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Soroptimist House of Hope 
July  2017  Newsletter

Allstate Insurance

Audrey Moe

Beth Friedman

Bank of America

Bighorn Golf Charities 
- Big Horn Cares


Desert Healthcare District

Employees Community Fund 
of Boeing

H.N. & Frances C. Berger Foundation

Judie Burlingame

Judy Behm

Kaiser Permanente

Laura May Stewart 

 Patricia Krupinski

Sidney Stern Memorial Trust

Steve & Marianne Kneass

Sun Lakes Women For Hope Tournament
Supervisor Marion Ashley
The Champions Volunteer Foundation

The Community Foundation
- Seraphim Fund

The Frank M. and Gertrude R. Doyle Foundation

Tim Brophy of
Radigan Company

Union Pacific Foundation
 UPS Store
Desert Hot Springs
Weingart Foundation

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo  
- Community Connection
Patron  Soroptimist Clubs
SI Desert Cities of the
Coachella Valley
SI of Palm Desert
SI of Palm Springs
SI Beaumont/Banning
SI Blythe
SI Idyllwild
SI Moreno Valley
SI Twentynine Palms
SI Yucca Va lley



SHOH is honored to have been recently awarded a $2,500 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, one of the premier philanthropic corporations in the country. By collaborating our resources and solution-driven ideas with Bank of America, we are helping low-income women most in need of help to build substance-free lives and achieve financial stability through our recovery programs. Learn more on Facebook at, on Twitter at @bankofamerica, and on Instagram at bankofamerica.


SHOH also received a $10,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente - Moreno Valley Community Benefit Charitable Contributions Program. Kaiser is the largest managed health care provider in the U.S., with over 10 million health plan members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Kaiser is well-known for its commitment to wellness and access to health care, and provides over $25 million in grants annually to help underserved individuals and families achieve optimal physical and emotional health. Kaiser's generous support will be utilized to serve women at our Desert Hot Springs recovery center in the coming year.

We are grateful to Bank of America and Kaiser Permanente (and all of our government, corporate, foundation, local business, Soroptimist clubs, and individual supporters) whose generosity makes our work possible!


Morning Mediations
Smoking Cessation
Parenting Classes
Weekly Family Rap
Health Clinic/TB
Drug Education Class 4
Dept.Public Serv
Food stamps
Anger Management Group
Relapse Prevention Group
Self Esteem Group
Dr./Dentist appointments
Coordination Care Team Visits
Monthly Family Day
Healthy Relationships
CPS child Visits
Probation Visits
AA/NA Meeting
Aftercare Workshops
Forgiveness, Grief and Life Skills
Co-Occurring Disorder Education

The staff and clients are also involved in many community volunteer opportunities.

Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to SHOH!. Simply click on Soroptimist House of Hope as your "charity of choice" while shopping at Thank you for your support and happy summer shopping!


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Board and Staff

 Board of Directors

George Fisher
Trish Klimkiewcz
Vice President / Human Resources
Marilyn Alt
Recording Secretary
Maria Cox
Dot Reed
Past President / Director
Charlotte Hughlett
Peggy Redmon
Legal Resources Director
Yvonne Parks
Community Outreach Director
Mark Guidry
Accounting Service
Margaret Henderson
Payroll Service

Christopher Franciso
Grant Writer
Banning/Desert Hot Springs
Cynthia "Oma" Gray 
Executive Director

Residential Treatment Program
Desert Hot Springs  

Lupe Stoneburner
Director/Program Manager
Leslee Blake
 Assistant Director
Cindi  Handwerk
 Assistant Director

Alexcia Ramirez
Night Attendant

Elizabeth Webb-Buss
Weekend Night Attendant
Hope's Horizons 
Transitional Living-Banning

Rebecca Norton
Resident Manager

Client Comments:

I am very grateful for the chance to come to SHOH and begin my new life.  I got the one on one attention I needed from staff.I love all of you ladies because you helped me find myself and showed me that we can and do recover. Thank you for everything! W.D.

This house has opened my eyes to things I had no idea I was struggling with. I can be a better mother now. The staff was very loving and supportive. I am grateful for SHOH, coming here was the best decision I every made! Sincerely K.W.

When I first arrived at SHOH, I kept hearing how this house is magic and to wait for the miracle to happen. I was hopeless and broken when I walked in. Now I'm leaving refreshed, lighter and healing. My foundation has been built here and I am eternally grateful. T.G.

I came to SHOH broken, abused,faithless and hopeless. I've felt unconditional love in this house. I've felt inspiration, hope, compassion and most important to me, faith. I hope you know that you are changing the world one woman at a time. I will never forget my experience at SHOH. Thank you again! K.A.

Soroptimist House of Hope
PO Box 1055
Desert Hot Springs, California 92240
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President's Message

I hope this newsletter finds you all having a wonderful HOT summer and finding ways to keep cool. Let's keep our fingers crossed that the hottest part of the summer is over and back to "normal" temps arriving whenever that may be.

To all of you who attended our " A Day of Hope" event last May, I want to take this time to thank each and every one of you for supporting our annual fundraiser. For those who donated but could not attend, we thank you too because it's the support of all of you that keeps our doors open for another year. Our Master of Ceremonies, Patrick Evans, did a wonderful job helping make our live auction a great success. 

