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Newsletter September 2019

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Newsletter May 2019

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Enduring Mother’s Day Minus our Child

Surviving another Mother’s Day without a son or daughter Written by Eileen Spatz, COA Contributing Writer Approaching Mother’s Day each year used to be a cause for joy.  Mother’s Day provided an opportunity to relish the special attention we’d receive…

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Shout Out to Pastor Pondo

Fourteen suicides and substance-related deaths took place in the span of one year in San Clemente. All fourteen of these victims were under the age of 25. Words like “epidemic” and “panic” were fervently exchanged among the community. Why was…

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1,461 Days Without You By Eileen Spatz

October 23, 2017 Dear Blue, It has been exactly 1,461 days since I lost you, my precious son.   And even after that many days, four full years of daily sunrises and sunsets, I still ache in every nook and cranny…

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Getting Prepared to Head Back to School

Getting Prepared to Head Back to School (Photo by Tim Gouw on Unsplash) It’s that time of the year when we wrap up our lazy days, our adventures, family vacations, and our summer jobs. As you start to prepare for…

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Celebrating the 4th of July Sober by Alexis Graff

Holidays may be a very stressful time for those who are fighting addiction and living a sober life. The Fourth of July is no different.     The Fourth typically hosts a variety of celebrations such as- BBQs, parades, carnivals,…

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Honoring Father’s Who Miss A Child

If you are a father coping with the pain of losing a child this Father’s Day, we stand with you today and always. We know it is difficult to lose a child, and it may be heartbreaking to remember they…

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Reality Party for Parents

“Many adults feel drinking and drug use is a rite of passage. They assume teen parties are the same as when they were young. Straight Up youth want parents to face the current realities of today’s “out of control” teen…

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