Recovery Café

Mental health challenges often trigger addiction and many people manage their pain through substance abuse and chemical dependency. This disproportionally hurts low-income, jobless and homeless women and men. Those who struggle with mental health challenges often stop taking or lose access to medication, triggering substance abuse relapse, and lose access to housing, employment and health care services. Without sustained recovery from mental health challenges and addiction, accessing existing housing and social service providers can feel insurmountable.

According to the National Institute of Health, recovering addicts need a foundation of at least two years sobriety to ensure long-term recovery. Recovery Café’s provides this crucial support to women and men who want to rebuild their lives and break the cycle of homelessness, addiction, and other mental health challenges. The following is the typical treatment journey we see which is an episode between relapse and stability.  


Recovery Café Dayton was founded on the knowledge that every human being is precious and beloved regardless of past trauma, mental and emotional anguish, addictive behaviors or mistakes made. We provide a safe, warm, drug and alcohol free healing space and loving community to anchor Members in the sustained recovery needed to gain and maintain access to housing, social and health services, healthy relationships, education and employment. Our program is designed to help people maintain recovery, reduce relapse and fulfill their potential. Important elements of this work include:

  • healing milieu with free, nutritious meals, coffee, birthday celebrations, access to a computer lab and many other services offered through LEC and through Recovery Schools.
  • Small, loving accountability groups called Recovery Circle, which offer peer-to-peer support. They are facilitated by a staff person, trained community volunteer, or a long-term Member.
  • Volunteer opportunities allow Members to learn the rewards of giving back, improve communication abilities, develop leadership skills, and learn to interact effectively and productively with staff, other Members, and outside volunteers who spend time at the Café sharing their gifts.
  • Education through recovery schools, a school available to Members and Volunteers featuring classes that address the underlying causes of addiction, teach coping skills, develop knowledge, and build recovery capital.
  • Al-Anon, Celebrate Recovery, Family of Addicts Circle groups, Alpha Bible Study are held in a dedicated space within the Recovery Café Dayton.
  • Referral Services. We partner with a wide network of complimentary service providers to help Members gain and maintain housing, healthcare, mental health services, legal assistance and a base of support as they navigate the complex social services system. Recovery Café Dayton doesn’t seek to duplicate services but rather be a place of stability so Members can access the services they need.

    We provide support, resources and a community of care along the entire continuum of a person’s need for recovery assistance. Whether in crisis, newer to recovery, in long-term recovery, after a relapse, during a difficult life change, or mental health transition, the Recovery Café Dayton is a refuge of care with evidence-based addiction support and love. We teach people ways to manage mental health, maintain sobriety, and build community. We help each individual reclaim life as a person worthy of giving and receiving love.

    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 addiction prevention

As being part of Recovery Café Network we have the strong foundation of support system to withstand the outcome of our program offerings. It is a unique model making members to hold themselves accountable to their actions, feelings and taking responsibility with each other through their action and decisions. Dr. Steve Maraboli once said “If you hang out with chickens, you’re going to cluck and if you hang out with eagles, you’re going to fly. Recreating a community of stability, accountability and loving atmosphere is our goal.

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