Cafés in the News: Openings & More

In this season of gift giving, those of us at the Network are deeply struck by the ultimately valuable gifts each Recovery Café offers to their community. Numerous TV and print media outlets have recognized those gifts recently: from Café openings to poignant TV and radio interviews with Café leaders. We want to share some of those stories with you!

Café Openings

In the last two plus months, eight Cafés have opened their doors! Below we highlight each one, including media coverage related to a number of those openings.

We’ll start in Florida, where ReNew Recovery Café (RC) opened in Daytona Beach. Check out their opening here: “Daytona Beach Free Café Serves Community Mental Health Needs

Now to Canada’s first Recovery Café (in Vancouver, British Columbia) — which launched about a year ago, but just celebrated a grand opening of their new space: “Vancouver’s Recovery Café Is an Oasis in the Desert.” Watch local TV news coverage here.

Lunch at New Day RC

From Florida and Canada to San Juan and Lopez Islands, two pastoral islands in Washington’s Salish Sea. On San Juan, New Day RC (see Dec 16 post here) just launched in the town of Friday Harbor; and Heart and Soul RC opened on Lopez.

RC Valley of the Sun

West Sacramento RC (CA) and Valley of the Sun RC (AZ) also opened recently. We so appreciate how Valley of the Sun RC describes their mission: “We are a community of friendship and healing for people desiring recovery.” Learn more about West Sacramento below.

RC Daviess County mural

Finally, to RC Daviess County (IN) and RC Kate’s Place in Lexington (KY). Daviess County is the 14th RC in Indiana and Kate’s Place is a new initiative launched by RC Lexington (a Full Member Café) aimed at providing case management for people struggling with homelessness.

TV and Radio Interviews

West Sacramento Recovery Café’s Executive Director Don Bosley (far right in this picture) was recently interviewed in a powerful TV conversation. The video includes a time lapse of how the community sets up on Mondays and takes down on Fridays. Watch here.

Aspen Public Radio interviewed Gabe Cohen (far left). Gabe, who has his own powerful story of recovery, serves as Executive Director of the member Cafés in Basalt and Rifle, Colorado. Listen to the interview with Gabe here.

KSTP TV recently interviewed Recovery Café Frogtown (St. Paul, MN) Founder Sheri Cindrich (left) and Member Latoya Crutchfield (right). We love how the interviewer begins with how the Café is “working to heal folks through connection, love, and stability.” Watch here: Minnesota Live!

Recovery Café Santa Cruz’s tagline is “Everyone Needs a Community.” In this interview with KSCO Radio, Executive Director Serg Kagno talks about the Cafés mission and work. Listen to the interview with Serg here.

Congratulations to these Cafés and with gratitude to the entire Recovery Café Network for the gifts you give throughout the year – ultimately valuable gifts of your time, your attention, your presence, your love, and the community relationships that bring healing.