Jun 25

Visit our booth at the Pride Festival

PridePlease Join Out & Sober Minnesota at the Pride Festival in Loring Park this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm.

Our Booth will be in the Living Well Park section of the festival (NE corner of the park). We will be in booth 44 right next to Rainbow Health Initiative (booths 42 and 43).

Stop by and visit, we would love to see you all.

May 29

Volunteers Wanted: Help Staff Our Booth at the Pride Festival

logo2x1We are looking for volunteers to help staff our booth at the Pride Festival. Volunteers would be speaking with people about the mission of Out & Sober Minnesota, explaining our events and giving out our contact information. This is a great people watching opportunity and a great way to show people that recovery can be fun.

A few of the volunteer shifts will take place during the parade so if you planning on marching with us in the parade, please take note.

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot


Saturday, June 27, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, June 28, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Thank you in advance for your support


May 15

PRIDE 2015!!

5-15-2015 9-21-17 AMOut & Sober Minnesota will be marching in the 2015 Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade!

Pride Parade
Sunday, June 28th
Parade starts at North 3rd Street & Hennepin Ave.

Tie Dye T-Shirt Party
Saturday, June 6th
Muffin Top Café
1424 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN

Join our Facebook event for more information about how to register to march in the parade with us as we have a limited number of marchers we can have in our contingent.

As we march in the parade, we will be sporting new Out & Sober Minnesota t-shirts. Join us for a tie dye party as we glam up our t-shirts with fabulous colors of the Rainbow.

May 11

Join Pride Institute for the 2015 Minnesota AIDS Walk

image003Join The Pride Institute​ at the 2015 Minnesota AIDS Walk on Sunday, May 17th at 10am. All members of Out and Sober Minnesota are invited to walk with this great group.

Where: Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis- meeting kitty-corner from the DQ on Minnehaha Ave in the Park!

Our team webpage: www.mnaidswalk.org/PRIDEINSTITUTE

This is an easy and casual walk that we encourage you to bring your fur-covered children (dogs) &/or non-fur-covered children to join!

You’ll get to walk with some of our staff members that you might remember, as well as alumni who are wanting to catch up and have a fun time together.

We will meet at 10am on the ‘island’, kitty-corner from the Dairy Queen near the start of the Walk to have our group picture taken before the opening ceremony at 10:30am (same location as last year.) Please register and join our team online to secure a t-shirt and help raise money for the Minnesota AIDS Project.  We hope you can join us!

May 06

Visit our hospitality suite at the Gopher State Roundup May 22-24!

12-step-programOut & Sober Minnesota will be hosting a hospitality suite during the Gopher State Roundup. Look for us in the directory and join us for refreshments and fellowship during and between the speaker sessions. We look forward to seeing you all there!!

May 22, 23 and 24th
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Highway 100 & 494, Bloomington, MN

More information on schedule, location and registration can be found at www.gopherstateroundup.org.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU to all of the AA Groups who made a financial donation to help us host this terrific event:

  • Design for Living, 7pm Tuesday nights at St Mark’s Cathedral.
  • Tuesday Gratitude Group, 7pm Tuesday nights at All God’s Children MCC.
  • Beyond Jitters, Meets daily at Wesley Historic Center.
  • Live & Let Live, 10am Saturday mornings at St. Clair Recreational Center W. 7th Street Community Center
  • Back to Basics AA, 7pm Friday nights at Minnehaha United Church of Christ.
  • Thursday Night Speaker Meeting, 7:30pm Thursdays at All God’s Children MCC.

Also, special thank you to several anonymous donors who contributed donations to the hospitality suite.

Apr 20

What are your ideas for MinneSober 2015?

shutterstock_198169034The MinneSober planning committee is looking community input on what you would like to see at this years MinneSober 2 Day Recovery Conference which is planned for October 9th and 10th.

– What speakers would you like to hear?

– What workshop topics would you like to participate in?

We welcome any and all ideas! Send your feedback to info [at] outandsoberminnesota.org.

Apr 14

Join us for Spring Fling at PRIDE Institute!

springflingPRIDE Institute is proud to announce its Annual Alumni fellowship Event Hosted by Out and Sober Minnesota at the PRIDE Institute.

Sat, May 2nd, 2015 – 10am – 4pm
Pride Institute,
14400 Martin Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Be sure to get here on time- We are starting the day at 10am with featured alumni of PRIDE speaking about their experience, strength, and hope, followed by a lunch provided by PRIDE Institute.

