Our Cafe’s Mission

Recovery Café Orting Valley’s Mission is to transform lives with respect for self and others.

Too many people today have found themselves traumatized by addiction. Their lives have been devastated and their families well being destroyed as a result of addiction and the trauma it causes.

We are a community of men and women who recognize there is hope and healing over these and other mental health challenges. We are living proof that living a life in recovery begins in a community where we know we are loved and that we have gifts to share.

Our Challenge

In Washington State, 10% of all adults are in need of substance use disorder treatment, yet in Pierce County, many in need of treatment do not receive it. According to a ”point in time’ study conducted in March 2018, there are at least 1628 homeless women and men report having substance use challenges. Most experts in the field believe that the percentages are actually much higher.  The Orting Valley is hardest hit because it is rural and unincorporated Pierce County.

Mental health challenges often underlie addiction and many people manage their pain through substance abuse. Often this disproportionally hurts low-income and homeless women and men struggling with mental health challenges who often stop taking or lose access to medication, triggering substance abuse relapse, and lose access to housing, employment, and healthcare services. Without sustained recovery from mental health challenges and addiction, accessing existing housing and social service providers can feel insurmountable.

According to the National Institutes of Health, individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder need a foundation of at least two years of sobriety to ensure long-term recovery. Recovery Cafe Orting Valley provides this crucial support to women and men who want to rebuild their lives and break the cycle of homelessness, addiction, and other mental health challenges.

Strong trees start as small sprouts

Our Work

Recovery Cafe was founded on the knowledge that every human being is precious and beloved regardless of past trauma, mental and emotional anguish, addictive behaviors or mistakes made. We provide a beautiful, safe, warm, drug and alcohol-free space and loving community to anchor Members (our most closely-supported consumers) in the sustained recovery needed to gain and maintain access to housing, social and health services, healthy relationships, education and employment.

Our program is designed to help people maintain recovery, reduce relapse and fulfill their potential. Important elements of this work include:

We offer a place of acceptance and love for people on the journey to recovery. Members are a part of delicious meal and coffee bar together with Recovery Circles to rebuild lives!

We provide support, resources and a community of care along the entire continuum of a person’s need for recovery assistance. Whether in crisis, newer to recovery, in long-term recovery, after a relapse, during a difficult life change, or mental health transition, the Café is there as a refuge of care with evidence-based addiction support and love.

We teach people ways to manage mental health, maintain sobriety, and build community. We help each individual reclaim life as a person worthy of giving and receiving love.

Through our work, we prevent individuals from another potentially life-ending crisis, saving taxpayer money in emergency intervention to help them stabilize, and allowing mental health and addiction support professionals to focus on health maintenance and addiction prevention.

Our History

The Orting Valley (area of Sumner, Puyallup, Bonney Lake, Buckley, Eatonville) has been plagued by the Opioid crisis. In the Spring of 2017, our area was hit by a series of fatal overdoses, this created a demand for help. There was an outpouring of concern to find a way that we could provide support for people wrestling with addiction. After decades of losing lives to this epidemic our community came together acknowledging we can and must do more and if we worked together!

The problem of addiction has been acute in the Orting Valley for a long time, and the Orting Valley has been an underserved community for far too long. It was time for the change that can provide hope, healing and transformation for folks wrestling with addiction. Recovery Café Orting Valley was formed to do just that. A team of committed folks serious about bringing Recovery Café into the City was formed and we are that group. We have several hundred individual citizens and organizations that have joined together with us!

Sizing the Problem: Orting Valley encompasses the City of Orting, Puyallup and Sumner as well as the unincorporated areas of Pierce County including Eatonville, Buckley, South Prairie, Kapowsin, McMillin. A ‘point-in-time’ study conducted by Pierce County identified at last 1638 individuals living along our riverbanks of the Puyallup and Carbon rivers. Our service area population is at a minimum approximately 11,328 people we will serve. This does not account for the people from Sumner, Puyallup who will also spill over into our service.  A 12 Step NA group (help for those addicted) was formed in town and a 12 Step Nar Anon group (support for families and friends of people in addiction) group. Nar Anon meets at 7 pm Mondays at the Methodist Church in Orting.

What is Recovery Café? Recovery Café is a proven system healing and transformation that helps people who are suffering from addiction, homelessness, and other mental health challenges to find the support they need and get them connected to the resources they need to build a different life. It also includes partnerships with AA, NA, Alanon, NARANON, Celebrate Recovery, Adult and Teen Challenge groups and Behavioral Health professionals. Here is the link to the Recovery Cafe in Seattle: https://recoverycafe.org/get-recovery/. Please check it out! Recovery Café is presently in Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, Spokane, San Jose, CA with more emerging across our country because lives are being saved!

Our Pathway Forward: Our success in making this a reality will be based upon us working together. People with addicts/addiction in our lives and their shared experience form the foundation of Recovery Café. In 2017 over 90% of the people who became a part of Recovery Café and were members were living recovered lives. We are a community of love and hope to transform lives with dignity to live recovered lives by showing grace, no judgment, no shame, just loving accountability, and acceptance.

We are an Emerging Member of the

Recovery Café Network