To develop, fund, and deliver programs, services, or items that complement the efforts of established recovery/homelessness programs in unconventional ways.
To truly address the problems of addiction recovery and homelessness requires solutions that go beyond the norm.
Our first goal is to expand our partnering relationship to more missions, specifically; we hope to be back at Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission in September. From there, we hope to branch out to other recovery programs within our area. We eventually plan to offer this programmatic approach to missions anywhere.
Our second goal is to expand into other physical fitness activities and sports. Mountain climbing is a physically demanding sport not open to all. Running, biking, hiking and water sports could easily be substituted for mountain climbing. The benefits of this program’s structure are not tied to any one endeavor. The metaphor of ‘climbing a mountain’ applies equally to the challenging journey anyone dealing with addictions must climb to achieve and maintain sobriety.
Why do we do this?
This work is important because there is no end to the population that struggle with addiction of various types. The journey is basically the same, while meeting the individual where they currently are and helping them to find a path that leads to the life they deserve is unique. We look at the whole person and provide mentoring and teach the additional skills they need to successfully re-enter society and to become a valued team member.
We don’t give a ‘hand out’; we help by giving a ‘hand up’ climbing out of the desperate situation many addicts find themselves in. The loss of community is replaced with caring team members who share the daily challenges and encourage growth so our participants can be the best they can be. We teach skills that are necessary to handle daily life. We provide experiences that build confidence and turn lives around.
Finally, we do this work, because we get very positive results and change lives for the better. It is our mission to make our community stronger, one person at a time.
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- Volunteer"I drove guys, hiked with them, trained with them, and got to lead a rope team. I was only a small part but added to the environment of care and encouragement to them pushing forward to their goal of climbing out of addiction and climbing rainier. We are healed through relationship and I hope I was able to love the guys well in the time they were in my life and I in theirs."
- Volunteer"I could answer in a thousand words because I saw many changed lives but the profound statement I take away that I want to share is one of the recovery climbers saying "one year ago I tried to climb up a bridge to kill myself and was too weak to do it, now I'm climbing a mountain to come out of addiction!" This is what many program climbers express each with their own twist and specific story."
- Program Climber"The most helpful aspect about climbing out of homelessness was the people it really allowed me to connect with people who were in recovery and outside recovery all different walks of life you really showed me that people don't see me as an addict they just see me exact and that I don't have to always identify as an addict."
- Volunteer"The climb is such a tangible metaphor for the program climbers, providing inspiration, motivation, and positive rewards at each stage. Success in this "impossible" goal teaches vision, skills, discipline, faith, confidence, teamwork, and habits to succeed with all life challenges. I was a community participant in the 2016 team training and summit climbs for Mt. Hood and Mt. Rainier. The training and instruction on mountaineering skills was top rate, and we had superb guides. The leaders provided everything we needed to succeed as long as we put in the effort. More importantly, the relationships with the program climbers were rewarding and will be enduring. I am so thankful to see them succeed in life as well as reach the summit."
- Volunteer"I had the privilege of being a porter for the 2016 climb. I had met Nat Lanting at the top of mailbox peak about a month prior to the climb (divine appointment). I am a recovering alcoholic that has been given so much in sobriety...first and foremost is an intimate relationship with God. The road to happy destiny is 'trudged' better in community and fellowship."