While this season is a time of traditions, COVID19 has changed the face of the world and is impacting our holiday rituals at Stepping Stone. We are living “Life on Life’s Terms” and our priority is to keep all of our newly sober clients safe through the holidays.
In a typical year, Thanksgiving is an important community event at Stepping Stone residential, with alumni and families coming to visit. This year, we are unable to invite visitors or friends onsite, so the residents will be eating Thanksgiving as a community.
You can still support them via a phone call or over the internet, and this would surely be appreciated. If you are a member of the Stepping Stone residential, outpatient or alumni groups, you are invited to a special Zoom “social group” on Thanksgiving. Please request the link by sending email to [email protected].
Following Thanksgiving, we are looking forward to having the alumni decorate the property again this year for the December holidays – a tradition we all look forward to (and socially distanced, of course). While we won’t be able to have the usual big Christmas morning alumni breakfast, we will still be distributing gifts to the residents. If you would like to donate to the gift fund, please email and we will let you know how you can do so.
This season, although we are living life on life’s terms, we also maintain an “attitude of gratitude.” Despite the challenges, we can still focus on what is right in the world and what we are grateful for. Just a couple of examples:
- We are grateful to California State Senate Toni Atkins for the award of $400.00 in gift cards for Operation Gobble 2020, which will help provide a beautiful meal for our Sober Living and Residential residents.
- We are also grateful for Hillcrest Pharmacy and their contribution of gift cards towards Outpatient clients who are unable to have a traditional Thanksgiving meal with us.