Steps to Recovery In The Media

Steps to Recovery Homes in Video

Interview with the Mayor

Focus on Hope

Verde Valley Experience

Interview with the Mayor

Inside Cottonwood 2017

Steps to Recovery Homes in Print

Pass by the Clemenceau Plaza at the northwest corner of State Route 89A and S. Sixth Street in Cottonwood, and you might notice an uptick in activity.

Now in its fourth month in the historic plaza, Steps to Recovery Homes has fully opened its door to the community. Founders Damien and Anne Browning welcome applicants to its addiction recovery program and help train volunteers. At Miracles Happen, the nonprofit’s resale store two doors down, current and former participants in the recovery program sort, pick up, label and sell used items.

“Everybody who works for us has been through the program,” Damien Browning said, adding that the average stay in the program is under three months. “Accountability is huge with us …. We expect a lot of them, so some people come and then leave after a few days.”According to Browning, Steps to Recovery Homes has recently downgraded the size of its gender-specific homes to accommodate fewer guests, achieving a higher success rate through personal care and relationship building. The Brownings oversee two Cottonwood homes, one that houses eight men and another that houses five women.The resale store, however, marks a major upgrade for the nonprofit. Previously, the store sat in a less accessible spot near Old Town. Now, the operation encompasses three storefronts, offering increased visibility for Steps to Recovery Homes and allowing for the sale of more items. Additionally, an increase in items coming in allows the Brownings to provide clothing for those in recovery and donate to other charities.Reinvigorating the plaza through good business practices is also on the Brownings’ minds.“We’re trying to wake it up again, man,” Damien Browning said. “We’re trying to do high-end stuff for low prices for the community …. And it’s all donation based.”The underlying purpose remains recovery, Browning added. To that end, Steps to Recovery Homes now features a working governing board. Recently, it became a founding member of the Verde Valley Tax Credit Coalition to promote charitable tax donations. Over the summer, the organization hosted a mental health and addiction community awareness event, inviting local experts to talk on the issue.“A lot of people don’t understand addiction,” Browning said. “The stigma needs to be erased. It’s not something to be scared of …. And these people — they don’t need a handout, but a hand up.”According to Browning, Steps to Recovery Homes is focused on long-term solutions to addiction, which he claimed is on the rise throughout the Verde Valley. Affordable options for individuals with addictions are few and far between, he added, making it difficult to address the issue in a sustainable way.“We’re trying to raise the bar for recovery in the Verde Valley,” Browning said.To donate to Steps to Recovery Homes or volunteer your time, call 649-0077 or stop by the office located in Clemenceau Plaza.

Pass by the Clemenceau Plaza at the northwest corner of State Route 89A and S. Sixth Street in Cottonwood, and you might notice an uptick in activity.

Now in its fourth month in the historic plaza, Steps to Recovery Homes has fully opened its door to the community. Founders Damien and Anne Browning welcome applicants to its addiction recovery program and help train volunteers. At Miracles Happen, the nonprofit’s resale store two doors down, current and former participants in the recovery program sort, pick up, label and sell used items.

“Everybody who works for us has been through the program,” Damien Browning said, adding that the average stay in the program is under three months. “Accountability is huge with us …. We expect a lot of them, so some people come and then leave after a few days.”According to Browning, Steps to Recovery Homes has recently downgraded the size of its gender-specific homes to accommodate fewer guests, achieving a higher success rate through personal care and relationship building. The Brownings oversee two Cottonwood homes, one that houses eight men and another that houses five women.The resale store, however, marks a major upgrade for the nonprofit. Previously, the store sat in a less accessible spot near Old Town. Now, the operation encompasses three storefronts, offering increased visibility for Steps to Recovery Homes and allowing for the sale of more items. Additionally, an increase in items coming in allows the Brownings to provide clothing for those in recovery and donate to other charities.Reinvigorating the plaza through good business practices is also on the Brownings’ minds.“We’re trying to wake it up again, man,” Damien Browning said. “We’re trying to do high-end stuff for low prices for the community …. And it’s all donation based.”The underlying purpose remains recovery, Browning added. To that end, Steps to Recovery Homes now features a working governing board. Recently, it became a founding member of the Verde Valley Tax Credit Coalition to promote charitable tax donations. Over the summer, the organization hosted a mental health and addiction community awareness event, inviting local experts to talk on the issue.“A lot of people don’t understand addiction,” Browning said. “The stigma needs to be erased. It’s not something to be scared of …. And these people — they don’t need a handout, but a hand up.”According to Browning, Steps to Recovery Homes is focused on long-term solutions to addiction, which he claimed is on the rise throughout the Verde Valley. Affordable options for individuals with addictions are few and far between, he added, making it difficult to address the issue in a sustainable way.“We’re trying to raise the bar for recovery in the Verde Valley,” Browning said.To donate to Steps to Recovery Homes or volunteer your time, call 649-0077 or stop by the office located in Clemenceau Plaza.

