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Phoenix House News & Views
Phoenix House

April, 2010





Message from the President

Dear Friend,

I am pleased to share with you the opening of our extraordinary Beyoncé Cosmetology Center at our Career Academy in Brooklyn and our new treatment facility in Wilmer, Texas. At a time when many non-profits are struggling for survival, we are reaffirming our commitment to the thousands of men, women, teens, and families who turn to Phoenix House for help. I am grateful to Beyoncé and her mother Tina for their generosity; to our longtime friend Kara DioGuardi for her passion and vision; and to all those supporters joining us at events in Florida, California, Texas, New York, and New England. Having supporters like them—and like you—helps so much as we expand our services and fight the stigma of addiction.

Best regards,

Howard P. Meitiner
President & CEO


Beyoncé Opens Cosmetology Center at Phoenix House

Last month, pop superstar Beyoncé and her mother and business partner, fashion designer Tina Knowles joined us for the opening of the Beyoncé Cosmetology Center at our Phoenix House Career Academy in Brooklyn. The new Cosmetology Center will offer a seven-month cosmetology training course, helping our clients gain the career skills they need to lead productive, rewarding lives in recovery. At the ribbon cutting ceremony—after remarks from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, OASAS Commissioner Karen Carpenter-Palumbo, and Tina Knowles—the music icon spoke passionately about the need to erase the stigma of addiction. “These beautiful women I met at Phoenix House did not choose to become addicts,” she said, “but they have chosen to get better.” She and her mother, who owned a popular hair salon in Houston, Texas when she was growing up, envision the Cosmetology Center as a place that will “give men and women in treatment hope even after Phoenix House.”

Since the event, we have experienced increasing interest in the work of Phoenix House and have received wide and varied media coverage, including Good Morning America, Fox New York, and Access Hollywood. We express our heartfelt gratitude to Beyoncé and Miss Tina for their tremendous gift—and the attention they have brought to our work.

Vote for Phoenix House
Now you can help Phoenix House receive $200,000 in funding from American Express! Since entering this online giving contest, we’ve been one of the top three contenders in our category, but we need your votes to pull into first place. After signing up here, you can vote for us today—and once a week—from now till May 24. You’ll also find tools to help spread the word about this opportunity through email, Facebook, and Twitter. Just a few minutes of your time could make a big difference for the many men, women, and teens who turn Phoenix House for effective, compassionate care.

Recovery Across The Regions


Triumph for Teens Gala
Phoenix Houses of California is excited to announce LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and the cast and producers of Fox’s “Bones” as honorees for our seventh annual Triumph for Teens Awards Gala on April 20. This yearly event celebrates the victories of young people over substance abuse and honors entertainment and business leaders for inspiring them to make positive decisions. Proceeds will benefit our residential treatment centers, family therapy, and prevention program. Please click here to purchase tickets or for more information, contact Stephanie Horsley at 310 880 0270.


Kara DioGuardi in Ocala
On April 24, American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi will host a golf scramble and gala dinner at Golden Hills Golf & Turf Club in Ocala. For the past six years, Kara has brought the healing power of music to young people in treatment by opening recording studios at our Los Angeles and Yorktown Academies; soon, she will open additional studios at our Austin Academy and at our Citra treatment center. All proceeds from the Ocala event will benefit the new studio for young adults in Citra. Two VIP tickets to the American Idol finale will be auctioned off at the gala dinner. For more information, visit the Golden Hills website.

New England:

Phoenix House Gives Back
Recently, Arbor House TSS, a Phoenix House program in Holyoke, MA, delivered a gift of 45 hand-knit hats and scarves to Amherst Survival Center. Adults in treatment knit garments for those less fortunate as part of our expressive arts program, creating a sense of community while learning to knit and sharing tips and techniques. This calming and centering activity allows our clients to give back to the community in a creative, tangible way. 


New Treatment Center in Wilmer
Phoenix House of Dallas recently opened a 300-bed adult residential treatment program for Dallas County. The facility is located just 15 miles southwest of Dallas in Wilmer, TX. Jimmy Ochs, Program Director, and his staff will bring state-of-the-art substance abuse treatment and vocational training to over 800 clients each year, helping these men and women gain the skills and education they need to re-enter their communities as healthy and productive citizens.


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