• 637 N Main Street Suite 1A, Cottonwood, AZ 86326
  • 928.649.0077
  • info@stepstorecoveryhomes.org

All About Steps to Recovery Homes

Anne and Damien Browning formed Steps to Recovery Homes after experiencing hardships, changing our lives, and becoming assets to our community and families. The decision to open this business did not come lightly. It came straight from our hearts. Our goal is always to build healthy relationships with the public and cooperate with others; therefore, we envision helping our clients help themselves and learn how to help others.

Below, you will find many Steps to Recovery Homes aspects that help us excel in our mission and vision for this organization.

Our Mission and Vision

The long-term goal of the Steps to Recovery Homes is to create a healthy, safe and structured environment for our clients, to help our community by allowing people to become productive members of society, and lower the recidivism rates in the community. Steps to Recovery Homes is a viable placement for those serious about changing their lives.

We believe our assistance to our clients will benefit them, set an example, provide direction, and work on behaviors, becoming assets to their families and responsible and accountable individuals. All this leads to finding integrity in their lives and in the community’s eyes. Understanding that many people have missed certain building blocks, we believe people want to change but lack the guidance and environment to do so. We provide that environment. We know from our own experiences that it is possible, and we will be able to help.

Our Vision:

Turning Despair into Hope & Transforming Lives
Recovery is Possible for Everyone

  1. We believe every individual needs a feeling of hope that it is possible for themselves and their families to live a productive life that will achieve their dreams and aspirations.
  2. We believe in an environment where every individual is motivated to find their life purpose and become contributing members of society.
  3. We believe we can break the vicious cycle of addiction that leads to family destruction and harms future generations.
  4. We believe in educating our community on the stigma and issues of addiction and mental illness, transforming lives and families.


Our Mission:

Provide safe, clean, and structured environments to educate and assist individuals in obtaining long-term recovery and embracing a purpose in their lives.

We focus on the following:

  1. Behavior modification, communication skills, and internalizing personal responsibility
  2. Comprehensive Job Development
  3. Awareness of substance-use disorders and mental health issues
  4. Integration of individuals back into our community and society
  5. Core issues that perpetuate self-destructive patterns
  6. Removal of barriers that limit individuals from living successfully

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Steps to Recovery Homes in Cottonwood, Arizona, is located in the heart of the Beautiful Verde Valley. We are passionate about helping others recover from alcohol and drug addiction. We take a holistic look at the person and compile all factors into a recovery program that focuses on all aspects of life, not just on the addiction. We then look at ways to change the self-destructive patterns that keep individuals from being productive and content in their lives and increase the success rate of individuals with substance use disorder.

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The clients of Steps to Recovery Homes have a real chance at long-term recovery and successful living. We are not just a standard sober living facility. We provide real recovery homes that are safe, structured, and clean, offering an example-driven behavior modification program that includes life skills. These life skills are essential to people that desperately need to be productive members of their families and society. We have a very successful Job Development Program. People with addiction issues face barriers to employment and life. We work with our Job Development clients to teach them the skills needed to remain employable. We provide a safe environment where they can find long-term, successful recovery by putting their recovery first—where there are fewer stressors to make them think that using is the only answer. We offer Daily Life Coaching classes and have weekly opportunities for telehealth with a therapist. Our program is an excellent way to continue to build a foundation after going through a drug rehabilitation program, behavioral health center, or detoxification program. A solid recovery plan and honest guidance enable our clients to stop self-destructing behavior and start living productive and happy lives.

Steps to Recovery Homes provides life Coaching sessions in areas of life usually significantly affected by addiction, trauma, and behavioral issues. 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 treatment and rehabilitation should include all the areas of an individual’s life hindered by continued self-medication and avoidance of life’s issues.

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Looking for some happiness in your life?

Steps to Recovery Homes can help.

We offer very nice, well-maintained, comfortable, separate homes for men and women in recovery who are enrolled in a 3 -6 month program to build a healthy foundation for a productive life.

We are certified through the Arizona Recovery Housing Association (AzHRA), which also complies with the National Alliance of Recovery Residences (NARR). We hold ourselves to all city ordinance standards. The state of Arizona issues our sober living license.

We Raise the Bar in Recovery Homes.

We are Example Driven.

We promote Structure, Guidance, and Empowerment in our Program.

We offer a Holistic Program or an Affordable Price.

($200 weekly and $200 one-time entrance fee)

The level of comfort and the incentives you receive are amazing!!!

