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Phoenix House News & Views
Phoenix House

November, 2011

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Phoenix House News & Views | Thanksgiving Issue
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 Message from the President

Dear Friends,

As Thanksgiving draws near, we each take a moment to count our blessings. This month at Phoenix House, we have plenty to be thankful for: our superb staff, our generous supporters in the fashion world, our burgeoning online recovery community, our young clients’ success in their artistic endeavors, and of course our country's courageous veterans. We also honor the members of our family who are no longer with us, like Leslie Singer, who helped our teen clients for nearly three decades.

Most importantly, we are grateful that our remarkable clients have managed to overcome tremendous hardships in order to fight the most important battle of their lives—the battle against addiction. Our goal is simple: to continue to help people like our featured client Tina build new lives in recovery, so that they, too, will be able to count their blessings.

And last, but certainly not least, we extend our thanks to friends like you, who are behind us in all that we accomplish. Happy Thanksgiving!

Warm regards,

Howard Meitiner
President and CEO

        Serving Those Who 
         Serve Our Country


At Phoenix House, we are deeply thankful for the sacrifices made by our veterans and current military personnel. Because we recognize the unique challenges these individuals face when they return home, we are able to provide specific substance abuse and mental health services that meet their unique needs. Through our Military Services Program, we offer a continuum of care that includes residential and outpatient options with a strong focus on not only substance abuse and addiction, but also co-occurring disorders such as depression and PTSD. We have seen our military program client population increase since the beginning of 2011, and we anticipate greater numbers of both male and female veterans in our program as a result of the withdrawal of troops from Iraq at the end of this year.

This Thanksgiving, we can all give thanks to our returning veterans by supporting the Phoenix House Military Services Program with a donation. With your support, we can continue to offer the comprehensive care these veterans all deserve.

Phoenix House Remembers
                Leslie Singer


Earlier this month, Phoenix House Academy of Westchester lost a dedicated clinician and dear friend. Leslie Singer was an integral part of the Phoenix House family for 27 years, beginning her journey as a counselor and ultimately rising to the position of Deputy Director of Clinical Services. “To say she was multi-talented would be an understatement,” says Jose Rosario, Vice President and Managing Director of our Westchester Academy. “She was a superstar. She was the glue that kept everything together.” Leslie’s colleagues recall her gifts as a clinician and as an administrator, but what they will remember most is her kindness and compassion. Her ability to soothe and empathize made her a calming force for the Academy’s staff and teen clients. Above all, Rosario says, “She was a dedicated mother.” Whether caring for her two beloved children or for her Phoenix House community, “family was paramount.” Click here to read more about Leslie and to learn about the upcoming Celebration of Life in her honor.

    Staff Member Honored
    with Achievement Award

Phoenix House’s Norwig Debye-Saxinger, Vice President of Government Affairs, Public Policy and Licensing, was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services. OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez, who presented Norwig’s award at the 13th Annual Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers of New York State (ASAP) Conference, noted that he had been selected by an overwhelming vote to receive the honor. We congratulate Norwig, and are proud to have him on our team. Visit our site to learn more about Norwig’s accomplishments and award.

 True Story: Tina  


“It feels like yesterday that I was sleeping on a rooftop in a blizzard,” says Tina, who overcame ten years of homelessness, prostitution, and addiction in order to get help and get clean at Phoenix House Long Island City Center. “I remember going to sleep and wishing I wouldn’t wake up—but I always did. At the time, staying alive was a disappointment, but today I’m so glad I survived.” Today, Tina is a happy and fulfilled wife, mother, college student, and career woman.

To read more of her incredible recovery journey, click here

 Holiday Twitter


In our next live chat on Twitter, co-hosted with our friends at
The Fix, we’ll be taking a fresh, close look at holiday habits and asking questions to examine the highs and lows of the season—with topics ranging from substance-free celebrations to how holidays are depicted in the media. The chat will take place tomorrow, November 17, at 4PM EST. We’ll hope you’ll join us for another fun and thought-provoking conversation!

To RSVP and learn more, click here.

     Fall Fashion
     Awards Dinner


On November 2, Phoenix House was proud to honor four fashion icons and philanthropists for their significant contributions to our community. The honorees were: Brendan L. Hoffman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lord & Taylor; Mark Badgley and James Mischka, Founders and Creative Directors of Badgley Mischka; and Pamela Fiori, Editor-at-Large, Town & Country. The event was a huge success, raising over one million dollars for our treatment programs across the country.

Phoenix House graduate Sofia Capria stole the show with her
inspirational story of recovery and her remarkable new life as a thriving college student. The evening also included exciting auctions with items from our two sponsors, Tiffany & Co. and Verdura.     


To read more about the event and see photos, click here.

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