Hey sangha, this year for the first time ever, Refuge Recovery PDX will have a resource booth at the 17th annual Hands Across the Bridge! This is a fantastic event which celebrates recovery, decreases stigma and a great way for us to do some outreach to fellow recovering addicts, many of whom have never heard of Refuge as an option!
The event is at Esther Short Park in Vancouver on Labor Day, September 3rd. Set up starts 8-8:30am and the fair starts at 9am.
What to expect:
🔹There will be speakers on the stage (ASL interpreted,) booths and vendors, in the past there were chair massages, shave ice and other food carts, face painting probably, typical fair stuff.
🔹They add up everyone's clean time to a very impressive number of years for all attendees (and we want to count your time whether it's one day or thirty years!)
🔹Members of Wellbriety have a drum circle and sing honor songs.
🔹Faces of Hope will be there which is a group of people displaying their mugshots/photos of themselves from when they were in active use and proudly showing how they've changed.
🔹Then everyone walks across the I-5 bridge and meets halfway with the attendees on the Portland side, volunteers on a boat in the Columbia will give signals, everyone joins hands and recites the serenity prayer then raises their hands in cheers.
🔹Doves are released to represent rememberance of those we've lost to addiction and hope for recovery.
🔹After leaving the bridge, the fair turns into "OxFest" (hosted by Oxford housing) which is a concert in the park that goes until dark.
Please get in touch if you have any questions or think you can help in any way! Hope to see you there!