This Week at the Latah Recovery Community Center

Please RSVP for Suicide Prevention: Question, Persuade and Refer on May 6, 4pm at the LRCC. Contact LatahRecoveryCenter@gmail.com to register.

Have you heard Recovery Radio? Thursdays, 1pm on KRFP. Or get the podcast!

One of the trainings we try to have all of our volunteers take is Mental Health First Aid. It is a great training. We’re pleased to see that Empower Idaho and U of I have teamed up to bring this to town on May 1. There is usually a cost, but this appears to be free. We encourage everyone reading this to register. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mental-health-first-aid-tickets-59125977390

The latest writing prompt from Write for You is here: https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2019/04/08/write-for-you-the-first-chapter/

We are filling an AmeriCorps/VISTA position. Application is currently up.
https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do;jsessionid=lZTFdf-nIfSYDjp17xNICaWngeQW1bb_xU8n6mKs8Px8Au-eXgoB!-1941309053?id=87113&fromSearch=true
Pertinent details: 12 month term, can be renewed up to 5 times. Vacation leave is 10 personal days and 10 sick per year. 40 hours per week. Living allowance of $1026/month. $12312/year gross. $6k student loan/very flexible education benefit per year served. End of service stipend of $1800. Also gives you advantage in federal hiring via noncompetitive eligibility for a year after service. Already receiving federal benefits? Get income disregard so you continue to receive them while serving.
We plan our VISTA to focus on outreach to rural and veteran populations; and marketing.
Starts May 13. Must enroll by April 22.
Here’s our April calendar.
https://latahrecoverycenter.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/april-2019-at-the-latah-recovery-center.pdf

Write for You: The Summer Ahead

by Nancy Casey

When a cold wet spring rides into town on the heels of a long snowy winter, the whole idea of summer can seem really far away.

Imagine summer for a moment. How air on your skin can make you warm instead of making you shiver. The long evenings with heat radiating up from the sidewalk. People’s yards, bursting with shrubbery and flowers.

Once the summer is actually upon us, plans, obligations and routines put limitations on our time and energy. While the season is still mostly imaginary, anything can happen. Or might.

Today, write about what the summer might bring. Begin with the phrase, “Summer might bring _______.” Write about some of the different things that could happen this summer. If you feel stuck, write out the phrase, “Summer might bring ______.” That might bring you an idea. You can also draw or doodle on the page and wait for ideas to come to you that way.

The nice thing about the word “might” is that it allows you to think freely and gently about the future.

You might already have some plans, perhaps a lot of them. Plans can go awry. Life is always intervening in one thing or another. If you use the word “might” when you write about your plans, you’ll put a little less pressure on your future self.

If you use the word “might” to write about all your hopes and dreams and aspirations, you don’t have to worry about being greedy and putting in too many. You can ignore the reality that every possible good thing that can happen to you isn’t going to fit in one summer. Even though lot of them might.

The word “might” also comes in handy for discussing miracles. Are there things that one part of your mind says are impossible, while another part of you thinks they would be a good idea anyway? They might happen.

Another thing you can do with the word “might” is worry. When you start to think about what might happen, your mind doesn’t limit itself to events that are joyous. Dreadful things can float into the imagination, too. Fortunately the word “might” always walks with its friend “might not.” When you reread the page, you can squeeze in the word “not” anyplace you like.

Launch yourself into the summer in your writing today. All of its ups and downs, thrills and challenges.

What might the summer bring? More than you can imagine.

When you have filled a page, give your work a title. Make sure the date is on it somewhere, too. Add further decoration and color to the page as needed. 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. 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, homework, etc. She will be offering writing classes at the Recovery Center starting the second week in May. Email latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com for more information.

This Week at the Latah Recovery Community Center

Have you heard Recovery Radio? Thursdays, 1pm on KRFP. Or get the podcast!

One of the trainings we try to have all of our volunteers take is Mental Health First Aid. It is a great training. We’re pleased to see that Empower Idaho and U of I have teamed up to bring this to town on May 1. There is usually a cost, but this appears to be free. We encourage everyone reading this to register. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mental-health-first-aid-tickets-59125977390

The latest writing prompt from Write for You is here: https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2019/04/08/write-for-you-the-first-chapter/

We are filling an AmeriCorps/VISTA position. Application is currently up.
https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do;jsessionid=lZTFdf-nIfSYDjp17xNICaWngeQW1bb_xU8n6mKs8Px8Au-eXgoB!-1941309053?id=87113&fromSearch=true
Pertinent details: 12 month term, can be renewed up to 5 times. Vacation leave is 10 personal days and 10 sick per year. 40 hours per week. Living allowance of $1026/month. $12312/year gross. $6k student loan/very flexible education benefit per year served. End of service stipend of $1800. Also gives you advantage in federal hiring via noncompetitive eligibility for a year after service. Already receiving federal benefits? Get income disregard so you continue to receive them while serving.
We plan our VISTA to focus on outreach to rural and veteran populations; and marketing.
Starts May 13. Must enroll by April 22.
Here’s our April calendar.
https://latahrecoverycenter.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/april-2019-at-the-latah-recovery-center.pdf

April at the Latah Recovery Community Center

We had a little excitement last week at the legislature. THe Joint Finance Committee approved a plan to fund the states 9 Recovery Community Centers to do some rural outreach. Governor still needs to sign, before official. In our case, this funding will be used to outreach our recovery programs to either the Potlatch or Troy areas. If you’d like to know more, contact Darrell at latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com.

