Tag: Service Work

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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English in Action

Today the Jaywalker U students and Solutions Men got together to finish painting the English in Action house in El Jebel, CO. English in Action is a non-profit organization that provides help for adults that wish to improve their English language.  With over 15 helping hands we were able to finish today. Nice work guys! Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

Gardening Collaborative

Empowering community through education, sustainable projects, and gardens for hunger relief within our communities. Kim Willie of Growing Food Forward stated, ” Last Thursday volunteers from Jaywalker Lodge, A New Path, and Aspire Women’s Recovery did a great job in an hour and a half; hand-tilling the soil, cutting and planting potatoes, and mulching them in with layers of straw and organic compost from Pitkin County Landfill in the three beds behind the Third Street Center in Carbondale, CO.” What a great collaborative effort to do our small part to help bring fresh, local, organic produce to those in need. Kim Willie, and the Growing Food Forward project have planted almost 100 gardens this spring and summer which will help supply our local food pantries like Lift-Up, with healthy, nutritious food. Our Recovery programs which have the opportunity to be part of this incredible undertaking, also derive a great benefit…

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The 43rd Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair

It’s that time of year! Make plans this weekend to attend Carbondale’s Mountain Fair. The Carbondale Mountain Fair is known for arts and crafts,  entertainment, great food and a lot of fun. Over 300 volunteers work together to make this one of the most popular and unique fairs in Colorado, and admission is FREE. Jaywalker U student will be helping with set up tomorrow morning and Jaywalker alum will be helping with clean up on Monday. For more information on volunteer opportunities click here! Janet DeMars Program Director Jaywalker U

Trail Work at Gold Butte

Yesterday five Jaywalker employees (Lynn Sanson, Natalyn Cumings, Donnie Hagenbart, Janet DeMars and myself) headed up valley on a small group outing. During the trip up, Lynn filled us in on the changes of ownership of the private land Gold Butte is on and how it came back to being an open trail. He also told us that about 95% of the trail work has been done by Jaywalker clients and staff. I think that’s pretty impressive. When we arrived we met Jade from Pitkin County Open Space and Bob from Ute Mountaineering. Jade showed us the tools we would be using for the day and we headed up the trail to our destination. Our work consisted of cutting into the rocky soil to put in rock walls, hauling heavy rocks for this purpose, and digging up the trail to make it more even. It was hard work and hot,…

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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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Flood Relief

                              FLOODWATER’S Debris field nightmares are not a soul to sleep It is the waking hours that hurt the most Once upon a time left in the rear-view, The clear view of dreams washed away Teetering on the river bank, soon to be submerged Loading memories one piece at a time The roadside refuse piles high, waiting for the claw To haul away the better days of hindsight An end somewhere on the horizon In a fog lift dawn, the rifted road is passable Leading us back to Solution The way in is the way out On the back roads of beaten path strangers Needing friendship, giving kinship in a handshake blessing In a common confessing, of needing help To stand again when staggered WE can recover, floodwater’s be damned For more pictures of Jaywalker Solutions latest service trip assisting in the flood relief in Estes Park Colorado, please click…

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New Orleans 2014

A mouth full of gold, jailhouse tats, and a broken story from a mended man.  Bobby G. shared his climb from the bowels of Angola to the horizon of his possibilities.  His addict menace had broken him down to a shell of a man.  8 years of cell block endurance, 2 of those in solitary. He had wept in anguish, feeling written off by all he had known. He arose to reclaim his soul in the rooms of recovery, finding a meeting the day of his release. He is now free, he is now humble, he will never forget. NOLA too has wept in anguish, 8+ years ago gutted by Katrina.  There were suggestions at the time that this city also be written off, abandoned, left for dead. Too much damage, too much money, too monumental a task to bring her back. Those suggestions have been proven preposterous, for the…

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Colorado Gives Day

Today marks the annual Colorado Gives Day. Now this may not seem worthwhile, but its encouragement to everyone in Colorado to give to non-profit organization. In 2012, Colorado Gives Day helped non-profits across Colorado to raise over 15 million dollars. This gives organizations a chance at success; organizations from AIDS research to animal sanctuaries participate in order to help fund the necessities for their (usually financially waning) organizations. My 7 years of using consisted of looking out for only myself, and sobriety has given me a chance to fix that. Days like today remind me that I should be giving back to my community and that losing myself in service work is a perfect way to find out who I really am. Jaywalker teaches us that a big part of sobriety is service work, and my higher power sends days like this in order to remind me to give back to…

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