July 2020
Soroptimist House of Hope
President's Message
July - September 2020

Oh my, October is here!! How did that happen so fast? The past few months have thrown quite a few wrenches into the works for SHOH. Rebecca Norton, Executive Director, has worked hard to keep us on track and we are thankful for that. Our staff is just the best and through this COVID experience we have all learned so much.
We have made some program adjustments, some capital expense adjustments (new septic tank), some staff adjustments, some board member adjustments. What is left to adjust? Attitude adjustments, of course! And on a positive note we all feel ok about it all!
In August we celebrated Dot Reed’s 90 birthday and wish her many more. We are so blessed to have Dot’s commitment and passion working for SHOH. We wouldn’t be where we are without her!
Unfortunately Jacqueline Brittonnewell has resigned from SHOH BOD to relocate out of our area. We had Jacqueline join us in 2018 at the perfect time and are thankful for the help that she gave us.
So recently we added 2 board members bringing us to 9. Mary Jo Boccadoro from Soroptimist of Yucca Valley who has been on our advisory board for 2 years, stepped up and we are happy to have her! Also, Michael Platt from Desert Hot Springs has joined us at end of September and we are excited to get to know Michael.

We all look forward to the coming quarter, and without speculation, we will take one day at a time. May God bless you all with good health and the urge to reach out to your favorite non-profit and help in any way that you can.

May God bless us all.
Trish Klimkiewicz
SHOH Board President

2020 Neidlinger Counselor of the Year

Lupe Stoneburner, Director/Program Manager proudly presents Kirby Beltran, RADT Counselor with the 2020 Neidlinger Counselor of the Year Award. This award is given each year during Recovery Happens month sponsored by RUHS-BH-SUD Program Administration. We are so grateful to have Kirby on the SHOH team. Congratulations!!
Cindi Handwerk, CADC-CAS models the COVID PPE that SHOH staff is now required to wear in order to keep both staff and clients healthy.
Soroptimist House of Hope
Executive Director's Message
July - September 2020 

What a summer we have had. I’m sure the summer of 2020 will go down in history! Our work, the staff, our residents and our communities have intensely changed. During all the fluctuations in every day life around us the one thing that remains the same is our mission “To provide a safe, nurturing environment in which clients can learn the life skills necessary to recover from their addiction and become productive members or society”.
I am so proud of how our team has responded and transformed to meet the needs of the agency and stakeholders. Staff at Soroptimist House of Hope, Inc. has stepped up and suited up despite their fears. Each one of them is a “woman of strength and fortitude!”
We re-opened the Desert Hot Springs house in July, and all is well there. We have redesigned one of the bedrooms at the Banning transitional living house to be a Quarantine Room for new residential intakes making sure they are free from COVID before entering treatment.
There has been some work done to the houses. DHS and Banning got new carpet from a grant we received last year. from the Doyle Foundation. The electrical panel box went out in DHS and so did the septic tank, so we have experienced some costly repairs. By the grace of God, we were able to accommodate them.
Leslee Blake, a long-time employee resigned. She is fulfilling her dream of owning some property in Georgia and awaiting her first grandchild. Arla Provo, a long-time alumni and friend has agreed to come to work for SHOH and Alexcia Ramirez has moved into the day-time counseling position.

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

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and love, and a sound mind.
II Timothy 1 : 7

Trudging the Road of Happy Destiny
A very special thanks to everyone who joined my virtual 90th birthday party.

Forty friends, family and supporters of SHOH contributed to the total of $8,250.00. The SHOH budget is grateful for the boost

In Love and Service,
Dot Reed
Dot Reed President
Michael W. Ragan, Jr.
Michael is the son of our beloved staff member, Elizabeth Buss. Our hearts break with her at the loss of her eldest son. He was taken so very young. Michael was a wonderful father and uncle and was a best friend to everyone he knew. He was also a great friend of SHOH and was so proud of his mother and her recovery. Rest in peace dear Michael. You are loved and missed every day.

