Nimble Grant funding will help Recovery Café to pilot Pop-Up Cafés in King County, bringing much needed resources and recovery support directly to individuals suffering from homelessness, addiction, and other mental health challenges.
Recovery Café Pop-Up Cafés will provide critical services and recovery support in an outdoor, public setting that is easily accessible. Each pop-up café offers to-go meals, coffee, face masks, hand sanitizer, porta-potty access, and on-site recovery support through Recovery Circles (facilitated peer recovery groups).
Current Recovery Café staff will run the daily operations of each pop-up café. In addition, the Resource Specialist staff member will be available to provide resource support and referrals for a variety of needs, including accessing medical care, housing/shelters, bus tickets, and technology.
Members who attend a Pop-Up Café will also have access to the Resource Connection Days held at the South Lake Union Café, which hosts additional providers on-site, providing services such as flu shots, COVID-19 testing, mobile dental clinics, and hygiene kits.
Funding from the Nimble Grant will go towards the cost of running a pop-up café, including equipment (such as tents, portable tables, chairs, porta-potty), to-go meals, and supplies (including personal protective equipment like face masks).
Recovery Café has begun outreach to neighbors camping in Denny Park and those who are engaged in Medication Assisted Treatment Recovery at the Evergreen Treatment Services Airport Way site, in addition to ongoing outreach to five Tiny Home Villages run by the Low-Income Housing Institute, in partnership with Country Doctor Community Health Clinic.
This program will not overlap with services and activities related to Recovery Café’s current Major Grant with the PHPDA.
Recovery Café serves Members from throughout King County. They provide a beautiful, safe, warm, drug and alcohol free 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.