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Phoenix House News & Views
Phoenix House

January, 2013

         
Phoenix House News & Views | Holiday Edition
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 Message from the President

Dear Friends,
It's the season of giving, spending time with those close to us, and looking forward to ringing in the New Year. Here at Phoenix House, we're also looking back over the past year, grateful for all of the gifts that our supporters and communities have already shared with us freely—gifts of time, resources, and compassion.
 
Over the last few months, we’ve seen som
e incredible examples.  Leaders in the fashion and retail community braved a snowy night to rally in support of our clients.  A museum took our Los Angeles teens on an inspiring tour. Friends in New England are working holiday miracles, and our own clients are giving back, too.
 
I’m reminded of David, whose recovery story we share below. He said recovery taught him even strangers could become real friends: “I was overwhelmed by how generous people can be.” I have to agree.
 

Thank you for your ongoing generosity, and happy holidays from our family to yours.
Warm regards,
Howard Meitiner
President and CEO


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."

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