Fresh paint, new tables, deep clean and swept floors. We are blessed. We are thankful for our friends.
The Portage Recovery Association (PRA) is a non-profit organization (501c7) that provides a clean and safe place for recovery groups to meet. The PRA ensures men and women have a safe place to go for fun, friendship, and fellowship. We closed our doors due to COVID-19 for safety reasons and have no regrets. Our members have helped with donations to cover the cost of our expenses. We are hopeful our friends will have the opportunity to reconnect soon; therefore, the board members met for a deep cleaning. Kitchen deep cleaned, walls painted, floors swept, coffee machine sanitized, and more. We shared a post in the Facebook group about cleaning and offered curb-side shopping for the people who wanted to buy some literature and memberships. Thank you to the gentleman who stopped in to buy books, membership, and more! Thank you to the board members who spent hours cleaning and painting! More will be revealed…
People will ask, “how can I help?” We decided to create a virtual wish list. Share with your community and friends. Our goal is to remain available for the person who struggled with addiction. We look forward to opening our doors when it’s safe. #addiction #donate #recoveryispossible #sobriety #alcoholism #sober #addictionrecovery #substanceusedisorder #mentalhealth #stigma #endthestigma
We are grateful for the love and support from our friends and community.
Opportunity to support a nonprofit, a recovery organization that provides a support for people struggling with addiction. Buy a gift card as a gift for yourself, a friend, or someone who could benefit from “becoming a part of” a recovery association. Idea? Recovery house residents.
A great opportunity to support the Portage Recovery Association is to join our club is by buying a membership. For the month of April, or however long the pandemic shutdown shall last, we are offering a Quarantine Special!
Quarantine Special Fundraiser
Join the Portage Recovery Association for $20 annual membership. We are running a Quarantine Special, a buy one get another for 1/2 off. Pay the additional $10 for another person or second year.
LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP FUNDRAISER
Excited about our Lifetime Membership Fundraiser where the cost is only $250! The membership will also include an engraved personalized brick which is also a great way to honor, remember or celebrate someone or something special in your life.
Lifetime Membership Fundraiser
Purchase the Lifetime Membership where the cost is only $250. This will include the membership, PRA coffee mug, and an engraved brick for our Memory Wall.
In the month of March, our board took steps to address safety concerns for COVID-19. In the beginning, cleaning supplies were provided to disinfect before and after the support groups. Next, a difficult decision was made, again to address safety concerns, to shut down the coffee station. Recovery members & coffee typically go hand-in-hand, so it was not an easy choice to make; however, SAFETY remained the operative word. As members opted to stay home, plus a member having reported they were experiencing symptoms, the board members made another the tough decision to close down, but the governor made the final choice for everyone.
How will we manage our recovery without the opportunity to attend support groups? Fear about the doors closing scared people. How will we reach the suffering addict/alcoholic? How will they know how to find help? Should we meet in the parking lots? In members’ homes? Logic tells us to pay attention
Several members worked quickly to create a venue to the recovery groups to meet online via Zoom. We taped signs to the door with phone numbers and access to the virtual meetings. Board members reached out the local recovery groups by person and/or posting in social media closed groups, probation, and local treatment centers to ensure the suffering addict/alcoholic will find the help they seek, online or by phone. The original 12-step program was created in 1935 where groups met once a month, across the state, and with their spouses. If men and women could find recovery in the days before social media, we felt confident people today could reach us online. Access the groups via Zoom which (now) requires a password for all meetings. Message us for the codes and passwords. The Portage Recovery created a Utility GoFundMe to offset our monthly expenses. What humbled us was the overwhelming support we received! Within three hours, we received $170 via GoFundMe. $2100 in cash and online donations in six days! Because of the generosity of our friends, we were able to cover two months worth of utility bills!! Grateful! No words can describe our gratitude for each donation, post on Facebook asking people to help, and offers to help in so many ways.
PRA Utility Fund – If you, or someone you may know, would like to contribute to our Utility Fund, select the link to help the Portage Recovery Association.
March Madness! Everything is shutting down. Our groups could no longer meet. Events cancelled. Portage Recovery Association survived March Madness, aka COVID Shutdown.
