Tag: Service Work

Jaywalker receives Volunteer of the Year award from Independence Pass Foundation

Service to others is an important part of the treatment model Jaywalker provides. Through this we begin to learn that there are things far greater than ourselves. As a member of the Jaywalker community I am provided many service opportunities that include helping at Mission Wolf, planting trees for the City of Carbondale, and hurricane relief in Houston. Independence Pass Foundation provides yet another unique service opportunity for our guys. The IPF is a group that is dedicated to the restoration of the Independence Pass corridor and the surrounding wilderness. Please Click Here for the full article and for information on The Independence Pass Foundation.

Men’s Spiritual Retreat

On a frigidly cold morning in Vail, we finished breakfast and trudged up to Jay’s Cabin for the final leg of the first ever Mens Spiritual Retreat weekend at Jaywalker Solutions. The weekend had consisted of two days of intensive therapeutic work, one solo day coined as the “Day of Silence,” and one day of presentations. In the free time, we ate together, used the old-fashioned sauna, hiked, and spent time together as fellow men in recovery. If you have never spent any time at the Shrine Huts in Vail, I would highly recommend it. The locations solitude and rustic quality made it a perfect location for a men’s spiritual retreat. As we sat in a circle in the cabin with logs in the wood fireplace crackling. I felt a sense of anticipation as we prepared for the final session of the experience. We started the group with an introduction,…

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Jaywalker Service – Houston, TX

She’d dedicated her life in service to others, working homeless shelters throughout​ the city of Houston. Carrione could not anticipate the day that she would be joining them, her home ravaged by 4′ of floodwater. She spent 2 days across the street on the second floor of a neighbor’s home. She was joined by many, some elderly and wheelchair bound. Rescue boats finally arrived to take them to higher ground. The ordeal had just begun for she and thousands more. 3 months living in a motel, void of her possessions, her cars, her home. Nothing left but resolve, starting from scratch. She welcomed us with prayers of thanks, grateful not to be forgotten in the haze of catastrophe. Her recovery was our recovery, a common bond of working together to pick up the pieces if shattered lives. Our task involved more than gutting walls and hauling debris. It was about…

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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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