Our Programs

A Place To Belong And Grow…

Recovery Cafe San Jose is a healing community for those who have been traumatized by addiction, homelessness, and mental health challenges. The Café provides the kind of resources and relationships that provide stability and healing. We recognize that recovery is at the root of both preventing and ending homelessness. For those who have successfully transitioned from the streets, the long-term support and loving community provided by the Cafe is crucial to remaining housed and sober. ​

Membership is free, and open to all. The requirements to maintain one’s membership are:

  • Be drug and alcohol free for 24 hours before entering the Café
  • Attend your Recovery Circle each week
  • Give back by participating in Café chores (cleaning, serving meals, etc.)

Recovery Circles – small weekly peer support and accountability groups – form the basis of our program. Through the Circles, each member comes to be deeply known and supported by at least one staff member or volunteer facilitator.

Recovery Circles promote healing through:

  • Teaching accountability
  • The giving and receiving of respectful feedback and gentle reminders of the primary goal of healthier living
  • Preventing relapse through the identification of triggers or high-risk situations for relapse
  • Promoting the development of skills for avoiding drugs and alcohol and building alternative social and recreational opportunities
  • Supporting participants as they live through the symptoms of mental illness and connecting them to resources that assist with the treatment

School for Recovery courses are each eight weeks in length, and go in-depth into topics of recovery/addiction, life skills, inner healing, and healthy living.

The courses in any semester may include:

  • WRAP – Wellness Recovery Action Plan
  • Building a Strong Recovery Foundation
  • Communication skills
  • Anger management
  • Healing Grief
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Yoga, Tai Chi and Movement
  • Art Therapy
  • Mindfulness

Job Skills Training Opportunities – Our newly renovated commercial kitchen and new coffee/espresso bar present opportunities for members to train alongside our expert chefs and baristas.

Through this training members:

  • Build their skills and self-esteem
  • Receive one-on-one career coaching and resume/interview assistance along with learning barista/kitchen skills
  • Have opportunities to give back to the community through taking a Latte Hour shift serving their fellow members
  • Earn their ServSafe certification; a first step toward work in the food industry

Meaningful Daily Activities make up the rest of each day’s schedule, and may include:

  • Health Fairs
  • Job readiness support
  • Drop-in workshops for job and life skills
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Assistance with community resources and connections to partner agencies
  • Music, art, writing, and creative activities
  • Holiday Parties and Social Activities in a sober and supportive environment

Community Meals frame each day and there’s always plenty of coffee.

Latte Hour available to members daily to enjoy a delicious latte, mocha, or cappuccino!

New Member Introduction sessions take place each Monday and Thursday at 10:30 am – Please arrive by 10:00 to sign-in and get breakfast, and plan to stay till 11:30 am.

Our Hours: We are currently open Monday through Fridays 10-4.