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Holiday Hope + Healing
The holiday season is always a time of reflecting, giving thanks, and hopefully spending time with family, friends and loved ones. Here at The Council we have challenged ourselves to look beyond what the holidays mean to us personally and see how we can provide a memorable season for the clients we are so lucky to serve.

The holiday season can be especially stressful for those who are dealing with Substance Use Disorders (SUD). These members of our community often feel pressure to engage in activities that may serve as triggers, especially around the holidays. Studies have shown that relapse rates increase during the holiday season. Financial pressures often increase around the holidays as we struggle to purchase gifts, plan large meals and prepare our homes for guests.

As an agency, we do the best we can to remove barriers for members of our community. Read below to find out how we provide a memorable holiday season for the children of our clients, host sober events to remove the pressure to engage in triggering situations and arrange community events to remind everyone of the importance of having a safe & sober holiday season.
PPI Partners with Toys for Tots provides Christmas Gifts
Each year our PPI Program partners with Toys for Tots in order to offer gifts for our clients. The majority of the clients of the PPI program would otherwise not be able to provide gifts for their children. We were able to provide toys to about 80 families. This partnership enables us to provide toys for children of all ages who are a part of the families we serve. In total we provided gifts for approximately 300 children in our community.
Recovery Support Celebrates the Holidays
Members of our RSS & YRC staff hosted a holiday dinner for participants. A traditional holiday meal was provided, there were gifts for children of all ages and Santa himself even paid us a visit.
We Hope You Were Safe & Sober
Our 27th annual Safe & Sober event was hosted on December 14, at First Baptist Church. After having to cancel the event last year due to snow, the entire COADA team went above and beyond to make sure our guests had a great time. We'd like to extend our sincerest thanks to Councilman Ben Molina, Assistant Chief Mark Gutierrez and the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Music Department. These individuals took time out of their busy schedules to speak and perform at the Safe & Sober event. We would also like to thank our community partners and others who made an effort to be there to support our event. We also introduced a silent auction this year. Funds raised at the silent auction will allow us to continue our mission of offering hope & healing throughout the community.
Congratulations to our Executive Director Melissa Sweeting!
She was sworn in as a member of the Board of Directors of Westside Business Association.
Our Board Secretary, Linda Benavides, also serves as WBA Vice President
Upcoming Events + Meetings
Offices Closed for MLK Day - January 21st 
COADA Board Meeting - January 23rd - 12:00 - 1:00
CCP Coalition Meeting - February 14th - 11:30 - 1:00
Leadership + Board
Melissa Sweeting, Executive Director
Marvin Hukill, Human Resources Director
Rhonda Bergey, Finance Manager
Armando Trevino, Education Program Director
Letty Falcon, PPI Program Manager
Tiffany Montemayor, Communication + Development Director
Michelle Smith - Treatment Manager
Board of Directors
Officer Kirk Stowers - President
Ruben Garcia - Vice President
Linda Benavides - Secretary
Silvia Martinez- Pacheco - Treasurer
​Richard Torres
Marcia Lewandos
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