The Empty Chair

By Vicki Powers “There’s an empty chair in our house, and I’m not sure what to do with it…” While many families gather over the holidays to celebrate together, others have a stark and obvious void at the table – an empty chair. This chair symbolizes those who can’t be...
Looking Into the Eyes of Homeless

Looking Into the Eyes of Homeless

by Suzanne JarvisIt’s Thursday morning and time for street outreach**. We’re designing a program that creates focused pathways off the street for the homeless based on what matters most to them.  It’s just the beginning.We meet Martha. Emaciated, she’s sitting...

The Empty Chair

The empty chair. It’s a term used in the recovery community that references a relative or friend missing from the dining table during celebrations due to their substance use. In my case, I had a family member who periodically passed out in their chair during family...
It’s All of It

It’s All of It

Ever play with one of these toys? You have to put the right shape in the right hole to move all the pieces inside the box. The box is the same. The shapes are unique. Working with problematic substance use is like this toy: one box with many shapes or associated...