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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

Recovery through Service – Independence Pass

Jaywalker Lodge staff, clients, and alumni spent time this week volunteering on Independence Pass.  Jaywalker Expedition Director, Lynn Sanson, organized yet another outing to help our outdoor community remove obsolete cable, poles, and phone lines; restoring visual serenity to a 10 mile strech on Independence Pass.  The Aspen Times details the service work and operation in the article linked below.  We are grateful for the opportunity to recover through service this week in one of the most serene spots in the Roaring Fork Valley!‘Eyesore’ wires will be removed from old telephone poles on Aspen’s Independence Pass

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

Winter Symposium on Addiction Disorders

Jaywalker Lodge will be exhibiting and attending the Psychotherapy Associates Winter Symposium January 29 – February 2 in Colorado Springs.  Please join us in the hospitality suite Tuesday morning from 8am – 11:45am for refreshments and discussion of our programs and best practices.  We will be exhibiting at booth #24.  Bob Ferguson’s talk titled  “It’s All Greek to Me- A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Launch of a National Sober College Fraternity” will be Tuesday 1:45-3:15pm. All other details regarding they Winter Symposium may be found at http://cspaws.com

JWU Goals Group

Every week the men of Jaywalker U engage in a group to address personal goals that they have set and tracked during the previous week. Recovery principles ask us to participate in each others recovery by being supportive. This group provides a safe place for the men to ask for help in both setting and reaching these goals, and they do it together, as a team. The following list is what we focus on each week at JWU: 1. Recovery 2. Academics 3. Spirituality 4. Relationships/Family 5. Pre-professional 6. Household Duties 7. Health and Fitness As we ask for help, engage the support offered and follow through with our stated objectives we get closer every week to becoming the men we really want to be. This is the mission of our Goals and Accountability Group. Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

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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Oscar Party at The Alumni Clubhouse

Another great night at the Jaywalker Alumni Clubhouse as Alumni and Friends of Jaywalker took in the 86th Annual Academy Awards Show. Congrats to Fellow Longhorn Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto who took home Best Actor and Supporting Actor for Dallas Buyers Club. Personally, it was a tossup for me as to best Picture between Dallas Buyers Club and 12 Years a Slave. They were two of the most visceral and powerful Movies I have experienced in some time. !2 Years a Slave was definitely deserving of the Oscar for best Director and Best Picture. Cate Blanchett was also Oscar worthy for her performance in Blue Jasmine where she portrayed an addicted and delusional former socialite. I found it interesting that Addiction played a prominent role in Many of the top movies and performances. Movie-going is one of the many activities I share with my friends in Sobriety and it…

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Aspen/Snowmass Named Best Overall Snowboard Resort

Park perfection,blower pow,and an all-time apres scene – Aspen has it all.” The Aspen/Snowmass Resort cleaned up in the recently released Transworld SNOWboarding reader poll. With it’s four distinct mountains, Aspen/Snowmass was selected as the number 1 overall resort. Snowmass was named the overall best park, it boasts four parks with terrain for all skill levels and has something for everyone. There’s a reason why Buttermilk has again been selected to host the 2014 Winter X-games; the 22 ft Superpipe is expertly sculpted and meticulously maintained. Buttermilk’s Pipe topped the readers poll and the park came in 7 th overall. Buttermilk’s staff promises “no lifelines, no attitudes, and great riding to be had everywhere.” Aspen may be know for its millionaires and movie stars. but evidently it’s also home to some of the most epic snowboarding on the planet. With Gratitude, Mark Kloster Alumni Coordinator

Alumni Ski Trip – Park City, UT

The Jaywalker Alumni Department is pleased to announce the scheduling of the Winter Alumni Expedition. This years trip will be to Park City, Utah. Thanks to the generosity of one of our alumni families, we have a slope side condo for a week from January 17 through January 24. We will be splitting the week between two groups of 8 alumni at the Marriott Mountainside resort. In addition to the world class skiing and snowboarding, the famous Sundance film festival will be happening as well. It’s a good possibility I’ll ditch day on the mountain and try to score some movie tickets. The two annual Alumni expeditions are just a couple of the activities we offer our Alumni. We fielded two softball teams this past summer and the Jaywalker Hockey and Basketball teams are in full swing. We have also had an exceptional group of golfers who made a great…

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Army Veteran , Jaywalker Alumnus

…coupled with the wonderful staff and program of Jaywalker in Carbondale,it changed my entire life. When you read this I will have 23 months of sobriety.” Today, as we celebrate Veterans Day and honor the dedication, sacrifice, and service of the men and women who have served in our countries Armed Forces, it is my honor to share a story of hope and recovery as exemplified by one of Jaywalker’s finest! Ryan Lanham was active in the U.S. Army from 2007 until 2009. He joined the Army infantry at the ripe old age of 27 in hopes of restoring some sanity to his life and conquering his addiction problems. Ryan had made several attempts at college but was unsuccessful. He hoped the Army could provide the discipline and a new outlook on life that he desperately needed. Ryan feels his decision to join the Army saved his life and the…

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