Plymouth Church awarded a $105,000 Change Grant in June, 2013, to Recovery Café, a downtown Seattle refuge, founded in 2004 by Killian Noe, dedicated to healing for women and men who have suffered trauma, homelessness, addiction and other mental health challenges. The Café’s goal is to stabilize and maintain stability in mental health, relationships, housing and employment/volunteer service.

Located in a beautifully renovated building at 2022 Boren Avenue, Recovery Cafe provides ongoing recovery support. Starting where most traditional treatment programs end, ninety percent of Recovery Café members report that Recover Cafe helped them maintain sobriety. Through supportive community and programs, members create a foundation of recovery on which they can build for the rest of their lives.

Programs include:

Don Bell, member of Plymouth’s Community Services and Social Action (CSSA) Board said, “Being involved with this organization, we are transformed ourselves. It’s humbling.”

The funding, coupled with Plymouth member involvement, began July 1, 2013. Recovery Café  receives quarterly installments over a period of three years.

“The grant allows us to go deeper in our programming. The big thing is that as members gain long term stability, more leadership: peer support specialists that can lead to jobs in the community,” said Ruby Takushi, Recovery Café Director of Programs.