Steps to Recovery Homes selected for a community development grant

Rafael Garcia paints a design on a door of an old gun cabinet that has been repurposed into a standing closet at the Miracles Happen Resale Store warehouse in Cottonwood on Friday, Sept. 11. In the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic when the resale store had to close in-person, many Steps to Recovery clients began repurposing old furniture from the store to be sold online, starting therapeutic new hobbies. Photo by Daulton Venglar/Larson Newspapers

The Sedona City Council selected Steps to Recovery Homes of Cottonwood as the recipient of its latest round of Community Development Block Grant funding at its meeting on Jan. 24.

CDBG funds are provided at the federal level by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the Arizona Department of Housing. Every four years, towns and cities award a portion of these funds to a project that involves eliminating slums, addressing community problems such as a natural disaster or health threat or benefits primarily individuals with low to moderate income.

Arizona cities do not distribute CDBG funds directly. Instead, they select projects to support and assist those projects’ proposers in applying to ADOH for the city’s funding allocation. Arizona is scheduled to receive approximately $9.7 million in the latest round of CDBG funding, and Sedona’s portion of that sum will come to about $406,016. The final funding amounts will not be settled until later in the cycle.Read More

Community Konnection Volume 2

Miracles Happen ReSale Store
Grand Opening

We are finally ready to reopen Miracles Happen ReSale Store - Boutique Rehab.
  • Please join us in celebrating Miracles Happen ReSale Store - Boutique Rehab Grand Opening.
  • March 17th and 18th from 11 am to 5 pm.
  • Ribbon Cutting at noon on Friday the 17th.
  • We will have light entertainment and snacks.
  • Register with the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce.
  • Bring your business cards and build business relationships.
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We are looking forward to celebrating with you!
A sneak preview. . . .
A Bit of Miracles Happen ReSale Store History

Started with Huge Yard Sales: In the beginning, Anne and I were constantly trying to find ways to raise money to support the mission. We were doing car washes and bake sales. Many people donated clothes and furniture as we acquired our non-profit status in 2014. We had so many donations that we started having huge yard sales. As I am a little OCD, it would take me a while to set the sales up and tear them down. We were bringing in like $2,000 or more a sale. Then we manifested that if we could only get a place to put all these donations and keep them out, we could bring in more income.

Found Funding and a Building: Anne's son, Brandon Detar, was in the Military and had just come home from being overseas. He had some money set aside and was willing to loan us some to start a store. So, one day, we were looking for a place, and 541 N. Main was for rent (Now Gayle's Chocolate and next to the Outdoor Adventure Center "Kayaking" Shop). We were looking at the building, and there was a great Mural on the Side that said "Community"; it spoke to us and our mission.

Our Name, 2015 Opening, and Online eBay Sales: Seeing a painted image of a book with "When the people come together, Miracles Happen," we both looked at each other and said that is our store's name, "Miracles Happen." Putting the store together was a lot of work. To get the trade name, we had to add "ReSale Store" at the end of Miracles Happen. We opened the doors on July 2, 2015. We outgrew this location, and in 2016 we moved the store to a more prominent place in the historic Clemenceau Plaza next to Vinnies' Pizza. We rented about six storage sheds to store donations and went around the state to pick up items from estate sales. We started our eBay channel around 2015 - 2016. We started our Job Development in Feb 2018. Then in 2018, we secured a Social Enterprise Grant from the United Way, opened the warehouse, and started our Online Sales.

Anji's Role in Recreating the Store Presentation: Anji Dickson came to work for us in 2018 and started recreating the presentation, helping manifest more significant ideas for the store and the organization. Anji also started our Refurbishing and Repurposing project. On March 11, 2021, we purchased the building at 637 N. Main and closed the store. We moved everything to our new building and started making tenant improvements to get the store ready to reopen with a fresher, more fabulous look. Along with the many other sensational updates Anji Dickson has made, she has also created our new name and logo for the outpatient treatment center, "Konnect Wellness Center," and added a significant tagline, "Boutique Rehab" to the store, that would launch us to another level of presentation and products.

See you at the Grand Opening of Miracles Happen ReSale Store - Boutique Rehab!