The latest writing prompt from Write for You: https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2019/04/01/write-for-you-one-thing-now-another/

Check out Recovery Radio! Thursdays at 1pm on KRFP, or get the podcast!!!

We are filling an AmeriCorps/VISTA position. Application is currently up.
https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do;jsessionid=lZTFdf-nIfSYDjp17xNICaWngeQW1bb_xU8n6mKs8Px8Au-eXgoB!-1941309053?id=87113&fromSearch=true
Pertinent details: 12 month term, can be renewed up to 5 times. Vacation leave is 10 personal days and 10 sick per year. 40 hours per week. Living allowance of $1026/month. $12312/year gross. $6k student loan/very flexible education benefit per year served. End of service stipend of $1800. Also gives you advantage in federal hiring via noncompetitive eligibility for a year after service. Already receiving federal benefits? Get income disregard so you continue to receive them while serving.
We plan our VISTA to focus on outreach to rural and veteran populations; and marketing.
Starts May 13. Must enroll by April 22.

Here’s our April calendar.

April 2019 at the Latah Recovery Center

Americorps/VISTA opening at LRCC

We are filling an AmeriCorps/VISTA position. Application is currently up.

https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do;jsessionid=lZTFdf-nIfSYDjp17xNICaWngeQW1bb_xU8n6mKs8Px8Au-eXgoB!-1941309053?id=87113&fromSearch=true

Pertinent details: 12 month term, can be renewed up to 5 times. Vacation leave is 10 personal days and 10 sick per year. 40 hours per week. Living allowance of $1026/month. $12312/year gross. $6k student loan/very flexible education benefit per year served. End of service stipend of $1800. Also gives you advantage in federal hiring via noncompetitive eligibility for a year after service. Already receiving federal benefits? Get income disregard so you continue to receive them while serving.

We plan our VISTA to focus on outreach to rural and veteran populations; and marketing.

Starts May 13. Must enroll by April 22.

This Week at the Latah Recovery Community Center

This weeks announcements and calendar.
Write for You’s latest writing exercise: https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2019/03/18/write-for-you-many-travels/
Our first Veterans Coffee and Bitch Session held on 3/13 at 5:30pm at the American Legion Cabin on Howard St. was a success. Contact us if you’d like to know when the next is scheduled.
Don’t miss Recovery Radio on KRFP Thursdays, 1pm.
Two DON’T MISS trainings are coming to Lewiston:
1. MOAB Training is Saturday from 8-5pm. MOAB® presents principles, techniques, and skills for recognizing, reducing, and managing violent and aggressive behavior. The program also provides humane and compassionate methods of dealing with aggressive people. Contact volunteer.latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com to register ASAP.
2. Peer Support Training is coming April 1-5, 8:30am to 5:30pm. We have been told this training will be free for LRCC volunteers. Details: https://secure.latest.facebook.com/events/201459060738140/
Here’s our March calendar: https://latahrecoverycenter.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/march-2019-at-the-latah-recovery-center.docx.pdf

Write for You: Many Travels

by Nancy Casey

We travel a lot. Across the world, across the room, across time. On foot. In memory. In empathy.

Is some part of us always traveling?

Today, write about your travels.

First, set up your page. Leave space at the top where you can put the title after you have finished writing. Mark off a space that you will use to draw or doodle while you are thinking up things to write.

Begin with a sentence that uses this form:

When ______________ , I travel______________

(You might prefer to say traveled or will travel, might travel, wish I could travel, etc.)

The part of the sentence that says when will tell something about the beginning of the travel. Was it started by a life event? A thought? The weather? Some part of your routine, such as eating or brushing your teeth?

Think about the travel in terms of who, what, where, why, how. Think about all the different kinds of traveling you can or might do.

After you have written that first sentence, add a little bit more. Make some kind of a comment on what you’ve already written.

You can fill the page by writing about one thing, one single bit of traveling. Or you can write many different travels.

Use the doodling space to let your pen and your mind travel aimlessly while you are thinking and deciding what to write.

At the very end of the page, wish yourself safe and happy travels.

When you have finished, give your work a title. Make sure the date is on it somewhere, too. Add further decoration and color to the page as needed. 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. 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, homework, etc. She will be teaching writing classes at the Recovery Center in the spring. Email latahrecoverycenter@gmail.com for more information.