On Saturday, January 11, 2014, a group of volunteers led by President-Elect of the San Diego Rotary Club 33, Michelle Candland, created a Meditation Garden for our clients at Phoenix House Academy in San Diego. Thanks to the generosity and effort of 17 volunteers from the San Diego and Alpine Rotary Clubs, along with the help of Phoenix House residents, our clients may now enjoy a serene and peaceful place to spend time at the Academy. We are extremely grateful for the contributions of the following individuals and organizations that extended a helping hand for this project:
- San Diego Rotary Club: Pat Caughey, and Luke Ellingwood from Wimmer Yamada & Caughey; Alan Lerchbacker and wife Amy; Michelle Candland and husband Art;
- El Cajon Rotary Club: Stu Scott, Roger Holtsclaw, Roger Hueppchen, Erick Lundy, Tim McDougal, Larry McKim and Max Wright
- SDSU Rotaract Club: Grace Diaz, Tanisha Peden, Lisa Acuna, and Patrick GallagherWe are also thankful to the following vendors for their material donations that were used to construct the new garden: Walter Andersen Nurseries; Southwest Boulder & Stone; Miramar Landscape Center; Southbay Foundry; and Ewing Irrigation.
On January 23, 2014, a special lunch was hosted for all volunteers who contributed to the creation of this project by Michelle Upland, at the Liberty Station Conference Center. Lunch was served at noon, followed by a special Rotary Club meeting for volunteers and guests.
The new spring garden will be a helpful therapeutic tool for our residents at the Phoenix House Academy. Our evidence-based residential and intensive outpatient treatment programs help teens affected by substance abuse and mental health issues. The garden will enable our clients to express their feelings and address concerns in no other way they have before. A calm and serene environment may provide a wonderful aide to therapeutic counseling and treatment for those who are fighting an addiction and are on their way to recovery.
Phoenix House would like to thank all the volunteers who participated in this project, and put in all their efforts to see this project finished. The Meditation Garden will be a special place for our clients to spend some time alone, or with their loved ones, friends, or staff at Phoenix House Academy in San Diego. We are immensely grateful to all the volunteers who spent countless hours helping create the Mediation Garden by cleaning up the site as well as designing and planting the new garden.
If you think your loved one – a son, daughter, or friend – needs help dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues, please do not hesitate to call us at 1 888 671 9392. At Phoenix House Academy in Descanso, experienced and caring professionals offer effective counseling and treatment that will have lasting results. We are here to help.