Damien


What's happening . . .

  1. The drywall is almost complete.
  2. We are getting ready to open Miracles Happen with a Grand Opening Event.
  3. Konnect Wellness can now take AHCCCS insurance plans Care1st, Health Choice, and Mercy Care.
  4. Patty May is our new Clinical Director.
  5. We were awarded the CDBG Grant for $400,000 by the City of Sedona to go toward purchasing a home in Sedona for a Transitional Home. Now we need help raising more funds to make this happen the right way.
  6. Please reach out if you can help.
  7. Looking for Board Members.
  8. Looking for Volunteers.
  9. Looking for Donations.
  10. Working on the ability for people to make legacy donations and IRA minimum required distributions.
  11. We recently trained 6 of our staff in Peer Support.
  12. Working on Documentary - need more funding through donations to complete and work on submitting to film festivals.
  13. We are looking for Individuals and Businesses for Annual Sponsorships. Our annual levels are $100, $250, $500, $1000, $2500, $5000, and $25000
  14. We are continuing to work on open houses, ribbon cuttings, and grand openings in the next few months.

Under Construction Images


About Konnect Wellness

Outpatient Treatment Center

Whether you’re starting your journey to recovery or looking for ongoing support to maintain sobriety, our caring, licensed therapists will deliver a holistic, comprehensive curriculum in a supportive setting that’s convenient for you. Start or continue your recovery journey at our outpatient treatment center, Konnect Wellness Centerwhere our programs span various levels of care, including Intensive Outpatient (IOP) and General Outpatient (GOP). Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) is also available.

Testimony

I started meth when I was 13, and when I turned 16, my family and I moved to Las Vegas, NV. This is where I began experimenting with all the drugs. I didn't try my drug of choice, Heroin until I was 24. Then for the next six years, I went from smoking it to shooting it up; during this time, I lost friends and my belongings multiple times. I also lost respect from my family, and most of all, I lost hope. When I turned 30, I was on probation, and they said I needed to go to Rehab or Prison, so I chose rehab. While I was in rehab, I did not want to go back to my hometown because I knew if I went back, I would have stuck a needle in my arm, and at this point, I had 30 days clean. While in rehab, I met this guy who told me about this program in Cottonwood called Steps to Recovery Homes that helped people get back on their feet and included a job development program.

Now I would like to say that is where I finally got it and started to do better, but after nine months, once I was off of probation, I took off to my hometown and relapsed. After about five or six months, I called the director of Steps to Recovery Homes and asked if he had a bed if I were to get clean. He told me that if I detoxed, I would be able to come back, he didn't know it, but he just saved my life. In those crucial moments, I was contemplating suicide. The program director's belief in me gave me the strength to pull myself out of the darkness. The first week back, I was staying at a friend's house detoxing, I did not get much sleep, but still, I went and volunteered at Steps to Recovery Homes.

Knowing I had a long road ahead of me, I was motivated to improve myself. I did the job development program for two months. I was able to get a steady job working at Home Depot. I stayed at Home Depot for over a year and a half. I asked the Steps to Recovery Homes director if I could come to work for him, and he said yes. I have been clean for over two years, working for Steps to Recovery for about a year. They have helped me to get my peer support certificate. They have taught me how to be a productive member of society, including being able to pay rent, and bills, own a vehicle, pay insurance and feed myself. I was able to get my Hepatitis C cured by taking myself to the doctor. All of these things did not matter in my active addiction. I am living a dream I thought I could never have because of Steps to Recovery. They have given me a life worth living. I Thank you, Damien Browning, Anji Dickson, Kelly Minehan, and all of those at Steps to Recovery along the way for all you have done for me. I a recovering addict named Cory Goss.

