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Interview with the Mayor

Focus on Hope

Verde Valley Experience

Interview with the Mayor

Inside Cottonwood 2017

Verde Valley Experience

Steps to Recovery Homes in Print

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steps to Recovery Homes co-founder Damien Browning estimated the turnout at approximately 175 people.“I think it went very well,” Browning said, adding that the event was intended to be a service to the community — a benefit for rural Arizona, which continues to struggle with addiction and mental illness, as well as the stigma attached to those who suffer from the conditions.“It was a win-win for everybody.”The event featured seven experts speaking on subjects including grief, trauma and community awareness.“Forty-two million people suffer from mental illness and 24 million suffer from addiction every day in this nation, and the stigma surrounding these illnesses keeps them living in the dark, suffering alone,” Browning said. “Solutions are available. However, first we need to give them the strength to reach out and resources to turn to.”The city of Cottonwood placed its resources behind the event, endorsing Browning’s efforts by waving the rec center’s usual rental and setup fees for the event. Founded by couple Damien and Anne Browning, Steps to Recovery Homes is in its fourth year of operation.The Brownings oversee two Cottonwood homes, one that houses eight men and another that houses five women. Last year, the operation packed up and moved to its office in Clemencau Plaza.At the Steps to Recovery Homes office, founders Damien and Anne Browning welcome applicants to its addiction recovery program and help train volunteers. At Miracles Happen, the nonprofit’s resale store two doors down, current and former participants in the recovery program sort, pick up, label and sell used items.“Steps to Recovery Homes witnesses the battle every single day and is hosting Erase the Stigma event in collaboration with many other organizations in Arizona who are committed to helping those who suffer with mental health problems and addiction,” Damien Browning said. “The more we, as a society, understand the unique challenges of mental health and addiction the more we can all help those that have these issues and the safer our communities will become.”In the wake of Erase the Stigma, Browning said he has received a number of requests from organizations across Northern Arizona to host similar events.“This is about helping our whole community,” Browning said, adding that he recently evaluated Steps to Recovery Homes’ yearly statistics and was pleased by the outcome. “Out of 245 people
that have come into our program, 48 percent are leading a better life … That’s making a core difference.”Browning invites parties interested in volunteer opportunities to stop by Steps to Recovery Homes at 516 State Route 89A, or contact Browning at (928) 592-2603.

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Bringing in the New Year with Hope and Love

Steps to Recovery Homes had a productive year. We helped a lot of individuals embrace faith and their purpose. They have started a path to a new productive life style. We love that our community and the people in it have been so supportive in helping our organization grow. We will continue to show our appreciation.

Last year we had a lot of changes, and plenty of struggles. We are growing and evolving. Our program continues to become stronger and more of our clients are finding long-term recovery as a result.

Unfortunately, we have had to temporarily close our women’s facility. We were unable to find a qualified House Supervisor with the money we had budgeted for that position. Our plan is to work on a campaign to raise funds in order to secure a women’s House Supervisor. We are looking to find ways to buy our own women’s facility, this will allow us to be sustaining for years to come in the Verde Valley. We want to be able to offer a person that is interested in the growth of the individual woman and our organization a competitive wage in order to encourage their involvement and investment. 

Nick’s Testimony 

I wanted to share a little bit on what Steps to Recovery Homes has meant to me. I came here with no real desire to continue my life. I had lost everything that mattered to me to addiction. The biggest loss of all was my self esteem. It is a long road to freedom, one of the biggest things this program has done for me is keep that road shorter. One step at a time, with support from everyone at steps to recovery I have been given the most valuable gift of all. Hope.

-Nick D.

2019 Accomplishments

  • Our 5th Annual Dinner for Hope brought a new awareness and vigor to our organization, and brought awareness of our services to the community. 
  • 7 graduates
  • Our 4th Annual Erase the Stigma event included 25 exhibit booths and 5 speakers, bringing education, awareness, and community support services together for the edification of our community. Over 175 people showed up, ate and had a great time. 
  • Started working on Strategic Planning 
  • Increase the success rate significantly with the Job Development Program.
  • Secured a loan from USDA and purchased our first facility for the men. This is amazing and now there will be a recovery home for men for years to come here in the Verde Valley. 
  • Moved the men into new facility
  • Secured grants from ACF, NAHF, USDA, City of Cottonwood, Wells Fargo, Cardinals, One Az, Rotary, NARBHA 
  • Expanded the resale store with a new boutique clothing section. It’s Amazing!!
  • The 4th Annual Northern Arizona Roots Music Festival “Roots Roll and Ride” was a great success, with lots of participation from the community. We had over 25 booths and over 400 people attended. There were 7 great bands and we raised $4,900 for our programs from the motorcycle run, sponsorships, auctions and raffles. 
  • Made the decision to change our Advisory Board of Directors to a Governing Board 
  • Changed our Women’s facility into a Transitional Living Facility
  • Secured our Sober Living License 

Is the AZ State Tax Credit really that simple?



