April 2020

November 7, 2020 - A Day of Hope

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Soroptimist House of Hope
President's Message
Happy Spring to one and all! The desert is moving to that full bloom stage of verbena, daisies, citrus blossom fragrances and we have wonderful skies of blue and contrasting white and gray of clouds moving over us. We are blessed!!  
As others will explain the Soroptimist House of Hope moves on steadily with our values and love to get through another trying time of our world. We pray about the human condition. Hugs are virtual over long distance and the thought is still the same, "we love you". Please follow guidelines with your loved ones and all others. 
As most of the country has stopped large social events, we too are changing the date for our annual A Day Of Hope fundraiser from May 2 to later in the year on November 7, 2020. We hope to see so many of you there and we will party!!
May God bless us all.
Trish Klimkiewicz
SHOH Board President


Soroptimist House of Hope
Executive Director's Message
WOW! This is my first thought as I look back over the 1 st Quarter of 2020. I am honored to be able to say, “as of February 1, 2020 I have taken over as Executive Director of Soroptimist House of Hope. Cynthia “Oma” Gray has brought us so far and led us with balance and integrity for the last 21 years. My goal and aspiration is to take her torch and carry it forward. For the last couple of months, I have been settling into the tasks at hand always knowing I have her to consult with. Staff continues to be amazing and we all work well as a team. The COVID-19 virus has come in and changed so many lives. Due to the nature of our mission to help women with substance use disorder, we are considered an Essential Business, and our staff are Essential Employee’s. We have been blessed to keep all our dedicated staff. Unfortunately, we have had to postpone our 7 th  Annual Day of Hope until November 7, 2020 .SHOH is following all guidance from the Centers of Disease Control, California Department of Health Care Services, and Riverside University Health Services (County of Riverside Departments of Behavioral and Public Health) in maintaining the health and safety of our clients, staff, and community. There is teamwork and collaboration with all our funding source’s, CCAPP, SHOH Board President, and staff. Every morning we are blessed beyond measure and grateful we do this work, One Day At a Time. For each of you I pray; may you stay safe, may you stay healthy, may you stay positive.
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.

Peace and Good Health to You,
Rebecca Norton, CADC-II, ICADC
Executive Director


In early 2011 we were searching to find more corners to cut in order to continue our mission. One of those items was the amount we were paying for bookkeeping. I had contacted several sources to no avail. Then at our Board meeting in February 2012, Board Member Becky Casten announced her retirement as Treasurer. Now we needed to fill that spot and continue to look for a bookkeeper we could afford. Becky raised her hand to speak and said she had a solution. She stated that she would take the job of bookkeeper and when we asked the price she stated there would be no charge.
Becky continued in that position until late 2016. Can you even imagine how much expense she saved SHOH during those years? Over $40,000. Thank you Becky for your love and support.
Yes, there are many others who have made a difference for SHOH so watch for the next newsletter.
Dot Reed, Past President


We all have a next door neighbor but only few have one like Ken Diamond. All of us involved with Soroptimst House of Hope tell others about our favorite charity. 
So when George Fisher moved to Buckeye, AZ he told Ken Diamond about SHOH. Almost immediately Ken wrote a check and asked George to send it to SHOH.
Ken continues to remember us each month with a donation. It is individuals like Ken that help with our mission of helping women on the road of recovery from substance use disorders.
Anyone can make a monthly or annual donation by visiting our website and set up a donation or send a check to P.O.Box 1055, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240.
Thanks Ken and George. We hope that others will find a “Next Door Neighbor”.
Dot Reed
Past President

March 17, 2020

Soroptimist House of Hope (SHOH) is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our clients, staff and the community in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Due to the critical and potentially life-saving nature of our mission to help women with substance use disorders, we will continue to conduct our residential treatment programs at our Treatment Center in Desert Hot Springs and our Transitional Recovery Residence in Banning.

SHOH is following all guidance provided by the Centers of Disease Control, California Department of Health Care Services, and Riverside University Health Center (County of Riverside Departments of Behavioral and Public Health) in maintaining the health and safety of our clients, staff, and the community. Our clients and staff have been directed to practice social distancing techniques whenever possible as well as enhanced personal hygiene and self-care. Frequent and thorough cleaning procedures have been implemented at our facilities. We are screening all staff and clients for symptoms of COVID-19 on a daily basis, limiting group activities within the Treatment Center and Transitional Recovery Residence, suspending all off-site 12-Step meetings, volunteer, and social activities, prohibiting non-essential visitors, and facilitating immediate medical care for anyone displaying symptoms.

We are confident that these practices will keep our clients and staff healthy while we provide our valuable services to women in need.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by email at or by phone at 951-849-9491.

Please take care and stay safe. Thank you for your support.

Rebecca Norton
Executive Director
Soroptimist House of Hope

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)


Luna Fest 1-25-20
Our clients enjoyed a wonderful event
courtesy of S.I. Palm Springs. We have
attended this event annually for several
years and are so grateful to the women who
support SHOH.

President Trish was able to serve SHOH at a fundraising function on Feb. 28 th in the desert area. Lisa Lynn Morgan, grad of SHOH, is Entertainment Manager at the Big Rock Golf and Pub in Indio, Ca. Lisa who is an old school rock singer and a very good one at that, has hosted a birthday bash each year and asks for donations at the door and then designates a non-profit to reap those donations. For the 3 rd time she has chosen the Soroptimist House of Hope!! I was listening to great fun music, seeing local musicians who work with kids programs, Lisa Lynn and the Broken Hallelujahs, Greg Vincent, Mike Hammons, and Deanna Bogart and rock legend Terry Reid. It was a night to remember! And… we reached $350.00.
Lisa Lynn tells some of her story and says, “yes, a recovering rock star can make it in the crazy musical world”! And this rock star has a big, beautiful, sincere smile to prove it! Thank you Lisa and the Big Rock Pub for hosting.
Cynthia "Oma" Gray Retirement Party

On January 22, 2020 a host of family, friends and colleagues gathered at the Banning Women's Club Building to celebrate the retirement of our Executive Director, Cynthia "Oma" Gray. The room was packed to capacity and Oma was overwhelmed with gratitude and love for all of the people that have been so important to her success at SHOH. She will be working a few hours a week to assist with the transition and support for her successor, Rebecca Norton.

