Shipway Celebrates 1 Year

Steve Shipway was the classic example of a “Broken Man” upon his arrival At Jaywalker Lodge a year ago. I first met Steve on a Lodge expedition to Moab while taking a group hike. Those of you who know Steve, know that he likes to share a good story or two! This story was not happy tale, but one of despair and defeat. Steve told of all the things he had built and achieved in his life but that he had lost them all to his disease of addiction. He was mentally, physically, and spiritually bankrupt, but after our conversations I had a strong sense that he was ready and willing to transform his life. He had shown me pictures of his home, his family, and his dogs and I could hear the love and compassion underlying the guilt and shame. Steve took his determination and strong work ethic and…

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Dave K Celebrates 3 Years

HE DID IT!!!!! HE ACTUALLY DID IT!!!!! Dave Krimstock has managed to not drink or use drugs for 3 years…  What makes this accomplishment all the more impressive is that Dave arrived in our community three years ago as a scraggly refugee of Boulder’s Bohemian mountain lifestyle. No one ever thought a bearded man from Boulder could possibly stay sober…  the odds were just stacked too high against him. But here Dave stands before you today, an outlier, a man who looked the odds makers in the face, laughed out loud, and bet on himself. When I first met Dave he was still trying to figure out how to properly use shoes. We were enrolled in the Jaywalker MIOP program together. He would show up every night, covered in dirt. At first I just chalked this up to his Boulder heritage, but I eventually found out that he had a…

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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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IOP March Moab Expedition

On March 26-28, 2014 nine Jaywalker MIOP clients, 1-Alumni and 1-staff traveled to Moab, UT for 3-days of fellowship, golf, hiking, bowling, and skydiving. This was an opportunity to get away from the routine of work and treatment in the Roaring Fork Valley and to play together in one of the most beautiful places in the western United States. Wednesday afternoon was shopping, fellowship and a wonderful steak dinner prepared mostly by Richard S. Who knew he could cook and grill with such aplomb. After dinner it was off to the local bowling alley for some serious competition. Thursday dawned windy and cool and everyone was up and planning the day. Tee times were made for six of us and five of us headed off to the Canyonlands National Park for some hiking. We all came back together at the Condos in late afternoon and headed into town for a…

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Third Street Center State Fair

Follow us to the Third Street Center an see what the hubbub is all about…The fall fair is open to everyone.” Kat Rich volunteer event coordinator The Third Street Center here in Carbondale was bustling with activity Friday evening. This was the inaugural “State Fair” event which featured a carnival atmosphere with performances by local artists and musicians, games, food, and fun for kids and adults alike. I had the opportunity to play Eco-jeopardy, hear some great music, and install a leaf on the Gratitude Tree. There was a chili cook-off (I’ll have a vegan entry next year), a Cake Walk with our very own Rocky’s famous Death by Chocolate cake and ample quantities of State Fair food and snacks. The TSC ,Third Street Center is a community place that promotes inspiration, sustainability, and creative exchange. This event was a “Friend – Raiser” to show its gratitude for the community’s…

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Serenity Scramble

It’s that time of year again! Jaywalker Lodge is hosting the 6th Annual Jaywalker Lodge Serenity Scramble on Saturday, September 28, at River Valley Ranch Golf Club in Carbondale, CO.  All proceeds benefit two local non-profits: A Way Out and Valley Partnership for Drug Prevention.  The shotgun start will kick off at 8:30 AM sharp, followed by an awards luncheon with lunch, a raffle, lots of great prizes, and awards for 1st and 2nd place; longest drive; closest to pin; and best dressed team.   To register, or for more information, please visit www.jaywalkergolfopen.com, or contact Kortney Hartman at khartman@jaywalkerlodge.com, or (970) 704-9292.

Serious Joy

Last week Lenny Beaulieu, Mike Moreland, and the Jaywalker Outpatient men headed to Moab for a few days of some serious joy. While in Moab the men played some golf, hiked some trails, and participated in one of the biggest trust falls out there; jumping out of a plane! This was a great way for the guys to experience some serious joy while learning how to have fun on a sober adventure. Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U


Those of us who have struggled with this disease of addiction know there are no quick fixes, miracle cures, or chemical solutions to this progressive and potentially fatal disease. “Remember that we deal with alcohol- cunning, baffling, powerful! Without help it is too much for us.” Fortunately, we live in a valley that is rich with recovery resources and is steeped in sobriety. I was reminded at Saturdays Aftercare Panel presentation for Jaywalker’s Family Program just how extraordinary the Carbondale community is in providing an environment where miracles can happen! As staff members shared the various programs now available through Jaywalkers extensive continuum of care, I heard a family member state that Jaywalker and Carbondale are, “Recovery Magic” and unique in the treatment realm. We are truly blessed with a wealth of programs; The Lodge, Solutions, the Jaywalker University, Intensive Out Patient, A New Path, and multiple sober living opportunities….

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Productive Members of Society

Last week the men of Jaywalker’s Modified Integrated Outpatient Program headed west to magnificent Moab, Utah. While in Moab the men had some sober fun jumping out of airplanes, hiking up trails, and jumping off cliffs on their mountain bikes. Not only was this trip a great way for the men to experience some serious sober fun but was also an opportunity for them to experience a new town. Lenny Beaulieu, MIOP counselor, said, “This was one of our best trips and I was very impressed with the way the guys carried themselves while representing Jaywalker.” Jaywalker men are showing us more and more how they are becoming mature productive members of society. Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

Leap of Faith

” If you don’t step out of your comfort zone and face your fears,the number of situations that make you uncomfortable will keep growing” ~ Theo Pistorius The men of the Jaywalker Intensive Outpatient Treatment program had the opportunity to JUMP out of their comfort zones this past week in Moab, Utah. Skydiving has become one of the signature elements of director Lenny Beaulieu’s innovative MIOP program. Jaywalker expeditions provide our clients a safe and supportive environment to experience new adventures in Recovery. With the support of of our fellow Jaywalkers and mentors we acquire the willingness, confidence, and courage to overcome our fears and leap out of comfort zones in healthy and often, exhilarating ways. The expedition also included extreme mountain biking, golf, hiking in the Arches national park, and lots of good food and fellowship. Mark Kloster Alumni Coordinator

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