We offer:

  • Daily life coaching
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Transit bus passes
  • Free laundry (including laundry soap)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Toiletries
  • Clothes vouchers
  • Job development programs
  • Linens
  • Savings plan (we match half of the money you put in!)
  • Household furniture when you transition out of our home
  • Scholarships
  • House bikes
  • Weights
  • Rides to meetings
  • Direction, leadership skills
  • Internet and phone
  • Hiking, Kayaking, and Special Events Participation
  • Yoga
  • Wildlife Parks
  • Equine Therapy

Steps to Recovery Homes Mission

Provide safe, clean, and structured environments to educate and assist individuals in obtaining long-term recovery and embracing a purpose in their lives.

Apply in person at

Steps To Recovery Homes
637 N Main St. Suite 1A
Cottonwood, AZ 86326


INTAKE LINE – (928) 649-0077


Board of Directors

Steps to Recovery Homes Board of Directors


Empowering Our Community: The Heart of Our Commitment


The Steps to Recovery Homes Board of Directors and Staff are deeply committed to our purpose and mission. We are privileged to witness the profound impact we make in our community and the transformative changes in the lives of our clients. Our work environment is more than just a workplace. It’s a family where we inspire and support each other to be our best.  Steps to Recovery Homes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to recruiting board members who can help us achieve maximum impact. As a leading advocate for excellence in board service, we seek cutting-edge thinking and resources for our board recruitment and governance.

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Daniel Ramos


Chris Heyer

Vice President / Treasurer
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Leanne Gandy

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Leon Cattolico


Cathy Chapman


Dan Cohen


Vince Glisson


Donna Michaels

Steps to Recovery Homes Board of Directors Corey Peterson

Corey Peterson


Tom Taylor

Damien Browning

Damien Browning

Chief Executive Officer

Anji Dickson

Operations Manager

Tiffany Smith

Executive Asst/Program Special...

Patrice Isham


Teri Okon

Admin Specialist HR/BHT/PSS

Brent Hoobing

Facility Compliance Specialist

Katie Brown

Event Coordinator

Keith Wilson

Mens House Supervisor

William Lopez

MH Online Sales Tech

Quinton Ellis

MH Job Develop & QA

Cory Goss

MH Store Manager

Spencer Buck

MH Ebay Specialist

Teri Okon

Admin Specialist HR/BHT/PSS

Nora Jenkins

Lead Therapist

Lynne Sansom


Shelly Myers

Admissions Lead

Dr. Steven Karp






1.01     Name


The name of this organization shall be Steps to Recovery Homes. The business of the organization is conducted as Steps to Recovery Homes.

1.02     Location


Steps to Recovery Homes is located in Yavapai County, Arizona. Headquarters are located at 1421 E. Greenlee St., Cottonwood AZ. 86326




2.01  Purpose


Steps to Recovery Homes is a non-profit organization and shall be operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or the corresponding section of any future Federal tax code.

The purpose of Steps to Recovery Homes is to provide a safe environment, free from any illicit drugs or alcohol, for people with substance abuse issues. We focus on behavior modification and are dedicated to consistency, structure and direction in our homes. The clients we serve are low-income and have lost everything including jobs, houses and family as a result of their substance abuse issues. In addition to substance abuse issues many of our clients are victims of emotional, mental, and physical abuse. We focus on developing appropriate life transforming habits to help these individuals live a more productive life and become valuable members of the community.

Steps to Recovery Homes also operates a local thrift store, Miracles Happen, for the sole purpose of using profits to support the programs, scholarships and expenses of Steps to Recovery Homes. Miracles Happen also provides the clients with work skills that will facilitate their transition back into the community.

To maximize our impact on current efforts, we may seek to collaborate with other non-profit organizations which fall under the 501(c) (3) section of the internal revenue code and are operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes.

At times, per the discretion of the board of directors, we may provide internships or volunteer opportunities which shall provide opportunities for involvement in said activities and programs in order to have a greater impact for change.

2.02  Powers 


The organization shall have the power, directly or indirectly, alone or in conjunction or cooperation with others, to do any and all lawful acts which may be necessary or convenient to affect the charitable purposes, for which the organization is organized, and to aid or assist other organizations or persons whose activities further accomplish, foster, or attain such purposes.

The powers of the organization may include, but not be limited to, the acceptance of contributions from the public and private sectors, whether financial or in-kind contributions.

2.03  Nonprofit Status and Exempt Activities Limitation


Nonprofit Legal Status. Steps to Recovery Homes is an Arizona non-profit public benefit organization, recognized as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue

The organization to receive the assets of the Steps to Recovery Homes hereunder shall be selected in the discretion of a majority of the managing body of the organization, and if its members cannot so agree, then the recipient organization shall be selected pursuant to a verified petition in equity filed in a court of proper jurisdiction against the Steps to Recovery Homes, by one (1) or more of its managing body which verified petition shall contain such statements as reasonably indicate the applicability of this section. The court upon a finding that this section is applicable shall select the qualifying organization or organizations to receive the assets to be distributed, giving preference if practicable to organizations located within the State of Arizona.

