Recovery Cafe and Peer Support Counseling

Peer Support Counseling

One of the things that sets Recovery Café Spokane (RCS) apart is that it offers peer counseling.  That means clients receive help from recovery coaches who have been there. RCS coaches are in recovery themselves, and it’s that peer-to-peer mentoring that is crucial in helping clients maintain their sobriety.

But it doesn’t stop there.  Most people who come to the café also have mental health issues. That’s why staff get an extra level of training. The café has three staff members who are Certified Peer Counselors with the Washington State Department of Mental Health.

The certification process requires 40 hour of training, plus a written and oral exam. An 80% or better score is required to pass.  In addition, Certified Peer Counselors must have “lived experience” so they can fully understand what clients are going through.

The certification is one more way the café is making sure it adheres to the highest standards. Sort of a seal of approval by the State of Washington. “It helps us better serve our members with co-occurring disorders” said Georgia Butler who runs the café.

There are many organizations that focus strictly on mental health. Recovery Café Spokane seeks to provide mental health support as part of its overall mission to serve people in recovery. A community based approach that is changing lives, one person at a time.

Recovery Café Spokane Awarded $50,000 Grant from the Recovery Café Network

It has been a busy year for Recovery Café Spokane. In September, the Café hosted its first annual Hand Across the Falls event and was the recipient of a makeover courtesy of KXLY’s Extreme Team.

Now, more exciting news to share. The Café was awarded a grant worth up to $50,000 from the Seattle based Recovery Café Network.

“We are honored to be chosen, and are grateful to the Recovery Café Network for its support of our work” said Georgia Butler, Recovery Community Services Director. “This year has truly been one of blessings for the Café.”

The money is earmarked for general operating expenses. It can also be used for fundraising, with an added incentive that allows the Café to receive additional funding. For every dollar raised, the Recovery Café Network will match it, up to $10,000.  If you’d like to make a donation to Recovery Café Spokane, you can do so using PayPal by clicking here. Recovery Café Spokane is part of Community-Minded Enterprises, a 501c nonprofit.

Recovery Café Spokane currently has 64 members. Membership is open to anyone. Members must be 24-hours alcohol and drug free, attend a weekly Recovery Circle and help at the Café or support a member.

Lunch is provided free of charge to members on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. New member orientations are held the first and third Fridays of the month at 10:30am.

Hundreds Expected to Line Spokane’s Monroe Street Bridge Saturday September 30th at Noon to Celebrate Recovery


September 26, 2017

Jill Johnson

Communications Specialist

Community-Minded Enterprises

(509) 822-8040


Spokane, Wash.  —   Recovery Café Spokane is bringing Hands Across the Falls to Spokane Saturday, September 30. The event is designed as a public show of support celebrating recovery.

“This is the first of its kind in Spokane,” said Kathy Thamm, Executive Director of Community-Minded Enterprises, the parent organization of Recovery Café Spokane. “We want this event to be a way for members of the community to show their support for those who have overcome addiction.”

Organizers expect several hundred attendees. The first 500 will receive a commemorative medal. Family, friends and individuals who support recovery are encouraged to attend.


Those attending are asked to gather on either side of the Monroe Street Bridge – Kendall Yards to the North and Main Avenue at the Spokane Club to the South. Recovery Café Spokane asks that people arrive by 11:30am to receive final instructions.

Just before noon, the crowds gathered at each end will be led onto the bridge by a drum team from the Spokane Tribe and a color guard. At noon, everyone will join hands and stand quietly for four minutes while bells ring from Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral.

Immediately Following:

The public is invited to attend an open house at Recovery Café Spokane, which is located in the old Peaceful Valley Community Center, 214 N Cedar St. The café is getting a makeover September 25-28 courtesy of KXLY and the Extreme Team. This will be the public’s first chance to see the renovated café.  There will also be resources available for people interested in recovery services and supports in Spokane.

Extra Info:

  • A shuttle will be available for those who have difficulty walking.
  • My Fresh Basket is offering anyone with a medal a free 8-ounce cup of coffee and 5% off purchases on September 30.
  • Attendees can show their support online, by providing their name, email address and organization if affiliated with one. (Email addresses will not be made public)
  • September is National Recovery Month.
  • Hands Across the Falls is modeled after events in other cities, like Hands Across the Bridge, which draws a large crowd in Vancouver, Washington.

This event would not be possible without the support of United Healthcare Community Plan and AscendA.

About Recovery Café Spokane

Recovery Café Spokane is a project of the Spokane based non-profit Community-Minded Enterprises.

 It was founded in February 2017 with a mission to serve people in recovery. Programs are designed to help people maintain their recovery, reduce relapses, fulfill their potential and reclaim their lives.

 Membership is FREE and open to anyone. Members are required to:

  1. Be 24-hours alcohol and drug free
  2. Attend a weekly Recovery Circle
  3. Help out at the café or support a member

 Recovery Café Schedule

  • Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at noon – free lunch for members
  • Fridays at 10:30am – new member orientation

Contact Recovery Café Spokane at (509) 960-8529 or Find us on Facebook at



The Recovery Cafe Model

In 2015, Community-Minded Enterprises launched Access to Recovery (ATR) providing free and low cost assistance to men and women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction in Spokane.