Oma Party Cake
SI Beaumont-Banning House Shower 3-4-20
Both House #1 and Hope's Horizons clients and staff enjoyed a lovely lunch and received an abundance of much needed household item. Thank you SIBB for your continued support.

  • Allstate Insurance
  • Audrey Moe
  • Bank of America
  • Beaumont Women's Club
  • Beth Friedman
  • Bighorn Golf Charities - Big Horn Cares
  • Brooke Peterson
  • Charitable Estate Trust
  • Charles Morton
  • Costco
  • Desert Healthcare District
  • Diane Deshong
  • Employees Community Fund of Boeing
  • Faye Johnson
  • Felice & Richard Cutler
  • H.N. & Frances C. Berger Foundation
  • International Dancers of Sun Lakes
  • Judy Behm
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Ken Diamond

  • Laura May Stewart Foundation
  • Lorraine Becker
  • Robert Rosenthal
  • Sally Jac Schaefer
  • San Gorgonio Pass Rotary Club
  • Sharon Parkhouse
  • Sharon R. Mullin
  • 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

SI Palm Desert
SI 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. As of March 31, 2020 we have received $57,838 for fiscal year 2019-2020. 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
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I am writing to say thank you for this wonderful experience. This program has taught me so much. I am so thankful. Being in the House of Hope was a blessing from God. I have learned how to admit to myself I was powerless and couldn’t manage my life. God has restored me to sanity. And I made a decision to turn my life to God. I love taking inventory of myself so I don’t have to feel guilty or blame anyone. And I am so grateful for the women that I have in my life today and for the support they have given me in my journey. I am so grateful for the woman I have become and the woman I will be in society and the mother I will be for my 2 boys. I love you and may God bless and keep you. Thank you once again. I have hope for tomorrow.
Always, T.W.

Thank you for letting me learn to stay sober and clean of my addiction. Through my recovery from alcoholism, I will live by the 12 steps. Every day I will live sober and I will pray to my higher power to get through one day at a time and believe in myself that I can work it. I will begin everyday with Kindness and Forgiveness and everyday with Love. S.E.

Thank you so much for all the time and effort you have devoted to the House of Hope. The time I spent in the program has made such a positive impact in my life. When I got here, I was lost, broken and unable to stay sober and disconnected from my family. But today, with the help of my counselors, groups and the AA program, I have the tools to rebuild my life. I am forever grateful. Sincerely, D.B.

I’d like to thank you for making it possible for me to change my life. Since I’ve been at the House of Hope, I’ve been given “a new pair of glasses” to look through. I’ve done a 180’ in my life and how I want to live. My whole outlook and attitude on life has changed. This 45 days of treatment has given me so much hope that I can change and that there is light at the end of the tunnel for me and my daughter. I want to stay clean and sober for the rest of my life. That’s the only way I can be any good to society or my daughter. Thanks to the House of Hope, I now have the tools to do so. It’s up to me to use them once I leave here. I’m more than confident that I will. Thank you for making it possible.
Sincerely, I.J.

I’m so grateful and truly privileged to be welcomed to the House of Hope. In this brief stay, I learned so much about myself and the woman I want to become in life. Thank you so much for starting an organization for women like me. I have so much hope for the future. You have given me the opportunity to change my life which I could have never done on my own. I now have plans on becoming a strong, healthy, independent woman in society and a woman of valor that my children could look up to and for that alone, I’m truly grateful and thankful to the wonderful women of SHOH.
Sincerely, J.R.

SHOH welcomes 2 new team members:

Christine Rivas, Recovery Residence Manager effective 1-1-20 Hope’s Horizons
Kirby Beltran, Transportation Specialist effective 1-1-20 Desert Hot Springs

Congratulations to Rebecca Norton on her promotion to Executive Director 2-1-20 Corporate office Banning

As SHOH grows and changes we are blessed to have individuals interested in carrying on the work of SHOH. We welcome them with open arms and open hearts.
Executive Director
Christine Rivas
Kirbie Beltran
Board of Directors

Trish Klimkiewicz
Tim Radigan-Brophy
Vice President/Operations

Charlotte Hughlett
Recording Secretary
Maria Cox
Quality Assurance
Dot Reed
Past President / Director

Peggy Redmon
Jacqueline Brittonnewell

Becky Goebel

Advisory Board

Mary Jo Boccadoro
S.I. Yucca Valley
Janice Heromena
S.I. Palm Desert

Charlie Van Cleve
S.I. Big Bear Valley

Kathy Talkington
SI Beaumont-Banning

Carol L. Curtis
Community Member

Banning/Desert Hot Springs
Rebecca Norton
Executive Director

Cynthia "Oma" Gray 
Executive Consultant

Hope's Horizons 
Recovery Residence

Christine Rivas
Recovery Residence 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

Kirbie Beltran
Transportation Specialist

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

Dr. Braveheart Cordova, D.D., CADC-II
Grief/Forgiveness/Life Skills Education

Mark Guidry
Accounting Service
Margaret Henderson
Payroll Service

Christopher Francisco
Grant Writer

Marketing Coordinator
  • 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