Approaching Addiction, Trauma, and Housing Insecurity, Spiritually

A reflection on the Recovery Café Network’s Guiding Principles by Aaron Guldenschuh-Gatten, Associate Executive Director of Recovery Café Lexington and Kate’s Place Recovery Café Lexington is a member of the Recovery Café Network. Our membership in this larger community of Cafés provides us with meaningful support and allows us to engage in our work through […]

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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: Dove House Recovery Café

by Michael Schut, Communications Manager, Recovery Café Network Dove House Recovery Café, 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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Miracles: Doing the Next Right Thing

by Aaron Guldenschuh-Gatten, Recovery Café Lexington’s Assistant Executive Director  Chanukah is the Jewish winter (in the northern hemisphere) Festival of Lights, celebrated over eight days. The word Chanukah means dedication. Chanukah commemorates the rededication of the ancient sanctuary in Jerusalem. After an oppressive regime desecrated and vandalized the Temple, a group of committed Jews retook […]

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Cohort Launch 11 Welcomes Nine New Cafés!

COHORT LAUNCH! There’s little at the Network that inspires more wonder, excitement, and smiles than welcoming a group of new leaders from new Recovery Cafés across the country! Just last week nine communities joined the Network team for two days of learning, small group conversations, and community building for our 11th Cohort Launch! The nine new Recovery Cafés […]

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The Power of Showing Up: Nueva Vida Recovery Café’s Immersion Visit

Silvia and José Andrade have called Gilroy, California, home since 1982. As I sat across from them, listening to Patty Marquez-Singh translate their story, I was struck by how transformation, for good or ill, is driven by those who show up. And José and Silvia, program managers of Nueva Vida Recovery Café, keep showing up […]

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