Tag: Alumni Program

The Home I Made

Before Jaywalker Lodge, and before Carbondale, my life had been a series of hit and runs. I would leave as soon as things in my life started to disintegrate. When I came up to Jaywalker, I did not expect to stay in the community. But the longer I stayed, the more that I realized I wanted to be here. I made a home for myself in this community and I used to support structure to my advantage. I worked, volunteered, and went to school at Colorado Mountain College. When I realized a couple short months ago that my time was coming to an end, and that I would need to move on to further schooling I didn’t know what to do. Today has been a day full of emotions, and I am not ashamed of that. I have cried today when saying my goodbyes. It has been full of happiness,…

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Jaywalker Ski Season

The first big snow storm has hit our area and that can only mean one thing. It’s ski and snowboard season! Mountain based expeditions in the Aspen Mountains are an integral component of all the Jaywalker’s programs. Our clients are challenged to improve not only mentally and spiritually but, physically, as well.  Here is a list of the typical expeditions we are looking forward to this winter: Jaywalker Lodge – Clients will ski/snowboard every Monday with expedition staff – Sunday is an optional ski day with Alumni volunteers – Thursday afternoons clients will have the opportunity to snowshoe, Nordic Ski, and occasionally ski/snowboard Jaywalker Solutions -Clients will ski/snowboard with staff on Fridays. -Clients will have optional ski days on Saturdays and Sundays and occasionally during week as schedule permits. Jaywalker MIOP -The MIOP clients are on their own to ski as it fits into their respective schedules. Jaywalker Alumni -Approved…

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Alumni Success Story – Ben M

Ben is one of our most prominent alumni, always available to our current clients as a sponsor, mentor, and a friend. An expert skier, mountain biker, pilot, and softball player extraordinaire, Ben lives life full on. He routinely engages in alumni activities, recreational expeditions, and is a familiar face on the Jaywalker campus. Thanks Ben for your service to our men. What has been the greatest gift of living a life in long term recovery? I would say the relationships I have developed with my friends and family. Specifically, my nieces which are on a deeper level than I could have ever imagined. What has been your greatest struggle in sobriety? I still battle with fear with both commitment and loneliness but also a lack of confidence. Perhaps a double edged sword but with time those fears have moderated as I continue to progress. Has your recovery gotten easier over…

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Congrats Mark K!

Last Friday Alumni Coordinator, Mark Kloster, celebrated 4 years of sobriety! Many people say, “So-and-so is their rock!” Well Mark Kloster is the rock to many people. Mark has always been positive and there for many of us. I met Mark two years ago and found out that he was originally a cop. I thought to myself, that I would not get along with Mark because I disliked cops in the past. But Mark is just like you and me. He’s a loving, caring, funny, outgoing man who I’m glad to call my friend. Since the first day I met Mark He has always been there for me, always cheering me up, and always giving me positive feedback that helped me get through many tough situations. Mark is fully transformed the alumni program and has given the alumni the chance to do volunteer work around the community and expand their…

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Skiing in September

Jaywalker alum and volunteer, Joe K, was featured on the front page of today’s Aspen Daily Newspaper skiing Montezuma Basin near Aspen, CO. While most of us are enjoying what we have left of our summer/fall, Joe is wishing for snow and skiing last years snow in the high Rockies. Awesome picture Joe! Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

World Suicide Prevention Day

When I first walked into the rooms of Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous, one thing rang true: that it was possible to move on from the past and start fresh. The past doesn’t have to define me; but a lot of times, I let it define me. Today, you might turn on the radio and hear nothing special, or you might turn on the television and see nothing but the average news that is playing every day. Now today may not be full of advertisements and cheer that we so regularly see on a holiday, but it is a holiday. Today is a celebration; it is World Suicide Prevention Day. The World Health Organization released the statistics for 2012, and the numbers are shocking: there were a total of over 800,000 suicides reported. 800,000 lives are lost each year to suicide. Suicide isn’t selfish; the fact that they think that suicide…

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Sedona 2014

Tomorrow the Jaywalker alumni head to Sedona, Arizona for the 5th Annual Sedona Mountain Bike Trip. Every year this trip marks the end of winter and the beginning of an amazing summer. 18 alums will spend four days mountain biking, fishing, Frisbee golfing, swimming, and fellowshipping. More to come from Sedona! Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U