PRA & LARC Poker Run Sep 19th

Lake Area Recovery Club invited PRA to collaborate together to throw the biggest poker fun in the region. We are excited for this event for many reasons. We have a number of restaurants and local businesses who are donating food and certificates for the event. What is better than a large group of recovery members to celebrate sobriety during National Recovery Month?!!

Interested in donating a certificate, gift basket, desserts, or more for this event? Msg Nicole at 219-364-6138.

Sunday Vibes

Happy Sunday! Portage Recovery continues to provide a safe place for people to meet for support groups and fellowship. Our goal is for men and women to find the help they seek, here. Three weeks since we have reopened our doors. Large groups of members are returning, expressing gratitude for the opportunity to attend meetings via zoom and now in person. We have sold a number of memberships, coffee mugs, and t-shirts as our fundraisers. The Anniversary Party was a huge hit! 164 years of sobriety with five speakers sharing their experience, strength and hope. The Living In Today Memorial Party was a lot of fun as well.

Returning to some sense of normalcy is a goal in itself. We look forward to the day when we can reopen the coffee station. We look forward to the day where all people feel safe in groups, the workplace, and community. We look forward to the day when we can pack the house without concerns from outsiders and friends.

Welcome home.

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Memorial Day

Portage Recovery Soft Open

Time to transition home, from the online community to the in-person groups and activities. Our goal is the abide by the law, adhering to Indiana #Backontrack plan. Initially, we shut down our coffee machine & took steps to promote a safe environment. Next, we closed our doors and transitioned all of the groups online, via Zoom. Since the start of phase one, we opened the 8PM weekend groups with a strong support for meeting outdoors. PRA provided grilled food and music outdoors to promote fellowship and safety.

Effective last Monday, the 8PM groups will meet nightly and Mid Day Open to meet daily (M-F). Both rooms are set up to practice safety and social distancing (25 & 16 occupancy). Sanitizer, gloves, masks, and non-physical interactions are highly encouraged. Sanitizer is mandatory. We require the groups to sanitize chairs & tables, before and after each meeting. Grateful for our friends and volunteers!! Thank you for making this place a safe place & HUGE success!!!

Sunday Motivation

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…

Donate items through Amazon Wish List

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.

Amazon Wish List

Membership Fundraising Special

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.

$30.00

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.

$250.00

March Madness

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.

Portage Recovery Virtual World

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.

Portage Recovery Virtual World

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.

Be Well & Stay Safe

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 portagerecoveryassociation@gmail.com for details.

Portage Recovery members are in the process of creating virtual meetings throughout the week! Visit our facebook.com/portagerecovery for details.

Corona virus matters in Recovery

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

Al-Anon: http://al-anon.org/al-anon-meetings/electronic-meetings/

Statement concerning Corona Virus

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 portagerecoveryassociation@gmail.com.

Porter County Substance Council – March 2020

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.

Our Mission and Purpose

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.