“Trauma creates change you don't choose; healing creates change you do choose.” – Romina Avila
Ethan, Charles, Steven, Lyn and Becky
Wondering What to Expect Around the Café in June?
Summer is finally here and so is the fun! The Recovery Café had to postpone our famous Family Fun night last month due to Covid but we are back on for this month. June 25th from 6-8pm will be the relaunch for Family Fun night for our members and their family. We will have a family style dinner, table games, karaoke, crafts and darts. Please call the front desk prior to the event and let them know you’re coming and who you will be bringing as your guests. Family Fun night will be the last Friday of each month going forward. The Café is making a point to reach the whole family in regards to recovery, and in doing so they’ve formed a parent support group on Monday nights from 5- 7pm for our members and their children of any age. There will be a light kidfriendly meal served along with activities for the kids and connection through group discussion. No need to call in advance. Penny, one of the Cafe’s recovery coaches, will be hosting a 2 part training on Fork Tuning, June 12th from 10am-4:30pm and June 19 from 10am4:30pm. Tuning fork healing uses calibrated metal tuning forks to apply specific vibrations to different parts of the body. This can help release tension and energy, and promote emotional balance. It supposedly works similarly to acupuncture, using sound frequencies for point stimulation instead of needles. If you are interested in signing up for this training please let the front desk know. If you have any other questions about the benefits of Fork Tuning or class details please reach out to Penny by email firstname.lastname@example.org. We believe that all forms of creative arts are extremely helpful for our recovery, and that is why we are now offering art class every Wednesday for our members. Gilbert is a very talented artist and is volunteering
Ethan, Charles, Steven, Lyn and Becky
his time weekly to share his passion for creative arts with our members. Gilbert has created a lot of the art you see around the Café and is putting together an “Awareness Board” where we can post educational material relating to the awareness topic of the month. He was also featured in an article within the Peering Forward Magazine, this past month. Through this magazine the mission of United Peers of WA is to bring hope, dignity, and a powerful voice to the peers of Washington. Great job Gilbert!
Recovery Café, then and now
The Recovery Café of Clark County is part of a network of Café that is spread across the the United States consisting of 26 Café in total, including Clark County. Before the doors were even open you can imagine all the planning and details that had to come together to become the Café you see today, all the way down to the logo. Becky, Operations Manager, explained that the logo has meaning and is a symbol for what the Café mission is:
The House- Let people know this is a safe space for them.
The Circle- Represents our support circles that connect us
The Trees- Represents the growth within a support circle
The Arrow and Sun- The sun WILL rise on a new day so do not stay in yesterday
The Café has come a long way, starting from just a blank canvas and a group of people with the desire and the passion to help others. In 2018, a small group traveled to the original Recovery Café location in Seattle and saw what was working for them and the impact that they were having on their community and that sparked the inspiration for The Clark County Cafe you see today.
When the doors finally opened in August of 2018, there were only a handful of people that worked to get the Café on its feet and were volunteers for a full year until the Café was in the position to have employees. Today there are 20 employees, 125 active members, and 14 dedicated volunteers and those numbers are growing rapidly.
Within the first 4 months the doors were opened 37 new members were active participants. When Becky was asked what she thinks is the key to the Café success, without any hesitation she said, connection. Connection with the members, connection with the community and connection with the other community agencies that all have the same goal, and that is to provide hope to people that were otherwise hopeless. Ethan, Recovery Coach Supervisor, says often that we are, hope dealers. Charles, the Volunteer/Resource Manager believes, if there is a heartbeat then there’s hope.
Recovery Café Then
Recovery Café Now
One of the many benefits of being a member here at the Café is enjoying our freshly brewed coffee and specialty drinks as a gift. Jenna, our barista, is now serving Italian sodas and iced coffees! The Italian sodas are so delicious and hit the spot on a warm day. We would like to thank Jenna for her dedication to the Café and the smiles she brings to the members every time they enjoy one of her creamy delicious drinks! If you have not had a chance to come down to the Café, please give us a call and we would love to invite you here as our guest and drinks are on us!
