Dove House Advocacy Services has entered into an agreement to purchase the property at 939 Kearney Street in Port Townsend for its Recovery Café, which program manager Brian Richardson said they hope to open by August 1.
A Recovery Café is a space where people recovering from substance abuse, homelessness, mental illness and trauma can find community and healing in a café-like setting.
Originally started in Seattle, Recovery Cafés are now popping up statewide as a model for treating substance abuse and addiction issues in communities, said David Uhl, director of the Recovery Café Network in Seattle.
County commissioners on Jan. 28 approved $45,000 from the Hargrove Fund to Dove House in 2019, for mental health and substance abuse funding.
With a $50,000 matching grant from the Seattle-based Recovery Café Network, and donations from supporters, Dove House was able to raise the money to purchase the building at 939 Kearney Street, which currently is home to Candace’s Cookies.
Richardson said the owner was looking to sell not only the property, but the business as well, and that they are looking for ways to incorporate it into the Recovery Café.
“It’s the perfect location,” Richardson said. “It’s near a bus line, close to the food bank, and close by to services.”
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