October 10, 2017

CHEEERS Staff Share Their Talent

Jimmy Prado, has worked at CHEEERS the past four years and is currently our Facility Manager, responsible to oversee daily operations to include food service,
maintenance, housekeeping as well as fleet management of our vehicles (to list  just a  few of his responsibilities). He is one busy guy, but he still manages to share his passion and talent with our program participants.  Jimmy recently hosted and taught the Hammer and Heart Workshop at CHEEERS.  This workshop took place in two different sessions for a total of 10 hours. Jimmy, who is also a Certified Peer Support Specialist with 5 years in Recovery, assisted and taught our program participants the art of fabricating metal into fine jewelry.  You see...Jimmy also has a degree in Fine Arts from Montana State University , with an emphasis on metal fabricating. He enjoys working with silver and gold to make beautiful jewelry in his "free time" ,  but  he also maintains a business license as a Jeweler in Arizona.  As you can see our participants took advantage of this opportunity and Jimmy's generosity in sharing his talent. Thank you Jimmy ! Beautiful work!  


September 28, 2017

Support CHEEERS using your Arizona Tax Credit

If you’re a resident of Arizona, you may be eligible to direct your tax dollars to benefit the individuals that receive support services at CHEEERS. *  CHEEERS is a Qualified Charitable Organization, which means our supporters may receive a dollar-for-dollar state tax credit for donations made directly to CHEEERS; up to $400 individually or $800 if you file jointly.          * (Please consult your individual tax advisor to determine eligibility.)
Why use your Arizona Tax credit to support CHEEERS?
💙Your tax dollars stay local and directly impact the lives of those in our community.
💙Your support assists us to provide daily hygiene and household items to our members.
💙Your support allows us to provide on average 95- 100 meals daily to individuals receiving service in our program.
💙Services at CHEEERS help individuals develop the skills they need to live healthy and independently.

Donate online today at http://www.cheeers.org/give.html
To learn more about CHEEERS and the services we offer visit our website at www.cheeers.org or email us at cheeersreferrals@cheeers.org.
To learn more about Arizona Income Tax Credits visit Arizona Department of Revenue’s website http://azcredits.org/qualifying-charitable-organizations-tax-credit/

September 21, 2017

New Documentary Shines Spotlight on Family Addiction Recovery Journey

“Bring Them All” details a family-centered approach to treatment and recovery
KANSAS CITY, MO. (September 19, 2017) — The ATTC Center of Excellence on Behavioral Health for Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Their Families (ATTC CoE-PPW), located at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies, has produced a documentary to promote a family-centered approach to addiction treatment and recovery.
“Bring Them All” tells the story of family-centered care through the perspectives of clients and staff at SHIELDS for Families, a treatment program in Compton, CA, which proves that the seemingly impossible can be done: to move forward a generation of children who never experience—or even remember—the challenges of growing up with family addiction.

A pioneer in this model of care, co-founder and CEO, Kathryn Icenhower, Ph.D., and her team describe what it’s like to work in a program that lets women bring their whole family to experience the recovery journey together.

“Addiction is a family disease,” Sarah Knopf-Amelung, Executive Producer, shares. “Yet mothers are often treated in isolation from their children and partners, having to choose between getting treatment and keeping their families together. This revolutionary program changes all of that by letting women bring them all—fathers/partners and children of all ages.”

The ATTC Center of Excellence on Behavioral Health for Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Their Families (ATTC CoE-PPW) was established to support the behavioral health workforce by developing family-centered care training curricula, a web-based toolkit, and intensive technical assistance for treatment programs. Its website offers free online training, an extensive resource library, and opportunities to connect and link with experts and other innovative family-centered treatment programs and resources. The ATTC CoE-PPW is funded by a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). To learn more about the documentary, please visit www.BringThemAll.org

June 15, 2017

CHEEERS in the Community

CHEEERS offers a variety of opportunities for our program participants to share their experience strength and hope. Yesterday Brett H. along with our Admissions and Intake Coordinator, Jennifer Brunson, visited Southwest Network, San Tan Clinic in Chandler, where Brett shared his story.  While visiting Southwest San Tan, Brett  also provided information about our program schedule, community events and  recovery services to  encourage  others to join  and to ensure those working at the clinic are aware of the tremendous resource CHEEERS is in the community. Brett serves as a Director on the CHEEERS Participant Advisory Council  and  is a volunteer CHEEERS Recovery Ambassador  (helping new members to feel welcome). Thank you for all you do Brett ! You are truly leading by example! Brett  will be  visiting several clinics to share his story over the next two months.  If you are interesting in learning more or  becoming involved in our Community Outreach, please contact Jennifer Brunson at Jennifer.brunson@cheeers.org.

