Lifetime Recovery residents will receive donations from students in time for winter break.
By Michelle Delgado
The Human Services Club will host a toiletries drive through Dec. 15. Items such as shampoo, conditioner, body soap, toothpaste, razors and deodorant are acceptable donations.
All donated items will be taken to Lifetime Recovery, a men’s residential chemical dependency treatment center.
Donations can be dropped off 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday in Room 323 of Nail Technical Center.
The drive is a great way to help people who have children get back on their feet and recover, said Christopher Lopez, academic support specialist for the human services program.
“A lot of times the people in these treatment facilities are there because they end up with nothing; sometimes they’re homeless,” said Lopez, who is a former president of the club.
Last semester, the club collected toiletries for Alpha Home, a rehabilitation center that helps women who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction.
The drive for Alpha Home was a huge success, Lopez said; more than 500 items were donated and given to the home on their 50th anniversary, Lopez said.
Students in the Human Services Club get hands-on experience with giving back to the community, while gaining professional experience when associating with the men and women who are residents of the treatment centers.
“It’s just a good way to help the residents of these treatment facilities get back on their feet and recover,” Lopez said.
The club gives students networking opportunities with professional organizations and updates them with seminars and conferences around San Antonio, such as the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Texas Association of Addiction Professionals.
Anybody can join the Human Services Club by signing up through OrgSync; they are currently in search of a new president.
The club meets noon-1 p.m. Fridays in Room 325 of Nail Technical Center.
For more information, call the human services office at 210-486-1267 or go to Room 323 of Nail.