Creating a sense of home and community at Recovery Café Chicago

When Gilda Payton first met La Shaun Rickman, Founder/CEO of Recovery Café Chicago, she was heartbroken and navigating trauma. “My brother was killed in front of me,” she said. But after meeting Mrs. Rickman and joining the community, “…I was able to get to the next stage. It let me know that I’m not the […]

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Deepening community connection through a bilingual/bicultural peer support program

Longmont, Colorado, a high-elevation town with cold winters, was in need of a refuge: a space where people who experienced trauma, homelessness, substance use disorder, and other mental health challenges could gather and heal together. With Lisa Searchinger heading up the organization, Recovery Café Longmont was born, opening in 2019 and creating a warm haven […]

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Big changes for a small community: Recovery Café Orting Valley

Orting Valley is nestled between two big hills in Pierce County, Washington, tucked away from major interstates, with just about 8,000 people calling it home. “There’s no bus lines. There’s no apartment buildings,” said Anthony, the Administrative Resource Specialist for Recovery Café Orting Valley. “Mostly families and houses.” He notes that even the “pass-through” population […]

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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 

From Church Soup Kitchen to Healing Community  How Recovery Café San Jose Came to Be  by Dana Bainbridge Pastor of Urban Sanctuary (formerly First Christian Church San Jose) and Co-Founder Recovery Café San Jose     On this particular Sunday, it is already hot at ten in the morning in downtown San Jose.  So, the Adult […]

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