Tag: Volunteer

Alumni Ski Trip – Park City, UT

The Jaywalker Alumni Department is pleased to announce the scheduling of the Winter Alumni Expedition. This years trip will be to Park City, Utah. Thanks to the generosity of one of our alumni families, we have a slope side condo for a week from January 17 through January 24. We will be splitting the week between two groups of 8 alumni at the Marriott Mountainside resort. In addition to the world class skiing and snowboarding, the famous Sundance film festival will be happening as well. It’s a good possibility I’ll ditch day on the mountain and try to score some movie tickets. The two annual Alumni expeditions are just a couple of the activities we offer our Alumni. We fielded two softball teams this past summer and the Jaywalker Hockey and Basketball teams are in full swing. We have also had an exceptional group of golfers who made a great…

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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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How will YOU Rally ?

Science and Medicine can cure cancer. Radiation, chemotherapy and surgery can treat the disease. Yet healing a person takes more. It requires a comprehensive approach that treats the whole person – mind , body ,and spirit.” Elaine Grossman, head of Rally the Valley Sponsorship team, said, ” Cancer is going to affect 1 in 3 of us, so they know a grandparent, and aunt, a cousin. You know, Cancer touches all of us.” Cancer, not unlike the disease of addiction is cunning, baffling , and powerful. The disease not only ravages the victim but the victim’s family and community. The camaraderie, support and love exhibited by the cancer survivor and recovery community reminds me of our program of recovery and the unwavering support we receive. My family has been affected by both diseases, Cancer and addiction, so it was a honor and a privilege to Rally myself and several Jaywalkers…

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Twin Lakes Expedition

This past week I was once again given the opportunity to give back to Jaywalker Lodge.  I went along on the Twin Lakes expedition as a volunteer.  Expeditions are always fun, we ride mountain bikes, climb, go whitewater rafting, and visit a hot springs.  But the benefits are far more than just having a good time.  While on the expedition as a volunteer I help cook meals, drive the clients and lead them in activities, and am also a source of knowledge.  While riding mountain bikes on the Rainbow trail a client asked me “what was the hardest part of your recovery once you left jaywalker lodge?”  We continued to have a long discussion about how men like us live in the world, sober.  It was helpful to the client but also helpful to me so that I can continue to grow in recovery.  I graduated more than 3 years…

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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.

“So many books, so little time”

“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library” Albert Einstein One of the many blessings of Recovery is the gift of “Time”. Life in sobriety gives us the time and opportunity to engage in many activities we once enjoyed before addiction consumed our lives. We can now find great enjoyment and satisfaction in many of life’s simple pleasures, such as reading a good book or researching a topic of interest. Jaywalker volunteers had the opportunity this week to help organize and set up for the semi-annual Gordon Cooper library book sale which provides funds for library resources. A new 13,000 square foot library is being built on the corner of Third and Sopris streets, just a few blocks from Jaywalker. The new library is scheduled to open later this summer. The facility will feature a 100-person meeting room, as well as space for…

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Alumnus celebrates 3 years of sobriety

Jaywalker would like to congratulate alumnus, Ben M, on celebrating 3 years of clean time last week. Ben grew up in Philadelphia and Florida and at a young age started experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Ben struggled with addiction for the next 15 years until he found the recovery community. Ben had fallen in love with the outdoors and Colorado during his addiction and was given the opportunity to go to Jaywalker Lodge in April of 2010. Jaywalker’s belief in the relentless pursuit of joy in recovery was a perfect fit for Ben and his passions. Since graduating the Lodge, Ben wanted to pursue his passions and be an active member in the recovery community. Ben is currently a ski instructor, trainer, and bike instructor for Aspen Snowmass. He also spends a lot of his free time volunteering here at Jaywalker helping the newcomers learn how to ski and mountain…

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