Recovery Café Featured in National Documentary

Recovery Café is proud to partner with the White House, Macklemore, and MTV for “Prescription for Change: Ending America’s Opioid Crisis,” a new documentary film that debuts on Tuesday, October 11th, at 9PM on MTV. We encourage you to check it out.

You might wonder how this collaboration came to be. On February 9th 2015 we were honored to have both Macklemore and Michael Botticelli, the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy to visit Recovery Café.

It was a thrill to receive this letter after their visit:

Later, when we were contacted by Director Botticelli’s office with a request to help MTV with a film about Opiate Addiction, we were happy to be of assistance. Here is Macklemore and Recovery Café’s Development Officer Ashley Dykstra, who coordinated the MTV filming at Recovery Café.

Like Director Botticelli, we believe that Recovery Café’s innovative recovery community model is powerful in helping individuals establish a foundation in recovery, and build on that foundation to become active citizens again. We feel fortunate to see the transformative results in the lives of the people we serve and want to share it as much as we can.

To that end, we created the Recovery Café Network to teach other communities how to replicate this model of hope, healing and life transformation. This aspiration is reflected in our Founder Killian Noe’s book, Descent into Love:

“Our hope and deepest desire is that the Recovery Café model will help transform the larger mental health and criminal justice systems and that longer-term, healing community will become the new normal in how we treat those suffering from addiction and other mental health conditions in our country”

If you are interested in starting a Recovery Café in your community, we invite you to join Recovery Café Network. You can learn more about sharing our model here. If you are local or plan to visit Seattle in the near future, we encourage you to attend a Coffee Hour or a “Come See” day at our Café to learn more about how you can bring this healing work to your community.

Recovery Café Network Launched!

In June 2016, five groups from Washington State and California came together at Recovery Café in Seattle to launch the Inaugural Recovery Café Network Cohort with the goal to open Recovery Cafés in their cities. Groups from Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver (WA), Everett and San Jose (CA) joined the charter two-year cohort. Each group brings dedication to support the recovery journey as well as years of experience in the social services field. This two day training was the culmination of countless hours of hard work and a lot of heart.

   The Inaugural Cohort learning about the Recovery Café model  

When asked about the new effort, Founding Director Killian Noe stated “Our mission is to create places that welcome women and men who have suffered homelessness, addiction, and other mental health challenges into a community that will provide them with the foundation of sustained recovery needed for them to gain and maintain access to housing, social and health services, healthy relationships, education and employment.”

During the two day training, cohort groups learned the basics of Recovery Café’s peer support model including:

  • Peer facilitated support groups called Recovery Circle
  • How to create a welcoming and healing setting for all people to thrive
  • Fundraising
  • Monitoring and evaluation of programming to demonstrate impact
  • Creating a robust volunteer program that reduces stigma and building cross socio-economic community

At Recovery Café, we are thankful for the numerous women and men that have supported our healing community over the last dozen years. From volunteering and donating to advocacy and accompaniment, we couldn’t have launched this new initiative without the strong support of so many in the Puget Sound region and friends from across the United States.