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!

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.

$30.00

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.

$250.00

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.  2020 is the password for all groups.  img_1308 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.

 

Portage Recovery GoFundme Fundraiser

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.

www.gofundme.com/f/1xo0teiu9c

Portage Recovery Virtual World

The feedback the PRA is receiving from the excitement, gratitude, and love from the people in the fellowships. We are hearing from people who have comprised immune systems and cannot leave their homes. Families who feel a little stress while working from home and caring for their kids who are officially attending virtual school. Our board members who are working hard (from home) to keep “the doors open” and promote a safe and healthy environment. Our meetings have transitioned into a virtual schedule.

Download the Zoom app, add the meeting ID code of your choice into “join” and enjoy.

Portage Recovery Virtual World

The feedback the PRA is receiving from the excitement, gratitude, and love from the people in the fellowships. We are hearing from people who have comprised immune systems and cannot leave their homes. Families who feel a little stress while working from home and caring for their kids who are officially attending virtual school. Our board members who are working hard (from home) to keep “the doors open” and promote a safe and healthy environment. Our meetings have transitioned into a virtual schedule.

Download the Zoom app, add the meeting ID code of your choice into “join” and enjoy.

Virtual Thursday Group

Stop in tonight, by phone or laptop, for an AA meeting. Members created a virtual group for our local fellowship, but share with your recovery community! Mtg is an open format.

Online recovery group

Be Well & Stay Safe

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 portagerecoveryassociation@gmail.com for details.

Portage Recovery members are in the process of creating virtual meetings throughout the week! Visit our facebook.com/portagerecovery for details.

Corona virus matters in Recovery

Yesterday, the Indiana State Governor put a ban on all gatherings of 200 or more people. We have requested for the groups to reconsider saying the closing prayers while holding hands. On social media, various recovery groups and facebook pages are listing 12-step groups they’ve cancelled due to today’s current health crisis. Question pending: should groups meet via social media, skype, izoom in leiu of face to face meetings?

Here are a few alternatives to attending face-to-face groups:

Alcoholics Anonymous: http://aa-intergroup.org/directory.php

Narcotics Anonymous: http://neveraloneclub.org

Al-Anon: http://al-anon.org/al-anon-meetings/electronic-meetings/

Statement concerning Corona Virus

Portage Recovery Association is taking precautions in light of the recent government decisions, CDC recommendations, and concerns expressed by our members. Last weekend, volunteers created signs for the bathrooms for hand washing. In addition, laminated notes were placed for the support groups with recommendations for alternatives to holding hands during the closing prayers. Tomorrow, we will add sanitize dispensers by each door for leaving and entering the building.

We ask for the groups to wipe down tables, clean up after the meetings, and to do their part in promoting a healthy environment.

Please email any and all concerns to portagerecoveryassociation@gmail.com.

Our Mission and Purpose

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.

January 2020 Reflections

New men and women who joined the board that have fresh ideas & enthusiasm for keeping the doors open.

Six new 12-step groups

Added a telephone number so people could reach someone to help with directions or to answer questions.

Three radio/podcast hosts interviewed board members

Anonymous donations: couch, loveseat, lamps, television, table, popcorn maker, cleaning supplies and beverages.

Community event: Art Show, National Recovery Month

Twelve successful anniversary parties to celebrate recovery birthdays

Rent paid in full, a year in advance

Increase in membership!

We are thankful for every person who supported the groups, activities and this amazing establishment! Thank you.

Mid Day Opening

The new group, the Mid Day Open meets Mon-Fri at noon, kicked off the holiday with great people and discussion. Everyone heard what they needed to hear from today’s message. Open to all to attend. Stop in for the meeting at 5965 McCasland Ave in Portage.

12 Tips to Staying Sober

Source: Grapevine Magazine
  1. Line up extra 12-step activities (help on the phones, speak, empty the ashtrays).
  2. Be host to friends, especially newcomers, at home or at a coffee shop.
  3. Keep your 12-step telephone list with you at all times.
  4. Find out about holiday meetings or celebrations in your local groups.
  5. Skip any drinking occasions you’re nervous about.
  6. If there’s one you can’t skip, take an recovery friend–or keep candy handy.
  7. Don’t think you have to stay late (plan an “important date” in advance).
  8. Go to church. Any church. And don’t forget about extra meetings.
  9. Don’t sit around brooding; catch up on reading, museums, walks, letters.
  10. Don’t project about holiday temptations: remember “One day at a time.”
  11. Even if you cannot give material gifts, enjoy the beauty of holiday love.
  12. Carry the message. Give the joy away, and it will be yours to keep.
  13. Reach out to your community via social media
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