Tag: Service Work

Village of Hotevilla

On Saturday evening, the Solutions team arrived at the Village of Hotevilla on the Hopi Reservation.  The Hopi land occupies some 2,439 sq. miles in Arizona and the population is just under 10,000 people.   We were given the opportunity to camp on a Hopi woman’s land which was the headquarters for the Red Feather volunteers.  Set on top of the Mesa, the site included Bonnie’s family home, a truck which served as the kitchen, outside picnic tables, a dishwashing station, an outside shower area and porta-potties. As we looked across the Mesa that evening, rain clouds threatened us.  The volunteers from across the country scrambled to pitch their tents . With the arrival of howling winds, rain and hail, we quickly surmised that we were in for an adventurous trip.  Many volunteers chose to sleep in their cars to provide more shelter from the cold nights.  As the week progressed,…

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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

Service Trip to the Maroon Bells

Solutions recent service trip was up near Aspen at the base of North Maroon; doing trail restoration with the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative.  We at Solutions are very familiar with car camping.  We’ve become quite adapt with our giant griddle for bacon and pancakes, my Neo-Air Dream sleeping pad, and trash bags that we can fill at will.  When I started planning the trip up to the Bells; I realized this was going to be much different than the usual car camping. Thankfully, I had Lodge Expedition Assistant Dave Krimstock to help me prepare.  The two of us got all the food ready, split the tents up, and packed the packs.  We got enough food to feed the equivalent of 30 normal people.  It was a lot of supplies (including shovels and heavy pick axes) to pack two miles up an inclined trail to get to base camp.  Luckily we had…

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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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Re-member

This year the Solutions men traveled to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to work with the service organization Re-Member.  In the past few years Jaywalker has been honored to work with Re-Member.  Accompanying Solutions, for this trip, was Dan Reed Solutions Program Director and Bobby Ferguson Jaywalker Founder.  They got a chance to do an interview with Re-Member and impart some of the wisdom and benefits of trips like this. Solutions will again be traveling to Pine Ridge early this September. For a link to the Re-member blog please click here. Cary Pew Program Coordinator Jaywalker Solutions

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