In 2017, Recovery Café Spokane opened its doors in Peaceful Valley, offering people in recovery a place to drop in and get support  – whether that is a meal, a friendly ear to listen to, job training or a life enriching class.

Statistics taken from the Life in Recovery Survey, conducted by Alexandre Laudet, P.h.D. in collaboration with Faces & Voices of Recovery.

CME once again honored with the “When Work Works” award


June 13, 2017                                           

Traci Logan-Demus

Community-Minded Enterprises

(509) 960-7455


For the 5th Consecutive Year Community-Minded Enterprises is Recognized for Innovative and Effective Workplace Practices

Spokane, Wash.  — Community-Minded Enterprises (CME) has once again been honored with the “When Work Works” award for exemplary workplace practices by the Society for Human Resource Management.

The award recognizes employers that offer flexible scheduling and transition to parenthood programs as well as opportunities for learning, a culture of respect and trust, and job autonomy.

Community-Minded Enterprises was singled out for its workforce flexibility with 2/3 of its staff regularly working in the field. CME also scored high for its benefits package and employee satisfaction.

“We are thrilled to receive this award for the fifth time,” said Executive Director Kathy Thamm. “We are committed to providing a work environment that supports our staff personally and professionally.”

In applying for the award, Community-Minded Enterprises was evaluated on factors associated with employee health, well-being and engagement: opportunities for learning; a culture of trust; work-life fit; supervisor support for work success; autonomy; and satisfaction with earnings, benefits and opportunities for advancement.

When Work Works is a national initiative led by the Society for Human Resource Management. To learn more go to

Community-Minded Enterprises is a Spokane based non-profit with 54 employees. CME has four offices in Spokane and one in Pasco. Programs include:

  • Community-Minded Television (CMTV14) providing low cost video production and free program submissions
  • Early Achievers helping early learning teachers improve classroom quality
  • Access to Recovery (ATR) assisting people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction
  • Plan to Work helping people receiving social security benefits get a job
  • Community Living Connections offering free information to the elderly and people with disabilities

For more on CME’s programs go to

Air your video on CMTV14 – FREE

Go Beyond Facebook and YouTube

Air your video on Community-Minded Television FREE!

Since 2008, Community-Minded Television (CMTV14) has been a place where local video storytellers could share their work, their passion, their point of view. We are dedicated to providing cable access to the people of Spokane.

Right now, we’re accepting video submissions. And we need you! We’re looking for videos that:

  • Entertain
  • Inform
  • Educate
  • Uplift

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can submit a video?  Anyone. You will need to fill out a little paperwork.

What kind of videos are you looking for? Here are some examples, but don’t be limited by this list.

  • Documentary 
  • Historical footage or interviews
  • Original movie or music video
  • Sporting event or concert
  • Public event
  • Lecture
  • How-to video
  • Personal or family stories

 Any restrictions? We cannot accept video with a call to action, profanity or nudity.

What format? We accept videos as MOV files or on DVD.

How long? CMTV14 will accept any length of video. We prefer, 30 second videos, 30 and 60 minute videos.

What is the reach of CMTV14?  CMTV14 can be seen on Comcast channel 14 with a reach of more than 107,000 households in the greater Spokane-area.

How long will this offer last? Normally CMTV14 charges a fee to submit a video for broadcast but we are waiving the fee until the end of 2017.

Get started.

Contact Ben Cabildo at (509) 960-7458 or

Free Bras and Bra Fittings Offered at Recovery Café Spokane

Spokane’s Recovery Café didn’t look like itself when “Breast Intentions” borrowed the space for a bra fitting session for women in need.

Usually, the Recovery Café is a place to visit with a recovery coach, connect with services or just have a cup of coffee and spend a moment to recharge.

But on the evening of April 20 it looked more like the women’s undergarment section of a department store: it was overflowing with racks of bras.

Spokane-based Breast Intentions provides women in need with a bra that fits, and the nonprofit and its volunteers teamed up with the Recovery Café to host an event for the evening.

About 60 percent of all women wear the wrong size bra, and women in recovery often have limited resources to be professionally fitted and purchase an expensive piece of underwear that’s essential to their well-being.

Breast Intentions believe that “with a properly fitted bra, women see themselves in a different light – more self-assured and empowered.”

That was very obvious that evening, said Michelle Walsh who volunteered to help attendees who were first measured and then fit with into bras.

Walsh said the women she helped were “surprised that they found a bra that fit” and also “grateful and thankful.”

This is the first time the Recovery Café has hosted a bra fitting and the café was packed. A total of 34 women were there and each left with at least two new bras, plus an intimates bag to put them in for washing.

The event would not have been possible without volunteers from Kohl’s Department Store who donated their personal time to help. “We are so grateful for the support of Kohl’s,” said Georgia Butler, Director of Recovery Café Spokane.

This was the first time Walsh, one of the Kohl’s volunteers, visited the café. Walsh said the event was “marvelous.” “We need to do more of these in Spokane,” Walsh said.


The bra event is just one of the many ways Recovery Café Spokane supports people in recovery. The café is located in Peaceful Valley, at 214 North Cedar Street, Spokane.  The Recovery Café is a program of Community-Minded Enterprises.

 A special thanks to Breast Intentions and the following volunteers from Kohls

  • Kim Mackin
  • Mary Mosher
  • Angela Bell
  • Amanda Barnhart
  • Michelle Walsh