REMEMBER it’s not too late to list Steps to Recovery Homes as your non-profit organization to support this year!!
We save lives every day, and you can help without spending a dime by using us for your Arizona State Tax Credit. Keep your tax dollars local with the Arizona tax credit!

As Americans, a percentage of our earned income is taxed by our federal and state governments. If left alone, we have little control over where this money goes and often surrender it to programs outside our local communities.

Utilizing tax credits is a tangible way to ensure our hard-earned income is returned directly to organizations and programs that make an impact in our local economy.



Data from AZ’s Department of Revenue shows that Yavapai County maxed out its available funds for the School Tax Credit but fell considerably short on the available funds for the Charitable Tax Credit, suggesting many community members are not aware of the opportunity to easily support their local non-profits.

BONUS! YOU GET TO DECIDE WHERE YOUR TAX MONEY GOES!

  • Building Fund: We are currently working on starting a campaign to raise money to restructure and reopen our underfunded Women’s Facility. Other visions are to purchase buildings for our own store and warehouse. 

  • Job Development: Our Job Development Program teaches clients to deal with life on life’s terms. We teach them to write resumes, acquire interview skills, obtain interview clothes, and give them an understanding of what will be expected of them in a professional environment. All this while working to pay their own way in life. This program has increased our success rate dramatically, but we need more funding.

  • Scholarship Fund: You can choose for your tax dollars to fund scholarships for incoming clients.

  • Education Fund: You can have your money go toward Education and Awareness with our Annual Erase the Stigma Day. 

  • Household Fund: Your money can go towards Cleaning Supplies, or other goods for our clients.

  • Transportation Fund: Your money can go toward transportation for our clients to get them to meetings, appointments, interviews, events, life coaching and other requirements in the program. 

  • Event Fund: Your money can go directly to our events such as, The Northern Arizona Roots Music Festival, The Dinner for Hope, Camping, Appreciation Day and other events we do. 

  • General Fund: Your money can go directly to operating expenses. This is one of our most needed funding sources as we need staff to provide the resources that are so essential to our clientele.

  • Documentary: Your money can go directly to our professional documentary that will raise awareness, allow us to reach more people to help find recovery and to get more people involved. Our hope is this will be another source to find funding to become self-supporting. We plan to get this documentary into Film Festivals around the country.

You can do it by mail (516 East State Route 89A Suite #113, Cottonwood, AZ  86326), phone (928-649-0077), our website ( https://stepstorecoveryhomes.org/az-tax-credit-donation/ ), or in person at 516 East State Route 89A Suite #113 / #108 Cottonwood, AZ. 

6th Annual Dinner for Hope

Let’s raise the bar on Recovery and Bring in More Money!!! 



Dear fellow supporter of the Sedona / Verde Valley Community,
Steps to Recovery Homes is getting ready for our 6th Annual Dinner for Hope Fundraising Event. The sole purpose of this event is to raise funds in order to fulfill our mission throughout the year. We are able to do this while raising awareness about the addiction issues and solutions in our community while having a blast.

This event is March 29, 2020 at the Blazin’M Ranch, from 3 pm to 7 pm. This includes a great buffet, musical entertainment, testimonies from graduates of our recovery program, raffles, door prizes, and auction items.

Featuring     

Addiction affects everyone, whether you have an employee not showing up for work, a difficult time finding someone that can pass a drug test, or someone stealing from you. This dilemma also affects our neighborhoods, our children, and our schools.

Nationally, only about 11 percent of individuals who meet the Substance Use Disorder criteria receive treatment. Mainly, this is the result of no funding. This is where we come in, and you can help. 90% of our clients come in with no money or family support. We take them off the streets and teach them how to be accountable, finding a new way to live while being productive to society. For those who fall through the cracks, we offer job development and teach behavioral skills that start them on a path to real recovery to become an asset to themselves and their families. We believe that people really do want to change, but are lacking the guidance, skills and environment to do so. Steps to Recovery Homes provides that guidance in a safe structured environment.

You can support by donating professional services, and/or retail items for raffle, auctions and/or door prizes or sponsor this event. Tickets may be purchased at Dinner for Hope Tickets Individual $75 Table (14 seats) $1,000.

Sponsorships are available at the following levels:



This year’s 6th Annual Dinner for Hope will be held at The Blazin’ M Ranch in Cottonwood, AZ. This event includes a First-Class Dinner, Musical Entertainment, Raffles, Door prizes, Auction items, and testimonies from graduates of our recovery program.

We are looking for contributions for our auction and raffle. Please get involved and help us save lives!

Miracles Happen ReSale Store



This is the best kept secret in the Verde Valley. Miracles Happen every day at our store. It is 3,700 square foot of awesomeness!!!

This year we hope to make our store even more amazing, if that is possible. We opened the new boutique and have an amazing staff. Coupled with our new warehouse manager and online sales, we are moving forward to get great items in the hands of everyone in the Verde Valley?

