History

How it all began…

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 its 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, non-sectarian, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We opened our doors in San Jose on April 1, 2014, and began building this supportive community, offering Group Meals, Recovery Circles, and daily programming.

In 2015 we launched our School for Recovery, offering in-depth classes in recovery/addiction, life skills, inner healing, and healthy living.

Also in 2015 we added our 8-bed Recovery Residence Program, providing six months of transitional housing to our members at risk of returning to homelessness to work on their recovery and other personal goals.

In 2017 we underwent a major renovation of our program space at First Christian Church, and re-opened in January 2018 with a greatly expanded capacity in our new commercial kitchen and coffee bar, and updated and improved classrooms and Cafe space. This new capacity will allow is to increase our overall membership, as well as begin to offer barista and commercial kitchen training that will lead to re-employment of many of members.

Our programs help our members reach their personal goals, such as family reunification, and gaining – and maintaining – housing and employment. Please see our Success page for more data.

We are currently open on Tuesdays & Wednesdays 12:00-6:00, and Thursday through Saturday from 12:00-4:30.

New Member Introduction sessions 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.