Answering Questions Raised by Todays Daily News Article

I have received a number of questions about the Latah Recovery Center raised by Bill Spence’s recent Daily News article.

The article painted an accurate picture of how Idaho’s 9 Recovery Community Centers started, funding history, current funding efforts and portrayal of the difficulties of keeping the 9 centers funded. Some centers have had to move, reduce staff, furlough, etc to make their budgets work.

I concur with everything stated in the article.

It fell short in explaining what the Centers proposed for Millennium Funding this year. This note explains how the Latah Recovery Center is funded, current Millennium Fund request, and the local impact on our Center of Governor Little’s budget re-directing the Millennium Fund.

How is the Latah Recovery Center funded?
We currently budget 30% of our money to come from local individuals and businesses. This comes from our annual Fundraising Breakfast on March 6, and Soups On! in the fall. 65% of our budget comes from various government entities. We have excellent support from Latah County, and participate in a statewide contract with all 9 Recovery Community Centers from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. The remaining 5% of our budget comes from generous support by Gritman, and other grants.

None of this years budget came from the Millennium Fund.

What did the Millennium Fund Proposal Request?
This years application was made by Idaho’s 9 Recovery Community Centers to provide outreach to our surrounding rural communities. Specifically, the Latah Recovery Center hopes to outreach to the White Pine, Genessee and Potlatch areas. This outreach was to include recovery coaching, meeting space, etc.

If the Millennium Fund funds our proposal, we will expand our current budget to provide these extended services.

If the Millennium Fund does not fund our request, it does not impact the Latah Recovery Center’s current operations. We will continue to look for ways to fund the desperately needed outreach to our states rural citizens that all quoted in the article agree is needed.

If you have any questions, please contact me.dnews on mill fund not being funded in 2020 budget

This Week at the Latah Recovery Center

We have a new group starting: Mental and Addiction Self Help group Wednesdays, 4-5pm. Apply basic skills to mental health and addiction recovery. Open meeting so everyone is welcome.

The latest writing prompt from Write for You: https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2019/01/15/write-for-you-no-such-thing/

Our annual fundraising breakfast is March 6, 7am at the Best Western. No cost, but we hope you’ll attendees will make a donation. Please RSVP. If you’d like to be a table captain contact Darrell at this email address.

Want to learn how to couch people in recovery? We have the training for you.
We are offering our Recovery Peer Volunteer Training pts. 1 and 2 on January 23 and 30, 6-9pm. Topics include:
A. Defining Recovery?
B. Communication
C. Crisis Intervention
D. Stigma
E. Recovery Capitol
F. Emphasizing Strengths
G. Stages of Change
H. Dealing with Drama
I. Creating a Recovery Wellness Plan
Seating is limited. Please RSVP LatahRecoveryCenter@gmail.com.

Here’s our January calendar:
https://latahrecoverycenter.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/January-2019-at-the-Latah-Recovery-Center.pdf

Write for You: No Such Thing

by Nancy Casey

If you made a list of everything that exists, it would be pretty long. Would a list of all the things that might exist be even longer? The list of things that can’t possibly exist is probably the longest of all. Those are the things you will write about today.

The phrase that you will use to push yourself along is, “There is no such thing as…”

First, set up your page by drawing a line across the top where the title will go. Mark off some space for an illustration or doodle that you can add later. That space can be any shape that you want.

Then get started. Write the words, “There is no such thing as…” While you are writing them, an idea for finishing the sentence will probably occur to you.

What can’t possibly exist? Gazillions of things. If you have a hard time thinking them up, jiggle your mind a little bit to loosen its hold on the way things ought to be.

Look at something in front of you. Ask yourself what it isn’t. (There is no such thing as a couch that does the dishes.)

Think about the story of your life, past, present, and future. What is definitely not going to be happening to you? (There is no such thing as a person turning into a muffin.)

Think about the laws of the universe and all the things that don’t happen because of them. (There is no such thing as a human swimming to Mars wearing only a hat.)

After you have thought up an impossible thing, write another sentence that adds to it or comments on it a little bit. For instance, if a person wrote, “There is no such thing as money growing on trees.” For the added part, they could put, “Because if there were, I’d be out there harvesting right now.” Or they could add, “But it sure could be fun if I was wrong.” Or, “Even if you use lots of pennies for fertilizer.”

Continue filling up the page, first naming something that doesn’t exist, and then expounding on it a little bit.

When you have finished, give your work a title. Make sure the date is on it somewhere, too. Add an illustration or other decoration and color to the page. Here is an example of what a person could write.

You can share what you have written by posting it as a comment below. You can type in your work. Or post a picture of it.


Nancy Casey has lived in Latah County for many years. Sometimes she teaches writing classes at the Recovery Center. You can find more of her work here. She offers (free!) writing help to anyone in recovery. This can be for any kind of writing project—resumes, letters, stories novels—email latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com for more information.

Latah Recovery: Need YOUR Help!

LRC Supporters:

We have two items we could use your help with:
1. Our fundraising breakfast is March 6, 7am. Last year 35 table captains brought over 250 attendees! We plan to beat that this year. We need your help to do it. Contact Darrell (latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com) if you’d like to learn about being a table captain.

2. Want to learn how to coach people in recovery? We have the training for you.
We are offering our Recovery Peer Volunteer Training pts. 1 and 2 on January 23 and 30, 6-9pm. Topics include:
A. Defining Recovery?
B. Communication
C. Crisis Intervention
D. Stigma
E. Recovery Capitol
F. Emphasizing Strengths
G. Stages of Change
H. Dealing with Drama
I. Creating a Recovery Wellness Plan
Seating is limited. Please RSVP LatahRecoveryCenter@gmail.com.

This Week at the Latah Recovery Center

The latest writing prompt from Write for You: https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2019/01/07/write-for-you-before-and-after-and-before/

Did you know Moscow Yoga Center sponsors our Stretch and Relax group every Tuesday from 12:30-1:15? It’s a great way to learn the benefits of Yoga!

Want to learn how to couch people in recovery? We have the training for you.
We are offering our Recovery Peer Volunteer Training pts. 1 and 2 on January 23 and 30, 6-9pm. Topics include:
A. Defining Recovery?
B. Communication
C. Crisis Intervention
D. Stigma
E. Recovery Capitol
F. Emphasizing Strengths
G. Stages of Change
H. Dealing with Drama
I. Creating a Recovery Wellness Plan
Seating is limited. Please RSVP LatahRecoveryCenter@gmail.com.

Also, mark your calendar for the return of our Recovering Parents group starting 1/10, 5pm and running on Thursdays. Led by Katie Stinson.

Check out Recovery Radio-live on KRFP FM every Thursday, 1-2pm. Or podcast via iTunes and GooglePlay.

January Calendar: https://latahrecoverycenter.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/January-2019-at-the-Latah-Recovery-Center.pdf