Tag: Service Work

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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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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More from Moore

sober community giving

The Solutions expedition to Moore, Oklahoma was a bittersweet yet extremely beneficial experience for our group and my recovery. We saw a true example of powerlessness the day after a tornado ravaged several houses, leaving unsuspecting victims homeless. We were fortunate enough to be there the day after the destruction to help clean-up the wreckage and serve those who were less fortunate. It was an eye-opening experience that reminded me how lucky I am to be a part of the sober community in the Roaring Fork Valley. Dylan M. Solutions Client

Shelter from the Storm

sober adventures

Solutions men found shelter in in the walk in refrigerator of a local restaurant, an F2 tornado passing a half mile to the west of our location. We were in Moore, Ok to aid in the ongoing reconstruction of this city from an F5 tornado that took the lives of 24 and devastated this community in May 2013. Déjà vu: Another twister to scar the psyche of this town. The local news spoke of resilience, perseverance, and of Moore “being prepared” for this. Perhaps so. Yet the faces in that walk in spoke of fear, anguish, and “NOT AGAIN!” Weeping children clinging to parental comfort, angry men enraged at Mother Nature’s cruel joke. These people had just emerged from catastrophe, only to taste it once again. There are storm shelters in nearly every yard here. 8’ by 8’ cement boxes buried underground where many found themselves as this storm passed….

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Solutions

“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” – Mattie Stepanek-Poet I have been member of the SOLUTIONS team since 2007 and am pleased to talk about our newest venture. SOLUTIONS has expanded our program into two phases, moved buildings, added staff and built a more robust curriculum. We have continued our partnership with Colorado Mountain College (CMC) to offer men in recovery a path to return to academics. Phase One of SOLUTIONS is now housed on 734 Main Street. The men are loving the new “digs” with its restaurant style kitchen, dining area which becomes board game central at night, the man-cave lounge area and multifaceted meeting/study area. Phase One is a 90-day program, with a Stage II recovery model. It is designed for men who are ready to assume personal accountability in a supportive environment. We encourage reintegration into the workplace or…

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Big Bus

For the last five years the Jaywalker Solutions men have been traveling to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota to do volunteer service work. Our men have worked on projects that include repairing trailers, constructing outhouses, harvesting food and building bunk beds. It is an experience that our men will remember for the rest of their lives. The experience has been so profound that Jaywalker decided to donate one of our vehicles as thanks for giving our men such an amazing experience. For more information on the relationship between Jaywalker and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation please click here! Donnie Hagenbart Admissions & Marketing Manager Jaywalker Lodge

NOLA 2014

It was a Christian home, marked by crucifixes on the walls, an open bible on the coffee table. Ms. Nita prepared for us the best gumbo we had ever tasted, deep and rich, the product of generations. It was her thank you to the volunteers who had come to share this long awaited day, her day of homecoming. She had been waiting 9 years. She shared with us a simple and familiar message. “Keep Coming Back”, for there are many still waiting, waiting for their turn to make the gumbo of gratitude. Upon a hallway wall hung a simple plaque, with words of wisdom, with words of recovery, for all to take heed. After all, we are all in recovery from something. It is where our humanity resides. “LIVE THE LIFE YOU’VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF BE FEARLESS IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY NEVER STOP LEARNING BE TRUE TO WHO YOU…

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Village of Hotevilla

On Saturday evening, the Solutions team arrived at the Village of Hotevilla on the Hopi Reservation.  The Hopi land occupies some 2,439 sq. miles in Arizona and the population is just under 10,000 people.   We were given the opportunity to camp on a Hopi woman’s land which was the headquarters for the Red Feather volunteers.  Set on top of the Mesa, the site included Bonnie’s family home, a truck which served as the kitchen, outside picnic tables, a dishwashing station, an outside shower area and porta-potties. As we looked across the Mesa that evening, rain clouds threatened us.  The volunteers from across the country scrambled to pitch their tents . With the arrival of howling winds, rain and hail, we quickly surmised that we were in for an adventurous trip.  Many volunteers chose to sleep in their cars to provide more shelter from the cold nights.  As the week progressed,…

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Service to Others

We believe that service to others is fundamental to our recovery process.  Jaywalkers have become known in the community as people who will give back and help out any way we can.  From local charity events to helping rebuild areas around the country hit by natural disasters, Jaywalker’s have made an impact.  That feeling of usefulness helps us reestablish firm footing in recovery. Jaywalkers have been volunteering for: – The Aspen Homeless Shelter – CARE (Animal Rescue) – Habitat for Humanity – Aspen Thrift Store (Clothes for the needy) – Volunteer Outdoor Colorado – Grand Canyon Trust – Mission Wolf – ReMEMBER (Pine Ridge Reservation) – Adopt a Highway – Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers – Extended Table (Soup Kitchen for the Homeless) – Assisting in the Rebuild of Joplin, MO – Green Team

Pine Ridge

“It is hard being poor” said Will Peters, a Lakota high school teacher born and raised on the reservation. “But I’m not leaving. I have two degrees, my wife has three. We could go anywhere. My home is here, our home is here. My ancestors are buried on this land. We are needed and no amount of hardship will make us cut and run. So we stay to ease the burden of poverty and oppression endured by so many. It is who we are.” A common question asked by those who visit Pine Ridge is, “Why don’t they just leave?” It’s simple. The Lakota are family born of a common history, a common spirit, a common pride. One does not leave this family, no matter the circumstance. There are NO orphans. This culture of poverty creates many obstacles to a life fulfilled, and many do not find it. But many…

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