~CJG

 

Ways to support Steps to Recovery Homes

  • IRA, Stocks
  • Property
  • Art – Collectibles
  • Vehicles
  • Money Donate Here.
  • Time (Board Members or Volunteers)
  • Shop or donate items to our ReSale Store - Miracles Happen - when renovations are complete

Ways to give all year long

  • Give Goods: Organize a donation drive. Collect food, toiletries, books, and clothes.
  • Give Time: You can make a difference by volunteering. 
  • Give Voice: Lending our voices to advocate for the causes and issues we care about.
  • Give Talent: Like many nonprofits, we are understaffed. Consider giving your skills to help.
  • Give Kindness: Buy someone's lunch, text someone to tell them you are grateful to know them, or compliment a stranger.
  • Give Together: It's an opportunity to not just raise money, it's a chance to unite and inspire folks in our communities.
Volunteer

        Learn about volunteering opportunities by visiting the Volunteer Page on our website.


New Graduate - Shelly Myers

Arizona Charitable Tax Credit

Hey. It's tax time. Give where it makes a difference.

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Ever feel like the state is wasting your hard-earned money?

Be sure to decide where some of your Arizona Tax monies go before the last minute. Support Steps to Recovery Homes Today!!

  • Arizona is one of the states that allow you to delegate where a significant portion of your tax money can go.
  • Addiction is a significant issue affecting many of our homes, businesses, neighborhoods, families, and jobs.
  • You can contribute to our organization, help fight addiction and get a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for up to $800 if filing jointly or $400 as an individual.
  • Donating some of your hard-earned money can be directly deducted from the amount you owe in Arizona state income taxes.
  • Steps to Recovery Homes uses all contributions to take individuals suffering from addictions off the street and teach them how to become productive members of their families and communities.
We need your help to continue to provide these essential resources in our state and build healthier communities.
You can do it by mail, phone, or online.

Website: www.stepstorecoveryhomes.org
Phone928.649.0077
Snail mail: 637 N Main St, Suite 1A, Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Click on the image below to view the mail-in information on page 2 of the flyer.

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Community Konnection
Issue 1

Greetings, Happy Holidays, and Thank You!

We are introducing our new Steps to Recovery newsletter, The Community Konnection, to chat with you about our progress this year and the years to come and give you our heartfelt thanks for helping make our dream of this wonderful location come true. There are so many of you to thank that it’s impossible to name all the names. Please accept our deepest gratitude to all the funding sources—the grant providers, government loans, and generous donations from our caring supporters. Thank you, and many blessings!

The staff, Board, and participants have worked tirelessly on a to plan and develop multi-revenue projects that will help Steps to Recovery Homes become self-sufficient as a prospering asset to the community. Funds for our new location will come from office rental space for Cottonwood Smiles, items sold in our Miracles Happen Store and online, classes offered in our community room, special fund-raising events, and insurance payments for our Outpatient Treatment Center (OTC).

At the forefront of our new ventures is Konnect Wellness Center, an Outpatient Treatment Center. Konnect provides licensed clinicians to work with clients in our Men’s and Women’s Homes and any members of the Verde Valley community who would like to reach out to us for a helping hand to overcome addictions. Now there are openings for in-house clients who choose to enter a full-time program and community residents who might come in for a consultation and choose from among our many clinical, rehabilitation, and upcoming recreational services.

Do not hesitate to call our Steps to Recovery Homes office at 928-649-0077 if you want to know more about how we can help you and suggest ways that you might work with us. I often tell my clients, “If you are here with us, you have a purpose.” We look forward to hearing from you and sharing many, many miracles for years to come! Love and Blessings for a Happy Holiday Season and a Joyful 2023.

--Damien Browning, Executive Director
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” - Milton Berle

