Those of us at Royal Life Centers at the Haven hold ourselves to a high standard of community involvement, always striving to serve those around us with pride. Giving back is a cornerstone of our values, and our commitment to our communities reflects this.
At Royal, we take pride in our mission to put guests first. That’s why we encourage both our guests and staff to take part in our community betterment initiatives. We believe in working together to build a stronger foundation, and this approach has proven to be the most effective way to treat substance abuse and addiction. By working toward a common goal, we create meaningful, lasting change that impacts the lives of our guests, their families, our staff, and the communities we serve.
Getting Involved in the Community
We are dedicated to fighting the stigma associated with substance use disorder. Our community involvement plays a significant role in raising awareness and fighting bias. We are committed to our mission of helping others and believe that service is essential. One of the ways we give back is by engaging our alumni and staff members through scheduled trips to homeless populations, equipping them with opportunities to change their lives.
Our community involvement offers members of our community the chance to access treatment services despite financial disadvantages and other obstacles. It’s an essential part of what we do, and why we do it. We feel privileged to be of service to those in need, and we are grateful for the opportunity to make a difference.
Why Is Community Involvement Important?
Community involvement programs during drug and alcohol rehab treatment have been proven to benefit our guest’s recovery. At Royal, we teach our guests ways to get involved in the community that changes the lives of others for the better. In doing so, we highlight the importance of practicing gratitude, showing compassion, and fostering meaningful relationships during our guest’s healing journey. Our addiction treatment programs are designed to help our clients develop strong bonds with one another as well as gain a sense of belonging within their local community.
We also offer volunteer opportunities in a variety of settings, such as homeless shelters and animal rescue centers. By engaging in meaningful activities outside of the center, our guests can gain a greater appreciation for the world around them and begin to make positive changes in their own lives. Together, we are ready to embark on an incredible journey of recovery.
To honor a guest, Elliot, who passed away from an overdose, we created "The Elliot Bag."
Overcoming the loss of her son, the mother of one of our graduates, Elliot, turned her grief into a force for good and started helping others bombarded by addiction. She began by selflessly creating and distributing care packages to the less fortunate, offering them a glimmer of hope, kindness, and compassion.
When Royal Life Centers caught wind of her dedication, we launched our very own “Elliot Bag” program. Now, our guests continue her efforts to help others by assembling bags filled with everyday essentials for the homeless.
Our guests and staff join together to prepare and distribute these packages to the homeless in our community, affectionately named in Elliot’s honor. Through this program, we aim to make a positive impact on those in need and uphold a legacy of kindness and generosity.
Each care package contains the following items:
These care packages provide those living in the local homeless communities with basic necessities to help them better survive their situation. We hope that through this program, we can provide warmth and comfort to people in need as we remember Elliot’s spirit of giving.
In addition to these care packages, guests and staff also spend time talking and listening to those who are homeless, which helps build a sense of community. By showing compassion and kindness to the less fortunate, we hope to make a difference in the lives of both our guests and those we meet by bringing comfort and joy through our care packages.
Because We Care, in addition to honoring Elliot’s legacy, each time we hand out a bag, a former guest that has passed away is honored by giving the bag to those in need in his or her remembrance. Each Elliot bag is inscribed with its name and represents a full scholarship to our complete treatment program.
While handing out the bags in the community, we eagerly search for individuals that are willing and desperately seeking treatment to become clean and sober. We always have 6 beds available to serve the homeless, 2 individuals at each center.
When one individual completes treatment, we provide a scholarship to another individual. Once 6 new individuals have entered treatment in honor of a particular client, we change the name on the bag in remembrance of another guest that has passed.
To date, thousands of bags have been handed out and several hundred homeless people have received at least 101 days of treatment during detox, residential, and aftercare. This is a free scholarship program in honor of those who have unfortunately lost their lives to addiction.
We continue our community involvement in any way we can, which includes keeping our communities beautiful by adopting streets. Our centers “adopt” local streets to support community pride and civic responsibility. As one of the examples of community involvement offered at Royal, our staff and guests volunteer to keep streets free of litter and vandalism through regular cleanups.
By adopting a street for cleanup, we are also increasing public safety in our communities. We’re proud of the volunteerism and positive community impact this effort has generated for our guests and communities.
Trash Pick-up and Community Service
We also support our communities through litter cleanup and other acts of community service. Moreover, we strive to create meaningful partnerships with like-minded organizations and businesses that share our commitment to living a healthier lifestyle. We believe everyone should have access to the necessary resources in order to make informed decisions about their health.
For this reason, our community involvement programs during recovery from addiction are essential components of our mission. We hope that getting involved in the community creates a ripple effect, inspiring others to make healthy choices and contribute positively to their community. Our treatment programs aim to promote health, wellness, and sustainability in the lives of our guests as well as our communities.
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