He’s always one to initiate a hug or smile and ask about your day. He came into the Café, sat and chatted with other Members and Ambassadors, and quickly shared the interest of our current puzzle trend. Despite the smile and warmth, this Member has experienced despair, the cold of isolation, confusion, and depression.
Like many immigrants, his family of origin demonstrates remarkable resiliency and determination. He’s lost many of his family members to crimes along the Mexican border, where he grew up as an American citizen. One of his family members is currently detained in a detention center in Texas. Yet, the warrior within him wages on.
Not only is he a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, he’s the first in his family to go to college. He found recovery from alcohol eight years ago, and continues the arduous battle of depression, forcing a hardship on maintaining a job. He is currently experiencing homelessness and utilizing local organizations to secure emotional and material resources.
A Recovery Community Committed to Growth
When staff met him for the first time at the Café and explained our mission, he lit up at the phrase “a recovery community committed to growth.”
“That’s what I want– committed community. I have friends, but very few who are looking for and working towards true change. Can I bring some of my friends next time?” After a nod of affirmation, he came back, a few days later with three friends. Two of them became Members.
On his most recent visit to the Café, he used both our support and our wifi to apply for jobs. Today, we received a call that he accepted a job offer, and would have to reduce the frequency of his visits due to his new part-time job.
You Are Always Welcome Here
“Man! I know this job is what’s necessary, but I’m going to miss the Café cookin’ and puzzles! I’m not finished with Recovery Café! I’ll be back!”
Well sir, Recovery Café Longmont will be here to always welcome you back.