Back by popular demand, we will be bringing back The Sponsorship Game, featuring Foster Johns as the game show host. Anyone in need of a sponsor can enter for a chance to be a contestant. Based on ‘The Dating Game’ show format, participants will be given a list of questions to ask the panel of three sponsors, ultimately choosing the sponsor of their choice!

Other fun activities will include good’ old-fashioned (Outdoor!) Pride Volleyball, Bocce Ball, and some fun, surprise guests and entertainment!

PRIDE staff will be here to meet and greet everyone- we look forward to seeing you all!

Apr 03

Let’s Go Funkin’ Skate!

4-3-2015 11-36-09 AMGrab your kneepads! Join Out & Sober Minnesota for a night of skating to old school funk and soul under the disco ball.Enjoy fellowship, show off your moves or glide out onto the floor for the first time!

Friday, April 24, 8:30pm – 11:00pm

Adults 20+
$8 admission, $3 skate rental

Roller Garden
5622 W Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55416

Personal roller skates and blades allowed, no “heely” skates. Snacks available for purchase at venue.

For more skating information, call Roller Garden at 952-929-5518.

Mar 13

GLBT in Recovery is now Out & Sober Minnesota!

OASMN-roundI am happy to announce that going forward GLBT in Recovery will be known as Out & Sober Minnesota.

GLBT in Recovery has been a vital part of our community for over 30 years and I want to assure you that our mission will not change. This organization, which was established as safe haven for GLBT people in recovery, is only evolving to keep up with the times.

I personally want to thank the founders of this organization and those who have worked so hard throughout the years to keep GLBT in Recovery going forward.

Our reasons for the name change are many and this decision was not made lightly or quickly.  The board felt that we needed a new name that was inclusive of all members of our community regardless of where they fell on the gender or sexual identity continuum. We also felt that just adding letters (GLBTQA, etc.) was not the answer.  Out & Sober Minnesota wants everyone under our umbrella not just people who identify as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender.

We will continue to sponsor social events to help people build and maintain clean and sober networks.   We will also continue to present informational and educational workshops and activities that provide tools that are useful not only for those in early recovery but also for old timers. Most importantly we will have fun. If you ask people who have attended our events or volunteered with us in some capacity I am sure you will find they had a lot of fun.

Our annual MinneSober event will also continue, as will our presence at the Gopher State Roundup and Spring Fling at Pride Institute.  We will also continue to be fiscally sponsored by Rainbow Health Initiative.

We are also continuing to look for new ways to serve this community. The Out & Sober Minnesota board has worked to identify short, medium, and long term goals as part of our strategic plan which will be released at a later date. We will also be looking at results from our community survey to get new ideas for events and look for issues or concerns that need to be addressed.

I want to thank my friend and longtime GLBT in Recovery supporter Cliff Robinette for the fabulous graphic design work he did on our new logo. Thanks also to Alfred Walking Bull (our board secretary) and Jonathan W. (board member at large) for putting the finishing touches on the logo and getting it print ready. Most of all I want to thank the Board of Directors of Out & Sober Minnesota for the months of hard work it took to complete this process.  This was a true example of teamwork, open mindedness, and flexibility.

On behalf of the Out & Sober Minnesota Board I welcome you to our organization and thank you for your ongoing support.

Kevin Champion

Out & Sober Minnesota
Board Chair

Mar 09

Art in Recovery Workshop

Art In Recovery Website ImageOut and Sober Minnesota invites you to join Claire Rosen, LADC, an expert in art therapy, as we take a journey into the wonderful world of expressive therapy.

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 1:00pm

All God’s Children MCC
3100 Park Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Art therapy has been shown to be an effective way of healing, processing, and expressing truths about ourselves- regardless of our level of artistic abilities. Expressing ourselves through art can tap into parts of our story that we have repressed or ignored.

Here at Out and Sober Minnesota, we believe it is important to take PRIDE in who we are, where we have come from, and where we are heading. Saturday, March 28th you will have an opportunity to express these truths in a fun and creative way.

The day will start with a brief discussion on the benefits of creative expression in recovery, followed by an art therapy workshop, and end with an opportunity to discuss and share the amazing works of art everyone created!

Art supplies will be provided as well as snacks and beverages.

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