Tag: Jaywalker Alumni

Sopris Sun: Finding Recovery Through Service

Finding Recovery Through Service By Megan Tackett Sopris Sun Staff One of the men a group of Jaywalkers encountered on a recent Houston service trip was living in his car after the flooding (the car had also flooded, but it provided better accommodations than his destroyed home). “Insurance wasn’t helping,” said Cordes Symmes, Solutions Program coordinator at the Jaywalker Lodge sober house. “He’s eating mangoes that he’s picked off a tree. He doesn’t know what to do. I can’t imagine how somebody lives like that, [but] you see it.” Months after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area — affecting about a third of residential units — there are still more than 47,000 displaced people living in hotels and motels, according to a Nov. 22 article by Rebecca Elliott published in the Houston Chronicle. Tens of thousands more continue to struggle to eek out an existence in what remains of their…

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Mark M: A Decade Sober

“It was 10 years ago today, that my life changed forever. On 12/18/07 I decided to get sober. It has been the hardest and best thing I’ve ever faced.  So, if you’re reading this I imagine you’ve impacted my life in a great way. I just wanted to thank you for the love and support over the years. This path in life has far exceeded any expectations that I could have ever had. I’m truly humbled by this incredible life that I am fortunate to live and learn from. Thanks everyone.” -Mark M. Mark M. was one of the first people I met when I came to Jaywalker Lodge.  I was nervous and uncertain of how to attain my next 24hours sober.  Mark shook my hand and said,  “lets take a walk.”  We walked around Carbondale, connecting on the life that we wanted and how abstinence was required but not sufficient….

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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

Alumni Trip – St. George, UT 2017

I am often amazed in my recovery at the abundance of opportunity that I have to do things in life that seemed once impossible.  In the not too distant past, clouds of fear, prejudice and stubbornness swirled in my head at the first mention of doing something outside my comfort zone; paralyzing self-doubt kept me from experiences that I inwardly yearned for greatly.  As a Jaywalker alumni, I can say without hesitation that today my desire to push these hesitations and foster new capabilities in sobriety is one of the greatest gifts I have received in recovery, and my willingness to share with and learn from my brothers-in-arms is one of my greatest assets. Most recently I had the opportunity to utilize these new-found strengths at the Jaywalker Alumni trip to St. George, Utah.  First off, to say “I was stoked” to get an extra week of summer weather in October…

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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.

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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Bryce Celebrates 1 Year

I met Bryce last year when I was in the transition from night tech to weekend day tech.  I was a bit nervous and out of touch with life.  I remember Bryce coming into to the tech office full of life and energy.  He has a wonderful outgoing personality and he helped me with my introduction back into communication with the client population.  I was stuck in this fearful shell from working overnights and Bryce was my out!  There was one evening in particular where Bryce taught us how to “Whip it & nay nay,” and it was the first time I was able to get out of that shell and enjoy being free!   He showed me how to feel comfortable with who I am and that it is ok to be me.  God places people in our lives to help us with our personal journey in recovery.  Bryce may…

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April Alumni Spotlight – Brian G

I was born in Denver Colorado. I always had an affinity for outdoor sports and athletics. Growing up I felt like I never fit in anywhere but sports. When I turned fifteen I found drugs. Then I really felt like I fit in! Drugs were my way to escape. I didn’t have to worry about failing out of high school or being sent to an alternative school so I could graduate on time. When I moved to Steamboat Springs to go to college, it was my tiny window of sanity before my ultimate downfall. I was able to ski and have fun with some like minded people and attend classes sporadically. I couldn’t stay in one place for very long so I moved to Denver and attempted to help out with the family business of building and installing custom wine cellars. Over the course of moving there I fell in…

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Sammy Celebrates 3

I met Sam a little less than 3 years ago, while watching the Jaywalker alumni softball team.  I could immediately tell that he was fresh to town and was more than likely a Jaywalker by the sheepish look on his face.  I introduced myself, and he told me that he had come from Caron Treatment Center for a wicked cocaine and alcohol addiction.  I could tell right away that the drugs and alcohol had run their course, but that Sam was “done”. Little did I know that Sam would become my best friend over the next few years. Sam went straight from the Landing to Solutions, so we were able to hang out quite a bit early on.  He immediately got a sponsor, and began diligently working the steps.  One of the greatest gifts of the program is getting to see the lights come on in another recovering addict/alcoholic.  I…

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The Money Drop

Our newest day technician, Wesley Shelmire, recently took a trip home for a “sober spring break!” Now, this wasn’t any normal Spring Break. Between AA meetings and working on his program, Wesley took it upon himself to send it off some cliffs. This wasn’t some rinky-dink waterfall. This was the 60 foot “Money Drop,” waterfall in Southern Washington. This was a big part of Wes’s life before coming to Jaywalker and he has been able to rediscover this hobby in sobriety. Wesley, we are glad you had an amazing trip and glad you made it back to us in one piece!

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