June 2021 Anniversary Party

Lake Area Recovery Club & Portage Recovery’s Poker Run

Another successful day at the PRA and LARC with our second annual poker run. We are thankful for our friends at the LARC. Amazing day with an auction, raffle, dinner, live bands! Lake Area Recovery Club and PRA hosted a #pokerrun. Portage Mayor Sue Lynch dropped in to say hello to support our event. She is the winner of a beautiful necklace that’s donated by Bunch Jewelry. #recoverymonth #nwi #charity #community #sobermovement #unity #recoverymonth

July Anniversary Celebration

Are you or a friend celebrating a recovery birthday this month? Did you missed last months party and would love to share your story with us tomorrow evening? Message us for details. Doors will open at four & dinner served at 5. The countdown & speakers will begin at 6:30. Salad Bar themed dinner provided by PRA. Five dollars at the door. Raffle as well. Winner need not be present for the winning raffle ticket. Sanitizer provided. Encourage wearing masks. #recoverybirthday #pramoments

August Art Exhibit Event

National Recovery Month 2019 TBT

Every September, SAMHSA organization sponsors National Recovery Month to celebrate the people who recover and to increase awareness and understanding of substance abuse and mental health disorders. Last year, we invited Brandon George to speak on a panel with a local mayor, chief of police, school administrator and attorney. For “TBT”, please listen to Brandon George’s TED Talk. We included something below from the event.

Save the date for the next recovery event – September 12th, 2020.

June Anniversary Party Celebration Party

Celebrating sobriety and clean date birthdays this Saturday with friends at the PRA. We love to share now Recovery IS possible with the new and old-timers!

5965 McCasland Ave, Portage, IN

May 2020 Anniversary Party

Celebrating recovery time with our community is important. The newly sober person should see that Recovery IS possible! We can have fun sober. Mark your calendars to attend the monthly anniversary parties. It’s the last Saturday of the month.

Memorial Day

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 GoFundme Fundraiser

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.

www.gofundme.com/f/1xo0teiu9c

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.