Volunteer Profile: Mearl

It’s hard to miss Mearl Bergeson every other Tuesday at Recovery Café. Initially his height might catch your eye – Mearl is strikingly tall and handles a mop with lithe grace – but as he turns and you glimpse his face, that’s what makes an impression. Mearl simply beams. And it’s not just cheerfulness but … Continued

Welcoming Ashley!

How do you find something that eludes almost everyone, even those who search for a lifetime? The secret is you have to look. That’s Ashley’s advice, when she’s commuting each way via ferry between Seattle and her home in Bremerton. What’s so elusive? Orcas, of course, Ashley’s favorite whales, which she has now seen 5 … Continued

Recovery Café Network Hosts 1st Rendezvous

Recovery Café Network brings together Recovery Cafés from around the Nation for Rendezvous 2018, the first such gathering Last Thursday and Friday, the Recovery Café Network (RCN) hosted Recovery Cafés from across the United States for its inaugural Rendezvous conference. Recovery Cafés from Washington, D.C.; Raleigh, North Carolina; San Jose, California; and Everett, Spokane, Tacoma, … Continued

Recovery Café Network Launches Third Cohort to Address Addiction Epidemic

Recovery Café Network Launches Third Cohort to Address Addiction Epidemic Washington, D.C., North Carolina, Washington, and Oregon groups to start Recovery Cafés to respond to the addiction crisis damaging their local communities. Seattle, WA: This April, the Recovery Café Network added its third cohort of member organizations, opening Recovery Cafés in Washington, D.C.; Raleigh, North … Continued

Recovery Advocacy Day

On a cold, rainy day in January, members of the Recovery Café community joined Members of the Washington Recovery Alliance (WRA) from across the state in Olympia for the WRA’s 3rd Annual Recovery Advocacy Day. The day brought representatives from almost every one of Washington State’s 49 Legislative Districts to advocate on the WRA’s 2018 … Continued

Welcoming Brian and Terri!

Please join us in welcoming our two newest staff members, Terri and Brian, to Recovery Café. Terri has been a member of the Recovery Café community since the beginning and is our new Café Manager. Brian has been making meals for the Café for 5 years and is now our full-time Kitchen Manager. Brian has been cooking since … Continued

Recovery Cafe at AEA in Washington DC

On November 10th Dr. Ruby Takushi, our Program Director, and Jane Brennan, our former Special Projects Coordinator, co-presented with Dr. David Fetterman from Standford University at the American Evaluation Association’s annual conference in Washington D.C. The presentation, Recovery Café (a Peer Support Center for People Traumatized by Homelessness, Addiction and other Mental Health Challenges) & Empowerment … Continued

Welcoming Amber and Alex!

Recovery Café is excited to announce the additions of Amber Lauff and Alex Clark to our team! Alex Clark is Recovery Café’s new Special Projects Coordinator. Alex is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma and moved to Seattle from the Bay Area to earn his Masters of Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Policy and … Continued

Are you a dentist or know one looking for a volunteer opportunity?

Recovery Café was recently awarded a grant from King County’s Department of Public Health to help increase people’s access to health services.  Currently Medical Teams International (MTI) sends their mobile dental van to Recovery Café once a month.  The need is always greater than the available appointments.  With this grant, we hope to partner with MTI to send … Continued