Phoenix Houses of the
Mid-Atlantic Celebrates 50th Anniversary
At its 50th anniversary gala in September, Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic raised over $600,000 for programs, services, and a gymnasium for clients. The gala’s 350 guests watched a video history of the organization and celebrated to music from decades ago.
Virginia Delegate Patrick A. Hope read a state proclamation bestowing Phoenix House with a special honor, saying, “The programs offered by Phoenix House save lives and I’m so honored to be affiliated with this organization.” Despite the organization’s many changes over the last half-century, Regional Director Deborah Taylor said its mission has stayed the same: “putting the clients and their needs first.” Read more about the anniversary gala here.
New England Alumni
Recently, two Phoenix Houses of New England alums shared their powerful stories to help spread awareness about addiction. Jared, along with ONDCP Director Gil Kerlikowske and other officials, was a featured speaker at the release of SAMHSA’s latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
Days later, Sofia, an alumna of our Phoenix House Academy at Dublin, participated in a webinar hosted by the Partnership at Drugfree.org and A&E Networks. Sofia spoke about her own experiences with prescription drug addiction as part of a national campaign to end medicine abuse. We are proud of Jared and Sofia for spreading the word about the dangers of drug abuse and the rewards of recovery.
Young California Clients Receive College Scholarships
Last month, two remarkable Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles clients, Audrey and Jonathan, were honored with college scholarships from the Brent Shapiro Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Awareness. Their scholarships were announced during the Shapiro Foundation’s star-studded “Summer Spectacular” gala.
Attendees gave Audrey a standing ovation after she described leaving her old life behind and establishing new goals for the future. “The stories of Audrey and Jonathan are miraculous,” said Pouria Abbassi, Senior Vice President and Director, Phoenix Houses of California. “We are blessed to be part of these miracles every day.” Read more about the scholarship here.
Client Spotlight: Savannah
I was ten when my drug use started. My mom got me into it; she gave me pills for the first time. At 13 I was living in a shelter, and I started doing a lot of coke, meth, and ecstasy. At one point, I caught my reflection in the mirror and I thought it was a monster. Luckily, my probation officer got me into the Phoenix House Houston Outpatient and Prevention Program, where I learned not to give up on myself. I’ve been sober three years this month; I have a job and a great relationship. I’m only 18, and I’ve got a whole life in recovery ahead of me!
Click here to read more of Savannah's amazing story.
Staff Spotlight: Elizabeth A. Stanley-Salazar
Elizabeth Stanley-Salazar serves as Vice President and Director of Clinical Services with Phoenix Houses of California. Elizabeth, who has a B.S. in Nursing and a Masters in Public Health, gained experience in local and state government before coming to Phoenix House in 1994. One year ago, she assumed responsibility for all clinical services within the region.
“It is a wonderful time to be a part of changes in the fields of substance abuse, mental health and primary health care as we integrate services to meet the needs of our clients and improve treatment outcomes," says Elizabeth. "Phoenix House is on the forefront of innovation and improved service delivery. It is an honor to lead the diverse team of professionals who support our clients and their families in the pursuit of health and recovery."
Tampa Teens Go to the Ballgame
Thanks to the generosity of the Turn 2 Foundation, sixteen teens from our Derek Jeter Center in Tampa had the opportunity to enjoy a night of sober fun. These young clients and four staff members were in the stands as the New York Yankees played the Tampa Bay Rays. The group cheered the Yankees to a 6-4 win over the Rays. Click to learn more about the Derek Jeter Center.