Our Cafe’s Mission

Recovery Café DC is  a healing, transformative recovery community for all who have been traumatized by addiction and other mental health challenges, homelessness and incarceration.


Our Challenge

In Southeast, Washington, DC (Ward 8), SAMHSA estimates that in 2014, 11.46% of Ward 8 population needed, but did not receive treatment for alcohol and illicit drug use, and 19.25% suffered from mental health challenges. Ward 8 is home to the largest population of ex-felons and defendants under supervision in DC.

In the 2017 DC Women’s Needs Assessment Report of the Women’s Task Force of DC Interagency Council on Homelessness: 76% of homeless women in DC have experienced violence; 31% report current or past substance abuse (43% are not getting any treatment) and 83% of those reporting substance abuse are survivors of physical/sexual/emotional abuse by a parent, guardian or intimate partner. 76% of homeless women self-report experiencing at least 1 mental health indicator, and 86% of homeless women with mental health diagnosis report abuse by a parent, guardian and/or intimate partners.

Recovery Café DC is providing crucial support to men and women determined to rebuild their lives. We’ll be with you every step of the way!

Strong trees start as small sprouts

Our Work

Recovery Café DC believes that regardless of past trauma, addictive behaviors or mistakes made, everyone deserves a chance to “get back up and try again”.

Our program is designed to help people maintain recovery, build resiliency and a quality of life. Program components include:

Recovery Circles, School for Recovery, Spiritual Development and Employment Assistance

We teach and model ways for people to manage mental health, maintain sobriety, and build community.


Our Team

Team Members

Jacqueline Conerly

Jacqueline Conerly

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Donald Conerly

Donald Conerly

Founder and Director of Programs

Kim Montroll

Kim Montroll

Chief Operating Officer

Our Founding Board

These are some of the fine and dedicated board members that keep Recovery Cafe DC on track.

Jacqueline Conerly

Board Secretary;Founder & CEO of Recovery Cafe DC

Kim Montroll

Board Chair/President; and COO of Recovery Cafe DC

Donald Conerly

Founder & Program Director of Recovery Cafe DC

Rev Joseph Deck, III

Founder of the Institute of Radical Reconciliation, & Minister of Men, Reid Temple AME

Kathy Guillaume

Director of National Partnerships for The Center for Community Progress & Vice Chair of Glenarden Housing Authority

Dianna Guinyard

VP of Operations/COO of United Planning Organization

Jim Knight

Board Treasurer; and CEO of Jubilee Housing

Eric Letsinger

Founder & CEO of Quantified Ventures

Jim Marsh, Jr

Recovery Cafe DC's Headwaters Program Coordinator, & Licensed Counselor

We are an Emerging Member of the

Recovery Café Network