Surfing for Christmas? Teens Have Fun at Phoenix House Academy of San Diego

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Phoenix House Academy at San Diego was certainly blessed with the presence of many kind volunteers this holiday season. They provided gifts, companionship and encouragement to teens enrolled in our residential substance abuse treatment program at Descanso. During the holidays nobody should be alone and our teens certainly were in good company!

Elizabeth Urquhart, Director of Phoenix House of San Diego, and Scott, a volunteer from “Urban Surf 4 Kids” helped spread the holiday cheer. Scott’s outreach organization partnered with Phoenix House to bring water sports to our program. Using the fun water activities as a catalyst, the kids are taught how to have fun without using any substances. Then the students participate in local services to give back to the community and in doing so, learn about themselves and their immense potential in making a difference in others’ lives. Scott also brought gifts for the students- surf tops, shorts, sweatshirts, sandals, T-shirts, and hats. Ms. Urquhart commented, “the residents absolutely appreciated the kind gesture!”

Our cook, Bertha Valleja and a kind volunteer and close friend to the Phoenix House community, Melissa Leitch, made sure that a wonderful holiday brunch was prepared for the residents who could not go home for Christmas. On Christmas Day, the students gathered with their case managers to open their gifts and try on their new coats and sweaters. The residents’ families then visited for a holiday feast and a chance to connect with their loved ones.

Phoenix House Academy of San Diegooffers a strength-based treatment continuum for teens with substance abuse and mental health problems. Since 1987, the Academy has leaded the most successful programs for youth and family treatment in San Diego County. We offer a wide range of services based on a comprehensive assessment of risks and protective factors in each teen’s life, their family and community. The beautiful Descanso campus with hiking paths, gardens, and sports facilities, located near a national forest, and frequented by wildlife, is an ideal setting for at-risk teens. They learn new skills and recover in this healthy and welcoming environment.

For more information about Phoenix House Academy of San Diego and to refer someone to treatment please call 1 888 671 9392.

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