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

Honoring Our Faithful Friends 2018

On February 6th we hosted our annual Faithful Friends Gathering at the Café. This gathering is a time to thank the donors, volunteers, community members, and Recovery Café Members who have made long-term commitments to our healing and life-changing work. The event, highlighted by a moving talk from Killian, an awards presentation to a few … Continued

A Reflection on the King County Legislative Forum

Thank you to everyone in our community who rallied with us to attend the King County Behavioral Health Legislative Forum! We were thrilled to have more than 50 people attend and represent Recovery Café to celebrate recovery and to encourage our elected officials to support Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder services. Among many highlights, Recovery … Continued

Volunteer Profile: Michael King

Love and Transformation: One Cup at a Time By Ashley Dykstra Michael King has been pouring espresso for more than 20 years and after attending a ‘Coffee Hour’ tour, held on the first Thursday of each month, he decided to volunteer his craft to Recovery Café.  “Being a barista allows me to perform many acts … Continued

The Power of Visual Storytelling

The Power of Visual Storytelling On a slightly cloudy Saturday afternoon at Recovery Café, the ten or so Members who sat around tables spread throughout the room seemed timid. They were looking at the prompts on the whiteboard in the first of two Visual Storytelling Workshops hosted at the Café by Erika Berg, figuring out … Continued

Welcome 2016-2017 Jesuit Volunteers

Welcome Jesuit Volunteers! We are proud to introduce to you the new Jesuit Volunteers joining us at Recovery Café! Samantha Walshak will support our operations team as Radical Hospitality Coordinator and Emily Tormey will recruit, lead and retain volunteers as Volunteer Coordinator. Both were selected for their high levels of compassion for others, integrity, and … Continued

Thank you Faithful Friends

On Tuesday, February 9, we honored three individuals that have gone above and beyond to help our community at our annual Faithful Friends Gathering. We are humbled to receive the support of Vince Collins, Diane Tomhave and Anne Frantilla. Thank you to everyone that came to celebrate these three amazing people! Please read how each … Continued

Mary Ann Knowles

On the surface, it’s not obvious. It’s not obvious why the bright-eyed, cheerful woman before me is such a natural fit for the role of Minister of Presence here at the Recovery Café. Until just a couple of years ago, Mary Ann Knowles was a homemaker, capably running a comfortable household in one of Bellevue’s … Continued