RECOVERY CAFE SAN JOSE INC

A Place to Belong and Grow

aka Recovery Café San José    |   San Jose, CA   |  http://recoverycafesj.org

Mission

Recovery Café San Jose is healing community for those traumatized by addiction, homelessness, and mental health challenges. Located in the heart of downtown San Jose, RCSJ is a place where anyone seeking recovery can come for meals, support groups, classes, community resources, and social activities in a sober and supportive environment.

Ruling year info

2012

Executive Director

Kathy Cordova

Main address

80 S 5th St

San Jose, CA 95112 USA

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EIN

45-4496745

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Congregate Meals (K34)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

On any given night, Santa Clara County has 6-7,000 homeless people on its streets. For many of them, drug and alcohol addiction is frequently cited as the primary cause. Those fighting to break the patterns of addiction and untreated mental illness that lead to the streets have few options. There are a limited number of beds in rehab facilities, and once a person is sober, they are moved out to make room for the next. AA/NA type meetings are plentiful, and a great support for many, but they are not for everybody, nor are they a comprehensive program. One of the biggest hurdles our members face is building new social networks that support their sobriety. Feelings of loneliness can create immense pressure to relapse. RCSJ’s community model has proven successful at combatting social isolation. RCSJ is the only local, immediately available program offering free, comprehensive, long-term support for those striving to build a life off of the street and away from drugs or alcohol.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Recovery Circles

Cafe members (membership is free) must participate in at least one weekly Recovery Circle to maintain their membership in good standing. Circles are facilitated by staff or trained volunteers with experience in recovery, addiction, and services to the homeless or those with mental illness.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers
Homeless people

A shared meal with other members is a large part of the Cafe experience. Continental breakfast, coffee and lunch are served cafeteria style five days each week. Special meals for holidays and other events and occasions fill the year.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers
Homeless people

A variety of activities are available daily to keep members involved and active in the Cafe, including: Job Readiness & Resume Help, Writers' Circle / Art Activities, Recovery Tea, Daily Dish, Jam Session & Sing-Along, Health and Housing Fairs, Guest Speakers, and Open Mic Night.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers
Homeless people

School for Recovery classes are more structured and each runs for eight weeks. Topics are in the areas of Addiction/Recovery, Life Skills, Healing & Relationships, and Healthy Lifestyles. Classes include: WRAP - Wellness Recovery Action Plan, Cooking Skills (includes food handling & safety), Finding Meaningful Work, Mindfulness Meditation, Trauma Recovery, and Creative Writing.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers
Homeless people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Homeless people, Substance abusers

Related Program

Shared Meals

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2017 we served lunch Tuesdays through Fridays, to an average of 35-40 diners each, and dinners on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with an average of 20-25 diners each, in addition to special holiday meals

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Homeless people, Substance abusers

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

An average of 45 volunteers each worked about 10 hours/month in 2017 supporting our members as Cafe Companions. Companions are trained listeners who can also assist with community resource referrals

Percent of clients reporting increased hope in their lives

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Homeless people, Substance abusers

Related Program

Drop-in Activities

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

94.2% of members answered, "Yes, to "Has Recovery Café San Jose increased the amount of hope in your life?" in our Annual Member Survey

Percent of clients reporting having healthier personal relationships

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Homeless people, Substance abusers

Related Program

School for Recovery

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The the question, "Has Recovery Cafe San Jose has assisted you in starting healthy personal relationships?" 17.3% agreed and 57.7% strongly agreed in our Annual Member Survey

Percent of clients who achieve and maintain abstinence from alcohol and drugs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Homeless people, Substance abusers

Related Program

Recovery Circles

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

92.6% of members answered, "Yes," to the question, "Has the Cafe helped you decrease your use of drugs/alcohol or maintain your sobriety" in our Annual Member Survey

Total number of clients at year's end

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Homeless people, Substance abusers

Related Program

Recovery Circles

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Membership in good standing is defined as regular weekly participation in a Recovery Circle and other activities. Members must be 24 hours without drugs/alcohol when at the Cafe

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Recovery Café San Jose is a healing community for those traumatized by addiction, homelessness, and mental health challenges. RCSJ is a place where anyone seeking recovery can come for support groups, meals, classes, community resources, and activities in a sober, safe, and supportive environment.

Membership is free, and open to all. The only requirements are:
• Be drug and alcohol free for 24 hours
• Participate in your assigned Recovery Circle
• Give back by volunteering for chores

Through participation in Café programming, members are able to rebuild their lives and self-confidence, putting more time between relapses, making relapses shorter and less severe, and are able to set and reach their personal goals in housing, employment, education, family reunification, and better health.

Recovery Circles - Circles are small groups (8-10 members) that meet weekly. Each member comes to know, and be known deeply, by the others in their group.

School for Recovery - Classes are in the areas of Addiction/Recovery, Life Skills, Healing & Relationships, and Healthy Lifestyles. Classes include: WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan), Cooking Skills (includes food handling & safety), Finding Meaningful Work, Mindfulness Meditation, Trauma Recovery, and more.

Career Preparation - Members have the opportunity to train along with our chefs and staff to learn the skills necessary for entry-level work in food service along with one-on-one coaching. For those ready to move on to paid work, we assist them in getting their ServSafe food handlers certification.

Each day’s schedule is different and also includes drop-in activities such as art/music, guest speakers, health fairs, etc. Healthy meals are served daily, and the coffee is always on.

The Café program has proven effective over our four years in San Jose, and for a decade preceding that at the original Recovery Café in Seattle, Washington.

Recovery Café San Jose meets people where they are on the recovery continuum, engaging them for a lifetime of managing their disease, focusing holistically on their needs, and empowering them to build a life that realizes their full potential.

Our program is consistent with evidence-based best practices that support transformation from a life of addiction to a life of wellness. While a member is at the Café, our desire is to build their recovery capital: "the quantity and quality of both internal and external resources that a person can bring to bear on the initiation and maintenance of recovery."

RCSJ was recognized as a "2017 Agency Community Hero" by the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Board. We've also received commendations from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and San Jose City Council.

In our first four years, we have provided service to over 1,200 individuals, and built our membership to over 150 people actively participating in programs each week.

Our progress so far on our 2018 Goals:

* Reopen following major renovation - Completed, re-opened on 1/3/18
* Grow membership by 30% - Goal exceeded: 50% growth to date
* Expand hours of operation - In progress, now open every Saturday
* Launch Career Training Program - Pilot in progress, first class graduating 8/22/18

Our progress is best shown through the progress of our members and what they have to say about Recovery Café San Jose:

"I'm learning how to be in the world. Meetings are about the recovery part of it. But this is a place where I can learn how to live life."

"We come here pretty broken, you know. And we leave here with confidence. I see big changes in everybody. They give feedback and that's the growth here."

"I feel safe here! I can open up and say what is bothering me."

Financials

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RECOVERY CAFE SAN JOSE INC

Board of directors
as of 10/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Carl Cookson

Carl P. Cookson, General Contractor

Dana Bainbridge

Recovery Cafe Network

Paul Detering

Redwood Insights, LLC

Sandra Hietala

Social Work (Retired)

Judith Kaiser

Corporate and Nonprofit Management (Retired)

Linda Lappin

San Jose State University

Carl Cookson

General Contractor

Shankari Panchepakesan

Adobe

Julie Ankenbrandt

Lawrence Terry

Retired Superior Court Judge

Cindy McCalmont

NAMI

Elaine Curran

Community leader

Jim Thompson

Positive Coaching Alliance

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/27/2021

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Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female

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