Recovery Café Vancouver

Construction Date: Fall 2020
Expected Completion: 2021
$1,000,000 Fundraising Commitment
left to raise
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Streetohome is partnering with The Kettle Society in Vancouver, and the Recovery Café Network in Seattle, to bring a flagship recovery pathway to Vancouver. The model provides a refuge for individuals seeking recovery from homelessness, poverty, isolation, substance use and other mental health challenges. It is a welcoming space where individuals find a meaningful sense of belonging and connection to a community of peers, service navigation and support to move along their preferred life path.

Recovery Café Vancouver will support members through a set of core interventions:

  • Recovery circles – a weekly meeting with a trained facilitator and 8-10 peers where individuals hold themselves and each other accountable for achieving their goals;
  • School of Recovery – Life skill development, activities and classes including such things as budgeting, conflict resolution, meditation & mindfulness, creative writing, knitting, running club and yoga;
  • In-reach complimentary consultations such as health, legal, veterinary and social services;
  • Nutritious lunch and/or dinner services five days a week; and
  • Navigation to needed services and resources in the community.

The Recovery Café is a free membership model that provides additional supports for vulnerable individuals: living on the street, in shelters and supportive housing, or exiting hospitals and corrections with no fixed address.

Adapting the Recovery Café model (Seattle, U.S.) is the primary recommendation in Streetohome’s Business Case on the Recovery Community Centre concept. The Recovery Café is the closest model to meet the needs of the homeless population including people living on the street, in shelters and supportive housing. The model provides time-limited support (up to 2-years) and a warm transition to existing Recovery Community Centre models where individuals can remain tethered to support as needed.

Read the business case


Please contact Tracey Harvey if you’re interested in Recovery Café Vancouver. Volunteer as a Recovery Champion.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 604-629-2711 x 101

Cell: 604-897-3040

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This Project

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.