We are thrilled to announce that Recovery Cafe Jefferson County is now open on Thursdays from 1pm - 3pm. We had our first ‘soft opening’ on 3/11 and what a joy it was!
For this entire year amidst the pandemic, we have been grappling with this question: What is the most loving thing we can do for our Members, and for the greater recovery community? Until today, we discerned that the answer was to not open. It was frustrating, heartbreaking, but ultimately right. Instead, we found our way forward by building community virtually.
Our hearts ached because we knew not everyone who needed recovery support could access it virtually. The unfairness of that situation has been a particularly devastating example of how the pandemic has highlighted social inequities.
We did what we could throughout this difficult year, and we’re proud to have developed deep and genuine relationships with one another in our virtual Recovery Circles and Volunteer Trainings. These relationships have become the foundation on which we sustain our recovery.
We are so grateful we can now deepen these relationships safely face-to-face.
There are many considerations we took into account to make this decision. Namely: Jefferson County, WA has the lowest COVID case and death rate of any county in Washington State; Jefferson County moved into Phase 2 for WA safe reopening plan; the weather is improving and we can comfortably meet outdoors as well as indoors; and we hired, trained, and vaccinated enough staff to manage the space.
If you agree to the guidelines below, we invite you to join us on Thursdays from 1pm-3pm. This invitation extends to Members, Volunteers, visitors, guests, and other social service providers. Welcome all!
We’ve walked a long road to arrive at this point. We thank you for your support, and we hope this is just the beginning of more days and times Recovery Cafe JC can be open for the entire community to find recovery support.
24 hours drug-and-alcohol-free
Sign in at the front desk and receive a temperature check
Wear a mask
Maintain 6 feet of distance
Maximum capacity is 11 people in the main space. Staff will arrange outdoor seating for excess capacity.
No food or drink indoors. We are only permitted for take-out food service in Phase 2. We will be making a "to-go" meal that will be ready to hand out between the hours of 1pm-3pm when you are ready to leave.