First Step Recovery Homes, inc. - Transitional Housing Program(Federally funded through Housing and Urban Development; received numerous awards from private foundations (Scaife Foundation, PNC Foundation, etc.} and County Government to support required matches for federal grant) The program serves homeless, adult men with chronic substance abuse and/or dual diagnosis who are in need of a structured, supervised, supportive living arrangement. Project participants receive subsidized food and lodging, individualized case management, individualized service plans, mental health guidance and treatment, relapse prevention counseling, twelve-step fellowship meetings, recovery study groups, nutritional and health counseling, structured life skills training, anger management counseling, budgeting and money management training, as well as career and educational counseling. Length of stay is up to 18 months.
First Step Recovery Homes, Inc. - Bridge Housing Program(Contracted with County Government to provide homeless, adult men with housing, counseling and referral services) The Bridge Housing component is designed for recovering men who have maintained sobriety for a minimum of 6 months and consistently demonstrate the ability to set and obtain goals, effectively manage and budget money and function with minimal supervision. Key objectives of this program are to increase individual life skill development proficiency (particularly in areas involving budgeting/money management, communication and conflict resolution skills) and identification and utilization of community resources. Upon determination of clients' readiness for independent living, assistance is provided in securing permanent housing and associated resource and client progress is regularly monitored for one (1) year post-discharge.
The Social Entrepreneur Program component is relatively new for First Step Recovery Homes, Inc. with respect to its longevity. Albeit, First Step Recovery Homes, Inc. has never been insensitive or slack in response to needs of the community; we have always educated clients on the importance of being clean/sober not only to enhance their quality of living but also to empower them with knowledge so they can care for themselves thus preventing a lack of success in obtaining affordable housing, increased income, self-determination to succeed in recovery while tending to their health and reuniting with family and friends. Our intent is to expand the Social Entrepreneur Program and other fatherhood initiative services which will facilitate economic growth and to benefit the family structure. This is an on- the-job training program for lawn care and landscaping, moving transport, construction, electrical apprenticeship and car detailing.
First Step Recovery Homes, Inc.'s Family Support & Reunification Program objective is to bring stability to family units through assisting with healthy family interaction, education and to provide the identification, prevention / intervention for children / youth utilizing a family assessment tool. Through education, providing appropriate referrals and individualized goal planning children will be supported and parents also with breaking destructive family patterns. This means starting with the male family figure, who lost his connection with family members due to chemical addictions and as a result became homeless, may have been incarcerated repeatedly and is now participating in one of First Step Recovery Homes, Inc. housing programs.