What is A Recovery Café?

A Recovery Café is comprised of Member organizations committed to serving people suffering from homelessness, addiction and other mental health challenges using the Recovery Café model. Every Member of Derek’s Place is dedicated to these Core Commitments:

– Creating a community space that is drug and alcohol free, embracing and healing
– Nurturing structures of loving accountability called Recovery Circles
– Empowering every Member to be a contributor
– Raising up Member leaders
– Ensuring responsible stewardship

The collective impact of many organizations working together, learning together and sharing resources creates a synergy and ripple effect of lives transformed. Through this joint approach, we all have a broader and deeper reach than any group working on its own.

How the Recovery Café Model Works

The Recovery Café is an alternative, therapeutic, supportive community, founded on the truth that every human being is precious and worthy of love regardless of their earlier trauma, mental and emotional anguish, addictive behaviors, or past mistakes. Providing a beautiful, safe, warm, drug and alcohol free space and loving community to anchor Members (our most closely-supported consumers) in the sustained recovery needed to gain and maintain access to housing, social and health services, healthy relationships, education and employment is essential to this model.

Our model is referred to by the larger Behavioral Health Community as a Recovery Orientated System of Care (ROSC). An ROSC meets people where they are on the recovery continuum, engages them for a lifetime of managing their disease, focuses holistically on a person’s needs, and empowers them to build a life that realizes their full potential.  This person- centered system of care supports a person as they establish a healthy life and recognizes that we all need a meaningful sense of membership and belonging in community.

Traditionally, a person receives support when he or she is in crisis and finds that the support is removed once he or she begins to experience stability.   That model of emergency intervention and abandonment sets one up for a roller-coaster existence.  That is not only cruel in that it locks one into a cycle of intense suffering and failure; it is expensive, ineffective and a waste of human potential. It is hopeful that many states are embracing a more effective and compassionate system of care.

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