October 2019
Alumni Christmas Party

Alumni - You and your families are invited to our Annual Alumni Christmas party!

With a special visit from SANTA!

Come join us to celebrate the holiday season.

October 10
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

13525 Cielo Azul Way
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240


January 22, 2020 - Cynthia Oma Gray's Retirement Party - Location TBD

May 2, 2020 - 7 Annual A Day of Hope - Class Club Palm Desert

More information will be forthcoming via email blast, Facebook posts and on website for the above events.
Soroptimist House of Hope
President's Message
Here comes the last quarter of the year of 2019! The time flies as fast as our Santa Ana winds! The calendar is really quite busy again with the holiday preparations that are mingling with every day business! 

We are working on visiting many local Soroptimist International clubs that are supporting our programs for helping women as that long time bond remains very dear to us! So it is with great delight that we welcome to our Board of Directors, Becky Goebel from SI Palm Desert club! Becky has had an interest in Soroptimist House of Hope and our ideals for many years and has a history of working with non- profit organizations so she will be a good asset. 

We also welcome our dear friend Pam Field back to the SHOH Board as of October 26, 2019. Pam was very active with SHOH over ten years ago and has returned to help SHOH move into the next decade. She is currently President of the SI Palm Springs club and will be an amazing asset to our board of directors team.

There will be some changes in the near future that we are hoping will flow easily into our patterns and will continue to enhance our wonderful programs and organization. We ask for renewed support and assistance from all of our admirers as we head to 2020!

Happy Fall!
Trish Klimkiewicz
SHOH Board President
Becky Goebel Photo
Becky Goebel, S.I. Palm Desert
Soroptimist House of Hope
Executive Director's Message
As the weather cools and we enter the 4 th Quarter of 2019, I realize this will be my last article as Executive Director. Yes, it is true! I am retiring December 31, 2019 after having the privilege of serving SHOH for over 20 years. Thanks to SHOH I am looking forward to celebrating 21 years clean and sober on December 7, 2019 as well. Things certainly have changed in the last 20 years both professionally and personally. SHOH has grown into a highly respected SUD treatment/recovery residence program with all employees being Certified and/or Registered with our Certifying Body CCAPP. We are proud to provide residential drug medi-cal services to the indigent women needing help to overcome the ravages of addiction and enjoy a wonderful relationship with the County of Riverside and all of the generous grant foundations that has made it possible for SHOH to keep our doors open. Our mission is to help those women in need and my legacy will be the same as Brigitte Page and all those who have gone before me: Keep the doors open, keep the staff trained and fairly compensated, keep the spirit of social model as the number one ingredient in our Labor of Love that is SHOH. My successor is Rebecca Norton and has been training since March 2018. May you give her the same respect and support as I have been blessed to have received from all of you. Together SHOH can continue to be of service well into the next decade and beyond. Happy Halloween, Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a very Happy and Prosperous 2020!
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 and find a new way of life without the use of drugs or alchohol.
In love and service,
Cynthia A. “Oma” Gray, CADC-II, ICADC
Executive Director
An ongoing series about the history of SHOH
Joyce L. Scott 1984-2008
The first years were very slim. With a mortgage payment and the need for a vehicle so the clients could be transported to meetings. A donor gave us a very well used station wagon. About that time, a new client completed her 90 day program, but she stayed two extra days to help with a fundraiser. A few months later we needed a new Director and that graduate, Joyce Scott said that she would help us out, she said “you gave me 3 months so I will give you 3 months”. Of course we all know she stayed much longer.
One day Joyce was working in the yard and a woman approached her and introduced herself. She was Carol Addiss from Riverside County. Carol asked to speak to Joyce for a few minutes so she was invited to lunch. Carol said that the County liked our “track record” and would like to send us clients and pay their way. That was the beginning of our contracts with Riverside County that have continued for all these years.
Joyce stayed with SHOH for over 24 years and became the Executive Director until she retired in 2008 due to her health problems. We lost her in 2016 but her legacy as “Mama Bear” continues to live on in the minds and hearts of all the SHOH ladies that knew her.
Many more stories to tell because this only takes us up to 1984.
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)

July to September 2019

On July 19 – July 21, 2019 Cynthia “Oma” Gray, Executive Director, Lupe Stoneburner, Director/Program Manager and Rebecca Norton, Recovery Residence Manager attended a wonderful Multi-Cultural Symposium sponsored by our friends from CCAPP. There were a multitude of diverse topics and trainings with CEU’s available for credential upkeep. Oma and Lupe attended the Membership and Credentialing Board meetings (respectively). Rebecca is getting a wealth of training that will benefit her in her new position as Executive Director in January 2020. In addition, she attended the Certified Treatment Executive training course in August at the CCAPP office in Long Beach.

The annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon was held at Escena on 7-27-19. The SHOH Staff, Sub-Contractors and Board of Directors enjoyed a lovely lunch and lots of love and hugs kudos for jobs well done throughout the year.

Staff and clients attended the annual San Gorgonia Pass Rotary Club Spaghetti Dinner on 9-4-19. SHOH has been working this event since our inception in 1981. It is the opening of the annual Banning Stagecoach Days and is one of the signature events for the Pass Area. This year’s attendance was over 800 people who enjoyed Johnny Russo’s famous spaghetti and fixins’. The Rotary Club is always so grateful for our help and without fail, we get reports of how wonderful the ladies are. We are grateful to the Rotary for providing us the opportunity to provide community service. It truly helps our women return to the mainstream of society.

On 9-13-19, Staff and clients attended the annual Recovery Happens event at Fairmont Park in Riverside. This event is sponsored by Riverside University Healthcare Systems – Substance Abuse, Prevention and Treatment Administration. Every year, a staff member is chosen for the coveted Counselor of the Year award. This year’s award went to Alexicia Ramirez, Night Attendant. Alexcia is alumni of SHOH and has been employed since April 2017. She is currently an RADT1 and is working toward her CADCI credential while caring for her mother. Alexicia is an amazing asset to SHOH and we are blessed to have her on our team.
January 21, 1961 - August 21, 2019

Our beloved friend Jamie Stoneburner, husband of Lupe Stoneburner, Program Director at SHOH went home to his heavenly father after a long battle with cancer. Jamie was an awesome human being and loved beyond words by so many. His Celebration of Life was held on September 14, 2019 at Miracle Springs to standing room only in the same ballroom where he and Lupe were married on September 14, 2013. His love for Lupe is eternal and all of his family and friends can hear him saying “What Doooing Honey?” Jamie was a great friend to SHOH and was always available to help, especially with pesky plumbing repairs and a whole host of other jobs large and small. May he rest in peace has he fishes the oceans of Heaven and watches over us all.
  • 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
  • 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
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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"I want to thank you for all that you do for all the women who go through the Soroptimist House of Hope. I had a 30-year drinking history. I lost my husband, son, job and home because of my alcoholism. I was homeless for about 3 years and my drinking got much worse. I was completely without hope that I could ever find a way off the streets or ever solve the drinking problem. Since completing the program here at SHOH, I have able to turn my life around. This house, the staff, the 12-Step program and of course God have given me a new life. I have tools that I so desperately needed to be better able to handle my thoughts and feelings. I have a positive outlook on life. I have much improved self-esteem. I have hope and faith and a willingness to continue moving forward, one step at a time and one day at a time. Heck, even the way I look has improved. So now you can see why I am thanking you from the bottom of my heart and want to express how truly grateful I am for what you have afforded me to accomplish with my life. On August 14 th , I’ll be transitioning to the Hope’s Horizons home in Banning so I can continue to strengthen my foundation."
Sincerely, J.H.
"Thank you. I am so very grateful for this opportunity I have been given. I came to this facility broken and lost. I arrived very hesitant, scared and stuck in my addiction. I was given a safe place and environment to heal and grow. I was given structure and guidance to teach me about my disease. I have been taught the twelve steps and principles and how to incorporate this program into my life. It was far from easy sailing and the women here were there for me even when I didn’t know how much I really needed them. They were there for me with their wisdom and experience to inspire me to keep pushing on. It has been a journey of a lifetime for a lifetime, some of spiritual enlightenment and self-discovery. I will be leaving this home with a new outlook, tools and hope for a sober, happier life. I’m thankful."
Sincerely Love, R.S.
"Thank you for all that you taught me on my stay here at SHOH. I want to let you know I learned a lot of things to help me in my journey of recovery. It has made me realize a lot of things and I got to know and love myself since I have been here. Also, working the steps helped me a lot in my recovery. All the staff members here treated me with love and respect and made me feel comfortable. I also made a few sisters here at SHOH that treated me like family. They will always hold a special place in my heart. Thanks for everything."
"Thank you all for this gift. The gift of a new life with a newfound hope in my life. Thank you for helping to bring life back into my soul by allowing me the best opportunity ever. To be a part of the Soroptimist House of Hope."
Thank you and blessings. J.
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
Legal Resources/HR
Jacqueline Brittonnewell

Becky Goebel

Pam Field

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

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

Advisory Board

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

Charlie Van Cleve
S.I. Big Bear Valley
  • 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