Tag: Service

Lyons On The Brink

When’s the last time someone shared with you that you had been the answer to their prayers?  Can there be a more humbling observation than that? We as addicts were more accustomed to being the subject of prayers, said mostly by our loved ones pleading with God for our very survivals. Lyons, Colorado is in need of many answers right now.  They are not alone as there are many similar communities in our state who are in need. Solutions spent 4 days in Lyons in cooperation with NECHAMA, a Jewish relief organization, aiding flood ravaged victims who had few resources and homes buried in feet of mud. We dug and we dug and we dug some more. We tore out rotting dry wall and ripped up floors that had turned to sponges. We hauled piles of debris to the curb to be discarded but never forgotten.  We broke bread with…

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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.

Horses for Heroes

This week Solutions, Outpatient, and alumni got a chance to volunteer with Sopris Therapy Services in the Horses for Heroes project.  Horses for Heroes is a week-long intensive therapeutic program for newly disabled soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan.  It has been changing the lives of veterans since 2002.  Jaywalker and Solutions have been proud to volunteer for multiple years and look forward continuing to do so.  The stories of courage from the veterans are always inspirational.  As with most service orientated activities sometimes what we get from helping exceeds what is given. Click here for more pictures and please feel free to visit Sopris Therapy Services website at www.SoprisTherapyServices.com Cary Pew Program Coordinator Solutions

Solutions: A Program of Service

Check out our new video from Jaywalker Solutions! We are a 90-day transitional living program for men in early recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Located in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Solutions is designed for active adult males who are ready to embrace life in recovery and make a difference by being of service to others. Solutions is an abstinence-based open community model of care; we are deeply rooted and closely tied to the local 12 Step recovery community. Week-long service expeditions and local projects are a cornerstone of the Solutions recovery experience. About half of the clients at Solutions are graduates of Jaywalker Lodge; half come to Solutions via professional referrals from other residential treatment programs across the country. For more information about the Solutions program, click here – or contact our admissions team at (866) 529-9255. Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

Reflection from Pine Ridge

Solutions service trip to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation was a very eye opening experience. Prior to going, I had been told of the ongoing issues faced by the local residents – poverty, unemployment, alcoholism, drug addiction, domestic violence and suicide. However, it wasn’t until I spent time on the reservation that I really began to understand how rampant these issues are for the local tribe members. The poverty that exists on the reservation reminded me of third world countries. Many of the homes we visited were overcrowded with 3-4 generations of family members under one roof, and many didn’t have electricity, water or sewers – simple things that I take for granted on a daily basis. During my time on the reservation, I was actively involved in numerous activities to support the local community. Service work included helping to build a local garden, constructing and delivering bunk-beds to local children, and…

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Digging Deeper

It stimulates social interaction, encourages self-reliance, helps people learn about civic participation and grows leaders, helps reduce stress and teaches patience, creates opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education. Sounds like an excerpt from a Drug and Alcohol treatment facility promotional brochure! Actually, it is a partial list of the many benefits of community gardening or greening. Men from Jaywalker Lodge had the opportunity to work with community and church members in the Carbondale Community United Methodist Church’s Community Garden this weekend. We participated in a “Double Dig” in which the soil is overturned and rotated to increase fertility and spread nutrients. Melanie Hughes, pastor of the Carbondale Methodist Church, stated that the mission of the Community Garden is to foster spiritual and physical enrichment for the church community and its neighbors in the setting of a small-scale agricultural project. All who volunteer benefit from the intangible gains of the…

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Thank you Joplin!

In early March of this year Solutions went on a service trip to Joplin, MO.  For those of you that don’t know, Joplin was the sight of a major tornado that struck down in the middle of the town leaving a scar about 2 miles wide and 13 miles long.  Two years later there is still a lot of rebuilding that needs to get done.  When you’re in Joplin it is still apparent where the tornado hit, as there are no trees and newly planted sod; the tornado destroyed everything.  We were grateful to go work with the organization Rebuild Joplin to help in continuing the reconstruction.  Thank you Rebuild Joplin for the nice thank you note.  It was just as meaningful for us staff and clients to help as it was for you, Ada, Merle, and Marvin to receive our help.  We definitely look forward to volunteering again. www.RebuildJoplin.org…

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“If you wish to find yourself lose yourself in service to others”

In May of 2011 a F5 tornado (the biggest and most destructive type) hit the city of Joplin, MO.  The tornado struck down and swept right through the center of town, demolishing everything in its path.  It created a scar about a mile wide and 13 miles long.  Driving through town now, about two years later, it is obvious when one enters the scar as there are no trees and nothing on the ground except dirt or newly planted sod.  All the buildings in this area were completely destroyed. Including a High School, luckily students were not in the building, as it was graduation and faculty made a last minute decision to hold the graduation somewhere else.  161 people died during the tornado and reconstruction is still underway. I asked one of the homeowners we helped if he thought the town was restored, “no” he replied though he is confident…

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Teamwork

Every 4th Monday of the month Jaywalker heads to a church in Glenwood Springs to help feed the homeless. This week the Jaywalker U students helped out. This wasn’t the first time for most of the JWU students but it was for some of the Jaywalker Lodge men. This was a great way for the Jaywalker U students to be great examples for some of the newer guys in the program. The JWU students helped show everyone how to serve the food and clean up afterwards. Most of the JWU students were not required to attend this but all of the students stepped up to help out. It was really cool to see everyone get into this and help out where they could. The recipients were so grateful that Jaywalker came out to help the less fortunate. Kudos to Chef Brian for all of his hard work preparing this meal…

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Kick-a-thon Crushed

Team Solutions joined local martial artists to crush the 2nd Annual Kick-a-Thon “Only the half mad are truly alive”. With that sentiment in mind Team Solutions undertook the arduous task of completing 10,000 kicks in a 15 min. time period at the PRO TKD Kick a Thon on Feb. 21. I am pleased to report that we easily exceeded our goal led by Cary P. who came in with 1600 kicks. Special recognition goes to Jacquie who more than held her own with the men by amassing an impressive total of 1402. It should be noted that a world record was set by one of the PRO TKD students who tallied a staggering 1912, surpassing the previous record of 1857 set just last year. It was wonderful to see how our group was welcomed by the regular members of the PRO TKD studio and how impressed they were with our…

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