A Letter from Vivian

A letter from Vivian – Winner of the King County Poster Contest For the Recovery Cafe, With Gratitude: For years, on the bus, looking through the window I saw the beautiful building – that solid structure so different from its surroundings: Recovery Cafe. I thought it was an exclusive club; very expensive and difficult to get in. … Continued

Member Profile: James

James came to Recovery Café by way of Veteran’s Court. His probation officer told him about the Café, but he avoided visiting for a few weeks. He arrived in September 2016 battling a meth addiction. Although he liked the Café, he struggled in the first few months and relapsed by December. However on January 1st, … Continued

Member Profile: Allen

The Healing Power of Art By Ashley Dykstra “Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.” ~ Claude Monet Seemingly displaced from 16th century England, Queen Elizabeth I saunters through Recovery Café’s front doors on Saturday night with an aristocratic grace … Continued

Member’s Profile: Keith

“From Rats to Riches” By Ashley Dykstra Keith was overjoyed. He, a recovering addict with an arrest record, passed the enlistment process to be a culinary specialist with the United States Army. Two days before he was scheduled to leave for basic training, a car struck his bicycle. The driver fled the scene, leaving Keith … Continued

A Declaration of Transformation

A theme we often see at Recovery Café is the need for closure from a lot of our Members. The following is a declaration of transformation from one of our Member’s, as told by our Founding Director Killian Noe. Names have been changed and omitted for confidentiality purposes. She slipped into my office and in … Continued

Remembering Marguerite

“No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away.” – Terry Pratchett When a new donor, volunteer, or community member comes to Recovery Café for the first time they inevitably ask; “What makes this place so special, what is the secret to your success?” The answer, which might seemingly … Continued

Congratulations Victor!

Recovery Café was honored to have both Jim Vollendroff and King County Council Member Jeanne Kohl-Welles at our recent Standing in the Gap Friend and Fundraising breakfast.   A longtime Member of the Café, Victor was the co-emcee.  We have shared a little bit of his story with King County in year’s past.  We also recently … Continued

Member Profile: Jay

By Ashley Dykstra Jay believes that everyone is coded at birth with a pre-determined destiny. And his journey was majorly altered in infancy with his adoption. “My adoptive mother told me that I was special and she chose me,” but his adoption left a vacancy in his heart. “I was living a life borrowed because … Continued

Member Profile: J. Cooley and Kendall

By Ashley Dykstra To protect the privacy of our Members, the names and some identifying details have been changed. J. Cooley traveled more than 2,800 miles from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Seattle to end his life. In January 2015, when most of us were making and breaking our New Year’s resolutions to meet idealistic fitness goals … Continued