In the event that the court shall find that this section is applicable but that there is no qualifying organization known to it which has a charitable purpose, which, at least generally, includes a purpose similar to the Steps to Recovery Homes, then the court shall direct the distribution of its assets lawfully available for distribution to the Treasurer of the State of Arizona to be added to the general fund.



3.01  Number of Directors


Steps to Recovery Homes shall have a board of directors consisting of at least 7 and no more than 12 directors. Within these limits, the board may increase or decrease the number of directors serving on the board, including for the purpose of staggering the terms of directors.


3.02  Powers


All corporate powers shall be exercised by or under the authority of the board and the affairs of the Steps to Recovery Homes Shall be managed under the direction of the board, except as otherwise provided by law.


3.03  Terms 


    • All directors shall be elected to serve a two-year term, however the term may be extended until a successor has been
    • Director terms shall be staggered so that approximately half the number of directors will end their terms in any given
    • Directors may serve terms in
    • The term of office shall be considered to begin January 1 and end December 31 of the second year in office, unless the term is extended until such time as a successor has been elected.

3.04  Qualifications and Election of Directors


In order to be eligible to serve as a director on the board of directors, the individual must be 18 years of age and an affiliate within affiliate classifications created by the board of directors.

Directors may be elected at any board meeting by the majority vote of the existing board of directors. The election of directors to replace those who have fulfilled their term of office shall take place in January of each year.


3.05  Vacancies


The Board of Directors may fill vacancies due to the expiration of a director’s term of office, resignation, death, or removal of a director or may appoint new directors to fill a previously unfilled board position, subject to the maximum number of directors under these Bylaws.

(a) Unexpected Vacancies. Vacancies in the board of directors due to resignation, death, or removal shall be filled by the board for the balance of the term of the director being replaced.


3.06  Removal of Directors


A director may be removed by two-thirds vote of the board of directors then in office, if:

    • the director is absent and unexcused from two or more meetings of the board of directors in a twelve-month period. The board president is empowered to excuse directors from attendance for a reason deemed adequate by the board president. The president shall not have the power to excuse him/herself from the board meeting attendance and in that case, the board vice president shall excuse the president. Or:
    • for cause or no cause, if before any meeting of the board at which a vote on removal will be made the director in question is given electronic or written notification of the board’s intention to discuss her/his case and is given the opportunity to be heard at a meeting of the board.


3.07  Board of Directors Meetings.


  • Regular Meetings. The board of directors shall have a minimum of four (4) regular meetings each calendar year at times and places fixed by the board. Board meetings shall be held upon four (4) days notice by first-class mail, electronic mail, or facsimile transmission or forty-eight (48) hours notice delivered personally or by telephone. If sent by mail, facsimile transmission, or electronic mail, the notice shall be deemed to be delivered upon its deposit in the mail or transmission system. Notice of meetings shall specify the place, day, and hour of meeting. The purpose of the meeting need not be specified.
  • Special Meetings. Special meetings of the board may be called by the president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, or any two (2) other directors of the board of directors. A special meeting must be preceded by at least 2 days notice to each director of the date, time, and place, but not the purpose, of the
  • Annual Meeting. The board of directors shall have one (1) annual meeting that occurs in conjunction with the first meeting of the fiscal year held for the purpose of electing directors and for the transaction of such other business as may properly come before the meeting. The annual board meeting shall be held upon four (4) days notice by first-class mail, electronic mail, or facsimile transmission or forty-eight (48) hours notice delivered personally or by telephone. If sent by mail, facsimile transmission, or electronic mail, the notice shall be deemed to be delivered upon its deposit in the mail or transmission system. Notice of meeting shall specify the place, day, and hour of
  • Waiver of Notice. Any director may waive notice of any meeting, in accordance with Arizona law.

3.08  Manner of Acting.


    • A majority of the directors in office immediately before a meeting shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at that meeting of the board. No business shall be considered by the board at any meeting at which a quorum is not present.
    • Majority Vote. Except as otherwise required by law or by the articles of incorporation, the act of the majority of the directors present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of voting. Exceptions are

(a) Hung Board Decisions. On the occasion that directors of the board are unable to make a decision based on a tied number of votes, the president, who normally does not have voting rights, shall have the power to swing the vote based on his/her discretion.

(b) Participation. Except as required otherwise by law, the Articles of Incorporation, or these Bylaws, directors may participate in a regular or special meeting through the use of any means of communication by which all directors participating may simultaneously hear each other during the meeting, including in person, internet video meeting or by telephonic conference call.

