Our Mission, Vision, and Values
We are a community of refuge and healing for people in recovery.
To be an enlightened community where people in all walks of recovery are empowered to be their best selves.
- Radical Hospitality – Radical Hospitality is our act of gracious, warm and enduring welcome of all people to ensure a feeling of love and support within our community.
- Loving Accountability – Holding each other accountable to becoming our truest, best selves is the most loving thing we can do for each other.
- Champion for Recovery – We promote lifelong focus on empowering people to reach their full potential and maintain healthy life habits.
- Stewardship – We responsibly manage resources to honor and serve our stakeholders, and deepen our impact in the community.
- Inclusive Community –Individuals from all backgrounds are valued and embraced with compassion, mutual respect and dignity.
One in eight Coloradans has a mental health condition, and many of these afflicted also struggle with substance abuse. Additionally, Longmont has suffered through the opioid epidemic along with the rest of the country. The number of people in Boulder County who were treated for heroin misuse increased by 128 percent between 2010 and 2016, resulting in more than 191 deaths and making opioid-related deaths more common than deaths in car accidents (according to Boulder County Public Health). Recovery is a life-long commitment that cannot be met by 30-day treatment programs. Where do you go on day 31?
Low-income and homeless women and men struggling with mental health challenges are disproportionally affected. These people often stop taking or lose access to medication, triggering substance abuse relapse, and lose access to housing, employment, and healthcare services. Without sustained recovery from mental health challenges and addiction, accessing existing housing and social service providers can feel insurmountable – and the struggle to build a healthy life takes time. The National Institute of Health indicates that individuals in recovery from a substance abuse disorder need a foundation of at least two years of sobriety to ensure long-term recovery. Recovery Café Longmont supports women and men in these years – and beyond – as they rebuild their lives and break the cycle of addiction and mental health challenges.
Recovery Café Longmont is here to help these men and women stay in recovery. We’re here to build a community that provides support and skills for those working to break the cycle of homelessness, addiction, and other mental health challenges.
Recovery Café Longmont was founded on the knowledge that every human being is precious and beloved regardless of their past. Individuals interested in joining the Café are invited to become Members. Membership signifies belonging – for many of the people we serve, membership is a new and empowering concept. We offer Radical Hospitality to our Members regardless of lived trauma, mental and emotional anguish, addictive behaviors, or mistakes made. We provide a beautiful, safe, warm, drug and alcohol-free space and loving community to anchor our members. And, crucially, we help sustain recovery so that members can access housing, social and health services, healthy relationships, education and employment.
The Café is refuge for everyone in recovery. If someone is in crisis, newer to recovery, in long-term recovery, after a relapse, during a difficult life change, throughout a physical health challenge or mental health transition, Recovery Café offers evidence-based addiction support and love. We teach people ways to manage their mental and physical health, maintain sobriety, build community, and to help each individual reclaim life as a person worthy of giving and receiving love. Through our work, we prevent that individual from another potentially life-ending crisis, saving taxpayer money in emergency intervention to stabilize that person, and allowing mental health and addiction support professionals to focus on health maintenance and addiction prevention.
The genesis of Recovery Café Longmont is in the commitment by the leadership of CENTRALongmont Presbyterian Church to be as big a blessing to the Longmont community as possible. The church—which founded St. Vrain Manor, income-based apartments for seniors and the OUR Center, which has helped meet basic life needs of some of the area’s most vulnerable residents—has a long history of identifying unmet needs in the community and partnering with others to put solutions in place. In 2018, church leadership became aware of the need for a place where individuals in recovery from various addictions could find support, acceptance, and radical hospitality. This led them to the Recovery Café Network, developed from the remarkable success of Recovery Café, founded by Killian Noe in Seattle, Washington. The Network partners with individuals who feel called to establish a Recovery Café in their own communities. Thus, Recovery Café Longmont was born in 2019.
Although CENTRALongmont Presbyterian Church was the impetus to establishing a Recovery Café in Longmont and the Café will be utilizing the basement space of the Church for the first 2-3 years, the Café is a separate entity from the Church. The Church is currently the fiscal sponsor of Recovery Café Longmont until the Café’s 501(c)(3) is approved. While the Café is not a faith-based organization, all beliefs and faith traditions are welcome.