Mission: Crush the stigmas associated with addiction, hunger and homelessness, and be a leader in the sober majority. Here is the progress we made in 2020:
SHOUT Sobriety – A total of 69 people have been enrolled in our SHOUT Sobriety program for high-functioning alcoholics in early sobriety since the program’s inception in the summer of 2019.
Echoes of Recovery – We started Echoes of Recovery in April of 2020, and we enrolled 38 loved ones of alcoholics in nine months.
Sober and Unashamed – Our blog attracted over 48k unique visitors in 2020 (an increase of 78% over 2019). Our pages were viewed over 83k times this year (up from 57k times last year).
Untoxicated Podcast – Our podcast episodes were downloaded over 26k times in 2020 (up from 6,180 downloads in 2019). At the end of the year, our average downloads per week was approaching 1k.
Stone Soup Publishing – We published our first book in 2020. Our soberevolution: Evolve into Sobriety and Recover Your Alcoholic Marriage was an Amazon top new release in September, and sales remain steady because the book is tied to our platform at all levels.
The Story Writing Workshops – We launched two pilot workshops in 2020 (in addition to the two workshops incorporated into SHOUT Sobriety and Echoes of Recovery). We applied for grant funding to dramatically increase the reach and impact of The Story in 2021.
soberevolution Events – We held two in-person events and one virtual event this year to encourage socializing sober. The three events impacted over 100 people. Our Steps Over Stigma fun-run event was canceled due to COVID prevention restrictions.
Couples Seminars and Retreats – We held one in-person couples retreat hosting two couples in recovery in February before plans for more similar events were canceled for the year due to COVID. This will be a major focus for Stigma in 2021 as the information gap in couples trying to recovery their marriages from alcoholism is massive, and programs designed to eliminate this gap are nonexistent.
Stigmattack – We received $60k in grant funding in the fall of 2020 to feed homeless and hungry students in Denver Public Schools. We estimate that we fed about 1,374 people per week in Q4. We are seeking additional funding in 2021 with a focus on connecting local Colorado rancher, farmers and produce suppliers with DPS school food pantries.
Neighborlies – We assembled and distributed roughly 700 emergency relief food bags to our homeless neighbors in 2020. With the addition of the “Fooding Cabinets” program in 2021, we expect to distribute multiples of that number.
Christmas in the Park – We collected and purchased 669 backpacks and 180 rolling suitcases. The 849 units were distributed to our homeless neighbors on Christmas morning. In the four years of our participation in this event, this was our the largest procurement and distribution.