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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

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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!!!

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May Lineup for the Portage Open

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Volunteer Remodal

Fresh paint, new tables, deep clean and swept floors. We are blessed. We are thankful for our friends.

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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…

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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

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Opportunity to Pay It Forward

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.