Accepting the role of Executive Director of the Everett Recovery Café has been one of the greatest honors of my life. Countless times in my life have I benefitted from a friend there to help me get on my feet just in the nick of time, and the opportunity to join a team that does that for countless individuals was irresistible to me. What an incredible time to be a part of the legacy of what started as a dream in a tiny house on Broadway and now serves a community where the need continues to grow. Thank you for locking arms with us to impact the community through the Café.
My fit with the Café was something very surprising at first. The experience which I bring to the table is with faith-based nonprofits in Latin America. However, the amazing Recovery Network model of standing in the gap for those struggling with homelessness, mental health, or substance misuse issues was mind-blowing. Meeting Wendy Grove and her team was the proverbial icing on the cake. I am so glad to be a part of this movement along with you!
Now more than ever, we need to be ready to invest in the lives of those struggling in our community. In 2021, the mayor of the City of Everett’s office stated that homelessness alone has raised 54% from last year. Yearly overdose deaths are over 250 for Snohomish County. These numbers do not account for all of those who are simply struggling silently in their recovery, perhaps the situation amplified by the pandemic. As the need grows, we must move forward to be a part of the solution.
I would love to get to know you! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or RSVP for one of our Coffee Hour Tours.
Executive Director, Everett Recovery Café