3.09  Compensation for Board Service


Directors shall receive no compensation for carrying out their duties as directors. The board may adopt policies providing for reasonable reimbursement of directors for expenses incurred in conjunction with carrying out board responsibilities, such as travel expenses to attend board meetings.

3.10 Compensation for Professional Services by Directors


Directors are not restricted from being remunerated for professional services provided to the organization. Such remuneration shall be reasonable and fair to the organization and must be reviewed and approved in accordance with the board Conflict of Interest policy and state law. In the event that a board member holds a compensated position within the organization, that board member will not be allowed to vote on any motion regarding his or her compensation.




4.01  Committees


The Board of Directors may, by the resolution adopted by a majority of the directors then in office, designate one or more committees, each consisting of two or more directors, to serve at

the pleasure of the board. Any committee, to the extent provided in the resolution of the board, shall have all the authority of the board, except that no committee, regardless of board resolution, may:

    • take any final action on matters which also requires board members’ approval or approval of a majority of all members;
    • fill vacancies on the board of directors or on any committee which has the authority of the board;
    • amend or repeal Bylaws or adopt new Bylaws;
    • amend or repeal any resolution of the board of directors which by its express terms is not so amendable or repealable;
    • appoint any other committees of the board of directors or the members of these committees;
    • expend corporate funds to support a nominee for director; or
    • approve any transaction;
    • to which the organization is a party and one or more directors have a material financial interest; or
    • between the organization and one or more of its directors or between the organization or any person in which one or more of its directors have a material financial

4.02  Meetings and Action of Committees


Meetings and action of the committees shall be governed by and held and taken in accordance with, the provisions of Article III of these Bylaws concerning meetings of the directors, with such changes in the context of those Bylaws as are necessary to substitute the committee and its members for the board of directors and its members, except that the time for regular meetings of committees may be determined either by resolution of the board of directors or by resolution of the committee. Special meetings of the committee may also be called by resolution of the board of directors. Notice of special meetings of committees shall also be given to any and all alternate members, who shall have the right to attend all meetings of the committee. Minutes shall be kept of each meeting of any committee and shall be filed with the corporate records. The board of directors may adopt rules for the governing of the committee not inconsistent with the provision of these Bylaws.


4.03  Informal Action by the Board of Directors


Any action required or permitted to be taken by the board of directors at a meeting may be taken without a meeting if consent in writing, setting forth the action so taken, is agreed upon unanimously. For purposes of this section an e-mail transmission from an e-mail address on

record constitutes a valid writing. The intent of this provision is to allow the board of directors to use email to approve actions. Since consent in writing and/or email does not facilitate discussion, the board members must unanimously give consent.

An informal meeting via teleconference where a quorum is present on the conference call, except as otherwise required by law or by the articles of incorporation, the act of the majority of the directors present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the board.




5.01  Board Officers


The officers of the organization shall be a board president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer, all of whom shall be chosen by, and serve at the pleasure of, the board of directors. Each board officer shall have the authority and shall perform the duties set forth in these Bylaws or by resolution of the board or by direction of an officer authorized by the board to prescribe the duties and authority of other officers. The board may also appoint additional vice- presidents and such other officers as it deems expedient for the proper conduct of the business of the organizationeach of whom shall have such authority and shall perform such duties as the board of directors may determine. One person may hold two or more board offices, but no board officer may act in more than one capacity where action of two or more officers is required.

5.02  Term of Office


Each board member shall serve a two-year term of office and may not serve more than three

(3) consecutive terms of office. Unless elected by a majority of the board at the end of his/her three (3) two-year terms or to fill a vacancy in an officer position, each board officer’s term of office shall begin upon the adjournment of the board meeting at which elected and shall end upon the adjournment of the board meeting during which a successor is elected.

5.03  Removal and Resignation


The board of directors may remove an officer at any time, with or without cause. Any officer may resign at any time by giving written notice to the organization without prejudice to the rights, if any, of the organization under any contract to which the officer is a party. Any resignation shall take effect at the date of the receipt of the notice or at any later time specified in the notice, unless otherwise specified in the notice. The acceptance of the resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective.

5.04  Board President


The board president shall be the chief volunteer officer of the organization. The board president shall lead the board of directors in performing its duties and responsibilities,

including, if present, presiding at all meetings of the board of directors, and shall perform all other duties incident to the office or properly required by the board of directors.

