“…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.
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“Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends—this is an experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it. Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives.” Page 89, Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous When we are in the throes of our disease we strive for community, for a sense of belonging. At Jaywalker Lodge I have the privilege of introducing our clients to the community of successful alums that populate the Roaring Fork Valley. Through outdoor adventure, long drives, campfires and snow caves one begins to see the host of friends growing up about them, it is truly an experience not to be missed.John S
Jaywalker Lodge clients and staff embarked on a winter expedition today to the 10th Mountain Division Huts to explore, ski, snowshoe, and 12 Step Study. Jaywalker expeditions are designed to expose our men to a lifestyle change and healthy travel with men in recovery. This hut trip is one of many our clients experience during their stay at Jaywalker, but continue with the Jaywalker Alumni Program. We involve our alumni on trip with clients to share their experience, strength, and hope. Over the next few days our men will get a taste of what we do in life after treatment. This is a part of our recovery.
Jaywalker Lodge will be exhibiting and attending the Psychotherapy Associates Winter Symposium January 29 – February 2 in Colorado Springs. Please join us in the hospitality suite Tuesday morning from 8am – 11:45am for refreshments and discussion of our programs and best practices. We will be exhibiting at booth #24. Bob Ferguson’s talk titled “It’s All Greek to Me- A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Launch of a National Sober College Fraternity” will be Tuesday 1:45-3:15pm. All other details regarding they Winter Symposium may be found at http://cspaws.com
By: Patrick Shaffer For as long as I can recall, dancing has made me extremely uncomfortable. Don’t get me wrong, I love music of all types, when singing in my truck I have been called, ‘the songbird of my generation.’ I am not sure if fear, perception, or inexperience inhibits me, but I was presented with an impromptu opportunity to further explore. Ron Armstrong and Heather Hayward made their way to Colorado for a visit, and after hearing them describe their vision of Dance and Tell, I felt obligated to share my vulnerability. As a man in recovery, I have learned to thrive in uncomfortable situations; to walk through them with support of others around me. Ron detailed how perfect he can be in a professional environment, yet, struggle in raw self-expression and dance, I relate. I thought, “shoot, this is one of those times I have to speak up.” …
Jaywalker Lodge is delighted to announce the addition of our newest team member, Nikki Soda. Nikki comes to Jaywalker Lodge with over 14 years of marketing and event experience, as well as a passion for working with the recovery community. As Director of Business Development & Alumni Relations, Nikki will have an active role in cultivating community relationships and overseeing the Alumni Relations department. The organization and management of Jaywalker annual and alumni events will also fall under Nikki’s responsibilities. “I am elated to be joining the Jaywalker Lodge team. To be part of such a well-established treatment center and dedicated team is an honor. I look forward to working with this dynamic group and the opportunity to help those who are need of quality treatment.” Nikki joins Chief Marketing & Admissions Officer, Patrick Shaffer and Director of Admissions & Marketing, Donnie Hagenbart. Nikki’s Contact Information Email: email@example.com Phone: (303) 550-9982
Jaywalker’s Director of Outreach Services & Alumni Relations, John Schneier, celebrated 6 years of sobriety yesterday. “To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends – this is an experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it.” Alcoholics Anonymous Pg 89 “You live this John. We love ya bud!” – Patrick Shaffer “Congratulations John. Your passion for recovery will continue to carry you to places you never could have imagined.” – Dirk Eldredge “John – congratulations! You’re a true inspiration for everyone here, in many ways. Proud to call you not only my co-worker, but also my friend. Cram that!” – Natalyn Cumings “I let him beat me skinning up McClure Pass 5 years ago to boost his suffering self-esteem. And look what we have now!”…
This last weekend Jaywalker employees, Patrick Shaffer and Kortney Hartman, tied the knot! It was a beautiful wedding with great company, amazing food and a spectacular cake. Everyone here at Jaywalker would like to congratulate Pat and Kortney. Have a great honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta! “2 people, 2 lives, 1 love! Enjoy love that grows and knows no end! Congratulations!” Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U
Dave Santini Celebrates 7 Years It is with gratitude and respect that today we celebrate 7 years of recovery with Dave. Jaywalker has been fortunate to have his expertise and guidance in working with men in recovery. On a personal note, I had the opportunity to attend my first Jaywalker expedition as a client in 2009 with Dave. On a retreat to Crested Butte with other Jaywalker clients, Dave facilitated an expedition which included a number of activities and chance to bond with men in early recovery. Waking up the first morning with a hungry crew, and Dave prepping our fly fishing gear, I asked, “What’s for breakfast?” Dave responded as if I should have known it was going to be an epic day, “pancakes and fly fishing”, and resumed tying flies. It was a moment I was able to see the group of men around me and how simple…
Jaywalker attended and exhibited last week at the Cape Cod Symposium of Addictive Disorders in Hyannis, MA. Bob Ferguson presented on the progress of Jaywalker U and collegiate recovery. It was great to see our friends and colleagues on the east coast. We will be attending NCAD in Anaheim this week. Jaywalker representing coast to coast.