Brendon K: A Decade Sober

Brendon Kerton turns 10 Today! Well, what can we say? Brendon (Often referred to as Brenden J) by his public has come a long way since graduating from Jaywalker Lodge now nearly a decade ago. Brendon’s greatest accomplishment no doubt, was falling deeply in love to his Bride Tracey and raising their four children together. Brendon hails from the frozen tundra of New England and will sadly parish as a devoted Patriot’s fan. Brendon is indeed a family man as he remains super close to his folks/family on the east coast and again, gets the greatest joy of his life through loving on his two children alongside Tracey. Brendon, much like Forest Gump just keeps running and running as this makes his heart sing and his head clear. He has been a devoted & successful long distance runner forever it seems and this allows him the strength and focus to care for…

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Sopris Sun: Finding Recovery Through Service

Finding Recovery Through Service By Megan Tackett Sopris Sun Staff One of the men a group of Jaywalkers encountered on a recent Houston service trip was living in his car after the flooding (the car had also flooded, but it provided better accommodations than his destroyed home). “Insurance wasn’t helping,” said Cordes Symmes, Solutions Program coordinator at the Jaywalker Lodge sober house. “He’s eating mangoes that he’s picked off a tree. He doesn’t know what to do. I can’t imagine how somebody lives like that, [but] you see it.” Months after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area — affecting about a third of residential units — there are still more than 47,000 displaced people living in hotels and motels, according to a Nov. 22 article by Rebecca Elliott published in the Houston Chronicle. Tens of thousands more continue to struggle to eek out an existence in what remains of their…

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Mark M: A Decade Sober

“It was 10 years ago today, that my life changed forever. On 12/18/07 I decided to get sober. It has been the hardest and best thing I’ve ever faced.  So, if you’re reading this I imagine you’ve impacted my life in a great way. I just wanted to thank you for the love and support over the years. This path in life has far exceeded any expectations that I could have ever had. I’m truly humbled by this incredible life that I am fortunate to live and learn from. Thanks everyone.” -Mark M. Mark M. was one of the first people I met when I came to Jaywalker Lodge.  I was nervous and uncertain of how to attain my next 24hours sober.  Mark shook my hand and said,  “lets take a walk.”  We walked around Carbondale, connecting on the life that we wanted and how abstinence was required but not sufficient….

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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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