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Recovery Café Vancouver

Streetohome is proud to partner with The Kettle Society (Vancouver) and the Recovery Café Network (Seattle) to bring a leading-edge recovery pathway to Vancouver – the Recovery Café.

The Recovery Café is a place of belonging where people pursuing recovery – whether it’s from, poverty, homelessness, isolation, mental health challenges, trauma, unemployment, or substance use – can participate in an intentional community of mutual support and work towards their recovery goals.

Recovery Café Vancouver is not a drop-in centre but a free membership model that supports members through a set of core interventions:

  • Recovery circles – a mandatory weekly meeting with a trained facilitator and 8-10 peers that involves participants holding themselves and each other accountable for achieving goals
  • School of Recovery – life skill development, activities, and classes such as budgeting, job-readiness, conflict resolution, meditation & mindfulness, creative writing, walking, gardening, and choir
  • Service navigation – of mostly free support services and opportunities in Vancouver
  • Communal meals – nutritious lunch and/or dinner
  • In-reach services – including health, legal, veterinary, and social services

Implementing an evidence-based recovery model originating in Seattle and replicated in over 30 communities throughout the U.S. was the primary recommendation in Streetohome’s Business Case on the Recovery Community Centre concept.

The Recovery Café’s flagship permanent location has opened and will support up to 300 at-risk individuals in their collective recovery. This will be the first in Canada with more likely to follow.

Thanks to the generosity of the Giustra Foundation, Vancouver Police Foundation and Tanjit Kalhar, the Kettle Society opened a pop-up location to ensure that prospective members can begin their journey and build a better future for themselves while the permanent site is renovated.

To learn how you can support the Recovery Café, or how you can bring a Recovery Café to your community, please contact Lyndon Surjik.  Email: [email protected] or phone: 604-629-2711 x 101

Want to become a member or volunteer at the Recovery Café?  Please call Damian at (604) 559-1771 or email [email protected]

  • Status:


  • Opened:

    Winter 2022



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Entrance to Recovery Cafe

Computer Room

Participant brewing a beverage

Counter table fronting the street

Project Donors


625 Powell Street Foundation

625 Powell Street Foundation’s mission is to help those who help others by supporting organizations and leaders whose daily work is about making meaningful and lasting differences in the lives of people facing challenges in: healthcare, mental health, addictions, homelessness, housing, and cultural inequities. 625 Powell Street Foundation is the vision of Carl Vanderspek and Margaret Hope, who have been touched by incredible people doing incredible work in our community.

Ronald S. Roadburg Foundation

The Ronald S. Roadburg Foundation is rooted in a strong sense of community and responsibility, engaging in an array of philanthropic initiatives in the Jewish and broader communities in British Columbia, across Canada, in Israel, and around the world. Currently, the Foundation’s areas of impact include strengthening and securing the Jewish community; empowering populations adversely or disproportionately affected by circumstance or social inequities; and responding to complex social challenges, currently focusing on addictions and the climate emergency.

Giustra Foundation

For over two decades, the Giustra Foundation has developed innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing humanitarian and economic challenges. Through partnering with a wide variety of local and international initiatives, our goal is to create a lasting and measurable impact through programs focused on poverty alleviation, quick responses to humanitarian crises, and investing in long-term strategies through education and conflict prevention.

Odlum Brown

Odlum Brown Limited is an independent, full-service investment firm providing disciplined investment advice and objective value-based research with a singular focus on clients. They proudly support initiatives in health care, education, arts and culture, children and youth, the environment, sports and active living, and community development through sponsorship, corporate giving and employee volunteerism.
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