February 1, 2017

New Van for CHEEERS

CHEEERS was delighted to accept the keys to the first of two vans awarded through the City of Phoenix Public Transit Division and the Federal Transit Administration Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program. Pictured is our CHEEERS staff standing in front of our new  2017 Chevy Express 12 Passenger van that will be used to transport our programs participants to various community outings, resources and events.  CHEEERS offers an OutNAbout program with a primary purpose to develop recreational, social and community integration skills.  Five times a week we are out in the community at various activities to include our Adopt a Street Program, Graffiti Busters, and visiting our Community Garden on the weekends.  Having a van that can transport 12 of our participants, safely to and from these events allows us to engage more individuals in activities. We also have a van equipped  for wheel chair access on the way! Thank you to our partners at City of Phoenix that made this process seamless and for supporting what we do at CHEEERS.     


December 30, 2016

Your Support is Needed

CHEEERS Recovery Center is a non-profit community service agency serving adults with serious mental illness and behavioral health challenges. Our state certified Peer Supports provide Recovery Support Services through classes, groups, events, and one-on-one mentoring.  We help individuals find meaning, purpose and social connections in their lives.  Please consider us when making your contributions this year.
Research has shown that peer support facilitates recovery and reduces health care costs. Peers also provide assistance that promotes a sense of belonging within the community. The ability to contribute to and enjoy one’s community is key to recovery and well-being. (SAMHSA)

This year Governor Doug Ducey signed into legislation SB 1216, which increases Arizona's  2016 charitable tax credit donation limits. This means individuals are now allowed to give more to nonprofit organizations (Single, $400 and Married Joint $800) while taking larger dollar-for-dollar tax credits !** **subject to income tax liability thresholds caps. Please consult your tax professional to determine eligibility. The contributions deadline in Arizona for Charitable Organizations  has  been extended to April 15th, 2017  however;  you may want to make your year-end donation now, just two days left in 2016 !!!  A donation to CHEEERS supports the services we offer to individuals with serious mental illness in our community. Visit our website and give today http://www.cheeers.org/give.html
At CHEEERS our primary focus is in these areas:
EMPOWERMENT is key to our program in helping our participants identify and utilize their strengths in order to advance their recovery. We provide EDUCATION and resources, so that our participants can promote understanding and work to de-stigmatize mental illness and substance abuse. EMPLOYMENT is  a primary goal so that our participants  develop job skills to move forward in their lives with hope and purpose.

December 16, 2016

Whole Health Action Plan for CHEEERS in 2017

CHEEERS is currently seeking donations to support the addition of an exercise room on our campus, to go along with a new program we are offering called Whole Health Action Management. (WHAM). Given the high incidence of chronic physical health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity among people with mental illnesses and addictions, WHAM training is a health plan developed by peers for peers to help them improve chronic health and behavioral health conditions. The training is based on the curriculum developed by the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (run by the National Council for Behavioral Health) to promote whole health self-management and strengthen the peer workforce’s role in integrated healthcare delivery.

This year, Governor Ducey extended the eligibility period for to allow individuals  tax credits  on their  2016 income tax  filing for donations made to Charitable Organizations through April 15h, 2017 **

Donations made to CHEEERS can be designated to assist us in purchasing exercise equipment and materials for a new “exercise room” at CHEEERS that will also be made available to our staff members.  Leading by example and supporting one another is the key to health and wellness for all.  
Please visit our website to learn more and to make your donation today. http://www.cheeers.org/give.html

 CHEEERS is an Arizona Qualified Charitable Organization
**Your donation may be eligible for a dollar for dollar tax credit, up to $400 if filing single, up to $800 if  filing joint)  on your Arizona Tax Return.(please consult a tax professional to determine eligibility.)