Our Cafe Mission
Recovery Cafe Clark County’s Mission: To encourage each person we meet by assisting them to equip themselves though an ever-growing support system of empowering resources, real-time encouragement, and loving compassion driven accountability.
We are a community of people from all walks of life in recovery who have been impacted by events of homelessness, struggles with addiction and mental health challenges that are barriers to day to day living. Our community consists of compassionate individuals who truly are conquerors in the development of the knowledge that they are loved and that they have so many gifts and talents to share.
Based on Washington State DSHS reports, approx. 10.7% of our residents’ struggle with behavioral health and substance use disorders. That equates to a figure of 47,080 in Clark County alone.
Mental health challenges are often the motivating force for a variety of people that are attempting to stabilize or cope with their physical or emotional pain through substance use. This form of coping with life stressors and pain negatively affects all members of our community, especially lower SES persons and people that are without stable or safe homes or that may be struggling with situational or environmental mental health challenges.
A major barrier to success may be the loss of prescription medications as a pain management resource and as an aid with coping with such challenges, especially when community members are compelled to stop taking them completely or somehow lose the ability to continue their use. The loss of these aids may reduce a person’s ability to cope with their discomfort, which may be a strong motivating cause to relapse into destructive patterns of substance use resulting in the loss of housing, employment, healthcare services, and their health.
Without the ability to maintain recovery from some of these mental health challenges, addictions, or a combination of the two, a continual access to current housing, as well as social service providers, can feel or even become, immeasurably out of reach.
According to the National Institutes of Health, people in recovery from substance abuse need a strong foundation of 2+ years of sobriety to obtain long-term recovery success. Recovery Cafe Clark County offers this structured support to every person that strives to rebuild and positively change their current environment, circumstances, and lives, by breaking the cycles of homelessness, addictive coping behaviors, and overcome other imposing mental health challenges.
Recovery Cafe CC was founded on the knowledge as well as the value principles that every individual is precious and valued no matter the circumstances of their past trauma, mental and emotional anguish, addictive behaviors, or mistakes made.
We provide a beautiful, safe, warm, drug and alcohol-free space and loving community to anchor Members (our most closely-supported consumers) in the sustained recovery needed to gain and maintain access to housing, social and health services, healthy relationships, education, and employment.
About Our Programs
Our program is designed to help people support recovery, reduce relapse, and fulfill their potential. Important elements of this work include:
- A healing environment with free, nutritious meals, coffee, tea and lattes, personal celebrations, special events, access to a computer lab, daily encouragement, and relationship.
- Small, accountability groups called Recovery Circles which offer peer-to-peer support. They are facilitated by a staff person, trained community volunteer, or a long-term Member.
- Volunteer opportunities allow Members to learn the rewards of giving back, improve communication abilities, develop leadership skills, and learn to interact effectively and productively with staff, other Members, and outside volunteers who spend time at the café sharing their gifts.
- Education through the School for Recovery, a school available to members and volunteers featuring classes that address the underlying causes of addiction, teaches coping skills, develop knowledge, and build recovery capital.
- Referral Services. We partner with a wide network of service providers to help members gain and maintain housing, healthcare, mental health services, legal assistance, and a base of support.
We Are Here For You
We are there for you! No matter if you are in a time of crisis, are seeking to get recovery for the first time, are transitioning into long-term recovery, are seeking help after a relapse, are experiencing a difficult change, or if you’re struggling with new mental health transitions,
The Recovery Cafe is a place where you can reach out for support and begin to access stability. The Cafe is a place for everyone that is looking to make a change by breaking the cycle of destructive behavior and desperation. The Café is there as a refuge of care with evidence-based addiction support and love.
We teach people ways to manage mental health, maintain sobriety, and build community.
We help each individual reclaim life as a person worthy of giving and receiving love.
Through our work, we prevent individuals from another potentially life-damaging crisis, saving taxpayer money in emergency intervention to help them stabilize, and allowing mental health and addiction support professionals to focus on health maintenance and addiction prevention.
Acting as a catalyst, Clark County’s “Access to Recovery” was instrumental in the creation of the Southwest Washington Recovery Coalition (SWWARC). Recovery Café Clark County (RCCC) began as vision when a small group of individuals from that newly formed coalition was invited to tour the Recovery Café Network’s flagship café in Seattle.
This group of SWWARC members spent the next several years in consultation, preparation, and planning. As a result, in October 2017, RCCC became an emerging member of the Recovery Café Network. As an emerging member and modeling that Seattle flagship café, Recovery Café Clark County uses many techniques designed to engage the individual in an intentional, goal driven manner, thus providing vital recovery capital for sustained recovery. Recovery Café Clark County’s main function is to prevent relapse by increasing recovery capital via a healing community in a Café setting.