At SHOH we have a great Board of Directors and each and every one of them puts in their time and effort to make sure our organization runs like a fine tuned automobile, running smooth and making sure SHOH stays the best that it can be.

One of those wonderful Board members is having to leave our organization and will be moving to Oregon. She will be missed and I want to take this time to thank Judy Wehrli on behave of myself, the SHOH Board of Directors and Staff for being a big part of our SHOH family. Judy loves SHOH and it always showed in the details, whether it was making wonderful desserts for any of our open houses, or Christmas parties, and even for the " A Day of Hope" events of the past, she was always there with a big smile and a hug. She brought ideas to the table for the Board, and never said no when it came to volunteering for SHOH. So Judy, we thank you so much for you giving not only your time but your heart to SHOH, and remember we are always there for you and we are just a phone call away.
We love you, and wish you the best of luck on your new adventure.
On another note, I want to thank a couple of people that most of you don't see because they are the "behind the scenes" people that do that extra little thing whether its hanging a new door, replacing an old water heater, repairing closet doors, or replacing a light fixture in the kitchen, and repairing dresser drawer slides. This may not sound like a big deal, but when you have problems, the littlest of things can be a big deal to our clients and staff. David Schmoll, Jamie Stoneburner and Michael Pacardi are just three people who have stepped up to the plate when we needed help and fix the little things that were so needed. We thank you all and thank you for taking the time out of your day to help SHOH.

Have a wonderful summer everyone!

George Fisher, President

Soroptimist House of Hope
Executive Director Message 
APRIL 2017  -  JUNE 2017
Summer has arrived with a vengeance and the 2nd quarter has flown by with the speed of light! SHOH continues to work diligently every day to ensure that our services are of high quality and in compliance with the Riverside University Health System - Behavioral Health - Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program Administration (RUHS-BH-SAPT) ODS Waiver Agreement that was effective 2-1-17. We just completed the first 5 months on 6-30-17 and are excited about how successful our partnership with Riverside County has been.  We currently enjoy a great rapport with county and state officials and I am so grateful for the guidance and support of both along with the dedication of my staff that is keeping up with changes on what seems like a daily basis. The free trainings (with CEU's included) that are made available by the county are invaluable so we have spent a good deal of the 2nd quarter attending these trainings. Our treatment services provided in Desert Hot Springs coupled with our Transitional Living services provided at Hope's Horizons in Banning make an amazing continuum of care for our clients!

In addition, SHOH continues to support CCAPP as a Program Member, Individual Members and as board members and advocates with a voice for the Substance Use Disorder treatment industry as a whole.  That collective voice was able to stop AB700 that would have resulted in devastating our workforce. We also participated in the CCAPP Peer Review Process in late May. Growing with CCAPP has allowed SHOH to grow and stay on the pulse of our profession.

It has been an exciting quarter with our 4th annual fundraiser in May and much needed grants awarded during this time. The women that we serve continue to be so astonished at how wonderful their lives are after having experienced our program and know they have the support of SHOH for the rest of their lives!

To help us with our mission with a recurring and/or one-time donation, please visit our website at
In love and Service,
Cynthia "Oma" Gray, CADC-II, ICADC
Executive Director 

Our 4th annual "A Day of Hope" fundraising event was held on Saturday, May 6 at the Miracle Springs Resort and Spa in Desert Hot Springs. With nearly 100 people in attendance, CBS Local2 Chief Meteorologist Patrick Evans served as our host and auctioneer. Following a delicious lunch, alumna Antonio Moreno shared her experience with our guests and Patrick Evans led a rousing live auction and raffle. The event raised $8,000 and all proceeds will support our efforts to help women overcoming substance use disorders build sober and productive lives. A special thanks to Chris Francisco, ADOH Event Chair, the fantastic SHOH Board of Directors, staff and volunteers who devoted their time and effort to make "A Day of Hope" a huge success. Watch for our next newsletter for details of "save the date" and a wonderful new venue for "A Day of Hope"2018.
Patrick Evans
A Day of Hope Master of Ceremonies and
Live Auctioneer 

George Fisher, Board President with
Lupe Stoneburner, Program Manager
Staff Recognition - George Fisher, Oma Gray,Lupe Stoneburner,Leslee Blake,Cindi Handwerk,Rebecca Norton, Trish Klimkiewicz

SHOH Board of Directors - Marilyn Alt, Trish Klimkiewicz,Maria Cox,Charlotte Hughlett, Judy Wehrli, Yvonne Parks, Peggy Redmon,Dot Reed and George Fisher

Antonia Moreno,      Alex Humada, Music and
Alumna Speaker      Sound

Last but not least, a big thank you to Soroptimist International of Desert Cities/Coachella Valley and Soroptimist International of Idyllwild for providing SHOH with amazing love and support in the form of house showers in April and May. The clients get to meet the women that support SHOH and both sides come away with full hearts (and bellies too). A special thank you to Idyllwild for the overnight retreat. This was my 19th S.I. Idyllwild shower and they just keep getting better and better!