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​“It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” - Confucius

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Wondering What to Expect Around the Café in July?

So far, this summer has been HOT HOT HOT! That is why at this month’s THRIVE2SURVIVE event we will have water fun! THRIVE2SURVIVE will be on July11th at 11am. We will be having a family style BBQ and bringing connection and resources to those in need. Sprinklers, face painting and passion for recovery makes a recipe for fun and healing! If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please join us at our next planning meeting on July 7th @ 4 at the Recovery Café. Recovery Café will be closed on July 17th for Recovery Coach Academy training. The CCAR Recovery Coach Academy© is a 3-day intensive training academy focusing on providing individuals with the skills needed to guide, mentor and support anyone who would like to enter or sustain long-term recovery from any addiction.

If you missed the opportunity to register, don't worry this training will be offered again in the next couple months. If you are interested in joining in the future please reach out to Steven Mahoney, the Dean of School of Recovery, at smahoney@recoverycafecc.org. As we grow one of our vital volunteer positions that will be in  high demand is our floor companion. The most common statement heard around the Café is  about the feeling of acceptance, and warm welcoming they received as they step in the  doors of the Café. Our greeters and floor companions are a prime example of people  giving back what they have been freely given. We ask that all our floor companions attend a short and friendly training/orientation, so they are aware of the expectations of that position.  Terry Sweaney is “the facilitator of that training, typically held the 1st Friday of the

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month.” Charles, Community Resource Outreach  Coordinator/Volunteer Manager, has made clear his deepest appreciation for the participation of the members as volunteers. Volunteer hours are being tracked and he has reported that the number of volunteers and  dedicated hours they have worked has more  than doubled since April. The Café would like to honor Sylvia Christenson as July’s Volunteer  of the month. Sylvia became a member March 25, 2021, and since then she has come  in Tuesday through Friday as a dedicated volunteer without missing a beat. Please join us on July 6th to honor her as  the Volunteer of the Month during lunch announcements.

 

The relaunch of Family Fun Night last month was a blast! We had great food, beautiful smiles and laughter was heard from every corner of the  Café. Friends and family enjoyed time playing with nerf guns and water pistols. There was checkers and chess, Jenga and Gilbert, a member/facilitator, was dressed as a minion. Not to mention the long list of professional Karaoke singers that absolutely shut the house down! If you did not get the opportunity to join us last month, please get your name on the sign-up list for July 30th 6-8pm! You will not be disappointed.

 

World Hepatitis Day (WHD) takes place every year on July 28th bringing the world together under a single theme to raise awareness of  the global burden of viral hepatitis and to influence real change. In 2021 the theme is ‘Hepatitis Can’t Wait.’ On World Hepatitis Day,  28 July, we call on people from across the world to take action and raise awareness of hepatitis because Hepatitis Can’t Wait. The Café understands  the importance of getting tested and offers a safe space for members to ask for resources or support. Ethan, Recovery 

World Hepatitis Day (WHD) takes place every year on July 28th bringing the world together under a single theme to raise awareness of  the global burden of viral hepatitis and to influence real change. In 2021 the theme is ‘Hepatitis Can’t Wait.’ On World Hepatitis Day,  28 July, we call on people from across the world to take action and raise awareness of hepatitis because Hepatitis Can’t Wait. The Café understands  the importance of getting tested and offers a safe space for members to ask for resources or support. Ethan, Recovery 

The Heart of the Café

Some say the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach and that has been  proven to be true day after day at the Café. Rick, Kitchen Coordinator, and his team provides a family style meal and top of the line salad bar daily.  Having our lunch offered for free for the members sets the Café apart from  the rest in that eating together is another way we connect. There is a lot of healing that happens  through the kitchen. Members needing work experience are empowered with new skills  for their resume. Also, community service workers come to help in the  kitchen to complete community service hours for court and a lot of the time organic conversation that happens over cooking brings healing and recovery. The Café’s kitchen staff is very grateful for all assistance provided by members to keep the kitchen clean and running smoothly.

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Recovery Café, School for Recovery

Starting July 2nd at 6pm Steven Mahoney and Rori Dicker will be hosting a writing group at the Café. This is not a writing class it is a writing group in which members that enjoy writing poetry, story stories or free write can get together and inspire each other. The vision is to hold open mic night at the Café and  eventually invite other Café’s to join open mic night through zoom. This will be held the 1st Friday each month at 6pm. If you are interested in joining there is no sign up, just show up and enjoy. Stay informed with the training and classes that are being held at the Café by reviewing our calendar or scheduling an appointment with one of our employment specialists.

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Hep C Awareness

 
 
 
 

Director's Note for July

Last July, I joined the Recovery Café of Clark County community. At that time, we had a small staff (less than10) and we were still adjusting to COVID. Today, our community is growing and thriving. We have a staff of over 25 people, and we just added healthcare benefits for fulltime staff. We have recovery activities everyday except Sundays and our evening activities are growing quickly. We, the recovery community, should be proud of our growth and the support we offer to Clark County. As we head into the next year, we will build back our connections throughout the community and support each other as we get back to “normal” living including our recovery journey. Oxfest, Hands across the Bridge, Recovery Forum, and others all need to get back to traditional involvements. We can’t let our progress slide backwards and must continue to make improvements where and when we can.

 

Clark County has great resources –we have no excuse. Remember, the Recovery Café is there to support all our efforts for individual healing, family healing, and building a community that nurtures healing at every level. Recovery Works! Celebrate Recovery! Meet them where they are! The miracles happen every day so give thanks and THANKYOU for your support.

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This Month's Community Resource

Overdose Awareness Day

Email a photo of a loved one you'd like to honor at the Clark County Overdose Awareness Memorial to ohana.swwa@gmail.com

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Popcorn

Movies in the Park: 2021 Movie Schedule

f you are looking for something fun in recovery to do this summer, Clark County is hosting Movie in the Park. Check out the city’s website for updates: https://www.cityofvancouver.us/parksrec/page/friday-nightmovies-pa