“The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
Wondering What to Expect Around the Café in May?
While the world is in continuous change, one thing you CAN expect, is the Recovery Café of Clark County to be here when you need us. Greeted at the door with not only a smile but a thermometer and a bottle of hand sanitizer, our Covid monitors (Sweaney and Mark) go over and beyond to keep us safe!
This month on May 7th at 6-8pm, for the members, we will be bringing back FAMILY FUN NIGHT! In the past Family Fun Night has been a highlight around the Café and definitely a great way to have some fun in recovery! We will have games, crafts, a light dinner, and a Café favorite… Karaoke. We ask that you please call the front desk and let us know you’re coming and how many people you’re bringing in advance. Family Fun Night will be held the first Friday of every month from 6-8pm.
Hope to see you and your loved ones there! I'm so excited to announce that the Café is starting a new Youth and Family program beginning this month as well! We believe that addiction affects the whole family, so Recovery Café of Clark County would like to offer recovery to the whole
Becky, Charles (Left), Mayor Anne McEnerny- Ogle and Lisa (right).
family. Every Monday from 5-7pm we will be inviting members down as a family for a light dinner, crafts and some bonding activities. There will be recovery coaches available during these times as well. Please give the front desk a call to let us know you will be coming! If you are interested in volunteering for these events, please speak with Charles Hanset and he will direct you to the correct person. We love having other community nonprofits and leaders come into the Café and speak about what services they have to offer! Mr. Charles Hanset is hard at work behind the scenes making sure that we are connected into the ‘recovery pipeline’ and that our members are receiving up-to-date resources to not only help in crisis but encourage long term recovery. Last month CVAB, Val Ogden Center, Council for the Homeless and even our Mayor Anne McEerny-Ogle came to visit us! Please come in or call to find out who will be speaking during lunch announcements in May.
We're Growing, How you Can Help??
Well, that is a great question, thank you for asking! Our members at the Café, and in the community, can help by continuing to SHOW UP! Your presence and YOUR story alone are a huge contribution to not only the Café, but our entire community.
Volunteer your Time
Volunteering is a MAJOR part of some people’s recovery and has tons of personal benefits along with benefiting the Café’s growth. There are tons of volunteer opportunities in our community and at the Café. Please see Charles if you are interested in getting involved that way.
Celebrate with us
Here at the Café we LOVE to celebrate clean time, belly button birthdays and even the smaller triumphs. Please join us between 12- 2pm Tues-Sat for our announcements, celebrations, and a home cooked meal!
Everyone Meets, Lisa Schneider
William, Kimberly (left), Anthony (Middle), Rick and Jackie (Right)
We sat down with one of the Café’s dedicated volunteers and asked her a few questions about her experience volunteering at the Café.
Becky (right), Charles (Left), Mayor Anne McEnerny- Ogle (Middle)
Rori: Tell me your story that led you to the Café.
Lisa: I attended Recovery Coach Academy 2 years ago and learned of the café a few weeks later and became a member.
Rori: Where else have you volunteered in the community?
Lisa: I’ve volunteered many years at the Adventist Community Service Center, Clark County Harm Reduction Center, Daybreak Youth Services, Regifting Store and a variety of outreach for our houseless friends.
Rori: What is your greatest strength? How does it help you volunteer?
Lisa: I would say it’s my ability to talk to people easily.
Rori: Can you tell me about a memorable time at the Café?
Lisa: We have great family game nights and I loved bringing my granddaughter to those. We had an amazing Halloween and New Year’s Eve parties.
Rori: What causes are you passionate about that we address here at the Café?
Lisa: I am passionate about helping others and finding resources they need. The Café does such an amazing job with this!
Rori: What makes you feel appreciated?
Lisa: Kind words from other are always encouraging. A simple thank you goes a long way.
Rori: What would you say to the people that are considering volunteering at the Café?
Lisa: What are you waiting for? Giving back is so rewarding and the best thing you can do for your recovery.
Rori: What does the Café offer that you want more people to be aware of?
Lisa: One great thing that the Café offer’s is one on one recovery coaches and employment specialists.
Recovery Café, School for Recovery
There are many benefits to becoming a member at the Café and one of those benefits is being able to participate in all of our classes. Ethan Gonzalas, the head of our School of Recovery, and his team, has put together a group of classes that encourage a holistic approach to recovery. Empowering our members with life skills like, a healthy cooking class put on by the Clark County food bank, First Aid, Wellness Recovery Action Plan course also known as WRAP and coming soon, a financial budgeting series are all included in our membership. (FREE)
Steven Mahoney, AKA ‘The Dean of School of Recovery’, is the man in charge when it comes to our CCAR (Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery) Recovery Coach Academy courses. So, if you are considering becoming a Recovery Coach or would like to sharpen your tools on your tool belt, please contact Steven with any of your questions.
Not only do we offer a wide range of classes, but we also offer one-on-one coaching and employment coaching. Our recovery coaches will meet you where you are at and walk right along side you as you discover your own recovery path. No matter the roadblock, our coaches have knowledge of vital resources in the community so that if we cannot help, we can get you to the right person who can. As our members work on rehabilitating their lives, employment can be difficult to find. Steven and Jennette work whole heartily to help members create resumes and cover letters along with applying for positions in the community that fit their qualifications. They also help creating education goals and walk with you as you apply for schooling.
Director's Note for May
As Spring takes hold, the Café is blooming too! More circles, more members, and more services makes being a part of the Recovery Café of Clark County an ongoing JOY. We continue to grow into a vibrant part of the Clark County Community but also a leader in the State and National recovery movement. With Podcasts out of Maryland, to being cited in meetings in Washington, DC, we are making a difference.
It is especially gratifying to share that we have weathered 2020 and 2021 looks to only increase the permanence of the Café. The Recovery Café of Clark County on 4th Plain just signed a five-year lease. We are her to stay! Vancouver will always have a place for people in recovery to have the support of a welcoming community. With five years in our sights, we can make big plans and continue to improve and grow. We do have a Spring opportunity coming up. We have been offered a $10,000 matching grant if we can raise, on our own, another $10,000. Our donor states: May 4 is Giving Tuesday, a nationwide day of giving. We hope you will all participate! To encourage you, we are
excited to share that we will be matching dollar- for-dollar (up to $10,000) for the funds you raise between and on the dates of April 20 - May 4. These are to be monetary gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations, and faith communities. Please consider supporting us in this funding opportunity with any size gift to we can collect the full $10,000. Please go to Donate : Recovery Café Clark County (recoverycafecc.org) or stop buy and drop off your donation. Call me with any questions or concerns. Thanks for your support and enjoy our Spring!
This Month's Community Resource
Youth & Family Program
FOR MEMBERS EVERY MONDAY @ 5-7PM
CALL IN ADVANCE 360-984-6163
Recovery Resource Center
RECOVERY FROM ALCOHOL AND DRUG ADDICTION IS POSSIBLE M-F 9AM - 5PM
9317 NE HWY 99 SUITE M,
VANCOUVER, WA 98665
SERVING THOSE IN NEED IN CLARK COUNTY BY PROVIDING FREE CLOTHING, HOUSEHOLD GOODS, EMERGENCY FOOD @ GIVING CLOSET, 2804 B NE 65TH AVE,
VANCOUVER, WA 98661
Family Fun Night
1ST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH
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