Being With: The Founding of Recovery Café Indy

by Michael Schut, Communications Manager Being with. Not doing for. Not helping out. Not serving or saving others. “Being with,” not necessarily launching a new nonprofit, is what inspired the founders of Recovery Café Indy. They began here: “We want to be in community; we want to listen, learn, connect, and understand.” So that’s what […]

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Becoming Family: The Founding of Recovery Café Medford

by Michael Schut, Communications Manager On a rainy evening about a decade ago, Stephanie Mendenhall left her office at the Jackson County Health and Human Services Department in a hurry. She needed to buy a gift before heading to a friend’s birthday party. Getting out of her car outside a TJ Maxx, she walked by […]

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From New Day to Everett: Cafés Filling the Gap

New Day Recovery Café is located on Washington’s remote San Juan Island. Ferries and small planes provide the only transportation to Friday Harbor, the island’s main hub. Services on San Juan are limited. So, Mary, one of New Day Recovery Café’s leaders, worked diligently to find an off-island detox and treatment center for a Member […]

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I Couldn’t Do It Without these People

by Don Bosley, Recovery Café West Sacramento’s Executive Director As Recovery Café West Sac hits its first birthday, gratitude is the celebration song! You grab some friends, see, and you roll up some church pews every Monday morning, drop down some café tables, bust out some puzzles and cards, and maybe uncork a raucous round […]

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Give People What They Need—and They Grow

by Mike Schut, Communications Manager Ask Vince Collins what he most likes about the Recovery Café model and he just might start reflecting on his background working with children. His college degree focused on preschool children. And he has worked in child welfare and with special-needs adoptions.  For children to do well, he says, you […]

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Open Hearts, Saying Yes: The Founding of Recovery Café Longmont

by Mike Schut, Communications Manager Walking through the world with an open heart can be a dangerous practice. It just might be broken; it just might be stirred to respond.  And you can never predict what will nudge an already opened heart to crack open just a little wider. For Lawson Drinkard it was words […]

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