April 2019
A Day of Hope
This year our annual fundraiser will be bigger and even better!
We have some fantastic live auction items, such as 2 round trips on American Airlines anywhere in the lower 48. 5 shares of McDonalds stock (WOW). 55” TV and several more.
There will be many raffle items worth over $200.00 each and some very special door prizes.
Yes, there will also be entertainment that you won’t want to miss.
Last year we “sold out” so we have a larger room at the Classic Club in Palm Desert and expect to fill the space.
Tickets are available online at or from any of our Board of Directors.
Please join us on May 4, 2019 at 11:30 and support Soroptimist House of Hope.
If you have any question you may call me at 760 835-4576 or our office at
951 849-9491.
Looking forward to seeing you, 
Dot Reed
Soroptimist House of Hope
President's Message
Oh My! I can hardly believe that Spring is upon us!! All of the desert beautifully showcased. Especially on social media which reminds us of renewal after the storms poured down up on us! Blessings all! We are now looking forward to changes and newness that follows. We are saying bon voyage to Marilyn Alt who is leaving our board as she and husband Jack are moving to the Bay area to be close to family. Marilyn has been a long time member of Soroptimist International of Palm Desert and a committed volunteer for Soroptimist House of Hope for almost 2 decades. We will miss her immensely and wish them wonderful times and memories. We also welcome to our board Jacqueline Brittonnewell. She brings a wealth of experience in the recovery arena and we hope to develop a new and great working relationship in support of SHOH. 
We have all worked diligently to remain responsible and productive to help the Soroptimist House of Hope continue on our forward path of helping women. We are blessed by good friends with compassion in service and commitment to our mission!
Trish Klimkiewicz
SHOH Board President
Soroptimist House of Hope
Executive Director's Message
JANUARY 2019 – MARCH 2019

Spring has sprung. I never tire of that old saying. The 1 st  Quarter of 2019 went by so fast that I am still trying to catch up with all the wonderful things happening for SHOH. Between surgery in January and major road closures from the storm of the century it has been quite the adventure. I have been very busy training my successor, Ms. Rebecca Norton. She has implemented Recovery Services for our clients needing help after treatment and we all continue to keep up with change after change after change. All of our dedicated staff have been attending training upon training to keep us well educated and in compliance with our County and State contract requirements. Our Cultural Competency training held in March was especially awesome thanks to our friend Joe Aragon of Aragon & Associates. I have also been working with CCAPP to facilitate a larger Cultural Competency training in July at The Ranch. The teamwork and collaboration with other agencies continues to keep us strong and providing exemplary services to the women needing our help. We have been working diligently on the 6 th Annual A Day of Hope fundraiser event being held in May. More information can be found further in this newsletter. I am blessed to be a member of the amazing SHOH Team and look forward to seeing everyone at our signature event next month.
To help us with our mission with a recurring and/or one-time donation, please visit our website at
Your support is deeply appreciated by our Board of Directors, our Staff and the women we help recover from the ravages of addiction.
In love and service,
Cynthia A. “Oma” Gray, CADC-II, ICADC
Executive Director
This section provides our readers with ideas for ways to help with in-kind donations. Your support is deeply appreciated!

  • House of Hope T-Shirts
  • Hygiene Products (Shampoo, Conditioner, Toothpaste, Bath Soap, Lotion, Deodorant, Feminine Napkins)
  • 12-Step Books (AA Big Book and Twelve and Twelve Steps and Traditions)
  • Office Supplies (Printer Ink, Paper, Binders, Journal Notebooks)
  • Paper Goods (Toilet Paper-Scott Brand, Paper Towels, Kleenex)
  • Sprinkler system repair/replacement and re-landscape of front and backyards
  • Laundry Supplies (Soap, Softener, Dryer Sheets)
  • Paper Goods (Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Kleenex)
  • Cleaning Supplies (Bleach, Lysol, etc.)
  • Office Supplies (Printer Ink, Paper, Binders, File Folders, Storage Boxes)

January - March 2019

Luna Fest 1-26-19 courtesy of S.I. Palm Springs. The clients enjoyed the annual Luna Fest program that showcases short films about women coming from hardship to happiness. They also enjoyed spending time with women from S.I. Palm Springs.

Banning Women’s Club Go Red Luncheon 2-8-19. The client’s enjoyed being of service to the annual luncheon in Banning. This community service opportunity is very beneficial to the clients as they learn about volunteerism and integrating back into the mainstream.