5.05  Vice President


In the absence or disability of the board president, the ranking vice-president or vice-president designated by the board of directors shall perform the duties of the board president. When so acting, the vice-president shall have all the powers of and be subject to all the restrictions upon the board president. The vice-president shall have such other powers and perform such other duties prescribed for them by the board of directors or the board president. The vice-president shall normally accede to the office of board president upon the completion of the board president’s term of office.


5.06  Secretary


The secretary shall keep or cause to be kept a book of minutes of all meetings and actions of directors and committees of directors. The minutes of each meeting shall state the time and place that it was held and such other information as shall be necessary to determine the actions taken and whether the meeting was held in accordance with the law and these Bylaws. The secretary shall cause notice to be given of all meetings of directors and committees as required by the Bylaws. The secretary shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the board of directors or the board president.  The secretary may appoint, with approval of the board a qualified agent, director or member of the staff to assist in performance of all or part of the duties of the secretary.

5.07  Treasurer


The treasurer shall be the lead director for oversight of the financial condition and affairs of the organization. The treasurer shall oversee and keep the board informed of the financial condition of the organization and of audit or financial review results. In conjunction with other directors or officers, the treasurer shall oversee budget preparation and shall ensure that appropriate financial reports, including an account of major transactions and the financial condition of the organization, are made available to the board of directors on a timely basis or as may be required by the board of directors. The treasurer shall perform all duties properly required by the board of directors or the board president. The treasurer may appoint, with approval of the board a qualified fiscal agent or member of the staff to assist in performance of all or part of the duties of the treasurer.

5.08  Non-Director Officers


The board of directors may designate additional officer positions of the organization and may appoint and assign duties to other non-director officers of the organization.



6.01  Contracts and other Writings

Except as otherwise provided by resolution of the board or board policy, all contracts, deeds, leases, mortgages, grants, and other agreements of the organization shall be executed on its behalf by the treasurer or other persons to whom the organization has delegated authority to execute such documents in accordance with policies approved by the board.

6.02  Checks, Drafts


All checks, drafts, or other orders for payment of money, notes, or other evidence of indebtedness issued in the name of the organization, shall be signed by such officer or officers, agent or agents, of the organization and in such manner as shall from time to time be determined by resolution of the board.

6.03  Deposits


All funds of the organization not otherwise employed shall be deposited from time to time to the credit of the organization in such banks, trust companies, or other depository as the board or a designated committee of the board may select.

6.04  Loans


No loans shall be contracted on behalf of the organization and no evidence of indebtedness shall be issued in its name unless authorized by resolution of the board. Such authority may be general or confined to specific instances.

6.05  Indemnification


  • Mandatory Indemnification. The organization shall indemnify a director or former director, who was wholly successful, on the merits or otherwise, in the defense of any proceeding to which he or she was a party because he or she is or was a director of the organization against reasonable expenses incurred by him or her in connection with the
  • Permissible Indemnification. The organization shall indemnify a director or former director made a party to a proceeding because he or she is or was a director of the organization, against liability incurred in the proceeding, if the determination to indemnify him or her has been made in the manner prescribed by the law and payment has been authorized in the manner prescribed by
  • Advance for Expenses. Expenses incurred in defending a civil or criminal action, suit or proceeding may be paid by the organization in advance of the final disposition of such action, suit or proceeding, as authorized by the board of directors in the specific case, upon receipt of
    • a written affirmation from the director, officer, employee or agent of his or her good faith belief that he or she is entitled to indemnification as authorized in this article, and (II) an undertaking by or on behalf of the director, officer, employee or agent to repay such amount, unless it shall ultimately be determined that he or she is entitled to be indemnified by the organization in these
  • Indemnification of Officers, Agents and Employees. An officer of the organization who is not a director is entitled to mandatory indemnification under this article to the same extent as a director. The organization may also indemnify and advance expenses to an employee or agent of the organization who is not a director, consistent with Arizona Law and public policy, provided that such indemnification, and the scope of such indemnification, is set forth by the general or specific action of the board or by



7.01  Books and Records


The organization shall keep correct and complete books and records of account and shall keep minutes of the proceedings of all meetings of its board of directors, a record of all actions taken by board of directors without a meeting, and a record of all actions taken by committees of the board. In addition, the organization shall keep a copy of the organization’s Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws as amended to date.

7.02  Fiscal Year


The fiscal year of the organization shall be from January 1 to December 31 of each year.

7.03  Conflict of Interest


The board shall adopt and periodically review a conflict of interest policy to protect the organization’s interest when it is contemplating any transaction or arrangement which may benefit any director, officer, employee, affiliate, or member of a committee with board- delegated powers.

7.04  Nondiscrimination Policy


The officers, directors, committee members, employees, and persons served by this organization shall be selected entirely on a nondiscriminatory basis with respect to age, sex, race, religion, national origin, and sexual orientation. It is the policy of Steps to Recovery Homes not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, ancestry, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical disability, veteran’s status, political service or affiliation, color, religion, or national origin.

