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East County News Service

February 19, 2019 (San Diego) -- On Wednesday, February 13th, program clients from McAlister Institute’s Group Home East, a short-term residential treatment program for teens, funded by the County of San Diego, Health & Human Services Agency, distributed Valentine’s Day cards to homeless individuals at the First Presbyterian Church on Date Street in San Diego. The distribution was an anonymous act of service, human kindness, and an expression of compassion for others.

Approximately 100 clients countywide in McAlister Institute’s Expressive Arts Therapy groups created 150 Valentine’s Day cards with a recovery message,as an artistic project based on self-compassion and compassion for others. The cards were collected and brought to the church where McAlister Institute’s Group Home program youth served each homeless individual a card and a meal.

McAlister Institute is a non-profit organization based in East County that helps bring life-saving services in substance abuse treatment, mental health counseling, life skills education, and vocational training to individuals and families regardless of their inability to pay.

McAlister Institute has earned recognition as one of San Diego County leading resources for the compassionate care and treatment of individuals and families suffering from addiction, mental illness, and homelessness. Founded in 1977, we dedicate ourselves to having a positive impact on all those who come to us, helping restore them to more productive and meaningful lives. For additional information on the McAlister Institute, please visitwww.mcalisterinc.org.

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