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

Welcome (Back) Carmichael!

If you were to ask a Member, staff, or volunteer what sets Recovery Café apart, they may say it’s the connections, the relationships, the people, that make this place unique. But as the conversation continues you would inevitably get the most basic answer; this place feels different. When asked what brought him back after a … 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

Honoring Our Faithful Friends

In February, we hosted our annual Faithful Friends Gathering, a time to thank all of the donors, volunteers, community members, and Recovery Cafe Members who make our work possible. The event was highlighted by a moving talk from Killian, a short story from our Member Mike, and an awards ceremony of a few of the … 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

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

Building Beloved Community

Thich Nhat Hanh, the Buddhist Monk nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King Jr. during the Vietnam War, wrote:  “Being part of a community practicing compassion may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of our world.” Members of Recovery Café Community, New Creation Community, Ebenezer AME Zion … Continued

King County Behavioral Health Legislative Forum

On Wednesday, December 7th over 600 members of the King County community gathered at Town Hall Seattle for the 20th Annual King County Behavioral Health Legislative Forum. This annual event is designed to give community members and agencies like Recovery Café the opportunity to speak to their elected officials about the importance of supporting treatment and recovery … 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