Recently, the Golden State Foods Foundation had the honor of supporting the dedication ceremony for the Phoenix Rising Music Studio at Phoenix House Academy Orange County, in Santa Ana. The Phoenix House is a national agency whose mission is to help children and adults combat drug and alcohol addiction through a residential treatment program. GSFF currently supports the organization’s youth program in Santa Ana.
The Phoenix Rising Music Program, created by singer-songwriter, record producer and former “American Idol” judge, Kara DioGuardi with help of many musicians and music companies, is an expressive arts therapy program that encourages clients enrolled in Phoenix House’s residential substance abuse treatment programs to express themselves through music.
Participation in the creative arts has been proven to increase self-esteem, reduce anxiety and depression, and aid the recovery process for people who struggle with substance abuse and/or co-occurring mental health problems. The program engages clients in the treatment process and gives them an effective way to gain a deeper sense of self-understanding as they write, perform, and record powerful songs of struggle and recovery.
“We were introduced to Phoenix House’s good work through actress and music recording artist Becky Baeling Lythgoe, who was our headliner several years ago at our Good News for Kids Gala,” said Bill Sanderson, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at GSF. “Becky is involved with the Phoenix House through her good friend, Kara. We were thrilled to be able to support this very worthwhile cause and to spread the message of how important these programs are. Perhaps we’ll see the next American Idol come from the Phoenix Rising Music Program.”
For more information about the Phoenix Rising Music Program, visit here.