7.05  Bylaw Amendment


These Bylaws may be amended, altered, repealed, or restated by a vote of the majority of the board of directors then in office at a meeting of the Board, provided, however,

  • that no amendment shall be made to these Bylaws which would cause the organization to cease to qualify as an exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or the corresponding section of any future Federal tax code; and,
  • that an amendment does not affect the voting rights of directors. An amendment that does affect the voting rights of directors further requires ratification by a two-thirds vote of a quorum of directors at a Board
  • that all amendments be consistent with the Articles of



In furtherance of its exemption by contributions to other organizations, domestic or foreign, Steps to Recovery Homes shall stipulate how the funds will be used and shall require the recipient to provide the organization with detailed records and financial proof of how the funds were utilized.

Although adherence and compliance with the US Department of the Treasury’s publication the “Voluntary Best Practice for US. Based Charities” is not mandatory, Steps to Recovery Homes willfully and voluntarily recognizes and puts to practice these guidelines and suggestions to reduce, develop, re-evaluate and strengthen a risk-based approach to guard against the threat of diversion of charitable funds or exploitation of charitable activity by terrorist organizations and their support networks.

Steps to Recovery Homes shall also comply and put into practice the federal guidelines, suggestion, laws and limitation set forth by pre-existing U.S. legal requirements related to combating terrorist financing, which include, but are not limited to, various sanctions programs administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in regard to its foreign activities.


 9.01  Purpose

The purpose of this document retention policy is establishing standards for document integrity, retention, and destruction and to promote the proper treatment of Steps to Recovery Homes records.

9.02  Policy

 Section 1. General Guidelines

 Records should not be kept if they are no longer needed for the operation of the business or required by law. Unnecessary records should be eliminated from the files. The cost of maintaining records is an expense which can grow unreasonably if good housekeeping is not performed. A mass of records also makes it more difficult to find pertinent records.

From time to time, Steps to Recovery Homes may establish retention or destruction policies or schedules for specific categories of records in order to ensure legal compliance, and also to accomplish other objectives, such as preserving intellectual property and cost management.

Several categories of documents that warrant special consideration are identified below. While minimum retention periods are established, the retention of the documents identified below and of documents not included in the identified categories should be determined primarily by the application of the general guidelines affecting document retention, as well as the exception for litigation relevant documents and any other pertinent factors.

Section 2. Exception for Litigation Relevant Documents.

Steps to Recovery Homes expects all officers, directors, and employees to comply fully with any published records retention or destruction policies and schedules, provided that all officers, directors, and employees should note the following general exception to any stated destruction schedule: If you believe, or the Steps to Recovery Homes informs you, that corporate records are relevant to litigation, or potential litigation (i.e. a dispute that could result in litigation), then you must preserve those records until it is determined that the records are no longer needed.

That exception supersedes any previously or subsequently established destruction schedule for those records.

Section 3. Minimum Retention Periods for Specific Categories


  • Corporate Documents. Corporate records include the organization’s Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws and IRS Form 1023 and Application for Exemption. Corporate records should be retained permanently. IRS regulations require that the Form 1023 be available for public inspection upon
  • Tax Records. Tax records include, but may not be limited to, documents concerning payroll, expenses, proof of contributions made by donors, accounting procedures, and other documents concerning the organization’s revenues. Tax records should be retained for at least seven years from the date of filing the applicable
  • Employment Records/Personnel Records. State and federal statutes require the organization to keep certain recruitment, employment and personnel information. The organization should also keep personnel files that reflect performance reviews and any complaints brought against the organization or individual employees under applicable state and federal statutes. The organization should also keep in the employee’s personnel file all final memoranda and correspondence reflecting performance reviews and actions taken by or against personnel. Employment applications should be retained for three years. Retirement and pension records should be kept permanently. Other employment and personnel records should be retained for seven
  • Board and Board Committee Materials. Meeting minutes should be retained in perpetuity in the organization’s minute book. A clean copy of all other Board and Board Committee materials should be kept for no less than three years by the
  • Press Releases/Public Filings. The organization should retain permanent copies of all press releases and publicly filed documents under the theory that the organization should have its own copy to test the accuracy of any document a member of the public can theoretically produce against the organization.
  • Legal Files. Legal counsel should be consulted to determine the retention period of particular documents, but legal documents should generally be maintained for a period of ten
  • Marketing and Sales Documents. The organization should keep final copies of marketing and sales documents for the same period of time it keeps other corporate files, generally three years. An exception to the three-year policy may be sales invoices, contracts, leases, licenses, and other legal documentation. These documents should be kept for at least three years beyond the life of the
  • Development/Intellectual Property and Trade Secrets. Development documents are often subject to intellectual property protection in their final form (e.g., patents and copyrights). The documents detailing the development process are often also of value to the organization and are protected as a trade secret where the organization:
  • derives independent economic value from the secrecy of the information; and

(ii) has taken affirmative steps to keep the information confidential.

