Tag: Jaywalker Solutions

Issues of Substance Lecture Series

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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.

Jaywalker Lodge is Turning 10

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Please join us for a fun filled weekend Thursday, June 4 through Sunday, June 7, to celebrate Jaywalker Lodge’s 10th Anniversary.  On Friday, June 5th, we will host a golf outing at River Valley Ranch and backyard BBQ with live music and the unveiling of the Jaywalker Recovery mural.  Saturday will feature workshops and a round-robin softball tournament.  Accommodations for out-of-town alumni will be available… We want you back! Please RSVP if you would like to attend!  To RSVP or for questions, please contact Kortney Hartman at khartman@jaywalkerlodge.com or (970) 704-9292. We look forward to seeing you.

Jaywalker Softball

Sober living Softball champs

Once again the Jaywalkers will be well represented in the world of Carbondale sports. For the third year in a row we will have two Jaywalker softball teams competing in the Tuesday night men’s softball league. Come cheer on Jaywalker 1 as they defend their championship title from last year!

6th Annual Sedona Alumni Trip

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On May 9th the Jaywalker Alumni group will depart for the 6th Annual Sedona Mountain Bike trip. Since 2010 a group of Jaywalker alums have traveled to Sedona Arizona for 4 nights and 5 days of fellowship. It is the most anticipated Alumni trip of the year and includes all levels of shenanigans. We rent a house and the alumni enjoy big breakfasts with no shortage of bacon, amazing adventure mountain bike rides through the high desert, swimming in the pool when it gets hot, family dinners every night, and even the occasional push up competition. It is an experience not to be missed. If anybody is interested please contact me right away as the trip is nearly full.

Jaywalker Family Program

Men's Residential treatment for addiction

If the success of the Jaywalker family program was measured in how much Kleenex was used I would call this past family program a resounding success! This week we had about thirty participants in total hailing from coast to coast. We all squeezed into the library together and did some solid work together. The meals were exceptional, between Chef Brian’s cooking to Rocky’s cheese cakes, nobody went hungry. Our families bonded just like our men naturally do here at the Lodge or over at Solutions. By the end of the weekend they were hugging, crying, laughing, and sharing their contact information so they could keep in touch to support one another going forward. The “We” in recovery seemed to have significant meaning for our family members. Our family members raved about several parts to their weekend here. One area they raved about was our excellent volunteer speakers, Mr. Dirk Eldredge…

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