Art Kleinschmidt recently became a Doctor of Philosophy after completing years of hard work. During this time, he authored a treatment program, Planting Seeds: A Client-Centered Approach to Addiction Treatment. He divided this program into four phases, which lends itself to moving a client from early treatment to second stage recovery. In addition, he completed research about the program’s efficacy. Art started his addiction career at Hazelden, where he received a Master’s degree. He returned to Jaywalker in 2009 after running his own treatment business in Gypsum. Since that time, Art has been sharing his counseling expertise along with his experience, strength, and hope at Jaywalker Lodge and the Solutions Program. Most recently, he has been promoted and will take over the assessment program at the Landing. Congratulations to Art Kleinschmidt Ph.D., LPC, MBA, LAC
A group of Jaywalker clients and staff had the opportunity to travel to South Dakota and work a nonprofit, called Re-member, to assist the people of the Oglala Lakota Nation. Re-member coordinates volunteers to participate in various work projects across the Reservation, helping to rebuild relationships, homes and lives. Work projects included building and delivering bunkbeds to the children, skirting trailers to combat the cold and wind, and building steps and decks to improve their living environment. Re-member provides a cultural immersion to the Lakota community in hopes of creating solidarity among all people.“ The past week, I was at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation on a service trip. While there I built skirting on a house, one day, and spent two days building bunkbeds. It was a very humbling experience and game me a sense of selflessness that I have never felt before. I have never thought of a…
Jaywalker continues to celebrate milestones in recovery. Dirk Eldredge, CEO, celebrated 14 continuous years in recovery this week. Dirk’s dedication and ability to connect with others lends to his leadership and the friendships he fosters with all of us here at Jaywalker. Dirk and his bride, Stacy Lee, have found a home in the Roaring Fork Valley. Dirk’s connection and compassion for our men, culture, and 12 step principals makes a difference in the lives of many. Like you honor us Dirk, we are grateful to be in your life and trudge this road of happy destiny together. Congratulations on 14!
“…to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host a friends, this is an experience you must not miss” Alcoholics Anonymous Page 89It is no secret that this is one of my favorite passages in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, it epitomizes everything that the Jaywalker Alumni Program represents. This past weekend I had the honor of taking 20 Jaywalker alums to Moab, UT for our annual spring trip. Past Jaywalker clients from Florida, Denver, Boulder, and the Roaring Fork Valley all met up in Moab for a weekend of mountain biking, dirt biking, four wheeling, golf, and of course fellowship. Big shout out to alumnus Andrew P for organizing, prepping, and cooking all of our wonderful meals, thanks for all you do brother. John S.
Jaywalker hosted 5 renowned professionals this weekend in Carbondale, Colorado. We believe that our clinical and marketing staff are best prepared by visiting programs that we collaborate with. Hosting and inviting professionals to Jaywalker to see our continuum is crucial to experience our programs. The weekend consists of fabulous dinners prepared by Chef Brian, Jaywalker tour, clinical roundtable, Jaywalker Speaker Meeting, and recreation that includes skiing, hiking, fishing, rafting, or any of the lifestyle experiences we ask our clients to engage in. Jaywalker hosts quarterly Professionals Weekends and accommodates individual visits.
Jaywalker Lodge provides extensive modalities for a healthy lifestyle in recovery. We divide our activities into 3 different categories, recreation, experiential, and service. They have different applications and experiences for our clients.Recreation: Our goal here is developing passion by exposure to new activities or things that their addiction took away from them and re-connect. This is the easiest way to experience basic sober accomplishment. How to learn to have fun in recovery with others with activities that become a part of lifestyle. Mt biking, hiking, fishing, golfing, skiing/snowboarding, rafting, rock climbing, ice climbing, paintball, Crossfit and yoga… anything our guys may want to try. Experiential: Includes clinical expertise to explore connection with animals and art or music. We see this as self-exploration. Including a clinical aspect with these activities is crucial for perspective and guidance by processing the experience. These activities are championed by a qualified clinical team. Equine Therapy,…
The Jaywalker Alumni Program naturally extends to Denver, Boulder, and Colorado Front Range. We support our men transitioning to colleges, career jobs, and life outside the RFV. Jaywalker sponsors monthly events with our alumni. Our alumni community is considered one of our most important assests in guiding men to recovery. Always a great opportunity for men to take a break from work and their lives to share experience, strength, and hope while breaking bread. -John S
Jaywalker Lodge was fortunate to be a part of a collaboration made possible by Luna Living’s leadership team of Jane Mintz and Wendy Komac. The gathering held at the Mayfield Country Club, was well attended with over 70 guests to discuss and learn treatment strategies from 8 nationally represented treatment programs. This event was orchastrated by incredibly inspirational women from each program dedicated to helping others and working together, Jaywalker is grateful to be included. Thank you to Luna Living, Elements, Lindner Center of Hope, The Manor, Milestones Malibu, Promises, and Origins Recovery Center for a great few days! -Pat Shaffer
Over the last 7 years I have been blessed with the opportunity to attend 13 official Jaywalker alumni trips. Whether we are surfing in San Diego, mountain biking in Sedona, hiking in Zion National Park, or backcountry cat skiing in Silverton, our trips never disappoint!This last weekend, 10 Jaywalker alums headed to Silverton, Colorado for a few days of adventure. We were lucky enough to reserve a backcountry cat which would transport the 10 of us up and fortunately, not down the mountain!What I’ve learned over the years is this: We have fun, we have a lot of fun, but the best part is not what happens on the mountain, it’s what happens on the drive home, or the dinner that night, or reminiscing about it years later. The bond created on these trips is unlike anything I’ve seen before and an experience not to be missed.Donnie H
Jaywalker Solutions clients were guided today on an ice climbing expedition. Lynn Sanson, Expedition Director, led the group up a stunning piece of ice outside of Vail, Colorado. Recovery is about exposure to new things, sober accomplishment, and overcoming adversity together. The Colorado landscape does not disappoint, and continues to elevate Jaywalker’s experiential treatment process. We believe in the relentless and unapologetic pursuit of happiness and joy in recovery. -Pat S