Building community through art

Posted on March 13th, 2013 by by jschneier

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One of the primary desired outcomes of the Jaywalker Recovery Continuum is for our men to become “part of” rather than “separate from”. We strive to become part of something bigger than ourselves. Last week our men had the opportunity to be part of a huge community creative event on several fronts. The Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH) presented the 5th Annual “Green is the new Black Fashion Extravaganza.” This years theme “Myths and Legends” featured the sustainable designs of 40, mostly local, designers. The event provides funding for CCAH programming and scholarships for its community arts projects. Equally as impressive as the designs, is the sheer number of volunteers who bring the event to life. Over 150 volunteers, including 70 models dedicate their time and talent to support the Arts in the Carbondale community. Jaywalker alumni were part of the the Projection mapping technology team and the stage management crew. Jaywalker Lodge clients and Alumni also helped with stage construction and set-up. In addition, about a dozen of us had the pleasure to view the event Saturday Night. The result was spectacular; stunning designs, breathtaking performers, and a beautiful visual and sound show. It was fulfilling to see the community come together and showcase its enormous creative talent while bringing Art to the masses.


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Alumnus celebrates 3 years of Sobriety

Posted on March 7th, 2013 by by jschneier

 

Ben-Ma-3-years-300x300Jaywalker 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 bike. In the last year Ben has had the opportunity to fly above the clouds, literally, in the pursuit of following his father’s footsteps in getting his pilot’s license. Ben has been a great example of the things we can do when we get sober. Ben has been a great friend to all of us and we a truly proud of him. Congratulations Ben!

Donnie Hagenbart

Program Coordinator

Jaywalker U


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Congratulations Donnie H on 3 Years

Posted on February 28th, 2013 by by jschneier

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I would like to congratulate Donnie Hagenbart, Jaywalker U program coordinator, on celebrating 3 years of sobriety today. Donnie grew up in the suburbs of Chicago where he fell in to drugs, alcohol, and gambling. After a few years of college Donnie attended Jaywalker Lodge in 2010, where he quickly became a solid member of the local recovering community.

Before taking the program coordinator position at Jaywalker U, Donnie was lead teller at Wells Fargo in Carbondale, weekly volunteer at Jaywalker Lodge, and a fantastic softball/baseball player. Donnie has since become an integral part of the Jaywalker employee community while continuing to further his education at CMC.

Donnie is one of the most genuine people I have ever known, he’s taught me the meaning of true friendship. Congratulations Donnie, you deserve it.

John Schneier
Admissions Manager


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What’s in your backpack?

Posted on February 27th, 2013 by by Donnie Hagenbart

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What’s in your backpack?  Craig Farnum, the academic counselor from CMC in Carbondale, facilitated two workshops and also presented during Workshop Wednesdays at Jaywalker U today.  His first workshop encouraged the participants to look at the effect their beliefs, values, and attitudes have on their behavior. Our beliefs, values, and attitudes are the things we carry around in our backpacks.  Craig challenged the participants to think about what they, personally, carried around in their invisible backpack.  The clients from the Landing and Jaywalker U openly discussed the negative beliefs they held about themselves while they were using, and often times, prior to their using, and the effect it had on their using behavior.  They also talked about how in recovery they need to change their beliefs about themselves, especially shame and low self-esteem—in other words, change what is in their backpacks.  During Craig’s second workshop, he talked about systems, and how an interdependent system could be changed by changing just one component of the system.  For instance, he talked about the components of our attitudes—behavioral, cognitive, and affect.  If a person wanted to change their attitude, they could change their behavior which would have a direct effect on the other two components of attitude, what we think and how we feel.  Finally, Craig presented his personal story of going into the wilds of Alaska to follow the footsteps of Chris McCandless, the subject of the film and book, “Into the Wild” written by Jon Krakauer. Craig told us about the moment, as he was trying to cross a raging glacial river, that he had a life altering experience and knew that the priorities he carried in his backpack needed to change.  This moment in time occurred at the opposite side of the river that Chris McCandless could not cross which prevented him from returning to civilization and ultimately cost him his life. Jaywalker would like to thank Craig for putting on these workshops and invite anyone interested in attending Jaywalker U’s final workshop for the semester, next Wednesday from 9am-12pm.

Janet DeMars

Program Director

Jaywalker U


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Teamwork

Posted on February 26th, 2013 by by jschneier

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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 and every other meal he prepares!

Donnie H.
Program Coordinator
Jaywalker U


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Congratulations Chester

Posted on February 25th, 2013 by by Donnie Hagenbart

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Jaywalker would like to congratulate Chester Walters, Landing Tech, for celebrating 3 years of sobriety last week. Chester grew up in Texas and through a rough childhood fell into drugs and alcohol pretty heavily. Chester attended Jaywalker Lodge in 2010 after a rough few years in college. Just like most of the guys who come through Jaywalker, Chester fell in Love with the mountains and started a life that he could be proud of.

Since graduating the Lodge Chester wanted to get back on his feet. After working 2 years at Aspen Snowmass in advanced ticket sales, Chester wanted to return back to school. Chester received a 4.0 GPA in his first two semesters back in college and is hoping to get his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology here in the near future. Since then Chester has started work here at Jaywalker as a part time tech for The Landing. Chester has been a prime example of how rewarding sobriety can be. Thank you Chester for everything you do and once again congratulations!

Donnie H.

Program Coordinator

Jaywalker U


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