GET INVOLVED! Recovery Café Lafayette was founded on the certain belief that every human being is beloved regardless of past trauma, mental and emotional anguish, addictive behaviors or mistakes made. We open our doors to people with heavy loads of failure, guilt, and shame. Our space is beautiful to show our members they are deserving of a beautiful, safe, drug and alcohol-free space.
We are a loving community in order to anchor our members (closely-supported consumers) in the sustained recovery needed to gain and maintain access to housing, social and health services, healthy relationships, education, and employment.
Through our work, we prevent individuals from another potentially life-ending crisis, saving taxpayer money in emergency intervention to help them stabilize, and allowing mental health and addiction support professionals to focus on health maintenance and substance use prevention.
One of our key goals is to provide a growing awareness of the Recovery Café in the community. We need help in connecting to community providers, recovery resources, members of the Café, supporters, and funders of the Café. Some of our current opportunities include:
Serve as a Café Companion: Be a friend to our local community members by serving as a Café Companion!
This role allows you to connect individually with members and guests in the Recovery Café space. This is an essential role in providing the loving, hospitable space that makes the Recovery Café such a unique and positive place. Listening and caring is the way love shines through. During your visit, you will often sit and talk and you may play games, cards, read, share stories, or conduct various tasks. Training is required to serve in this role. After registering, you will be asked to attend our volunteer training to learn more about this important role at Recovery Café!
Serve A Meal/Food Service We are grateful to our partnership with Cherrie Buckley and The Buttery Shelf, to have our meals donated each day that the Cafe is open! While we may not need some assistance with meal prep and cooking, we could always use some extra hands to help plate and serve food, and also to assist with clean up, taking inventory of kitchen supplies, and making sure that our kitchen area is in tip top shape! Teach a class or Workshop with our Members: Do you have a skill, hobby, or talent that you would like to teach others?*
The School for Recovery gives Café members and non-members the chance to grow, heal, discover, take risks, and surprise themselves by doing and becoming what they never thought possible. While the word “recovery” doesn’t appear in most of the course titles, every single class is designed to provide support, wisdom, and companions for the hard work of making healthier choices as we live with whatever it is we are recovering from.
The School for Recovery desires to offer classes to holistically support the journeys of each member at the Recovery Cafe. Class topics can range from health/wellness, nutrition, yoga, spirituality, job/career preparation, healthy relationships, relapse prevention and more!
Plan and Lead a Sober Social Event with our Members: Bring your creativity & pose your idea for an event to have safe, clean fun with our members!*
The goal of recovery from substance abuse is to move anyone from being an active user to having a healthy life in sobriety. Some may not know or recall how to live a life that does not include drug. or alcohol use. So participating in fun, sober activities allows our members to have a rich, full life and fills up the time that used to be spent feeding any addiction.
Examples of past events include but are not limited to: open mic event, ballroom dancing, game night, ice cream social, BBQ, craft night, movie night, and trivia night!
Provide Community Connections & Recovery Resources: One of our key goals is to provide a growing awareness of Recovery Café in the community.
We need help in connecting to community providers, recovery resources, members of the Café, supporters, and funders of the Café.
Duties in this role may include but are not limited to booth and community outreach, story gathering and/or photography, or tabling certain events to share the story of the Recovery Café
Join Our Advisory Committe or Board of Directors
Have an idea for a project, activity, or something else that you'd like to bring to the Cafe? Let us know! We would love to hear more!
Internships: We would love to have you join us at Recovery Cafe Lafayette as an intern!