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

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

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

Letter to an Intern

A significant ingredient of Recovery Cafe’s healing community is the love, support and passion brought by our interns. Typically our interns come from counseling degree programs at Seattle University and the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology.   Dave Shull heads up our interns program and serves as their wise, deeply seasoned, committed and caring … Continued

Member Profile: Jerry Deveau

By Ashley Dykstra Jerry Deveau chose a life less ordinary – a purpose driven existence punctuated by transient jobs, travel abroad, jail sentences, substance use disorders, relapses, and then recovery. Sharing in his experiences was his adoring wife, who passed away suddenly four years ago. Her memory is sobering, and Jerry is committed to staying … Continued

Member Profile: John Honn

By Ashley Dykstra “When I walk through the door, it’s a home away from home,” said John, “kind of like the show Cheers; a place where everybody knows your name – that’s not a bar.” John Honn is one of our baristas, celebrating his three-year anniversary as an active Member of the Café and his … Continued