. “I Will Always Be Thankful”

When I landed at Phoenix Houses of Florida in 2008, I was a single mother who had been using crack cocaine for four years. I hated being stuck at Phoenix House with no makeup, no drugs, just learning the philosophy. But at some point a light came on in my head; my counselors inspired me to go to groups, get involved, meditate and keep a journal. I finally began working through some of my guilt and shame.

Since I returned home in 2009, I’ve been working as a hairdresser and planning to go back to school to become a substance abuse counselor. I truly know in my heart that if I hadn’t spent two years at Phoenix House to heal, I would still be out there doing drugs. Phoenix House gave me the tools that I needed to make a new life for myself, and I will always be thankful for that second chance.

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