Erase the Stigma, Steps to Recovery Homes’ second annual mental health and addiction awareness event, took place at the Cottonwood Recreation Center Saturday, June 24, attracting people from across the region.

The event, which was free and open to the public, featured 28 resource booths from advocacy, charity and health care-related organizations. Food, drinks and day passes to the rec center were handed out to attendees for free.

Steps to Recovery Homes co-founder Damien Browning estimated the turnout at approximately 175 people.“I think it went very well,” Browning said, adding that the event was intended to be a service to the community — a benefit for rural Arizona, which continues to struggle with addiction and mental illness, as well as the stigma attached to those who suffer from the conditions.“It was a win-win for everybody.”The event featured seven experts speaking on subjects including grief, trauma and community awareness.

“Forty-two million people suffer from mental illness and 24 million suffer from addiction every day in this nation, and the stigma surrounding these illnesses keeps them living in the dark, suffering alone,” Browning said. “Solutions are available. However, first we need to give them the strength to reach out and resources to turn to.”

The city of Cottonwood placed its resources behind the event, endorsing Browning’s efforts by waving the rec center’s usual rental and setup fees for the event. Founded by couple Damien and Anne Browning, Steps to Recovery Homes is in its fourth year of operation.

The Brownings oversee two Cottonwood homes, one that houses eight men and another that houses five women. Last year, the operation packed up and moved to its office in Clemencau Plaza.

At the Steps to Recovery Homes office, founders Damien and Anne Browning welcome applicants to its addiction recovery program and help train volunteers. At Miracles Happen, the nonprofit’s resale store two doors down, current and former participants in the recovery program sort, pick up, label and sell used items.

“Steps to Recovery Homes witnesses the battle every single day and is hosting Erase the Stigma event in collaboration with many other organizations in Arizona who are committed to helping those who suffer with mental health problems and addiction,” Damien Browning said. “The more we, as a society, understand the unique challenges of mental health and addiction the more we can all help those that have these issues and the safer our communities will become.”

In the wake of Erase the Stigma, Browning said he has received a number of requests from organizations across Northern Arizona to host similar events.

“This is about helping our whole community,” Browning said, adding that he recently evaluated Steps to Recovery Homes’ yearly statistics and was pleased by the outcome. “Out of 245 people
that have come into our program, 48 percent are leading a better life … That’s making a core difference.”

Browning invites parties interested in volunteer opportunities to stop by Steps to Recovery Homes at 516 State Route 89A, or contact Browning at (928) 592-2603.

 


Steps to Recovery Homes
2017 July Newsletter
We are giving it back . . at Volunteer Appreciation Day!

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Giving Back – Appreciation Day
Free Breakfast

August 5th at Spook Hall in Jerome Az. 9 am to 12 noon

The Steps to Recovery Homes Alumni is Throwing the 2nd Annual Appreciation Day to show our appreciation for all of our Volunteers, Sponsors and Supporters. We want to invite everyone who would like to come. It will be a nice time to meet others and get breakfast cooked for you. A win-win for all. Please stop by and say hello.

Erase the Stigma Update

Our 2nd Annual Erase the Stigma Day was a success. We had over 170 people attend. We fed everyone until they were full, and gave out 70 Recreation Center Day Passes. People were laughing, swimming, crying and smiling. All 7 speakers were great and those in attendance held interest in the topics and discussions. Everyone was very friendly and kind to each other and made connections. Overall we feel that it was a big start in getting solutions out into our community and we look forward to doing one again next year. We are also expanding and looking into doing Erase the Stigma events in neighboring cities. With Addiction on the rise we will put in the action to be there when and where we can.

Journal News Coverage

View our Facebook Album for more photos. Enjoy!

Northern Arizona American Roots Music Festival

Rock, Roll & Ride
Poker Run

Mark your calendar
Saturday, October 7, 2017

at the Collective
in the Village of Oak Creek

  • Roots Music Festival (6 to 7 bands)
  • Poker Run (starts at 9am) – Amazing prizes
  • Vendor Booths (Sign up for a booth asap)
  • Food (great selection)
  • Charity (Benefit for Recovery)
  • $10 to attend concert

Testimony

I approached Steps To Recovery because I needed a change in my life. I have spent the last 25+ years in active addiction and I didn’t like where I was at in my life or the person that I had become.

