Canada’s first recovery café up and running in Vancouver

published on December 2, 2022 by Josh Grant in CBC News

A community network for people in recovery is making its first foray into Canada, with Vancouver’s Recovery Café opening its doors on the Downtown Eastside on Sept. 12.

The Recovery Café Network was launched in Seattle in 2016 and, according to its website, offers warm, welcoming and healing community spaces with the support of other like-minded organizations.

Damian Murphy is the manager of the new Vancouver location at 620 Clark Drive. He says the local effort is sponsored by the Kettle Society — a non-profit that aims to empower the city’s most vulnerable.

“What we’re doing here is building a community of support,” said Murphy in an interview.

“Our focus is addiction recovery, but we also recognize that people can be in recovery from other things as well: trauma, mental illness, homelessness, grief and loss.”…

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