Gifts of the Sacred Number 33

One day at a meeting, Damien Browning, the Executive Director of Steps to Recovery Homes, mentioned that he donates $33 a month to Steps to Recovery Homes and doesn't even feel it because it is such a small amount. That struck a chord with me since I know that 33 is a very sacred number in numerology, representing "pure love." I will tell you about number 33 shortly. But, this made me realize that I could donate $400 a year to Steps to Recovery Homes, which would make my donation $33.33 a month, a double blessing of the number 33, so that is what I am doing right now. 
Done! And I even got to put it on my mileage-plus credit card. It took only a few moments, and I feel good about my Christmas gift to Steps. I invite you to join me. It's easy and also tax deductible. Just go to https://www.stepstorecoveryhomes.org and click on "Donate Now!" at the right side of the menu bar. Then check if you are giving a one-time or monthly contribution. I clicked on "Monthly Contribution" and typed in the amount of $33.33. I would love to start a wave of $33.33 monthly donations, so do join me in the 33 Blessings Club if you can. And know that Steps would be grateful for whatever your heart and purse may call you to contribute.
About the sacred number 33—allow me to quote the information I found online--"The Master Number 33 represents pure love. Its heart is made of nothing but bright, warm light and the universe has trusted it to shine this light on humanity. The Master Numbers each have a responsibility to the greater good and it's the 33's responsibility to support and uplift humankind and bring compassion to the world…. The number 33 is wise beyond its years. It is optimistic and selfless, seeking to inspire others and lift them up to a higher plane of existence. It is a healing presence and a source of hope for those in need. It is a very powerful energy…." https://www.numerology.com/articles/about-numerology/master-number-33/  May the blessings of the number 33 shine upon us all.
--by Johanna Mosca, Editor

About Konnect Wellness

Outpatient Treatment Center

 Steps to Recovery Homes received a US Department of Agriculture grant to do a feasibility study and to pay for consultants to help the Directors put the Outpatient program together with QBH consulting with the assistance of Eric Andrews and John Ellis, who found the program to be feasible. We secured a grant to pay for staffing for the first six months starting in 2021 until we could begin billing insurance from Health First Foundation of Northern Arizona. We rented the facility in October 2021 through income from donations and the Miracles Happen resale store, with a license granted on April 27th, 2022.

The Outpatient Treatment Center (OTC) started seeing clients in June 2022 and has provided free therapy until we establish a network with insurance plans. The staff created a name for the OTC, the Konnect Wellness Center. In December, we signed a contract with Care First and Healy Choice.

We are fortunate to hire the key people to operate the Konnect Wellness Center. On our expert OTC staff, we welcome Patty May as the full-time Clinical Director and Mo Michael as the part-time Clinical Director. In addition, we are proud to include, under the supervision of CEO Damien Browning and QBH consulting, Dr. Karp, psychiatrist; Teri Okon, administrative specialist; Sheila Atwater, substance abuse counselor; Frank Ferrante, clinician/BHT; and Linn Montjoy, program advisor.

With our expert staff at the helm of Konnect Wellness Outpatient Treatment Center, we are launching this program to benefit the Verde Valley community. We welcome all inquiries for outpatient services and look forward to expanding our Konnect Wellness Center offerings. Feel free to call us at 928-649-0077.

How Did We Get So Lucky?

Intention and Happenstance

A few months ago, I went for a pedicure at Reds Salon. As I entered, I heard my name called and turned around to find Anji (Director of Operations) and Damien (Executive Director) smiling at me. Before the pandemic years, I had enjoyed coaching Steps’ clients. Happy to see Anji and Damien, I asked them if I could become involved with their programs at the new building and told them that the Steps coaching was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. How lucky was I to run into them. Happenstance? I believe that coincidences are like this are orchestrated by God.The next thing I knew, I was attending a Board meeting and volunteering to help with this newsletter. In awe about how Steps could have managed to own this whole two-floor building, I asked Damien—“How did we get so lucky?—and he told me about a miraculous sequence of events that were the outcome of hard work, passion, vision, and intention. I interviewed Damien about what happened, and here’s the gist of what he told me.

Damien shared that there were challenging times during the pandemic when they had to rely on funds donors gave and the Miracles Happens Store earned. However, something had to be done, so they held a strategic planning meeting where the decision was made that the best course of action would be to purchase a building to provide a sustainable income source with an intensive outpatient treatment center (now the OTC).

At the time, Steps was renting expensive space in the building when it was listed for sale. Happenstance? Anji shared that when it was announced the building was for sale, they expressed the desire to buy it but had a fleeting moment of doubt—as in “wish we could, but we can’t.” Then they claimed--This is OUR building. We can find a way to buy it.” And they held to this intention with passion, the way they teach the Steps to Recovery clients to believe they can better their circumstances.