Staff and clients attended the Celebration of Life of our former employee Pat Callahan. The ladies were given a great opportunity to be of service in helping with the set up and clean up and to experience a wonderful celebration of life for a sister in recovery.
February 19, 1956 - March 3,2019
  • Allstate Insurance
  • Bank of America
  • Beaumont Women's Club
  • Beth Friedman
  • Bighorn Golf Charities - Big Horn Cares
  • Costco
  • Desert Healthcare District
  • Employees Community Fund of Boeing
  • H.N. & Frances C. Berger Foundation
  • International Dancers of Sun Lakes
  • Judy Behm
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Laura May Stewart Foundation
  • San Gorgonio Pass Rotary Club
  • Smart & Final
  • Sun Lakes Women For Hope Tournament
  • Supervisor Manuel Perez
  • The Brudvik Family Trust
  • The Champions Volunteer Foundation
  • The Frank M. and Gertrude R. Doyle Foundation
  • Tim  Radigan-Brophy
  • Union Pacific Foundation
  • UPS Store - Desert Hot Springs
  • Weingart Foundation
  • Wells Fargo - Community Connection  
Patron Soroptimist Clubs
  • SI of Palm Desert
  • SI of Palm Springs
  • SI Beaumont/Banning
  • SI Blythe
  • SI Idyllwild  
  • SI Moreno Valley 
  • SI Twentynine Palms
  • SI Yucca Valley
Soroptimist House of Hope relies on the generosity of charitable foundations to provide grants that strengthen our ability to help women overcome substance use disorders. In just the past nine months, we have received grants totaling $137,244 from 12 funders! The Weingart Foundation awarded a two-year organizational support grant of $50,000, the Doyle Foundation provided $35,000 for our Desert Hot Springs Treatment Center, the Berger Foundation donated $15,000 for program services, and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians doubled last year’s grant award to $10,000. Grants have also been awarded to us by Desert Healthcare District, Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Champions Volunteer Foundation, Laura May Stewart Foundation, Gannett Foundation - The Desert Sun, Grace Helen Spearman Charitable Foundation, and Smart & Final Foundation. We are honored to collaborate with our foundation partners to meet our shared goals, and we extend our sincere thanks to all of our supporters!
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Soroptimist House of Hope
If you shop at Ralphs, simply go to their webpage  and at Community Rewards, sign up for Soroptimist House of Hope. Then a donation will be made by Ralphs to SHOH every time you shop. We receive a check directly from Ralphs every quarter. Thanks, Ralphs, and thanks to you for signing up.
Got Questions? For more information please visit Ralph's website by clicking on this link for  Frequently Asked Participant Questions and Answers. 
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" Thank you all from the very bottom of my heart for all of your hard work in providing such a safe, warm, loving and caring environment. A place where I was able to begin my healing process. I was not only given another chance at life, but found the most important thing that was missing: ME! For that I will be forever grateful. " Love S.
"I am so thankful for this opportunity you have given me to help myself get back in the right direction. I never thought I’d be capable of being able to love myself. Thank you for the staff that truly understood and helped me to understand myself. It is nice to know myself as a sober individual today. I never thought I would be that! I can’t thank you enough for teaching me how to mend my broken relationships. Without the knowledge of the 12 steps I would be lost and gone and forever Thank you for saving my life." P.H.
"I came to the House of Hope lost, broken, hopeless and hating everything and everyone. The day I walked through that door, I was showered with love. They had no paperwork on me but I was told don’t worry, I’m keeping you. House of Hope saved my life. The program taught me how to live beyond my dreams…Thank you my Heavenly Father for the Soroptimist Women. They are true angels. Much love and respect. " N.E.
"I lived in the House of Hope for 90 days of treatment. I just want you all to know how thankful and grateful I am for the House of Hope and the funds that you assist with keeping his house open for women like me who are addicted. When I came in I was broken and lost. Today, with the grace of God and His guidance and with the staff teachings, with structure and discipline, I have relearned my daily routine for everyday life. From the simplest things like making my bed to the hardest things like coping with life’s difficult situations. In this house I rebuilt my relationship and my spiritual connection with my God. I also regained my self-esteem. You all have helped me on my road of recovery. Most of all I have been give the opportunity to be a better mother to my children. I will forever be grateful. The House of Hope will always be my home. Today I am a woman of God with courage that has value and worth." Sincerely C.R.
Board of Directors

Trish Klimkiewicz
Peggy Redmon
Vice President / Legal Resources
Charlotte Hughlett
Recording Secretary
Maria Cox
Dot Reed
Past President / Director
Jacqueline Brittonnewell
Yvonne Parks
Community Outreach Director

Dorothy Warren

Tim Radigan-Brophy

Mark Guidry
Accounting Service
Margaret Henderson
Payroll Service

Christopher Francisco
Grant Writer

Monica Werner
Marketing Coordinator

Banning/Desert Hot Springs
Cynthia "Oma" Gray 
Executive Director
Hope's Horizons 
Recovery Residence

Rebecca Norton
Resident Manager / Office Assistant

Residential Treatment Program
Desert Hot Springs  

Lupe Stoneburner
Director/Program Manager
Leslee Blake
SUD Counselor II
Cindi Handwerk
SUD Counselor I

Alexcia Ramirez
Night Attendant

Elizabeth Buss
Weekend Night Attendant

Dr. Kenneth C. Russ, M.D.
Medical Director

Mitchell D. Claire, PA
Physician's Assistant

Robert Jones, LCSW
Clinical Supervision

Linda Blumenthal, AMFT
Parenting and Co-Occurring Disorders Education

Rev. Braveheart Cordova, D.D., CADC-II
Grief/Forgiveness/Life Skills Education
  • Morning Mediations - 31
  • Smoking Cessation - 5
  • Parenting Classes - 5
  • Weekly Family Rap - 4
  • Health Clinic/TB - 4
  • Drug Education Class - 3
  • Dept.Public Serv/Food stamps - 5
  • Anger Management Group - 5
  • Relapse Prevention Group - 5
  • Self Esteem Group - 5
  • Dr./Dentist appointments - 10
  • Coordination Care Team Visits - 8
  • Monthly Family Day - 1
  • Healthy Relationships - 4
  • CPS child Visits - 12
  • Probation Visits - 7
  • AA/NA Meeting - 31
  • Aftercare Workshops - 5
  • Forgiveness, Grief and Life Skills - 1
  • Co-Occurring Disorder Education - 5

The staff and clients are also involved in many community volunteer opportunities.
Soroptimist House of Hope
PO Box 1055
Desert Hot Springs, California 92240