Pictured: California State Senator Mike McGuire and Divison Director Sylvie V De La Cruz

National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices that foster the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community. September is a time to celebrate the hard work and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible. 

The Substance Recovery Services Division celebrated the grand opening of the Athena House’s Garden of Goddesses and National Recovery Month by hosting their 1st annual Fundraiser “Growing Hope”. The purpose of this fundraiser was to provide insight into the work of the division and bring awareness to the possibility of recovery for everyone who seeks it thanks to the assistance and support of the community. The garden is a great benefit, as it will educate women on the importance of growing fruits and vegetables, improve their active lifestyle, reduce stress, and most importantly, it will help the women at Athena House to self-heal and find a greater purpose in life. It is the small things in life that make a difference.  

Many believe that recovery happens at the end of their treatment plan when in reality, it’s just the beginning. Through the support of grants and donations from the community, we can provide an aftercare living alternative for women and women with children. Providing aftercare living allows women and women with children to continue with their journey towards recovery. At this stage of their journey, women are starting to reintegrate into society.  

To make recovery possible there are many resources that are needed but are scarce. This fundraiser was able to get us started on future improvements and further programmatic development that will help with the recovery process. At California Human Development (CHD), we know recovery is possible…and living sober equals living free.  

We would like to thank community members, sponsors, esteemed family members, and donors for all the support.  If you would like to contribute to this fundraising effort please click the link below.