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Jaywalker Spring Alumni Trip – Moab, UT

“…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 Hut Life #2

“Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends—this is an experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it. Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives.” Page 89, Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous   When we are in the throes of our disease we strive for community, for a sense of belonging. At Jaywalker Lodge I have the privilege of introducing our clients to the community of successful alums that populate the Roaring Fork Valley. Through outdoor adventure, long drives, campfires and snow caves one begins to see the host of friends growing up about them, it is truly an experience not to be missed.John S

Jaywalker Hut Life

Jaywalker Lodge clients and staff embarked on a winter expedition today to the 10th Mountain Division Huts to explore, ski, snowshoe, and 12 Step Study.  Jaywalker expeditions are designed to expose our men to a lifestyle change and healthy travel with men in recovery.  This hut trip is one of many our clients experience during their stay at Jaywalker, but continue with the Jaywalker Alumni Program.  We involve our alumni on trip with clients to share their experience, strength, and hope.  Over the next few days our men will get a taste of what we do in life after treatment.  This is a part of our recovery.

Brock B. – Alumni Blog

Overcoming Challenges – Xterra Race  By Brock B. I will start by saying that I never thought I would complete a triathlon.  In fact, before I moved to Carbondale, I had never even been on a mountain bike.  I remember during my intake at Jaywalker lodge, I expressed my concern about being able to keep up with the most basic fitness activities.  But I quickly fell in love with mountain biking.  I love being able to push myself to my physical limit on the uphill and then rip as fast as I can on the way back down.  Our Jaywalker alumni network has some of the best riders I have ever seen and they all push me to want to improve. I have been fortunate to work at a job that allows me to network with some of the most interesting people in the Roaring Fork Valley.  One of these…

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Alumni Race Success in August

August Alumni Races Leadville 100 & Mt Sneffels 13.1 Over the weekend we had multiple Jaywalkers racing in Colorado.  First was the Leadville Trail 100 MTB race, which is a grueling race with 12,000 feet of climbing all above 9,000 feet elevation.  Three men competed in Leadville, one being Dave K. who came in 17th overall with a time of 7:07.  Leadville 100MTB rookie Breton M. smashed his debut and came in with a time of 8:25, which is well under the cutoff for a big buckle trophy.  Jaywalker Alum Bob M. set out to do something a little bigger for this race.  He raised $11,500 for Shatterproof which is a national organization that is dedicated to fighting addiction.  Bob also hammered out a 9:17 in the race, and exemplified the spirit of service. Secondly, we had two men run the Mt. Sneffels Half Marathon in Ouray, CO.  Seth H. and…

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Aspen X-games 2015

X Games Aspen 2015 will take place January 22-25, 2015 at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado. Its time for Big Air and Big entertainment as the X Games once again descend upon Aspen. The on-mountain games are free and open to the public. This years Xtravaganza will feature four themed interactive festival villages: Galleria, Gaming Shack, Playground, And Sound Factory. This years concert performers include: Snoop Dogg, Chromeo, Skrillex, and Wiz Khalifa performing in the Sound Factory Festival Village at the base of Buttermilk. This year will also include the Major League Gaming X Games Invitational for all the Xtreme Gamers. This is an exciting event and Jaywalker clients and Alumni will have the opportunity to see the competition live and in person. In addition to volunteering to drive our clients to and from the events our Alumni will once again have the opportunity to be of service to those…

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Coffee and Community for a Cause

Jaywalker would be nothing without the Carbondale Community , which has looked us in the eye, embraced us, and given us a second chance.” Bobby Ferguson, Founder of Jaywalker Lodge.” Second Chances ! Without them, most of us in the Recovery community would be lost or worse. Bobby Ferguson’s second chance resulted in Jaywalker Lodge, which has been helping alcoholics and addicts realize theirs for the last nine years here in Carbondale. Bobby’s vision for Boomerang Coffee Company ( formerly the Blend) is multi-faceted. Boomerang will provide employment opportunities for clients, alumni, and others in the community. Those in recovery will have another safe place to socialize and integrate into the community. Finally, all net profits from Boomerang will support the efforts of A Way Out, an Aspen based non-profit which provides a “Hand-Up” to addicts in need. Executive Director, Liz Means, and several board members were on hand Thursday…

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Shipway Celebrates 1 Year

Steve Shipway was the classic example of a “Broken Man” upon his arrival At Jaywalker Lodge a year ago. I first met Steve on a Lodge expedition to Moab while taking a group hike. Those of you who know Steve, know that he likes to share a good story or two! This story was not happy tale, but one of despair and defeat. Steve told of all the things he had built and achieved in his life but that he had lost them all to his disease of addiction. He was mentally, physically, and spiritually bankrupt, but after our conversations I had a strong sense that he was ready and willing to transform his life. He had shown me pictures of his home, his family, and his dogs and I could hear the love and compassion underlying the guilt and shame. Steve took his determination and strong work ethic and…

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Mike’s ‘Going Away’ Party

Say Farewell but never Goodbye ” Michael Moreland Personally, I’m not a big fan of going away parties but today was an exception. The Jaywalker staff came together to share food, fun, and memories with Mike Moreland, Jaywalker Lodge Residential Manager, and a fond farewell as he embarks on a new life journey. We enjoyed great food from Smoke BBQ , Chef Brian’s famous fixin’s, and the incredible McDonald’s hamburger and fries- carrot cake by baker extraordinaire, Rocky. ( Really…not a typo). Mike and his beautiful family are heading back to Illinois to begin a career in the family fast food dynasty. Mike has been a Jaywalker mainstay for the last five years. The first year as a client and alumni leader and then as an invaluable employee for the last 4 years. He began as a residential tech, became the Solutions coordinator,a counselor in the IOP program, and is…

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Study Abroad in South Africa

On May 16th Jaywalker U alum, Danny S, will be participating in Colorado Mountain Colleges Study Abroad trip to South Africa. Students will experience the politics, culture and society of South Africa while earning transferable credits in sociology and anthropology. The students will travel to places such as Johannesburg, Cape Town, Soweto, the South African Parliament and local universities and schools.  They will also meet with ANC officials, human rights organizations, local and multinational businesses,and U.S. Embassy staff Danny was one of Jaywalker U’s first students and is well on his way to obtaining his degree. Danny is a prime example of what Jaywalker Lodge and Jaywalker U can do for us. He spends his days sponsoring other alcoholics/addicts, attending class, working, and having fun. Nice work Danny and we hope you have a great time in South Africa! Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

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