Then the Universe seemed to open up a flow of possibility with Damien reconnecting with a former contact at the US Department of Agriculture, who had money to invest in combating the opioid crisis. Happenstance? The money came from grants from the Health First Foundation of Northern Arizona, Vitalyst Healthcare Foundation, NARBHA, Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai, USDA, and other sources. Happenstance? With hard work and a feasibility study containing a five-year financial projection, the Board of Directors showed that Steps to Recovery Homes could afford to take on this building and use it to create sustaining revenue and great benefit to clients and outpatients from the Verde Valley Community.

Of course, there were setbacks and delays as promised loans and grants were slow, and the seller was almost ready to sell elsewhere. But, the directors declared to the seller with certainty that—“This is OUR building. We have the money coming in!” The seller became more patient, realizing that Steps to Recovery Homes was the right buyer.

At the end of my visit with Damien, he asked Anji what she would like to say in the newsletter. Anji said—“Believe! You have to believe. I believe in manifesting.”

--by Johanna Mosca, Editor
I came to Steps to Recovery Homes from momentum not having any place else to go. Being on drug court I needed to be somewhere with stability and that was going to help me achieve the goal of continuous sobriety. While I've been here, I have worked on myself a great deal and have overcome great anger that I had inside of me amongst many other things that I have learned along the way. I've learned how to communicate very well. Konnect Wellness Center and the Staff that are a part of it have worked with me to be able to get to know and love myself. They have given me hope and strength. I must say and am now working through their job development program with a great team
of people that I love to come to work with every day. I have learned how to talk through my emotions in a productive healthy way. My clean and sober date is 2.21.22 I've havea little over 10 months clean and sober and I am just very grateful and excited to wake up every day. I look forward to finding out what the day holds for me. My hope is that this program is available to others like me for years to come. I want everyone to find the freedom I am finding in my process. Thanks to this program, I'm the person that I've always known I could be.
- SM

Ways to support Steps to Recovery Homes

  • IRA, Stocks
  • Property
  • Art – Collectibles
  • Vehicles
  • Money Donate Here.
  • Time (Board Members or Volunteers)
  • Shop or donate items to our ReSale Store - Miracles Happen - when renovations are complete

Ways to give all year long

  • Give Goods: Organize a donation drive. Collect food, toiletries, books, and clothes.
  • Give Time: You can make a difference by volunteering. 
  • Give Voice: Lending our voices to advocate for the causes and issues we care about.
  • Give Talent: Like many nonprofits, we are understaffed. Consider giving your skills to help.
  • Give Kindness: Buy someone's lunch, text someone to tell them you are grateful to know them, or compliment a stranger.
  • Give Together: It's an opportunity to not just raise money, it's a chance to unite and inspire folks in our communities.

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  • Be a Part of Fundraising Sub-Committee
  • Secure Donations for Auctions and Raffles
  • Pass out Fliers
  • Secure Sponsors for Events
  • Help Set Up and Tear Down Events

  • Attend to Monthly Board Meetings.
  • Help with ideas.
  • Help at events when you can.
  • Help network and promote our organization and its mission.

  • Come in and teach life skills classes
  • Meet with Clients and Discuss Budgets
  • Meet with Clients and Set Goals
  • Meet with Clients and Start Working out a Recovery Plan
  • Meet with Clients and Help Look for Places hen it gets closer to time to Transition
  • Meet with Clients and Discuss Everything it Takes to Secure a Place of Their Own

  • Calling Facilities
  • Touring Facilities
  • Going to Businesses and Building Relationships
  • Going to Networking Events
  • Setting up and Manning Exhibit Booths
  • Securing and Giving Presentations
  • Creating Surveys
  • Creating Documentaries
  • Social Media (Online Presence)

  • Grant Research
  • Writing Grants
  • Sending out Letter of Intent
  • Sending out Proposals
  • Networking with Foundations
  • Partnerships

  • Phones (Answering, Making Calls)
  • Filing
  • Volunteer Organization

  • Drive Clients to Meetings
  • Drive Clients to Appointments (Doctors, Interviews)
  • Driving Clients to Events (12 step event, Wildlife Park, Equine Therapy, Hot Yoga, Kayaking, Hiking, Segway Tours, etc. )

  • Help set up and man Exhibit Booths
  • Help find more places to set up Exhibit Booths
  • Help maintain and organize information for booths and other items needed for booth set up

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