The people of First Christian Church (FCC) spent many years sharing meals and providing housing for people who live on the streets in downtown San José. As the years went by, many remained stuck, living on the streets, unable to navigate their way out from under the forces of substance abuse and mental illness. FCC decided that it's building, which is in a remarkable location in downtown San José, should be used to provide recovery services to all people, without regard to religious preference.
In the search to address this need a group of people connected with old friends who had started The Recovery Café in Seattle. The Recovery Café is a place where those who are ready to take one tiny step toward recovery can spend their days in a supportive community. It is a place to connect with friends and mentors who support your dreams, not your old habits. It is a place where they can share meals, attend Recovery Circles, take classes, create art, and volunteer to work. At Recovery Café people are able to gain leadership and work readiness by practicing healthy behaviors with new friends.
With guidance and training from the Seattle team, Recovery Café San Jose was founded as an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We opened our doors in San Jose on April 1, 2014, and began building this supportive community. Originally open only three days each week, in mid-2015 we expanded to four days, and will be open a full five days by the end of 2017. Also in 2015 we added an 8-bed Transitional Housing Program for those reentering the community from incarceration and in need of a sober, suppportive environment and a recovery program.
We are currently open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12:30 to 6pm, and Thursdays and Fridays from 12:30 to 4:30pm.
New member orientations take place each Tuesday at 1 pm - Please arrive at 12:45 to sign-in and get lunch, and plan to stay till 2 pm.