Alpha Home named a 2017 Top Workplace

Alpha Home is thrilled to have been awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor by the San Antonio Express-News,
The evaluation for the Top Workplaces program is based upon feedback from an employee surveys. In total, 95 companies have been selected for the Top Workplaces award.

Check out the list here: http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/top-work-places/article/Top-Workplaces-2017-small-employer-winner-AIM-12288039.php#photo-11860177

Alpha Home Alumnae Spotlight: Christine

Today we’re bringing you the story of Christine, an Alpha Home Alumnae who never gave up. Completing treatment at Alpha Home helped her turn her life around and she now works at the Adult Drug & DWI Court, working to help others who were once in her shoes. #ChangeTheConversation

“After sitting in jail for over a month ready to go to prison, with the help of the Felony Drug Court, I was admitted into Alpha on May 3, 2007. While at Alpha Home I learned how to confront my addiction. It taught me how to care for myself when I had just given up. It help mend my relationship with my family… It also helped me get back on my feet and become independent. Because of Alpha Home, I found my strength and have been able to help many other women. I have had a pleasure of working alongside some great women who came from Alpha Home, while working as a Recovery Coach and working for the Felony Drug Court and Judicial Services for almost 9 years. I have been sober for 10 years.”

Pedal for Alpha Home!

Ride with supporters of Alpha Home! This ride will be led by JoyRide Texas instructor and former Alpha Home board member, Ed Howie!!

This fun and inspiring ride will accommodate all levels of fitness. The suggested minimum donation is $25 per bike, payable by cash or check at the door!

The event is happening on Saturday, September 30th at 11:30am at JoyRide Texas, located at 1915 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78215

Reserve your bike at: http://www.joyridestudio.com/texas-on-broadway/events

100% of all proceeds will go toward Alpha Home. Riders will enjoy refreshments on site immediately following the class.

Can’t make the ride? You can donate at: www.alphahome.org

Inside Out Silent Auction Bidding Starts Today!

You won’t want to miss bidding on these silent auction items, including art work created by Alpha Home supporters, such as prominent fine art artist, Kathy Sosa; advertising and marketing executive, Lionel Sosa; Alpha Home Alumnae, Sara Barcus, and local artist Dr. James Brown.

Bid on our silent auction items, starting today! Bidding for the silent auction will end on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 8 p.m.

Interested bidders can find the full catalog of silent auction items at www.auctria.com/auction/insideout

 

Alpha Home celebrates National Recovery Month

It’s National Recovery Month and we’re celebrating the gift of recovery all month long! Here’s a list of events we’re planning for this month! Come celebrate with us.

Alpha Home Painting For a Cause Fundraiser

Join us at this fun event for Alpha Home. All art supplies will be provided.
Cost of registration: $40/per person || $20 will be donated back to Alpha Home.
Register at http://www.whimsyartstudio.com/calendar/090917

When: Saturday, September 9th from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Whimsy Art Studios, 2211 NW Military Hwy, Ste 116

 

 

 

For one night only, come celebrate Alpha Home and National Recovery Month by attending this unique art exhibition.

The event is presented by Valero.

Alpha Home Alumnae, clients and staff contributed works of art to the exhibition, which is a representation of each artist’s view of their own recovery process. The goal of INSIDE ] OUT is to enable the participants to find strength within themselves through therapeutic artwork and to reduce the stigma of those who struggle with addiction.

The exhibit will be held at Brick (located at Blue Star Arts Complex) on Thursday, September 21, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Open to the public, the exhibition will have a suggested donation of $10 at the door.

One hundred percent of proceeds from INSIDE] OUT will be dedicated to helping individuals undergoing substance abuse in San Antonio.

When: Thursday, September 21st from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: Brick, 108 Blue Star
$10 Suggested Donation

Alpha Home partners with artist Branislav Jankic to screen “Letter To My Mother,” a short film and art exhibition

Alpha Home partners with artist Branislav Jankic to screen “Letter To My Mother,” a short film and art exhibition that reveals an impactful look into the lives of mothers suffering from addiction

The project strives to lift addiction stigma and offer hope to those struggling with this disease

(SAN ANTONIO, Texas) – July 25, 2017 –Alpha Home – a local addiction treatment center – is pleased to partner with artist Branislav Jankic to present Letter to My Mother, a short film and art exhibition about mothers struggling with addiction. The project features many Alpha Home staff and Alumnae. The exhibition has previously only been shown in New York.