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, or rape or who have been threatened with death, sexual violence or serious injury. At the Café we do our very best to be compassionate and respectful for everyone’s
recovery and that includes making sure all of our new members are informed of our floor etiquette during new member orientation which include, having no phone calls on the main floor, and being cautious of your voice level and tone. Ethan stated that some of our members have found healing from their PTSD through the support they’ve received from their circle. He also mentioned that the Café awareness lies in the guiding principles:
Connect with divine love with ourselves and others
Please take a moment when you come into the Café to view our awareness board which will offer more resources and literature regarding PTSD. If you or someone else you know suffers from PTSD and needs support please come to the Café and we can get you connected with a one on one coach that will walk alongside you on your healing journey.
Everyone Meets, Clifford Thurston
Written by Clifford Thurston
The power of commitment to volunteering will change your life and put you on a path to live your dreams. My experience volunteering began in 1994 with the largest affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) based in Seattle. I was assigned numerous speaking engagements at the University of Washington, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, the University of Puget Sound. I was invited to a National Conference for NAMI at San Antonio. Soon after being nominated to that NAMI Board of Directors, I learned many skills to navigate our Legislative system, initially representing a peer voice to the mental health system. For the next four years I became a deeply involved advocate as a full-time volunteer. Soon after being nominated to that NAMI Board of Directors, I learned many skills to navigate our Legislative system, initially representing a peer voice to the mental health system. Fore the next
four years I became a deeply involved advocate as a full-time volunteer. In 1999, I founded Worldbridgers, a 501 c 3 nonprofit corporation, a peer run organization dedicated to improving conditions at Western and Eastern state hospitals. Thanks to the University of Washington donations, our greatest benefactor, I began a five-year national probe across the nation to find the best working peer run service available among state hospital’s. The research was conducted on site at Washington State Hospital in a building known as “The Institute''. Where I was once a patient in 1973. 2016 came around very quickly and I began working with our Senate and Ways Committee. I found that our nation's very best peer Bridgers service was in the great state of Ohio. I submitted that program to the Committee Chair from the 45th District Ways and Means Committee, the late Andy Hill. Our Peer Bridgers program was funded that year 2016 by the Washington State Legislature. At first funded as a pilot project funding and fit in very well and funding continued every year since. I have lived a dream and in doing so made a significant impact changing our world. You or anyone can make a commitment to change and live a dream.
Recovery Café, School for Recovery
This month you will see our members' ideas come to life within the School of Recovery. Steven Mahoney, Dean of School of Recovery, is reaching out to our members to capture their needs and wants when it comes to upcoming classes, groups and training. "The School of Recovery is about building up recovery capital, which is like a bank account of things to draw upon in those moments when it's tough to keep moving forward." When I think of "Recovery Capital," I think of this in terms of what the members need and want and what works for them, not my ideas. I began asking members about things that they feel they could grow from or ideas to improve upon and grow their own recovery capital, and I will build the school of recovery from the members suggestions and ideas. After all, if the members are not the most important persons at the Café then I’m at the wrong place.” -Steven Mahoney, RCP.
Director's Note for June
The Light at the End of the Tunnel! As we exit from the year of COVID, the Recovery Café is moving to be a big part of Clark County’s Recovery. We continue to grow by expanding the services we provide and the number of people we serve. Our growth continues to need more staff (we have been hiring), more volunteers, and more funding. In May, we received ongoing support for a matching grant from donors and from the Recovery Café Network ($35,000). With this kind of support, we have hired a Funding Coordinator, Morgan Gist. With his efforts, we hope to generate funding to provide healthcare benefits to the staff at the Café. As you know, we believe in WELLNESS and that includes our staff.
With the American Rescue Plan, federal and state funding will be able to maintain our core services for the next several years. Supporting our staff for the long term, both in salary and benefits will help us build a solid foundation for the Recovery Café of Clark County. Look for our next big fundraiser in September during Recovery Month. In the meantime, you can show your support by signing up for any of your employee programs (Combined Fund Drive) or even designating us for donations through your Amazon purchases (AmazonSmile Charity Lists is a meaningful and easy way for you to shop and donate items directly to charities in need). Even if you don’t select the Café, please consider your favorite charity for this easy way to support your community. Happy Spring!
This Month's Community Resource
June 13th @ 12pm
2400 E. Fourth Plain Blvd
River City Church parking lot
New Member Introduction
Saturday's at 10am
Call to reserve spot