I knew I needed help so I reached out to Damien. He described the program and expectations and was honest enough to tell me that it is not an easy program but worth it if I am truly willing to change. That’s when I made the decision to give it a try.

Steps To Recovery has helped me by establishing structure in my early recovery. The requirements of the program helped me to become involved in AA/NA by going to meetings regularly, getting a home group and service position. And finding a sponsor and working the steps with him. Life Coaching sessions and Equine Therapy were both eye opening and educational.

The result has been a change in my attitude and behavior. The rules and requirements of the program/ house hold me accountable for my actions and that has helped me to be more responsible and dependable. The step work with my sponsor is helping me become a better person through honesty, self-discovery and faith. I have built new meaningful relationships and I’m in the process of repairing the relationships that I have destroyed. The progress that I have made has given me a new outlook on life and I’m even starting to feel a little bit better about myself.

In my opinion, what makes this program unique, aside from all the services that Steps To Recovery offers that others don’t, is the honest commitment that Damien and Ann have to help people with the disease of addiction that want help and are willing to try to change.

This has been a very challenging yet rewarding experience and has changed and continues to change my life.

I would strongly recommend this program to anyone struggling with drugs and/or alcohol and are fed up and want a better life.

~ Cory B.

Miracles Happen


Come by Miracles Happen Resale Store and see our newly arranged store. We continue to strive to keep quality items for a reasonable affordable cost. We believe this way everyone in our community will be able to afford what they like.

We believe in our community and continue to help out people in need. We give items away on a regular basis to people in the community and other non-profits. We also continue to help our graduates furnish their homes when they transition out of our program.

Remember that we pick up items and deliver and are always looking for volunteers to help with our cause. Hope to see you soon.

Say you read the newsletter and get a 10% discount on anything in the store

516 E. State Route 89a Suite #108 in the Clemenceau Plaza on the corner of 89a and 6th St. (Next to Vinnie’s Pizza)

How You Can Help

Volunteer

When we work together we make a difference. There are multiple ways you can help out our mission and start creating sustainable jobs in our community. Call Stacey at 928.649.0077.

Donations

Steps to Recovery Homes is still in need of various types of donations, anywhere from furniture to toilet paper to help more people get off our streets and make a safer community.


We will pick up!

Contact Damien @ 928.592.2603 if you can help.

We are looking for …

Volunteers

Board Members to help with our mission

Places to set up exhibit booths so we can get the word out

Businesses and organizations to do presentations too

Contributions of cleaning supplies, toiletries, linens, furniture, other household items

Monetary donations for scholarships to help individuals who do not have the means

Grant Writers

Transition Mentors

Contact Damien at 928.592.2603 to learn more and see how you can be part of The Movement.

Really Making the Difference

Steps to Recovery Homes has been making a difference in the lives of many people around our community for almost 4 years now. When we started we just wanted to give individuals an opportunity to find a life worth living. We have continued to touch lives and set an example for people with addiction issues. The people that come through our homes become family. We are very honest and forthcoming with them about the changes they need to make in their lives in order to be content. At first it is not easy to change but after they start changing they thank us for being honest with them and not cosigning their attitudes or behaviors.

We formed Steps to Recovery Homes for our community to be around for future generations. We wanted to have a place that really focused on the people and the changes that would be necessary to actually grow up and start to truly embrace their lives. We did not want to just apply a band-aid on the suffering they were causing to themselves and others.

It has been working and looking back on all of the trials and tribulations it has been worth it. We are not always the best liked people, and that’s ok. Being the person that stands for their beliefs is worth it in the long run.

What do we offer?

We offer a holistic view on recovery that works. We have an affordable program that goes deeper than the surface level reasons that people abuse substances and allow our clients to start doing the work to actually change and sustain long-term recovery. We help the people that fall through the cracks with nowhere to go.


If you know someone that is suffering, Steps to Recovery Homes can make a huge difference. This program offers individuals a chance at finding a purpose in their lives.


 

 

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Steps to Recovery Homes
2017 June Newsletter
We are shutting it down . . . . . the Stigma

Erase the Stigma

The issue is real… so is the solution!

Free Community Event

June 24, 2017

42 million people suffer from mental illness and 24 million suffer from addiction every day in this nation and the stigma surrounding these illnesses keeps them living in the dark, suffering alone. Solutions are available however first we need to give them the strength to reach out and resources to turn to!