The one-night only event will take place on Thursday, August 17, 2017, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa. The film will be screened at 7 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.alphahome.org

Artist Branislav Jankic in front of the art exhibition view of “Letter To My Mother” at Spring Studio Gallery, New York, June 2016. Photo courtesy: Branislav Jankic

Letter to My Mother is a visual and literary body of work created by artist Branislav Jankic that reveals an impactful look into the lives of mothers suffering from addiction in the United States. The project strives to lift the stigma of addiction and create an international support system for those suffering from this disease, particularly mothers. The short film was shot during the first exhibition of the project in New York, June 2016.

The book came to fruition after Jankic learned of his mother’s painful diagnosis – terminal lung cancer – in November 2012. Jankic, who had experienced his own struggles with addiction throughout his teenage years, began a quest to reassess his relationship with his mother.

He began the process by starting a letter to his mother, reconciling with her and her life-long challenges, specifically the abuse of prescription drugs and alcohol. This act became the catalyst that set Jankic off on a journey to bring a narrative, not frequently told, to the forefront – to pro- duce a dialogue about motherhood and addiction outside of its stereotypically taboo associations.

In August of 2013, Jankic and the project’s Producer Goran Macura, set off on their quest, traveling the United States for 11 days, (1,200 miles by ground and 7,518 by air); visiting 6 states, including San Antonio, Texas, and photographing 40 women and their children.

The book chronicles the stories of mothers and their families as they openly tell their stories about addiction, abuse, shame, strength, and gratitude in a single letter accompanied by an intimate portrait. The large-format medium, which harkens back to classical portraiture and is ac- companied by a tedious and time consuming process, was chosen by Jankic to highlight the strength, endurance, and confidence of these women in recovery. Their restrained movement during the shoot allowed the subjects to speak only with their eyes creating beautiful, honest, and haunting portraits.

“My mother, all of these women, all of their children – they are beautiful. There is not one face of addiction. The women I chose are not defined by their disease, but by their motherhood. It can affect anyone, addiction doesn’t discriminate,” says Jankic “It was important for me to make that point – to show these women’s faces with the ultimate goal to make the conversation around addiction an open one, it doesn’t need to be and shouldn’t be hidden by shame.” – Branislav Jankic

In honor of these women, Jankic translated Letter to My Mother into an immersive multimedia art exhibition that also bears the same name as the book for four days in June 2016 in New York City. The short film was shot during this period while the exhibition was installed. The display, like the book, included 12 portraits of women whose stories were especially powerful for Jankic as well as a series of written and recorded letters, a celebration of the subject’s bravery. The number 12 was chosen consciously in order to reference several contradicting yet relevant existing connotations of the number: the 12 Olympians, the 12 pillars of success, 12 step addiction programs, and 12 as a religiously charged historical recurrence.

Each of these manifestations carry positive weight: hope, faith, strength, community; but they also hold negative associations: loneliness, shame, violence, vulnerability. Jankic invites the viewer to contemplate both ends of this spectrum, as emotions and perspectives have changed throughout the addicts’ personal journeys and amongst societal perceptions. In order for a new dialogue around addiction to commence, dichotomies such as these, especially in relation to motherhood, must be acknowledged.

Tickets for the event are $10 and can be purchased here: www.alphahome.org

Letter to My Mother film trailer can be viewed here: http://lettertomymother.us/trailer/

Letter to My Mother website for more information about the project : http://lettertomymother.us

About Alpha Home:

Since its beginning in 1966, Alpha Home has served over 23,000 women in San Antonio and the surrounding counties. The mission of Alpha Home is to offer a pathway of hope, healing and recovery through spiritually based drug and alcohol services and support.

About Branislav Jankic:

Branislav Jankic (b.1983) is a Serbian artist, director, and photographer based in New York City. His work has appeared in Interview (RU, DE), GQ (UK), Vogue Homme (Japan), Elle, and Flaunt. Under the tutelage of Gian Paolo Barbieri and Bruce Weber, Jankic draws deeply from his own past as a child of displacement, of addiction, and of rebirth. His first major book of photography, Letter to My Mother (2015) was inspired by his mother’s battle with cancer and addiction. His latest collaboration, Flowers of My Life (2015), a collaboration with Gian Paolo Barbieri, debuted at Milan Fashion Week and has been praised in Vanity Fair (IT), I.D., Women’s Wear Daily, and Love Magazine (UK).

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