Honoring Our Roots in Recovery

This week I had the privilege to visit historic Alina Lodge in Blairstown, New Jersey. I was honored by the opportunity to share my own recovery story at annual Alina Holiday Alumni Luncheon. During my visit I was able to tour Alina’s historic campus with board president Sally Shaw and Alina’s irrepressible and charismatic executive director Michael Hornstein.The spirit of the Lodge’s matriarch and founder Geraldine Owen Delany is alive and well. You can feel Mrs. Delaney’s loving presence in the unity and commitment of the “students;” the compassion and wisdom of the staff; and the unapologetic embrace of recovery among many generations of grateful and sober alumni.I came away from my two days in Blairstown with a renewed sense of warmth and wonder, and a reminder that miracles will happen when we – like Alina Lodge – never, ever forget where we came from.Bob Ferguson

Jaywalker Service – Houston, TX

She’d dedicated her life in service to others, working homeless shelters throughout​ the city of Houston. Carrione could not anticipate the day that she would be joining them, her home ravaged by 4′ of floodwater. She spent 2 days across the street on the second floor of a neighbor’s home. She was joined by many, some elderly and wheelchair bound. Rescue boats finally arrived to take them to higher ground. The ordeal had just begun for she and thousands more. 3 months living in a motel, void of her possessions, her cars, her home. Nothing left but resolve, starting from scratch. She welcomed us with prayers of thanks, grateful not to be forgotten in the haze of catastrophe. Her recovery was our recovery, a common bond of working together to pick up the pieces if shattered lives. Our task involved more than gutting walls and hauling debris. It was about…

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Jaywalker Blood Donation

Saving lives comes in many forms… Today, Jaywalker employees John Schneier, Pat Shaffer, and Alex Colins donated one liter of blood each to St. Mary’s Hospital Blood Drive. St. Mary’s provides blood from donors to over 18 hospitals around the Colorado area helping to save the lives of countless people in need. We give of ourselves in so many ways in the treatment industry, through our experience, strength, and hope, its an honor to be able to give of ourselves physically.John Schneier Director of Alumni and Marketing

Road Tripping – Texas Hunt

Before sobriety I was passionate about one thing, my next drink or drug. Life did not exist outside of the microcosm that was my addiction. Today, at one month shy of nine years my life is a myriad of amazing adventures. Because I am sober I got to drive to Texas with five Jaywalker alums and bow hunt white tail deer. Sunrise and sunset is consumed with hunting but the hours in between is full of laughing and fellowship. I am forever grateful for the gifts of sobriety and the life I have been given. John Schneier

“Every Little Thing, Gonna Be Alright”

Sometimes when you least expect it,  the Universe sends you the message that “Every little ting’s,  gonna be alright! ” ( who knew that the Universe sometimes sounds exactly like Bob Marley?) Let me explain.  This past weekend we received a call from our son, a Jaywalker Alumni.  He explained that two of his Alumni “brothers” would be in Jacksonville, Fl for the weekend on business , that they would also be attending the Jaguar game against the Bengals ( Jags won ) and that we just might want to reach out to them. We invited Peter and Adam over to our house for a pregame tailgate. For us it became SO much more than good food and conversation.  These two fine gentlemen brought to my wife and me a renewed sense of peace and hope. They also brought with them the affirmation that we as parents had made the…

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Alcohol-free tailgate at UT unites Austin’s Sober Community

Jaywalker Lodge founder Bob Ferguson and new collegiate recovery program in Alpha 180 in Austin, Texas recently hosted and sponsored a sober tailgate celebrating recovery and football on campus.   Check out the article posted here in The Daily Texan: http://dailytexanonline.com/2017/10/23/alcohol-free-tailgate-at-ut-unites-austin’s-sober-community

Alumni Trip – St. George, UT 2017

I am often amazed in my recovery at the abundance of opportunity that I have to do things in life that seemed once impossible.  In the not too distant past, clouds of fear, prejudice and stubbornness swirled in my head at the first mention of doing something outside my comfort zone; paralyzing self-doubt kept me from experiences that I inwardly yearned for greatly.  As a Jaywalker alumni, I can say without hesitation that today my desire to push these hesitations and foster new capabilities in sobriety is one of the greatest gifts I have received in recovery, and my willingness to share with and learn from my brothers-in-arms is one of my greatest assets. Most recently I had the opportunity to utilize these new-found strengths at the Jaywalker Alumni trip to St. George, Utah.  First off, to say “I was stoked” to get an extra week of summer weather in October…

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Recovery through Service – Independence Pass

Jaywalker Lodge staff, clients, and alumni spent time this week volunteering on Independence Pass.  Jaywalker Expedition Director, Lynn Sanson, organized yet another outing to help our outdoor community remove obsolete cable, poles, and phone lines; restoring visual serenity to a 10 mile strech on Independence Pass.  The Aspen Times details the service work and operation in the article linked below.  We are grateful for the opportunity to recover through service this week in one of the most serene spots in the Roaring Fork Valley!‘Eyesore’ wires will be removed from old telephone poles on Aspen’s Independence Pass

Jaywalker 10th Annual Serenity Scramble

The 10th Anniversary of Jaywalker Lodges Serenity Scramble was a great success! We had a record number of participants and raised over $25,000 for A Way Out. “A Way Out” is a non-profit organization in the Roaring Fork Valley that offers counseling, referrals, addiction assessments, solution oriented treatment plans and financial aid to people that would otherwise not be capable of receiving these services. Elizabeth Means is the Director of A Way Out and serves this organization with incredible professionalism along with its esteemed board of directors. All of us at Jaywalker Lodge are proud to do our small part to help support this purpose driven organization for over a decade now. Our founder Bobby Ferguson, a long- time resident of this valley, aligned himself and his company with A Way Out for good reason years ago and this relationship just continues to grow from year to year. With well…

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Mindfulness at Jaywalker Lodge – A Bridge to the 12 Steps

Mindfulness based CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) interventions are now widely accepted, evidence based practices are used in many of the country’s best treatment centers.  These practices are often offered as a replacement to more traditional addiction therapies and placed in opposition to 12-step facilitated treatment.  Mindfulness need not be an alternative to 12-step treatment; we believe it is an effective and viable bridge to a sophisticated 12-step treatment protocol that meets the needs of diverse client populations.  At Jaywalker Lodge, the mindfulness curriculum is designed to support each client’s 12-step program and focuses on teaching clients skills in the following sections: meditation, loving kindness, compassion, equanimity, wisdom, skillful action, attention, and values.   In practical application, our program mirrors the wisdom of the 12-step traditions.  We start each day with a reading/lesson, reflection, prayer, meditation and intention setting session that lasts about 20 minutes.  Throughout the day, clients are asked to…

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