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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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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Gardening: Nurturing Multiple Pathways

by Michael Schut, Communications Manager Here at the Recovery Café Network we describe Recovery Cafés in a variety of ways: And we emphasize that our practices—like motivational enhancement and trauma-informed care—are evidence-based. And that’s important. Evidence-based practices have been rigorously tested, peer reviewed, often described and published in academic journals; they have been proven effective. […]

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From Dungeon to Beach Café—Creating Embracing and Healing Spaces

by Michael Schut, Communications Manager From the resort town of Daytona Beach, to big-city Seattle, to rural counties in Indiana and Washington, the attitudes are strikingly similar and familiar: the lives of those who come to Recovery Cafés don’t matter so much. And so the physical spaces—to the specifics of the carpet, the paint, the […]

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You Are Loved: Prom, Roller Skates, and Holiday Parties

by Michael Schut, Communications Manager, Recovery Café Network Just talking with Naketa, over Zoom even, is a joyful experience—which makes sense for someone who says she couldn’t believe she would be getting paid to “love on people.” Naketa serves as the Coordinator for Recovery Café Kokomo (Indiana). Her gratitude and joy for her work influences […]

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Sanctuary: Recovery Café Jefferson County

by Michael Schut, Communications Manager, Recovery Café Network Recovery Café Jefferson County, located in the small town of Port Townsend, Washington, opened at noon. Community members gradually arrived, checked in with Maura at the front desk, and began to find their seats at the tables spread through the light-filled space. At 12:30 Brian, the Café’s […]

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