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Rainbow Recovery's Annual Barbeque and Picnic

Rainbow Recovery’s Annual Barbeque was a huge success and a good time was has by all. On September 10, Rainbow held their annual Barbeque from 11:00PM to 4:00PM at Almaden Lake in San Jose.

The party was held outside and it was a beautiful, warm and sunny day. Guests, residents and past alumni of Rainbow feasted on food prepared by staff, house managers and residents. Bruce Thompon, Operations Director, and Elaine Saulter, Program Consultant, played master chefs and cooked the burgers and hot dogs.

Adults and children alike took part in the balloon toss, sack race, piñata, and the shoe kick game. Towards the end of day, various items were raffled off, including stuffed animals, a threesome of Trolls, Sega game gear, and Sharks tickets. Nancy Wilson, Executive Director presented Veda Guerrero, Program Coordinator a memorial collage for her years of service.

Rainbow Recovery Women's Transition Group

A second Rainbow Support Group is now being held every Tuesday from 11:00AM to 12:30PM at the Rainbow Recovery office at 2147 Lincoln Avenue in San Jose. This group is in addition to the Monday Night Women's Transition Group from 6:00PM to 7:30PM.

The first meeting outlined the mission of the group, which is Women in Transition. A portion of the meeting was spent creating a journal. After the meeting, a raffle was held with three prizes; a pedicure, a $20.00 Marshall’s Gift Certificate and two movie passes.

The group is designed to support women living in THU and SLE homes. The group facilitator is Randi Fredricks, a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee, who is working under the supervision of Mary Crocker Cook, LMFT, license number 24385. The group is open to women living in a sober living environments. For more information, please call (408)315-0645 or email randi@rainbowrecovery.org.

Get Your Short Story or Article Published

The Rainbow Recovery Newsletter is off to great start! We’re actively looking for short stories or articles to put in the newsletter that are written by women who are part of the Rainbow family - as well as from women who would like to share about the challenges and victories that they’ve had in recovery. You can submit a story by doing one of the following:

  • Give it to a Rainbow House Manager
  • Mail it to, or drop it off at:
    2147 Lincoln Avenue
    San Jose, CA 95125
  • Email it to randi@rainbowrecovery.org
  • Fax it to (408)997-0987
If you want to write an article but would like some help writing it, please call. For questions or more information, call 408.315.0645.

Free Tickets Available for Local Events

Rainbow Recovery has joined with Community Access Ticket Service (CATS) to provide the women in our homes with the opportunity to attend different cultural and social events.

Modeled after the successful Center Stage and Bass Ticket Foundations, CATS is the only organization of its kind, providing thousands of opportunities to disadvantaged individuals to attend a vast variety of events in the Bay Area.

Examples of some of the tickets available include Monterey Bay Aquarium, Zellerbach Hall, San Jose Spartan Basketball, Berkeley Rep and many more. Recently. 44 Rainbow family members enjoyed “Disney on Ice” at the H.P. Pavilion.

If you are interested in attending an event or would like to share a new experience with your family, call the Rainbow Recovery office at 408-979-9217 to get information of up coming events. These event opportunities are also posted on our web site www.rainbowrecovery.org.

Club Rainbow’s Mother’s Day Open House

On May 7, Rainbow Recovery held a Mother's Day party from 1:00PM to 3:00PM at the Rainbow office at 2147 Lincoln Ave in San Jose. Rainbow residents, staff and alumni were present for the event. It was a beautiful, warm day and everyone sat underneath umbrellas and partook in conversation. After enjoying sandwiches, snow cones, and other refreshments, each mother was presented with a flower, a special Mother's Day Certificate, and an assortment of scented soap and lotions. Towards the end of the afternoon, there was a raffle of gourmet coffee, hot chocolate mix and a special framed Mother's Day art work.

Club Rainbow’s Cinematherapy

Club Rainbow’s Cinematherapy Night has been a big hit. On April 29, the group watched In Her Shoes with Toni Collette, Cameron Diaz and Shirley MacLaine.

“I had a great time,” said Malinda B., “It was nice to kick back and discuss the characters in the movie.”

Some of the movies Club Rainbow has shown movies like Chocolat with Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche. For this event, pizza, popcorn and soda was served.

The upcoming date for Club Rainbow’s Cinematherapy are August 26. Call ahead to find out what movies will be shown.

Nutritional Services at Rainbow Recovery

At Rainbow Recovery, we believe that sound nutrition is an important part of recovery. We have a Certified Clinical Nutritionist on staff and we also have Nutritionists from San Jose State University go into our homes and show our women how to plan and cook nutritious meals.

Katherine Dittmann, a graduate student in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at San Jose State University, works with Rainbow Recovery to assist our women in improving their knowledge of food choices and preparation skills. Katherine has a background as a restaurant chef and enjoys helping others learn creative cooking skills as well as foster enjoyment in eating.

Rainbow is grateful to Dr. Marjorie Freedman, SJSU Department of Nutrition and Food Science and her interns for their time and service commitment to the women, children and families in Rainbow.

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"I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well."

-Diane Ackerman

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."

-Lucille Ball

"Do you really want to look back on your life and see how wonderful it could have been had you not been afraid to live it?"

-Caroline Myss

"We all have broken hearts. Every single one of us has had our heart broken at least once - in our families, from the loss or betrayal of a parent. Some had their hearts broken over and over again in terrible ways...We spend the rest of our lives eating or drinking or smoking or working so that we never have to go back there again. Never have to feel the unbearable pain of our broken hearts."

-Geneen Roth

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