Steps to Recovery Homes witnesses the battle every single day and is hosting Erase the Stigma event in collaboration with many other organizations in Arizona who are committed to helping those who suffer with mental health problems and addiction. Erase the Stigma is being held on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Cottonwood Recreation Center (150 S.6th Street Cottonwood Arizona) from 9:00am to 2:00pm. This event is a free event to public. Food, Drinks, and Day Passes to the Recreation Center will be given to attendees for free. There will be 7 featured speakers on subjects such as grief, trauma and community awareness. We are inviting organizations that have anything that can bring to this issue to set up an information booth. We want to talk openly about these issues and provide information on solutions. The more we, as a society, understand the unique challenges of mental health and addiction the more we can all help those that have these issues and the safer our communities will become. Please contact: Damien Browning at 928-649-0077 if you would like to reserve booth space.

Arizona declares opioid crisis a public-health emergency

With 790 Arizona residents dead from opioid overdoses last year, Gov. Doug Ducey declared a public-health emergency that seeks to bolster the state’s efforts to counter the epidemic.

The declaration will soon require hospitals, doctors and other health providers to more frequently update state health officials on overdose deaths and opioid-related encounters.

It also is designed to expand distribution of the overdose-reversal drug naloxone to law enforcement statewide, particularly in communities with clusters of overdose deaths or near-deaths.

The action also aims to develop new guidelines for prescribing opioids and expand access to medication-assisted drug treatment.

The declaration comes after the Arizona Department of Health Services released a report last week showing an average of more than two people died every day last year from prescription opioid or heroin overdoses.

READ COMPLETE ARTICLE

Mayor Elinski Interviews Damien & Anne Browning

Dinner for Hope Update

This year’s Dinner for Hope was very successful and we are so grateful for everyone’s support. This Dinner actually helped us move to the next level in our organization and we look forward to continue to do our work for generations to come in our community.

Next year we hope to have our agenda and food problems worked out to make it the best event yet. Thank you for attending and do not forget to get your tickets for The 4th Annual Dinner for Hope scheduled in March 2018.

Anne Browning – NAWBO Shining Star

Anne Browning is the Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer of Steps to Recovery Homes. Last month she was awarded the entrepreneurship for a non – profit from the NAWBO. She is truly a shining star. Through her dedication and vision she has been an inspiration to so many women in the program and community. She truly is a woman of integrity and dignity. She continues to put in selfless service with more than 30 hours per week, without getting paid. She believes in what she does and in her community. We need more women like her in our world. She truly is making a difference.

 


Steps to Recovery Homes
2017 March Newsletter
Spend an Evening at the Sedona Hilton

Damien and Anne talk about Dinner for Hope 2017

3rd ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DINNER FOR HOPE

Tickets must be purchased in advance…. only 8 more days to order your tickets!  Order your tickets today!

We are Stepping it up!
As you all know everything we do is about doing it to the best of our ability. So this year we are going above and beyond and having our Annual Dinner for Hope at the Hilton Luxury Resort in Sedona.
   
This is a big move, but we know everyone will love it. There will be top of the line entertainment with The Amazing Singer / Song Writer Elizabeth Edwards and background tunes from the outstanding Chris Berry from the Electric Swamp Poets.


We will have a Chicken entrée with a Vegetarian option. There will be a salad before the entrée and carrot cake after. The food will be served to us at the table. (no more standing in line forever) We will have our founders Anne and Damien Browning talking about the program and what the organization has been doing in the community.

There will be Client Testimonies about going through the program and their experiences with putting their lives back together.

Door Prizes:

  • One Night Stay at The Hilton Sedona Luxury Resort at Bell Rock
  • South by Southwest Kayaking Tour for 2
  • Safari Jeep Tour for 2
  • 2 tickets to Out of Africa

Live Auction Items:

  • Mark Hopkins Bronze “Shamans Vision”
  • Philip Vickers Bronzes “Mandy and Billy”
  • Autumn Zaun’s Painting of Robert Downy Jr.
  • 2 Night Stay at the Courtyard Sedona – Courtyard Marriott
  • Claudia Hartley’s painting of the Sedona Wine Festival
  • A Recovery Series at the Mago Retreat
  • Gear Table by Whisky Fabrication
  • Theodosia Greene’s Horse Madonna Sculpture
  • RZR Tour for 4 from Sedona Off Road Center
  • Kim Welsh Painting

Silent Auction Items:

