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Jim Soda Celebrates 12 years

On April 4th, 2004 Jim walked into Turning Point of Tampa treatment center, willing to do everything they told him to do in order to get better and stay sober.  And he did.  Jim went from having a handful of college credits to begin working as an overnight tech at Turning Point, to earning first his Associates degree, then a BA, to then earning two Master’s degree. Jim truly has a gift for helping people who struggle with addiction and is the hardest worker I know.  Although quiet at times, Jim has a dry and witty sense of humor and is able to cut through BS to get to the point and help those who want and need help. I am beyond grateful to have met Jim in 2004 and am blessed to have gone this journey of sobriety and life with such an incredible person. Interesting fact about Jim,…

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Larsen Celebrates 6

Larsen and I have become best friends over the last six years. He is my brother. We have that unshakeable bond of having escaped common peril. When Peyton asked if I could write a piece on Larsen for his sixth birthday I was thrilled. There were three qualities that immediately came to mind: values, stability, and power of example. I had never met a guy quite like Larsen. He loved rap, voraciously read philosophy, practiced meditation with the highest priority, and had a cutting sense of humor. I was interested. He was serious about his recovery and had worked through the 12 steps. We hung out nearly every evening and he helped me through my early recovery. Over the next couple years I watched Larsen grow. He embraced a Buddhist practice and began to build a strong 11th step. He was taught the importance of values in spirituality, that if…

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Carbondale Homeless Assistance

Carbondale, Colorado is not a place that comes to mind when you think of homelessness.  That being said, we do have some people in need of assistance locally.  The Carbondale Homeless Assistance Program (CHA) was born out of the belief that a few local citizens can be helpful to the immediate needs of our local homeless.  The Carbondale Rec Center has been helpful in getting punch passes so people can take a shower if needed.  The local churches have been beneficial in providing meals, namely the Faith Lutheran Church offers a meal the 3rd Saturday of every month.  Some of the members of CHA have published a “Street Sheet” resource list that we have posted in various places around town.  If you would like to get involved with the Carbondale Homeless Assistance Program, please join their page on Facebook.

A Moab Coin Out

Upon graduating Jaywalker Lodge, we have a coin out ceremony with peers and staff. This gives everyone a chance to share their experiences and give hope in future endeavors. I still have my coin and look at it with great memories of my time at the Lodge. During a recent expedition to Moab, Utah the men from the Lodge coined out Gerard. Lynn Sanson picked a great venue up on a bluff overlooking the Moab Golf Course. Our guys did a great job reflecting on their time with Gerard which made for a special event. Peyton Ward Alumni Coordinator

Stanley Celebrates 4 Years

Our very own southern gentleman and scratch golfer, Stanley Jones, celebrated 4 years of sobriety yesterday! Stanley and I sat down for coffee yesterday to reminisce about his last 4 years in sobriety and how his life has completely turned around. Stanley is currently in his last semester at Colorado Mountain College and will be graduating in May with a bachelors degree in Business Administration. He has even been invited to give the commencement speech for all other graduates! Stanley, thank you for leading by example and being proof of the promises of sobriety! Peyton Ward Alumni Coordinator

Wesley Celebrates 1 Year

I first met Wesley when he got to Jaywalker last year. He had just completed La Hacienda and appeared to “have come all the way in and sat all the way down”. In his short time here in our community Wesley has sponsored numerous men, and become a very active member of our alumni community. He currently works at the Lodge as a Technician. Wesley is a great athlete and has truly taken up the Jaywalker way of life. Congrats Wesley! Peyton Ward Alumni Coordinator

New Jaywalker Website & Video

We have launched our new website! Jaywalker Lodge inspires men in early recovery to engage in an authentic journey of healing and self-discovery built upon personal accountability, deep and lasting friendships, and the belief that absolutely anything is possible in sobriety! We invite you to take a closer look at the Jaywalker experience and our Carbondale, CO community. Click here for our new video!

Dave S Celebrates 9 years

What do you get when you take an opiate addicted marine, in 2007, and tell him life is waiting for him out in the Rocky Mountains of Western CO? You get a sober marine celebrating 9 years in 2016! Our very own Dave Santini celebrates his sobriety birthday on the 14th. He is an amazing example of selflessness, perseverance (ran a 50 mile trail race on minimal training this year by the way), and commitment to helping others in the way he was once helped himself upon his arrival to Jaywalker Lodge. Dave is my brother and I’m extremely proud and happy to say, “congrats you banana head!” Brendon Kerton, M.A. Landing Program Supervisor Jaywalker Lodge

Paging Dr. Krimstock

In the process of transforming lives in the Expedition component of Jaywalker, both clients and staff occasionally get bent, twisted and broken. We do everything possible to mitigate risk and protect every participant from injury but sometimes excrement happens. When it does, it’s important to have staff and volunteers with medical training to care for an injured client. Medical training and the ability to apply those skills to a patient in the field are paramount. As a caregiver you may have a soothing voice, be able to do a healing voodoo dance or burn some nasty incense, but if you don’t know how to stop bleeding or treat for shock the patient is not going to be impressed or even alive to watch your gyrations. Prior to being visited by Santa Claus this past December, Yukon Cornelius, aka Dave Krimstock participated in a Wilderness First Responder course in Boulder. A…

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Walking Together

We walked together making this family program the quintessential Jaywalker experience. We had men from our whole continuum, Lodge, Solutions, Sober-Living and MIOP, proving to all that remaining in our care is a good thing to do. Jacquie calmed us down while Art Kleinschmidt showed his many skills. The mountain gave us perfect snow and Chef Brian had a baby. A Jaywalker man stepped up, selflessly helping in our new dad’s absence. The techs, Seth, Tony, and Cable were instrumental in keeping our families happy while Steve Shipway became known as more than just a facilities assistant and cook; he is now known as a fine chef and dedicated man and friend. Thanks to all those who gave of themselves to make this family program a great success and congratulations to our Chef and his bride for sharing with us the birth of their first… Vincent Trom. To the staff:…

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