Phoenix House Honors Fashion Heroes
In November, nearly 500 guests gathered for our annual Fashion Award Dinner to celebrate philanthropic leaders in the fashion and retail communities. We welcomed actress, comedienne, and author Ali Wentworth as the evening’s emcee and honored fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, Andrew Rosen of Theory, and Jim Gold of Neiman Marcus for their generosity and dedication to our mission. A special highlight was hearing Phoenix House client Keith share his courageous story of addiction and recovery. The event, which also included an exciting Mystery Blue Box auction hosted by Tiffany & Co., raised nearly one million dollars in support of Phoenix House’s substance abuse treatment programs. Click here to learn more about this extraordinary event.
Phoenix House Academy Visits GRAMMY Museum
Thanks to a generous invitation from AEG, one of the world’s leading sports and entertainment presenters, Phoenix House Academy of Los Angeles teens have had the opportunity to tour the GRAMMY Museum. Over the past month, more than a dozen young clients from our Phoenix Rising Music Program have explored the 30,000 square foot homage to popular music, learning the history behind their favorite tunes. The Phoenix House Academy now plans to make Museum tours a bi-weekly event. We are grateful to the GRAMMY Museum for their generosity towards our teens. Click to learn more about this exciting learning experience.
Phoenix Houses of New York Joins Breast Cancer Walk
Phoenix Houses of New York staff and clients recently joined the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Manhattan. This annual event, in its 19th year, unites citizens across the U.S. to celebrate those who have bravely battled breast cancer and to educate about ways to reduce risk. Our clients practice healthier habits during recovery as they regain their lives. Exercise, education, and prevention go hand-in-hand with their drug-free lifestyles. They enjoyed the day of camaraderie, sightseeing, and stimulation for a great cause.
True Story: David
I started drinking at 16 because I found alcohol to be a good form of “liquid courage." I partied through college and law school, and I almost killed myself on numerous occasions by drinking and driving. After I lost my job and my relationship, my health insurance company referred me to treatment at Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic. I was overwhelmed by how great sober people could be—I had never really known any before. Treat-
ment taught me so much; today, I’m four years sober, and I’m no longer afraid of who I am without a drink in my hand.
Click here to read more of David’s story.
Catch the Holiday Spirit: Adopt-a-Family
In New England, friends of Phoenix House are rallying together to make holiday dreams come true. You, too, can help by “adopting” a family at Phoenix House Dorchester Center or at Phoenix Families, both of which serve mothers and their children. “For many children in our care,” says Program Director Doris Brown, “this is their first Christmas season in a secure and sober environment. It just warms your heart.” Click here to learn more about the program and how you can adopt a family in need.
Staff Spotlight: Jessica Batts
Jessica Batts has joined Phoenix Houses of Texas as Regional Manager of Administration and Contacts. Jessica, who holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology, has worked to help those struggling with dual diagnoses and to bring treatment and services to people through re-entry court programs. "When I witness the strength and endurance of the clients,” Jessica says, “it fuels my faith in their ability to overcome addiction."