  • Sedona ATV RZR Tour Gift Certificate for 2
  • Grand Canyon Railroad Gift Certificate for 2
  • Clark Sheppard – Longhorn Painting Electric Image Gallery – American Gas Station Painting
  • Autumn Zaun Prints
  • Verde Canyon Railroad First Class Gift Certificate for
  • Diamondback Tickets for 4
  • Home Furnishings Direct Recliner
  • Home Depot – Ryobi Cordless Drill and Skill Saw Set
  • South by Southwest Full Monty Tour
  • South by Southwest 2-Person Tour
  • Zuni Horse Fetish Necklace from Simply Amazing
  • Indian Vase from Miracles Happen
  • Horsin Around Adventures for 2
  • Alaskan Totem Pole Carving by Raven
  • Angel Valley 1 night stay with Dinner and Breakfast
  • Windows Personal Computer Tower – Refurbished fresh Windows 10 Install – Glick Computers
  • Mark Daniels Painting
  • Jordan Ross Painting
  • Theodosia Greene’s Painting from Rarotonga
  • Arizona Coyotes #16 Max Domi Autographed Stick and Puck
  • Harkins Night Out from The Lawlers
  • Purse Donated by Mary G.

Raffle Items:

  • Little Moo’s Assorted Stuff
  • Cheers Cups and Sweater
  • Hairazona Gift Certificate
  • Steak and Stuff Gift Certificate
  • 3 Diesel Fleet Gift Certificates
  • Coffee Plus Gift Certificate
  • Haunted Group Gift Certificate
  • Bearizona Gift Certificate
  • Boat House Bar and Grill Gift Certificate
  • Dahl and Diluca Gift Certificate
  • Red Rooster Gift Certificate
  • Colt Grill Gift Certificate
  • Cowboy Shop Gift Certificate
  • Picazzos Gift Certificate
  • Cowboy Club Gift Certificate
  • Black Cow Café Gift Certificate
  • 4 Vinnies Gift Certificates
  • Hot Yoga 1 week unlimited pass
  • Bliss Extrodinary Floral Gift Certificate
  • 2 South By Southwest Gift Certificates
  • 2 Randalls Gift Certificates
  • 2 Reese and Sons Gift Certificates
  • Annies Gift Certificate
  • Verde Lea Market Gift Certificate
  • Old Town Frame Shop Gift Certificate
  • McDonalds Gift Certificate
  • Cork and Catch Gift Certificate
  • 2 Items from Clock Soup
  • Verde Carpet Cleaning certificate to clean 2 rooms
  • Phoenix Suns Grab Bag
  • University of Arizona T-Shirts

Visit Our Gallery of Items

We would love to see you there. Let your friends know about this amazing event.

You can purchase tickets or donate tickets to others that cannot afford them at:

Online www.stepstorecoveryhomes.org
By Phone 9286490077
In person  516 East State Route 89a Suite #108 or #113 Cottonwood Az. 86326
Miracles Happen ReSale Store
Steps to Recovery Homes Office
Century21 – Sexton Realty, 565 South Main St.

Live Auction Items:

OUR 2017 SPONSORS

This year we have some new sponsors and are so grateful.

Each and every Sponsor makes it possible to help more individuals in our community find a new way to live and make our environment a safer, healthier place for everyone.

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Steps to Recovery Homes is located in Cottonwood Arizona which is the heart of the Beautiful Verde Valley. We are passionate about helping others recover from alcohol and drug addiction. We offer a holistic look at substance abuse and compile all factors into a recovery program that focuses on all aspects of life not just on the alcohol abuse, heroin addiction, cocaine or crystal meth addiction. This way has been proven to maximize the success rate of individuals with a substance use disorder. Our graduates of Steps to Recovery Homes have a real chance at long term recovery and a successful life. We are not just a halfway house. We provide real recovery homes that are safe, structured, and clean along with an example driven behavior modification program that actually provides the life skills that people desperately need to be able to be a productive member of their families and society. We are within blocks to a drug counseling program that collaborates with our mission. Our program is an excellent way to continue to build your foundation after going through drug rehabilitation program, behavioral health center, or a detoxification program. We believe a solid recovery plan and some real guidance can enable you to stop self-destructing and start living a productive and happy life.

Steps to Recovery Homes provides Life Coaching sessions in areas of our life that have usually been significantly affected by drug addiction and/or the abuse of alcohol. Some of these areas are; finances, relationships, personal boundaries, obtaining and securing long term employment, communication, health and hygiene, parenting and many more. We believe that treatment and rehabilitation should include all the areas of an individual’s life that have been hindered by continued drug use.