I frequent Speedway Gas Station as it’s conveniently located nearby my home and places I frequent. While pumping gas, I often think about the gas station prank karaoke video while pumping gas. Now, I would die from embarrassment if my version of karaoke went viral since singing was never my forte. So, when I noticed the videos at the Speedway’s gas tank, the thought crossed my mind about our nonprofit qualifying for this form advertisement in the future.
Today is a new day for the world of addiction recovery “clubs” or “associations” with social media and various avenues to connect with outside organizations. The opportunity to use home advertising such as billboards to advertise their services is around the corner for our small nonprofits; therefore, I was overjoyed when Bluelinemedia emailed us with the pledge to donate money towards the Portage Recovery Association.
Seeking an opportunity to promote your business or nonprofits? Reach out to the advertisers at https://www.bluelinemedia.com to create an advertising plan for your place of business. Thank you, Danny, for your generosity.
According to the United Way site, this annual event celebrates volunteerism throughout Northwest Indiana by bringing together teams from local businesses, municipalities, churches, families and civic groups to complete projects, significantly helping nonprofits fulfill their key role, supporting residents with resources to help them thrive. Pick Portage Recovery!!
Held typically the first Friday in August, the event kicks off with a rally breakfast in Valparaiso, followed by volunteer teams heading to their designated volunteer site for the rest of the day. Volunteers will see firsthand the amazing work nonprofits are doing in Northwest Indiana….particularly at the Portage Recovery Association.
Great team-building event for employees and families. No experience necessary. Trade experience welcomed. All ages welcomed unless otherwise noted.
In-person, at-home/work and donation drive volunteer opportunities will be available. Project examples may include, but not limited to:
- building & painting projects
- food, beverage, and domestic drive
This year’s Day of Caring event will be on Friday, August 6, 2021! Pick us, the Portage Recovery Association!!! Located at the McCasland Plaza, off Willowcreek, one block south from the toll road.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Source: Grapevine Magazine
- Line up extra 12-step activities (help on the phones, speak, empty the ashtrays).
- Be host to friends, especially newcomers, at home or at a coffee shop.
- Keep your 12-step telephone list with you at all times.
- Find out about holiday meetings or celebrations in your local groups.
- Skip any drinking occasions you’re nervous about.
- If there’s one you can’t skip, take an recovery friend–or keep candy handy.
- Don’t think you have to stay late (plan an “important date” in advance).
- Go to church. Any church. And don’t forget about extra meetings.
- Don’t sit around brooding; catch up on reading, museums, walks, letters.
- Don’t project about holiday temptations: remember “One day at a time.”
- Even if you cannot give material gifts, enjoy the beauty of holiday love.
- Carry the message. Give the joy away, and it will be yours to keep.
- Reach out to your community via social media