Looking Back
Part Six

By Dot Reed, SHOH Past President
 At a Board meeting in 2012, two members, Leslie Spoor and Katrina Lambert felt that we really needed to have a Grant Writer. At that time, we had only one major donor and some smaller grants.
So we advertised for a Grant Writer, and received 17 resumes. Wow, we read all of them and narrowed the list down to three. They were invited to an interview meeting. The third person arrived at the designated time and as he entered the door he greeted two of us by name because he had seen our video on the website. That is how we found Christopher Francisco our Grant Writer since January 2013.
Chris has made a huge contribution to SHOH. He guided us thru our Strategic Plan that is kept up to date on an annual basis. He helped with another major item, updating our Bylaws, making them easy to follow and adding necessary limits. All of this along with finding many other donors and completing applications to bring in a needed part of our budget every year.
Chris recently moved to Arizona but thanks to technology, he continues to be our Grant Writer, friend and supporter. We are blessed to have Chris on our team.
Watch for the next featured supporter of SHOH in the 2021 newsletter.

This section provides our readers with ideas for ways to help with in-kind donations. Your support is deeply appreciated!


  • Masks/Face Coverings, Latex Gloves, Hand Sanitizer (Alcohol Content 70% or above)
  • 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)
  • Masks/Face Coverings, Latex Gloves, Hand Sanitizer (alcohol content 70% or above)
  • 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)

All events for this quarter were cancelled due to COVID-19

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

  • 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 September 30, 2020 we have received $101,570 fiscal year 2020-2021. 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!With substance use disorders rapidly increasing due to the social isolation and economic instability caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, SHOH is committed to maintaining our services during this unprecedented time of uncertainty and need. SHOH has been fortunate to secure a federal Payroll Protection Program loan of $72,516, which supported our personnel expenses and will be fully forgiven. In addition, we obtained a CARES Act Provider Relief Fund grant of $9,054 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and $10,000 from the Riverside County/Inland Empire Community Foundation Nonprofit Assistance Fund. We are also proud to announce that we recently received a $10,000 grant from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. These funds have enabled us to maintain our operations during the pandemic, implement rigorous safety standards to protect the health of our clients and staff, and ensure our ability to fulfill our mission to help women overcome addiction and achieve sobriety and self-sufficiency. We are profoundly grateful for the support of all of our donors!
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Dear Soroptimists,
I’d like to thank you for making it possible for me to have changed 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 degree in 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’s 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.

Thank you for taking your time and energy to help me (us) misfits (lol) and giving me a chance to be the woman I never knew I was and can be today. I’m so grateful for all of you! I have hope today and have learned so much to be successful. To love myself I never knew how to and had people in my life that couldn’t love me back the way I needed because I didn’t even know what true love was. I have tools today that I’ve learned from the House of Hope. Counselors I love them dearly without them and their personal strength and their life stories. Just gave me guidance to my recovery, Do the right thing, learn the step and principles and God. Which I will still be practicing when I go home with my sponsor. NONE of this would have been possible without all of you. I’m forever grateful to you! Love you all through eternity A.C.

Thank you Soroptimists. I just want to write this to you to express how I feel. I learned how to feel here and I want to tell you how grateful I am to be able to come here. I didn’t have much hope when I arrived. I was in a bad place mentally and my addiction had caught up with me and I decided on my own to get help. The staff helped me get better. They were patient and loving and very caring towards me. Thanks again for your help. L. O.

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
Michael Platt

Becky Goebel

Mary Jo Boccadoro

Advisory Board
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

Cindi Handwerk
SUD Counselor I

Arla Provo
SUD Counselor I

Alexcia Ramirez
RADT Counselor

Kirbie Beltran
RADT Counselor

Elizabeth Buss
Weekend Night Attendant

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

Kim De Prati, 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
  • 12 Step Meetings - 31 Via Zoom
  • 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