a compassionate recovery community
We provide a safe community space with a resource-rich environment that invites those in greater Lexington to cultivate their recovery, improve their quality of life, and prosper through growth and healing.
Recovery Café Lexington is a Recovery Oriented System of Care, and supports all pathways of recovery.
During April, 2019, Recovery Café Lexington officially joined the Recovery Café Network as an emerging member and took place in an intensive two-day training event in Seattle. This allowed for the team to learn more about the model and how to best implement it, and also forged networking opportunities between other groups dedicated to bringing the healing power of the cafe model into their own communities as well as the founders of the original Seattle cafe, which has been in operation since 2004. Additionally, Recovery Café Lexington was offered a generous grant which will help tremendously opening our doors in 2019.
Recovery Café Lexington signed a lease on their first brick and mortar location during October 2019, and immediately began work on the space to create an inviting, welcoming, and safe space for their members. They are now open to serve the community.
Recovery Café Lexington came to life when two of the co-founders visited the original cafe in Seattle, Washington in late 2016. Being deeply moved by what they observed and felt at the Seattle Café , they began their mission to bring this model to Lexington. During 2017, the co-founders spent time assessing the specific needs of the Lexington community, and concluded that there was a desperate need in our city to provide a safe space where healing can take place for those who may be suffering. A return visit to the Seattle Café by four of the co-founders in late 2017 allowed for a much deeper understanding of the model, including an intimate look at the power and importance of Recovery Circles; a cornerstone of the model.
Upon returning to Lexington, an initial board was established, and Recovery Café Lexington was registered with the state of Kentucky as a non-profit corporation. In 2018, the cafe applied for, and received federal tax-exempt status under section 501c3, and began fundraising efforts. This lead up to a hugely successful fundraiser in February 2019, where the support of the Lexington community was felt strongly in presence and financial contributions.
Our Current Needs
The biggest current opportunity to help at Recovery Cafe Lexington is by providing time, materials, or financial assistance as we work to create an inviting space for our members and begin serving those in need. Please join us as we prepare our space, and consider making a financial contribution to help us reach our goals and get our doors open soon!
Additionally, we are seeking community partners who are willing to join us in our mission to provide healing and opportunity to those struggling in our community. Ongoing financial support will be needed to keep the doors open, and will give you or your organization a chance to provide a lifetime of healing and opportunity to our members. Our team would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to discuss further needs and opportunities, as well as answer any questions you may have about the model.
Empower people in their own recovery with a welcoming community driven sanctuary to connect with one another, heal, feel accepted, loved, and worthy of success in their life.
Our Guiding Principles
- Connect with divine Love in ourselves and others
- Show respect
- Cultivate Compassion
- Practice forgiveness
- Encourage Growth
- Give back
What We Provide To Our Members
- A safe space where healing can begin and continue for a lifetime
- Healthy and nutritious meals
- Hot coffee, tea, and other beverages
- Referral services to other local organizations
- Educational opportunities through the School For Recovery
- Opportunities for all to give back to their peers
- Resources and training to improve employability and overcome the obstacles many face while seeking steady employment
- Classes and presentations designed to enhance physical, emotional, and spiritual growth
- Abundant opportunities to connect with the world and others.
Heart Of Gold
If you would like to learn more about Recovery Cafe Lexington, including how to get involved, join our mailing list, or to become a member, please fill out and submit the form below and we will respond to your requests.