Tag: Jaywalker Solutions

CP turns 6

Cary sober living

Cary Pew is a prime example of a Jaywalker who comes to the valley to get sober, but stays in the valley because he has found a life rich in sobriety.  Cary has transformed from a man broken by his disease to a service-oriented Jaywalker employee.  Cary is the core of what is good and productive in the Solutions program.  He always makes himself available to the men, takes them on service expeditions (no easy feat), and is the man behind and responsible for all things pertaining to the Solution’s daily schedule.  Cary has trained and educated himself to become a Certified Addiction Counselor, starting as a CAC-I and working as a tech.  He has now taken all the course work necessary for a CAC-II endorsement.  In addition to being The Main Man at Solutions, Cary also helps Lenny Beaulieu as a co-facilitator at our MIOP program on Monday and…

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Dan Reed Celebrates 25

Dan painting mural Jaywalker Lodge

On June 5, Solutions Program Director Dan Reed celebrated 25 years of sobriety. For many of us, this alone would stand as a monumental personal achievement – an accomplishment in its own right worthy of recognition and celebration. Lord knows most of us would expect some kind of fuss if we ever made it that far in our own recovery. But Dan’s a busy guy. He’s got a lot going on these days… every day, in fact. And while I would say Dan Reed is as grateful a recovering addict as I have ever met, he’s got people to see and places to go. The reality for Dan is there just isn’t a lot of spare time to wax nostalgic and reflect on past accomplishments. I, on the other hand, have been feeling both grateful and nostalgic lately, so I’m in a far better position to reflect on my friendship…

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CMC offers new Bachelor’s Degrees

Colorado Mountain College

Colorado Mountain College (CMC) is offering two more bachelor’s degrees for the upcoming 2015 fall semester! CMC will be offering a bachelor’s degree in Leadership and Management as well as a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Elementary Education. This brings the total of bachelor’s degree programs to five. The three other programs include: Business Administration Nursing (BSN) Sustainability Studies To learn more about Colorado Mountain College and the degrees they offer please Click here.

May 2015 Family Program

Stanley & his dad - sober living

Once again, Family Program at Jaywalker Lodge went off swimmingly. There were more fathers than mothers which was conducive to our men healing within the father-son dynamic. Healing the father-son relationship, if only just a little…a little goes a long way toward a healthy and fulfilling recovery. Families bonded with other families, moms connected with other moms and fathers connected with other fathers. Men, successful fathers, hugging each other in love and support is a sight to behold for sure. Thanks to all who made yet another successful family program here at Jaywalker Lodge! Oyen Hoffman MA, LMFT, LAC, MAC Senior Counselor Jaywalker Lodge

Issues of Substance Lecture Series

addiction team and support

On Friday, May 15th, the Jaywalker Solutions men and a few staff members volunteered for A Way Out, a non-profit organization in the Roaring Fork Valley that provides financial support to people who need treatment but do not have the resources.  The event, “Issues of Substance Lecture Series,” presented Dr. Michael Barnes, the Clinical Manager for CeDAR at the University of Colorado Hospital.  Dr. Barnes spoke about the chaotic life of living with an active addict or alcoholic and how this chaos is often experienced by the family as trauma which can interfere with the family’s or an individual’s well-being.  The Solutions men commandeered the registration table, helped participants sign in and receive name tags.  The men also were responsible for providing the documentation and certificates for anyone who wanted to received Continuing Educations Units.  Stay tuned because the Solutions service workers are on a roll!! Janet DeMars MS,LADC, CAC…

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6th Annual Sedona Trip

Biking in sedona sober retreat

On Saturday May 9th I departed Carbondale with 10 Jaywalker alums for the 6th Annual Sedona Mountain Bike trip. I have been on the last 4, but this one was different as it would be the first alumni expedition for me in my new position as Alumni Coordinator. We rode Mag 7 in Moab on the way there and then rode for 3 more days in Sedona. We broke a few bikes, we got a few flats, we got a little bloody, and we got poked by cactus. We also spent ample time sunbathing by the pool and had a family style sit down dinner every night. The group was fantastic and the Sedona trip continues to be one of the best fellow-shipping experiences there is. All this made my first expedition as alumni coordinator a great success, with hopefully many more to come. Ben Marbach Alumni Coordinator Jaywalker Lodge

Walking the Walk – Congrats to Lois on 25 Years

Lois and daughter sober support

Congratulations to Lois on 25 years of sobriety. It’s a major recovery milestone for a major recovery role model here at Jaywalker Lodge. Much more than “just” our fearless Program Director at Jaywalker Lodge, Lois leads the rest of us towards recovery in every conceivable way. In spiritual terms, Lois walks her talk. In a community like ours – where long term sobriety is precious and prized above all else – Lois shows up daily both as a wise and compassionate treatment professional… and as a humble person engaged and connected to others in her own recovery. For this reason, all of us pay close attention when Lois has something to say. We know it comes from the heart, from personal experience, and what Lois recommends is steeped in wisdom and is rooted deeply in her own recovery. Lois is well known for walking the walk in literal terms as…

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JWL Moab Expedition

Active adventure addiction recovery

This past week Jaywalker Lodge ventured into the Utah desert on yet another successful and incredible Moab Expedition. This trip is amongst the favorites for both alumni of Jaywalker and the Clients themselves as they partake in mountain biking, rock climbing and hiking some of the country’s most unique and challenging trails and rock walls. For me this trip holds a special place. I am a staff member but on this trip and trips like it I am allowed the opportunity to take the clients mountain biking and watch our guys push themselves as well as one another. These expeditions provide a platform and exemplify one of the most profound aspects for what Jaywalker’s mission is, for young men early in recovery to help and support one another toward a positive and common goal. This is what helped me in my early recovery and is still what I see helping…

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Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Sober volunteer support

At the end of a nine-hour drive, the Jaywalker Solutions clients and three staff members landed in another culture and another world: the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Three distinctly different organizations, an adult church group from New Hampshire, an inner city Boston high school group, and Jaywalkers made an eclectic team of 40 workers who were scheduled to work over the next few days. We were mixed together in teams of four and assigned projects by Re-Member, an organization that has been serving on the reservation for 17 years. We skirted trailers, built handicap ramps and stairs, dug holes and built outhouses, and started summer gardens. On most nights our groups listened to Native American speakers who challenged beliefs and assumptions that most of us hold about the lives lived on the reservation, and more importantly, why these people live as they do. We learned about their matriarchal culture, a…

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Sedona: Last Call

Sober adventure in Sedona River

Last call for the 6th Annual Sedona Mountain Bike Trip! Jaywalker alums will be traveling to beautiful Sedona, Arizona this Saturday to partake in another amazing trip. There are a few spots left so please contact Ben Marbach for more information.

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