Grantee: Recovery Café
Timeframe: January 2021 – December 2021 | Amount: $15,000
Recovery Café pilots Pop-Up Cafés in King County, bringing much needed resources and recovery support directly to individuals suffering from homelessness, addiction, and other mental health challenges.
Recovery Café Pop-Up Cafés will provide critical services and recovery support in an outdoor, public setting that is easily accessible. Each pop-up café offers to-go meals, coffee, face masks, hand sanitizer, porta-potty access, and on-site recovery support through Recovery Circles (facilitated peer recovery groups).
Current Recovery Café staff will run the daily operations of each pop-up café. In addition, the Resource Specialist staff member will be available to provide resource support and referrals for a variety of needs, including accessing medical care, housing/shelters, bus tickets, and technology.
Members who attend a Pop-Up Café will also have access to the Resource Connection Days held at the South Lake Union Café, which hosts additional providers on-site, providing services such as flu shots, COVID-19 testing, mobile dental clinics, and hygiene kits.
Funding from the Nimble Grant will go towards the cost of running a pop-up café, including equipment (such as tents, portable tables, chairs, porta-potty), to-go meals, and supplies (including personal protective equipment like face masks).
Recovery Café has begun outreach to neighbors camping in Denny Park and those who are engaged in Medication Assisted Treatment Recovery at the Evergreen Treatment Services Airport Way site, in addition to ongoing outreach to five Tiny Home Villages run by the Low-Income Housing Institute, in partnership with Country Doctor Community Health Clinic.
About Our Grantee
Recovery Café is a community of individuals who have been traumatized by homelessness, addiction and other mental health challenges coming to know we are loved and that we have gifts to share. We seek to end homelessness for the over 11,000 people currently experiencing homelessness in King County. Our low-barrier, community of radical hospitality supports Members (consumers) to sustain recovery, rebuild their lives, and break the cycle of addiction, homelessness, and mental health instability.