From left: Kristy Laschober, Brandon Orr, and Stephanie Mendenhall. Photo provided by Recovery Café Medford.

How Recovery Café Medford used a podcast to reach community through the pandemic

Brandon Orr, Reclaiming Lives/Recovery Café Medford Manager, has that knack for talking. He is straightforward, laughs a lot, and in everything he says, he communicates compassion. “Brandon is very outspoken and compelling and people like to be around him,” said Executive Director of RC Medford, Stephanie Mendenhall.                        From left: Kristy Laschober, Stephanie Mendenhall, and […]

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From Church Soup Kitchen to Healing Community: How Recovery Café San Jose Came to Be 

by Dana Bainbridge, Cofounder of Recovery Café San Jose   On this particular Sunday, it is already hot at ten in the morning in downtown San Jose. So, the Adult Christian Ed class at First Christian Church has opened the door to let in a breeze. We are intensely engaged in a discussion about the Bible […]

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Giving Back

  “For it is in giving that we receive” – St. Francis of Assisi   One of our Guiding Principles at Recovery Café and across the Network is to Give Back. This principle, as principles often do, may take on a range of interpretations relating to an individual’s expression of and connection to the principle. […]

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Living from Love

I would like to offer three tips to help us live from love instead of fear—even in the midst of overwhelming realities. The three tips are:  turn inward, turn toward, and turn outward.     Tip number one for living from love, instead of fear: Turn Inward. If our responses are to flow from love […]

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