(L) Hattie Smith-Miles being presented with a honorary donation for the House of Acts by (R) Rev. Dante Quick of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Vallejo, Calif.
Vallejo, CA (BlackNews.com) -- Hattie Smith-Miles, community leader, social entrepreneur, and founder of the House of Acts, a local non-profit, substance abuse treatment program, will receive an unprecedented honor by Vallejo Mayor Osby Davis on Friday, November 16, 2012 at the Mayor's Community Recognition Dinner sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, held at the Dan Foley Cultural Center starting at 6pm.
The event will highlight one volunteer, one non-profit organization, and one faith-based organization of the year, as award recipients. The goals for this public display of recognition are to show points of parity and let the community and other stakeholders know that social issues are too important to ignore. And by strengthening community partnerships the city can make more substantial investments toward the betterment of Vallejo.
Mrs. Smith-Miles has served Vallejo and other Solano County communities for over 50 years. She has a strong conviction, foundation, and understanding for the needs of both, underserved and underprivileged youth and adults.
Even predating her opening of the House of Acts in 1989, Mrs. Smith-Miles has been dedicated to resolving social issues with prevention, recovery, and raising awareness to alcohol and drug use disorders; access to crime-free, sober living environments; and assisting homeless adults and transitional youth into self-sufficiency. Mrs. Smith-Miles is also a significant partner to the City of Vallejo, "providing services on a daily basis to fill the ‘gap of need' which the city is unable to serve", says Mayor Davis. Additionally stating that her contributions to the city make it "a better place to live, work, and grow old, because of her willingness to volunteer and generously give to those in need".
After receiving the Mayor's request, Mrs. Smith-Miles reflected on some of the challenges the program has had over the past year and then said to the staff, "You know, I originally founded this program over 20 years ago with a purpose to combat the disease (addiction) that destroys families, weakens our communities, increases the crime rate, thrives within vulnerable populations, and engulfs individuals with hopelessness. And it is an incredible blessing that our Mayor appreciates and believes in the House of Acts' mission, courage, and commitment to the community. I am overwhelmed with gratitude."
Other Vallejo community leaders that share this same honor of being recognized by Mayor Davis are from the Building Effective Youth Development Center, Vallejo Outreach, and more. For more details about this event, visit www.visitvallejo.com/event-calendar/index.php?event=2864&cat=1
About the House of Acts
The House of Acts is a non-profit 501(c)3, community- and faith-based, residential social model program, located in Vallejo, California (Solano County) of the San Francisco Bay Area. They serve adults and transitional youth within a long-term substance abuse treatment program and sober-living environment, and assist them with their goals to overcome drug addiction, alcoholism, addictive behaviors, poverty, and homelessness. Their staff of intelligent, passionate, and certified clinical counselors have over 50 years of combined experience in counseling, mental health, and drug/alcohol prevention and rehabilitation. By integrating medical approaches to therapy, 12-steps, a highly empathic practice, and providing an atmosphere of healing to lives that have been impaired by alcohol and/or drugs, they are able to help empower our clients to fight the disease of addiction and help them create a foundation for family reunification, workforce readiness, and community involvement. Visit www.houseofacts.org.
For more details, contact:
House of Acts
627 Grant Street
Vallejo, California 94590
Tel: (707) 553-1042
Fax: (707) 553-8146