The organization should keep all documents designated as containing trade secret information for at least the life of the trade secret.

  • Final, execution copies of all contracts entered into by the organization should be retained. The organization should retain copies of the final contracts for at least three years beyond the life of the agreement, and longer in the case of publicly filed contracts.
  • Unless correspondence falls under another category listed elsewhere in this policy, correspondence should generally be saved for two years.
  • Banking and Accounting. Accounts payable ledgers and schedules should be kept for seven years. Bank reconciliations, bank statements, deposit slips and checks (unless for important payments and purchases) should be kept for three years. Any inventories of products, materials, and supplies and any invoices should be kept for seven
  • Expired insurance policies, insurance records, accident reports, claims, etc. should be kept permanently.
  • Audit Records. External audit reports should be kept permanently. Internal audit reports should be kept for three

Section 4. Electronic Mail.

 E-mail that needs to be saved should be either:

  • printed in hard copy and kept in the appropriate file; or
  • downloaded to a computer file and kept electronically or on disk as a separate file. The retention period depends upon the subject matter of the e-mail, as covered elsewhere in this policy.

ARTICLE X Transparency and Accountability

 10.01     Disclosure of Financial Information with the General Public

 By making full and accurate information about its mission, activities, finances, and governance publicly available, Steps to Recovery Homes practices and encourages transparency and accountability to the general public. This policy will:

  • indicate which documents and materials produced by the organization are presumptively open to staff and/or the public
  • indicate which documents and materials produced by the organization are presumptively closed to staff and/or the public
  • specify the procedures whereby the open/closed status of documents and materials can be altered.
  • The details of this policy are as follow:

10.02     Financial and IRS documents (The form 1023 and the form 990)

Steps to Recovery Homes shall provide its Internal Revenue forms 990, 990-T, 1023 and 5227, bylaws, conflict of interest policy, and financial statements to the general public for inspection free of charge.

10.03     Means and Conditions of Disclosure

 Steps to Recovery Homes shall make “Widely Available” the aforementioned documents on its internet website: www.stepstorecoveryhomes.com to be viewed and inspected by the general public.

  • The documents shall be posted in a format that allows an individual using the Internet to access, download, view and print them in a manner that exactly reproduces the image of the original document filed with the IRS (except information exempt from public disclosure requirements, such as contributor lists).
  • The website shall clearly inform readers that the document is available and provide instructions for downloading
  • Steps to Recovery Homes shall not charge a fee for downloading the information. Documents shall not be posted in a format that would require special computer hardware or software (other than software readily available to the public free of charge).
  • Steps to Recovery Homes shall inform anyone requesting the information where this information can be found, including the web address. This information must be provided immediately for in-person requests and within 7 days for mailed

10.04  IRS Annual Information Returns (Form 990)

 Steps to Recovery Homes shall submit the Form 990 to its board of directors prior to the filing of the Form 990. While neither the approval of the Form 990 or a review of the 990 is required under Federal law, the organization’s Form 990 shall be submitted to each member of the board of director’s via (hard copy or email) at least 10 days before the Form 990 is filed with the IRS.

10.05  Board 

  • All board deliberations shall be open to the public except where the board passes a motion to make any specific portion
  • All board minutes shall be open to the public once accepted by the board, except where the board passes a motion to make any specific portion
  • All papers and materials considered by the board shall be open to the public following the meeting at which they are considered, except where the board passes a motion to make any specific paper or material

10.06  Staff Records 

  • All staff records shall be available for consultation by the staff member concerned or by their legal
  • No staff records shall be made available to any person outside the organization except the authorized governmental
  • Within the organization, staff records shall be made available only to those persons with managerial or personnel responsibilities for that staff member, except that
  • Staff records shall be made available to the board when

10.07  Donor Records 

  • All donor records shall be available for consultation by the members and donors concerned or by their legal
  • No donor records shall be made available to any other person outside the organization except the authorized governmental
  • Within the organization, donor records shall be made available only to those persons with managerial or personnel responsibilities for dealing with those donors, except that ;
  • donor records shall be made available to the board when


 11.01  Purpose

Steps to Recovery Homes requires and encourages directors, officers and employees to observe and practice high standards of business and personal ethics in the conduct of their duties and responsibilities. The employees and representatives of the organization must practice honesty and integrity in fulfilling their responsibilities and comply with all applicable laws and regulations. It is the intent of Steps to Recovery Homes to adhere to all laws and regulations that apply to the organization and the underlying purpose of this policy is to support the organization’s goal of legal compliance. The support of all corporate staff is necessary to achieving compliance with various laws and regulations.

