Puma’s Story: Resilience and Transformation

by Daynie Paul, Development Director at Recovery Café Medford Puma’s journey is one of resilience and transformation, marked by a determination to break free from the cycle of addiction and create positive change in his life and community. Growing up in Coachella Valley, California, Puma faced the harsh realities of abuse, addiction, and gang violence […]

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El Camino Seguro: Recovery Café Medford Paves the Way

[Editor’s note: Ricky Klausmeyer-Garcia served on the Recovery Café Network team from 2021 to 2023. Following Ricky’s passing in May of 2023, the Recovery Café Network created the Ricky Klausmeyer-Garcia Radical Hospitality and Inclusivity Award to honor Ricky and annually recognize a Café embodying the inclusivity and hospitality we all saw in Ricky. This piece starts […]

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Becoming Family: Medford and Frogtown Cafés Graduate to Full Membership

Theologian Sallie McFague writes that she believes that humans are fundamentally more needy than greedy. While our society celebrates greed and accumulation, McFague points to one of the essentials at the core of the Recovery Café Model: that we need each other; that we need communities where we belong in order to heal from the […]

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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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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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