Today, the PRA board made the difficult decision to close its doors. We felt it was more important to prevent the spread of this illness by launching a virtual list of 12-step meetings.
Many thanks for the generosity of our friends! So far, PRA received $505 in donations…in 24 hours! Consider sharing the fundraising link in your groups and personal pages. We are asking our friends and community to support our place with $5-$25 or more in donations towards the monthly expenses during this time.
The feedback the PRA is receiving from the excitement, gratitude, and love from the people in the fellowships. We are hearing from people who have comprised immune systems and cannot leave their homes. Families who feel a little stress while working from home and caring for their kids who are officially attending virtual school. Our board members who are working hard (from home) to keep “the doors open” and promote a safe and healthy environment. Our meetings have transitioned into a virtual schedule. Message us on Facebook for the zoom codes and passwords.
The feedback the PRA is receiving from the excitement, gratitude, and love from the people in the fellowships. We are hearing from people who have comprised immune systems and cannot leave their homes. Families who feel a little stress while working from home and caring for their kids who are officially attending virtual school. Our board members who are working hard (from home) to keep “the doors open” and promote a safe and healthy environment. Our meetings have transitioned into a virtual schedule.
In response to the rapidly changing situation regarding the COVID-19 outbreak in the midwest, the Portage Recovery Association (and number of support groups) have both made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend some of the support groups.
The morning meetings, the 830 Wake Up Call & 5:30PM groups, the Monday, Tuesday and Friday 8PM groups & Saturday 8PM NA Speaker group closed its doors temporarily.
The Living In Today Men’s Monday 8PM meeting went virtual! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Portage Recovery members are in the process of creating virtual meetings throughout the week! Visit our facebook.com/portagerecovery for details.
Yesterday, the Indiana State Governor put a ban on all gatherings of 200 or more people. We have requested for the groups to reconsider saying the closing prayers while holding hands. On social media, various recovery groups and facebook pages are listing 12-step groups they’ve cancelled due to today’s current health crisis. Question pending: should groups meet via social media, skype, izoom in leiu of face to face meetings?
Here are a few alternatives to attending face-to-face groups:
Alcoholics Anonymous: http://aa-intergroup.org/directory.php
Narcotics Anonymous: http://neveraloneclub.org
Portage Recovery Association is taking precautions in light of the recent government decisions, CDC recommendations, and concerns expressed by our members. Last weekend, volunteers created signs for the bathrooms for hand washing. In addition, laminated notes were placed for the support groups with recommendations for alternatives to holding hands during the closing prayers. Tomorrow, we will add sanitize dispensers by each door for leaving and entering the building.
We ask for the groups to wipe down tables, clean up after the meetings, and to do their part in promoting a healthy environment.
Please email any and all concerns to email@example.com.
Attended the Porter County Substance Abuse Council meeting today to meet the professional community who work directly with people with substance abuse and mental health disorders. Matt Heskett, a trained recovery coach who shared about an organization, Stigma Never Helps. Great presentation!
Visit site: https://stigmaneverhelps.com/ for more information.
The Portage Recovery Association, Inc is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and their families in recovery. We offer a safe and a sober environment collectively based on the principles of 12-step recovery programs. Through activities such as meetings, fellowship, educational activities and social events PRA strives to enhance the lives of people in recovery and the communities in which they live.
The purpose and plan of operation of the Portage Recovery Association, Inc is to provide, operate and maintain a facility as may be deemed necessary or desirable by its members for the comfort, convenience, welfare and entertainment of its members. To engage in business activities furthering the overall welfare of the Club and its members.
8PM Living In Today Men’s AA Group
New men and women who joined the board that have fresh ideas & enthusiasm for keeping the doors open.
Six new 12-step groups
Added a telephone number so people could reach someone to help with directions or to answer questions.
Three radio/podcast hosts interviewed board members
Anonymous donations: couch, loveseat, lamps, television, table, popcorn maker, cleaning supplies and beverages.
Community event: Art Show, National Recovery Month
Twelve successful anniversary parties to celebrate recovery birthdays
Rent paid in full, a year in advance
Increase in membership!
We are thankful for every person who supported the groups, activities and this amazing establishment! Thank you.