Vallejo is taking time to recognize the contributions of its community towards the betterment of the city. Part of the recognition will highlight the work of the House of Acts, a local non-profit, substance abuse treatment program.
Vallejo Mayor Osby Davis will present Hattie Smith-Miles, Founder of the House of Acts Substance Abuse Treatment Program with an award on on Friday, November 16at the Mayor’s Community Recognition Dinner. The event is a first-of-its-kind community recognition dinner.
Mrs. Smith-Miles is one of the recipients of the awards designed to highlight one volunteer, one faith-based, and one non-profit organization of the. 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.
“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,” said Mrs. Smith-Miles. “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.”
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. We serve adults and transitional youth within a long-term substance abuse treatment program and sober-living environment. We assist them with their goals to overcome drug addiction, alcoholism, addictive behaviors, poverty, and homelessness. Our 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, we 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.