Step Denver (fka Step 13)
What We Do...
A residential recovery program that helps homeless men overcome the consequences of addiction and become productive members of society through sobriety, work, and personal accountability.
In the details...
I am John and I am an alcoholic. Of course that was not the plan when I had my first drink. I became a vagrant sleeping at bus stops, speaking with a perpetual slur and begging for change for a shooter.
One morning after leaving the shelter I wandered past Step Denver. I spoke to the intake coordinator and he told me about the peer support model and how it was a group of men trying to develop sober lifestyles. He explained the principle of personal accountability, how I would work full time and pay my way, as well as save money. He shared some of his story with me and he identified with me the way only another addict can. He shared that if I wanted what they had to offer it only required a desire and willingness to follow directions. I WAS HOOKED. I was a drowning man thrown a line.
On Monday March 14, 2016 I started my first day at Step. Upon entering I was afraid and insecure, not knowing what to expect or if I could even live a life without alcohol or weed. My peers at Step welcomed me as a brother. They showed me that I am enough. They shared their struggles and successes with me. Sixty different men with sixty different stories from sixty different places, and yet I found so many commonalities among us. Through their care for the men and Step as a whole, the staff, who are also in recovery, showed me perseverance and that a fulfilling life was possible. I graduated from Step as an alumni in November of 2016.
Today my relationship with my family is great. I have a meaningful relationship with someone I love. I get to show up for work every day and because I have demonstrated my work ethic and responsibility, I am being groomed for management. It has not been easy all the time. I have lost friends to overdoses or relapses. But at Step I learned how to show up for those good times as well as the bad times. I also learned that it would not be easy but that it would be worth it. I learned that I am not alone, that recovery is possible and for that I am forever grateful.
Make An Impact...
Provide two Intake Packets for new residents, which include one week’s worth of food, a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap and other necessary items.
Provide individual employment and job placement counseling to one of our residents, which is critical to help them reenter the workforce.
Help us keep the lights and heat on in our large building so we have a functional space to house and help guide to recovery the nearly 100 men in our program.