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NOLA 2014

It was a Christian home, marked by crucifixes on the walls, an open bible on the coffee table. Ms. Nita prepared for us the best gumbo we had ever tasted, deep and rich, the product of generations. It was her thank you to the volunteers who had come to share this long awaited day, her day of homecoming. She had been waiting 9 years. She shared with us a simple and familiar message. “Keep Coming Back”, for there are many still waiting, waiting for their turn to make the gumbo of gratitude. Upon a hallway wall hung a simple plaque, with words of wisdom, with words of recovery, for all to take heed. After all, we are all in recovery from something. It is where our humanity resides. “LIVE THE LIFE YOU’VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF BE FEARLESS IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY NEVER STOP LEARNING BE TRUE TO WHO YOU…

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Gardening Collaborative

Empowering community through education, sustainable projects, and gardens for hunger relief within our communities. Kim Willie of Growing Food Forward stated, ” Last Thursday volunteers from Jaywalker Lodge, A New Path, and Aspire Women’s Recovery did a great job in an hour and a half; hand-tilling the soil, cutting and planting potatoes, and mulching them in with layers of straw and organic compost from Pitkin County Landfill in the three beds behind the Third Street Center in Carbondale, CO.” What a great collaborative effort to do our small part to help bring fresh, local, organic produce to those in need. Kim Willie, and the Growing Food Forward project have planted almost 100 gardens this spring and summer which will help supply our local food pantries like Lift-Up, with healthy, nutritious food. Our Recovery programs which have the opportunity to be part of this incredible undertaking, also derive a great benefit…

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Lyons On The Brink

When’s the last time someone shared with you that you had been the answer to their prayers?  Can there be a more humbling observation than that? We as addicts were more accustomed to being the subject of prayers, said mostly by our loved ones pleading with God for our very survivals. Lyons, Colorado is in need of many answers right now.  They are not alone as there are many similar communities in our state who are in need. Solutions spent 4 days in Lyons in cooperation with NECHAMA, a Jewish relief organization, aiding flood ravaged victims who had few resources and homes buried in feet of mud. We dug and we dug and we dug some more. We tore out rotting dry wall and ripped up floors that had turned to sponges. We hauled piles of debris to the curb to be discarded but never forgotten.  We broke bread with…

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