CONNECTION IS THE PATH AND THE DESTINATION
Share a Meal, Share our Stories, Share our Support
When people of all backgrounds come together and share a meal, a lot of learning takes place. This is one of the most important opportunities that we offer - our secret sauce. We create a casual and comfortable setting for people seeking recovery and for the whole community to come together to share a meal. Our connections go beyond religion, race, age, circumstance, been in jail or not; that’s how the neighboring happens.
Right now (due to Covid-19,) these meals look a little different but we are still meeting together and creating these connections virtually. As we slowly open back up and restrictions on gatherings are lifted, we will intelligently start offering opportunities to meet together, whether we are outside and 6 feet apart or on the computer.
Opportunities to Learn from Our Neighbors:
Find guidance from people with similar experiences to your own. Learn from each other, use the combined strength of your experiences—successes and failures—as well as knowledge to get through periods of increased hardship with your head up and mind ready to take on the next challenge that life throws at you.
Peer Support Culture:
You don't need to be an addict to be in recovery. It's a group activity. This is where peer support culture takes place. Here, we come together with others to foster a feeling of fellowship that will come from your shared feelings, experiences, attitudes, and goals for the future.
Foster Care and Families
It takes a village. It's not just about therapy for the kids, it’s about something fun to do on Saturday mornings that's healthy and postive.
Connect and communicate positively with families experiencing unemployment, relocation, alcoholism, drug abuse, domestic violence, mental and physical health problems as well as discrimination stemming from racism with the goal of creating a safe environment for all family members by connecting them to helpful resources.
Survivors Of Trauma
We’re engaging in Trust-based relational intervention. Those same pathways that take trauma and turn it into PTSD will take loving kindness and turn it into well-being.
Science says you can rewire your brain. It took negative circumstances and experience to cause trauma - in the same way, positive circumstances and experiences can build new pathways to good mental health.
We connect people suffering from PTSD to resources that will help them manage their trauma and be there with them every step of the way on their treatment path to healing and recovery.
Here are some of our learnings about trauma and recovery
Substance Use and Addiction Issues
Support groups and recovery resources for substance abuse and addiction, so you can meet people who want to be and continue to be sober, learn to work through your cravings without relapsing, find people like yourself who are going through the same thing, and get positive support for your recovery.
We can be your first call when you come out jail. If you need a ride home, we will be there. That’s what neighbors do.
We want to be advocates for people that are stuck in the system. To do this we provide rides to court, assist with bail payments to free people who are incarcerated, and other services to those who are stuck in the justice system.
See our introduction to Smart Justice from 2020
The level of depth and connection in our community is what makes us a neighborhood, not just a network. We use our varied experience to optimize how we navigate the resources that are here. We'll hold the flashlight as you make your way down this path. We walk With All, and we walk together.
This is also a way that you can give back to the community in the same way that you were helped for a full circle well-being.