Our Mission: The Jake Koenigsdorf Foundation educates the affected and raises money for addicts and alcoholics who are ready and willing to get clean, yet have no financial resources available to find a long term recovery soluton.
Who We Are: The Jake Koenigsdorf Foundation is on the front lines of change. Historically, addiction has been a stigmatized "hide it and it will go away" issue. No longer. We believe in commuity and coming together to heal our wounded. We provide a continum of care, a group effort that relies on street level peer support. We assist the family through support, both one on one and group tie in. We share relatable experinces, no one should suffer alone.
What We Do: The broader function of JKF is to assist willing addicts into long term treatment programs. This requires financial assistance in most cases. We fund entry into long term treatment programs. Today we average aboout $1000 per person to get someone to, and into a 4 month program. We are funding their first 30 days free from drugs and alcohol, the client then works to take financial responsibilty of their recovery.
Why: On July 16, 2013, Jake Koenigsdorf was found alone in his apartment dead from a heroin overdose. He was just 21 years old. Like millions of others, his opiate addiction started with pain pills. Heroin use is unfortunately one of the easiest and cheapest options for kids, like Jake, who get hooked on opiates and end up not being able to find a solution to get clean and stay that way. Most addicts and alcoholics have three options:
1. Find a solution
2. Get locked up
Until one of these happen, their active addiction is like a tornado ripping through the lives of everyone in their path. The wreckage impacting us all - including those of you who have lost loved ones or personal property to drug-related theft, DUI's, accidents, and the list goes on. Jake's biggest wish was to leave his mark on the world. He wanted to matter. In his name, we've founded the Jake Koenigsdorf Foundation to raise money to help alcoholics and addicts who are willing to do whatever it takes to get clean but don't have the financial means to find a solution - those that often slip through the cracks.
The JKF has helped over 400 addicts since the fall of 2013.
Help us "HELP SOMEONE NO ONE ELSE WILL"
Our HOPE: Funds granted to JKF will be used to support entry funding and transportation to recovery facilities that use a peer community model that teaches a solution. It costs about $1000 to help one person get their first 30 days free from chemical addiction. We currently only fund programs that have a duration of 3 months or longer. Without a solution addicts will do damage to their families, end up in an institution, in jail, or they may die.