11.02  Reporting Violations

 If any director, officer, staff or employee reasonably believes that some policy, practice, or activity of Steps to Recovery Homes is in violation of law, a written complaint must be filed by that person with the vice president or the board president.

11.03  Acting in Good Faith

Anyone filing a complaint concerning a violation or suspected violation of the Code must be acting in good faith and have reasonable grounds for believing the information disclosed indicates a violation of the Code. Any allegations that prove not to be substantiated and which prove to have been made maliciously or knowingly to be false shall be viewed as a serious disciplinary offense.

11.04  Retaliation

Said person is protected from retaliation only if she/he brings the alleged unlawful activity, policy, or practice to the attention of Steps to Recovery Homes and provides the Steps to Recovery Homes with a reasonable opportunity to investigate and correct the alleged unlawful activity. The protection described below is only available to individuals that comply with this requirement.

Steps to Recovery Homes shall not retaliate against any director, officer, staff or employee who in good faith, has made a protest or raised a complaint against some practice of Steps to Recovery Homes or of another individual or entity with whom Steps to Recovery Homes has a business relationship, on the basis of a reasonable belief that the practice is in violation of law, or a clear mandate of public policy.

Steps to Recovery Homes shall not retaliate against any director, officer, staff or employee who disclose or threaten to disclose to a supervisor or a public body, any activity, policy, or practice of Steps to Recovery Homes that the individual reasonably believes is in violation of a law, or a rule, or regulation mandated pursuant to law or is in violation of a clear mandate of public policy concerning the health, safety, welfare, or protection of the environment.

11.05  Confidentiality

Violations or suspected violations may be submitted on a confidential basis by the complainant or may be submitted anonymously. Reports of violations or suspected violations shall be kept confidential to the extent possible, consistent with the need to conduct an adequate investigation.

11.06  Handling of Reported Violations

 The board president or vice president shall notify the sender and acknowledge receipt of the reported violation or suspected violation within five business days. All reports shall be promptly investigated by the board and its appointed committee and appropriate corrective action shall be taken if warranted by the investigation.

This policy shall be made available to all directors, officers, staffs or employees and they shall have the opportunity to ask questions about the policy.


12.01  Amendment

Any amendment to the Articles of Incorporation may be adopted by approval of two-thirds (2/3) of the board of directors.

Men’s Recovery House * The Hope House

The men’s recovery home, Hope House, is a very well-kept 4-plex with accommodations for 14 men and a House Supervisor. Our trained House Supervisor is Accountable for Ethical Standards. Every apartment has two rooms that hold two men in each room. Each apartment is self-contained for those four men, with a kitchen, dining room, washer, dryer, living room, bathroom, and patio. There is a House Lead in each apartment that is an example and provides guidance and direction. The home has a fenced-in backyard with a BBQ and tables, providing a nice place to relax and hang out. The house is within blocks of the local Alano Club, Food Markets, and many other stores. Located in the Heart of the Beautiful Verde Valley, many things to do and enjoy are within a 15-mile radius. Need guidance on selecting a sober living facility? The Doctor Weighs In – What to Look for in a Quality Sober Living Home

The Transition program is a step-down program after someone has gone through sober living.  It’s important to help our clients get ready for the real world.  To do this, there has to be a program with less and less structure and guidance.  This house gives them more independence and cuts some of the costs, so they can start saving money to get their own place.  This very clean and spacious home offers individuals more privacy by having their own room. There is still a high level of structure that assists them in continuing with their foundation in recovery.            

Miracles Happen Resale Store – Boutique Rehab is an entity that supports Steps to Recovery Homes and our Community.

Miracles Happen accepts gently used donations and makes them available to community shoppers at reasonable prices. Some of the items available are displayed on our website.

We provide a physical shop where customers can browse at their leisure, and we also have an eBay platform where items are available outside of our local area.

The proceeds of Miracles Happen Resale Store – Boutique Rehab support Steps to Recovery Homes and contribute to our vision and mission.

Miracles Happen allows us to connect with community members and is also part of our Job Development Program. As clients progress through the recovery program, some may enhance their retail skills by working at Miracles Happen.


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.
Cottonwood Chamber scraps all upcoming programs | The Verde Independent | Cottonwood, AZ
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!


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.

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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.


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.



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.

        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.


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
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://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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