Non-Profit Working To Bring Recovery Cafe to Medford

A Medford-based non-profit, called 'Reclaiming Lives' is working to bring Recovery Cafe to Medford. It's a place for addicts in recovery to make connections and support each other.

Posted: May. 8, 2018 11:13 PM
Updated: May. 8, 2018 11:13 PM

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recovery cafe was founded in seattle 15 years ago with the idea of providing a safe space for those in recovery to support each other after treatment. now the recovery cafe model is expanding across the nation, and a non profit group is hoping to have one established in medford later this year. stephanie mendenhall says, "i really wanted to have a coffee business and help people in recovery. we began looking on the internet and found recovery cafe and when i looked at their goals and mission it was exactly what i had hoped to bring to the valley." coffee and connections are what make up recovery cafe stephanie mendenhall says, "really it's about a gathering place for people to come who have addiction issues and be able to make connections with other healthy people and be able to embrace long term sobriety." the cafe uses a person-centered system of care stephanie mendenhall says, "only requirements for membership is that people be 24 hours clean and that they come to a once a week coffee circle where they meet with 8 other people that's led by a peer support or facilitated by someone who has been in recovery." reclaiming lives says they stephanie mendenhall says, "in the valley we have great treatment providers and places for people to go when they're in crisis but what about the long term side of heart breaking to think we are losing people of value and this will give them a place, it will be their place." 96 percent of recovery cafe members in seattle say coming to the cafe helped them maintain recovery the medford location would be the first in oregon reclaiming lives board chair bill maentz says, "it's growing really fast and i think the reason is because the program is working." and while its still in its beginning stages stephanie mendenhall says, "just getting the word we will have something new and different that will serve people in a different way." [a23]recovery cafe-2nd desk reclaiming lives tells me their next step is fundraising-- through a combination of grants and public support. they hope to have a recovery cafe open its doors by the end of the year. [a24]kdrv.com-wipe to vo for more information on
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