Congrats Kevin

Currently my record against Kevin in “Trivia Crack” is 6 and 6. It is important to note, however, that I won the last 4 games that we played against each other, in a row, and then Kevin quit playing the game all together… I am undefeated against Kevin’s mom. Kevin quit playing “Regular Crack” 3 years ago. This is a good thing. If you remember my last blog about Kevin, things were starting to get pretty weird… Did you know that one time Kevin fired a gun into the basement of his parent’s house because he thought that there were bad guys down there? Well, he did, and there weren’t any bad guys down there. Kevin then gifted that gun to his parents for Christmas. He wrapped it up, not in a box mind you, and placed it under the tree. He just left a gun, clear as day, wrapped…

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Congrats Stanley

On March 10, Stanley Jones celebrates his third consecutive year in sobriety. Through out and during the past three years Stanley has become one of my closest friends. I have watched him grow and mature but most importantly I have seen him impact the lives of many. By being an honest, loyal, outgoing and dedicated member of our community Stanley has become a true example of what we as Jaywalker Lodge alumnus and employee’s stand for. I remember meeting Stanley when I was early in my recovery and we almost immediately became very close friends. Even though most of our friendship I have spent struggling physically behind him on mountain bikes, I can say that myself and many others have been truly motivated and inspired by his dedication to sobriety and his courage along the way. Today is a special day for him and those who know him because Stanley…

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NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Clients, staff and alumni are invited to attend an In Our Own Voice (IOOV) presentation at the Lodge. When:   Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Time:     3:00-4:00 PM Where: Jaywalker Lodge In Our Own Voice (IOOV) was created as part of NAMI’s initiative to involve consumers in education about serious mental illness. It seemed natural for people with mental illness to draw from the expertise of their lived experiences and to share these experiences with others.  NAMI, a support, education, advocacy, and research organization, is dedicated to eradicating mental illness and improving the quality of life for persons affected by mental illness and their families. IOOV was introduced in 1996 as Living with Schizophrenia.  The program gathered momentum quickly.  As more people with a variety of illnesses participated, the program’s name was changed to In Our Own Voice. Since then, approximately 2,000 presenters have been trained to conduct the In Our Own Voice presentation.  As of the spring…

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“Remember Me, Hamlet”

Hamlet Director and Thunder River Theatre Company’s founder and artistic director, Lon Winston answers questions regarding our matinee performance. “Remember me, Hamlet” was a quote from the Ghost of King Hamlet played by Jaywalkers own poet laureate and former counselor emeritus Kim Nuzzo. Perhaps the only thing I remembered from Hamlet was “to be or not to be,” a skull, and sword fight – not too surprising ! Much to my delight, and thanks to an amazing production and spectacular acting I found a renewed appreciation for arguably, Shakespeare’s most famous and powerful tragedy. I had a new perspective and understanding of the difficulty of taking action, ambition, and appearances. All of the actors wore masks to represent the duality of the characters and their motivations. I can certainly relate to the wearing of facades during my addictions. I was too busy trying to be the person who I thought…

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4 Feet

After a near record setting drought in January and most of February, most of us thought winter was over. Mother nature reminded us that winter was in fact alive and well by dropping four feet of snow on us in the last 7 days. Happy Shredding! Donnie Hagenbart Admissions & Marketing Manager Jaywalker Lodge

JWL & Phoenix Ski Weekend

Another amazing sober ski weekend with Phoenix Multisport! Phoenix and Jaywalker have been having sober ski weekends for the last 6 years and we hope to continue the fun. To learn more about Phoenix Multisport please click here. We hope to see you all again very soon!

Donnie Celebrates 5

Jaywalker would like to congratulate admissions and marketing coordinator and Jaywalker Lodge alum, Donnie Hagenbart, on celebrating five years of sobriety. Donnie has been a shining example of recovery in the roaring fork valley since his arrival five years ago. When he was lead teller at Wells Fargo he was one of the most active volunteers that Jaywalker has ever had, when he got hired at Jaywalker U he spent countless hours improving that program and the clients who went through it, since he took over the admissions and marketing coordinator position he has done absolutely nothing and he needs to clean his office out immediately. Just kidding. Donnie has been a great friend, passionate alumnus, knower of all things about everything, but most importantly a frequent wearer of corduroy. Congrats on five years my friend. John Schneier Director of Outreach Services and Alumni Relations

Showing Up is Half the Battle

Today, we had a small group employee outing with Karen Bradshaw, the owner of Rising Crane. For those 11 people that showed up today, including myself, we were able to not only learn about the Power of Presence but have a very enjoyable time doing it.  This was a great opportunity for us, as Jaywalker Lodge employees, to learn about what our Solutions program has been doing for the past 2 years with Karen and have a little more insight into our client’s experiences within her workshops. A big thanks also to Karen Bradshaw for having the patience to work with us today and teaching us your talents. I’d also like to not only personally thank those employees for sharing in the experience today, but truly showing up.  The battle we call “life” is much easier when we make the conscious decision to not only show up, but be present. …

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Academy Awards Viewing Party

Make plans to join us this Sunday evening to watch the 87th Annual Academy Awards. We’ll have the Alumni Space open before and after the 6PM NA meeting for viewing. We’ll have pizza, popcorn, and pop as we root for our favorite movies and actors. My money is on Birdman for best picture and Austin’s Richard Linklater for Director in the 12 year epic Boyhood. It’s a toss-up for best Actor between Sober Superstar Bradley Cooper and Eddie Redmayne’s uncanny portrayal of Steven Hawking. I’m betting on Reese Witherspoon, who plays a recovering heroin addict in Wild, for the best Actress Oscar. I can highly recommend the documentary Virunga which is up for best feature documentary. Speaking of movies. We kicked off our first weekly Alumni Movie night last night with Hot Tub Time Machine 2 . Although not likely to win any awards, more than a dozen Alumni had…

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Thank you, Kim

Jaywalker’s Senior Lodge Counselor and Family Program Coordinator, Kim Nuzzo, is retiring this week. Kim, you have been there for us all and we couldn’t be more grateful. Thank you for everything! “I guess you could say I was there at the beginning, at least the beginning of Kim’s arrival to the Roaring Fork Valley and his subsequent hire at Aspen Counseling Center.   We spent the next 15 or 16 years together at that agency before Kim departed for greener pastures at Jaywalker. I believe I owe it to him that I was hired for the same greener pasture some 6 months later. It’s kind of funny, but Kim is a guy I feel I have always known while actually spending little time with him away from the work environment. One notable exception to this was our fantastic trip to the Blues Awards in Memphis during May of 2012. I…

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