02 Dec Recovery Cafe
We are a community of individuals who have been traumatized by homelessness, addiction and other mental health challenges coming to know we are loved and that we have gifts to share. We seek to end homelessness for the over 11,000 people currently experiencing homelessness in King County. Our low-barrier, community of radical hospitality supports Members (consumers) to sustain recovery, rebuild their lives, and break the cycle of addiction, homelessness, and mental health instability.
Recovery Café Members are some of the most vulnerable people in our community–more than 65% are currently experiencing homelessness and 87% have previously experienced homelessness. Homelessness also disproportionately impacts people of color, and this is reflected in our Membership, where 45% identify as People of Color and 24% identify as LGBTQ+. Research indicates that as many as 90% of our Members have experienced childhood trauma, which continues to affect quality of life long into adulthood. They also face additional barriers to accessing housing, healthcare, and employment, and many Members rely on Recovery Café for their daily meals.
Recovery Café offers person-centered programming and recovery support, fostering the stability needed to access other essential services, such as housing, healthcare, and employment. Prior to March 2020, our Café offered support, resources and a community of care along the entire recovery journey, including: in-person peer recovery support groups; hot, nutritious daily meals; resource connection and referrals; and a vibrant community life through classes and events. Since March and the COVID-19 pandemic, we have evolved our programming to continue services to our community in healthy and innovative ways. We offer daily to-go meals to anyone who comes to our doors, have successfully implemented weekly telephone and video recovery support calls, and offer weekly online classes and community events. We also host a monthly outdoor Resource Day where, along with other providers, we offer crucial practical assistance, including hygiene kits, face masks, hand sanitizer, COVID testing, flu and Hep A/B vaccinations, bus tickets, and resource referrals. Since March, we have distributed more than 24,000 meals and 3,000 face masks!