UPDATE .. CRI OneDay deadline extension!!

Hey CRI friends,

We’ve been given a one week extension to hit our required minimum pre-registered and we’re only 20 short.

I’ve talked to several people who said they are coming and paying at the door but if we don’t hit the minimum there won’t be a door!

Please, make a decision to attend today and go online to pre-register. The One Day Meeting will be well worth the cost and time.

Everything is all planned and all we need is YOU to make it happen. Here’s the direct link http://criwashington.eventbrite.com and a flyer that you’re welcome to print. That document will be interesting for anyone who deals with the incarcerated or those re-entering our communities.

This seminar is very important. Please use it to

  • Recruit new volunteers
  • Network with your associates
  • Enhance what you are already doing
  • Share what you do and know with the rest of us!

Kent Whitaker
Oregon CRI Rep

CRI NW USA Team-Lead

CRI OneDay Flyer.pdf

Oct 3rd CR Inside OneDay registration is open!

Celebrate Recovery Inside is conducting an all day seminar on Oct 3rd.

This seminar is open to anyone wanting to learn about CRI, meet it’s leadership including National Director Adam Rodriguez, & receive the latest training on volunteering in prisons/jails & re-entry. There also will be breakout sessions, keynote speakers & testimonies from formerly incarcerated men & women! A great lunch will be provided.

Registration is now open at this link http://criwashington.eventbrite.com or, by going to the Celebrate Recovery website at www.celebraterecovery.com then select from top menu bar: Events, then select CR Inside & the Vancouver, WA CRI One Day.

Please contact Kent Whitaker, kentw, or Nicole Davis, girl4godonly with any questions.

Thank you for all you do for our incarcerated & re-entering men & women.

Kent Whitaker
Oregon CRI Rep

CR OneDay Seminar:
Boston, MA 9/19/15
Elizabethtown, KY 10/3/15
Fayetteville, AR 10/10/15
Fort Wayne, IN 11/7/15
Destin, FL 11/19/15

CR Inside OneDay Seminar:
Vancouver, WA 10/3/15

East Coast CR Summit 7/13-15/2016
West Coast CR Summit 8/10-12/2016

Event Registration, Tools & Group Finder:

CR Inside Information & Group Finder:

National Director CR Inside Leads Inaugural NW Region One Day Meeting

Adam chats with Greg Foster & his fiance, Allyson after the Quarterly Saturday.. good times.

Adam chats with Greg and Allyson after the Quarterly meeting Spring 2015.

CRI National Director Adam Rodriguez is on slate leading the Inaugural Celebrate Recovery Northwest Regional One-Day Meeting.

Everyone welcome.

Attendees will learn about how CR Inside operates in Prisons and Jails. Local CRI Meeting Leaders and State Reps will share plans and vision for moving Celebrate Recovery Inside forward in the NW Region.

Please share this opportunity with anyone you feel might benefit!

Saturday October 3rd

New Hope Foursquare Church
1801 Daniels Street
Vancouver, WA 98660



http://celebraterecovery.com (select from top menubar: Events then CR Inside & Vancouver, WA)

or visit the direct-link at:


Fee: $45 in advance, $50 at the door (covers coffee, snacks, lunch and general expenses like copies, etc.)

Learn about the CR Inside ministry from the men & women who
are doing it: state CRI Reps & National Director Adam Rodriguez!

The OneDay meeting agenda includes: speakers, training on the prison, jail and re-entry
ministries, testimonies, workshops, worship band, lunch & more!

Questions? Contact either:

Nicole at (503) 793-2177 girl4godonly@gmail.com
Kent at (503)789-3756 kentw@remax.net

Oregon / Washington CRI Quarterly meeting July 11th.

Oregon / Washington CRI Quarterly meeting

10:00AM Welcome & Opening Prayer
10:05 Worship, Ted Woodruff
10:20 Introductions
10:40 Overview, Kent Whitaker
10:45 Inside Group Reports
11:40 Women in CRI, Nicole & Angie
11:55 Lunch Prayer
12:00PM Lunch Break
12:30 Testimony, Brian Marti
12:55 Re-Entry Update, Mike Cross
1:10 Oct 3rd CRI OneDay Overview
1:25 Open Discussion
1:50 Summary & Closing Prayer

We’re looking forward to seeing many of you on Saturday, remember that we start promptly at 10am but come early & enjoy some coffee & pastries with us. We will break for a light lunch (if you require gluten-free, or any other special diet, please bring it with you) and, we will end promptly at 2pm.

The address is SW Bible Church, 14605 SW Weir Rd, Beaverton, OR 97007 .. if you arrive late we are in room 221.

You’re welcome to phone me at (503)-789-3756 with any questions.

Kent Whitaker
Oregon CRI Sr Rep

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First ever “Global” Study: Statistics on Addictive Behaviors. 2014 Status Report

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Originally posted on Let go let God:

addictionPublished Research In the Journal of the Society for the Study of Addiction (http://www.addictionjournal.org/)

“Addiction” Volume 110, Issue 6, pages 904–919, June 2015 (Published at Wiley Online)

Summary of Results:

“An estimated 4.9% of the world’s adult population (240 million people) suffer from alcohol use disorder (7.8% of men and 1.5% of women), with alcohol causing an estimated 257 disability-adjusted life years lost per 100 000 population. An estimated 22.5% of adults in the world (1 billion people) smoke tobacco products (32.0% of men and 7.0% of women). It is estimated that 11% of deaths in males and 6% of deaths in females each year are due to tobacco. Of ‘unsanctioned psychoactive drugs’, cannabis is the most prevalent at 3.5% globally, with each of the others at < 1%; 0.3% of the world’s adult population (15 million people) inject drugs. Use of unsanctioned psychoactive drugs accounts for an estimated 83 disability-adjusted life years lost per 100 000…

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Portland at Center of new Heroin Epidemic

Originally posted on Let go let God:

Heroin needle &amp; spoonIn a meeting (4/20 ) with the Shutter Creek Prison Superintendent, the local Parole Board Director and various staff, volunteers heard something that we should all contemplate.

Law Enforcement Interagency planning is based on all kinds of Criminal Intelligence gathering, as one can imagine. In this case the context is Heroin. I wrote the following in my notes:

“We are on the cusp of a wave of heroin abuse problems — the magnitude of which we’ve never faced before.”

We were left with the sense that the administration is in an unusual ramp-up mode. It seemed that there was a tone generally, of worry. Perhaps some of this is owing to legacy attitudes toward the impending decriminalization of certain “Gateway Drugs” — but whatever — the concern was palpable.

This was followed by a discussion of the evidence for this forecast including: The changing face of criminal activities across Oregon. Trends that…

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