Our Cafe’s Mission
Recovery Cafe Clark County’s Mission: To encourage each person we meet by helping them equip themselves with the ever-growing support, the empowering resources, real-time encouragement and loving compassionate-driven accountability.
We are a community of real Women and real Men whom have been impacted by events of homelessness, struggles of addiction and man mental health challenges that are slowly tackling our day to day living. Our Community consist of compassionate individuals whom are conquerors in the development of coming to know they are loved and that they have so much more 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 causing factors in a variety of people that are either making an effort to stabilizing their pain or coping with their pain through substance abuse. This type of adaptation actually hurts and ultimately affects low-income and our Women and Men that are without homes that are struggling with situational or environmental mental health challenges; some of those challenges consist of resources to medications – whether that means they have stop taking them completely or loss of ability to continue taking them. These turn in events have a tendency to cause substance abuse relapse as well as loss of housing, employment and healthcare services.
Without the ability to maintain recovery from some of these mental health challenges and/or addictions, a continual access to current housing as well as social service providers can feel 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 Women and Men that strives to rebuild and change their current environment, circumstances and lives by breaking the cycles of homelessness, addictive behaviors or other 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.
Our program is designed to help people maintain recovery, reduce relapse and fulfill their potential. Important elements of this work include:
- A healing milieu 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, teach 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 there for you, either in times of crisis, whether you are seeking to get recovery for the first time, transitioning to long-term recovery, seeking help after a relapse, experiencing a difficult change, or struggling with new mental health transitions; the Cafe is a place where you can reach out for support and begin to obtain stability. The Cafe is a place for everyone that is seeking 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-ending 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 utilizes numerous 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.