Don’t forget we are happy to come pick up your gently used items to help support our cause.  We pick up from anywhere in the state.

Besides working with other organizations and donating many items to people in need, we have many sales and discounts throughout the month. We have a new Loyalty Card! Come in and get yours today. 

We also do house clean outs, and dump runs. Call us up for more details at 928-649-7439

Miracles Happen Tee Shirts

Our new store manager and graphic designer come up with our first Miracles Happen Resale Shirt and everyone loves them. We all wore them at the Christmas Parade in December where we handed out over 1000 toys ( which was actually not enough – every year we work on getting enough toys to give every child a toy. It seems like we need about 3,000 more toys. So all year we will be collecting toys for next years parade. ) We might make another round and order more as people are buying them.



Job Development – Workforce 



Since starting our job development program, we have substantially increased our success rate. More and more clients are finding long-term recovery!

Our Job Development Program teaches clients to deal with life on life’s terms. They learn to write resumes, acquire interview skills, obtain interview clothes, and an understanding of what will be expected of them in a professional environment. All this while working to pay their own way in life. This program has increased our success rate dramatically, but we need more funding.

Not only are we empowering the client, we are creating a sustainable workforce in our community.

This amazing program is looking for businesses to get involved in many ways. We are also looking to expand to help others outside of our program, do vocational and career development eventually.

To do this we need investors. volunteers or foundations to get involved.

Call Scott Fischer at 480.562.9805 to get more information. 

Documentary – Turning Despair into Hope 

“Making Recovery Possible for Everyone”

Steps to Recovery Homes is an organization that was formed in 2013 with a Vision to help people that are struggling with addiction to have an affordable option to obtain long-term recovery. We know thereare many variables that would go into the program, if we were going to give the client the environment and resources to meet.

This is where the non-profit was formed. We knew we would need help in order to create such a program and keep it alive in the Verde Valley for years to come. We have worked vigilantly over the last 6 years to becoming self-sustaining while maximizing the success rate for our clients.

A lot has been accomplished in this regard. We have opened a resale store to help bring in income while providing resources and skills needed for our clients and the community at the same time. We have just secured our own men’s facility through a loan. This allows the money we were paying for rent to go towards a mortgage and allow the organization to have its own facility for years to come. Besides having a holistic program that includes different methods of behavior modification we also recently started a job readiness program for our clientele.

There is still a long way to go. There are a lot of variables that go into each individual in order to assist them in obtaining and maintaining long-term recovery. These core issues that we address take a lot of resources and the need is big. We need more resources in order to help meet the need.
The program we have put together is working. We need your help to sustain and expand services.
Together we can make a difference.

 


Steps to Recovery Homes
2017 Winter Newsletter
Rising Above the Problem &
Sharing The Blessings

Happy Holidays!

We here at Steps to Recovery Homes want to wish everyone an amazing holiday season and thank everyone for all the support we have received throughout the year. We continue to evolve and are looking forward to 2018 and what the New Year will bring.

Thoughts for the Season

Discipline Children need discipline to feel secure; so do adults.
Discipline means understanding there are logical consequences to our behavior.
Discipline means taking responsibility for our behavior and the consequences.
Discipline means learning to wait for what we want.
Discipline means being willing to work for and toward what we want.
Discipline means learning and practicing new behaviors.
Discipline means being where we need to be, when we need to be there, despite our feelings.
Discipline is the day to day performing of tasks, whether these are recovery behaviors or washing the dishes.
Discipline involves trusting that our goals will be reached though we cannot see them.
Discipline can be grueling. We may feel afraid, confused, and uncertain. Later, we will see the purpose. But this clarity of sight usually does not come during the time of discipline. We may not even believe we're moving forward. But we are!

The task at hand during times of discipline is simple: listen, trust, and obey.

Higher Power, help me learn to surrender to discipline. Help me be grateful that You care enough about me to allow these times of discipline and learning in my life. Help me know that as a result of discipline and learning, something important will have been worked out in me.

--Language of Letting Go

Addiction Deaths in Arizona

More than 3,200 suspected opioid overdoses have been reported to state officials since June 15, with more than 400 of those deaths, the Arizona Department of Health Services said.

The updated data, released in an Oct. 17 blog post by ADHS Director Cara Christ, highlights a growing problem in Arizona and nationally.
Gov. Doug Ducey declared the state's opiod crisis a public-health emergency in early June, prompting heightened statewide efforts to fight the abuse.
In her "Opioid Update" post, Christ said the state maintains a statewide overdose database, called the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program.
About 40 percent of people experiencing a suspected overdose that had prescription history in the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program had received opioid prescriptions from 10 or more providers, according to the post.
But despite this number, only a quarter of the medical professionals who are prescribing opioids in Arizona check the database before writing a prescription, she said.

MORE: Ducey's opioid plan seeks to limit initial pain-pill fills
On Oct. 16, a new mandate went into effect that requires clinicians to check the database prior to prescribing opioids or benzodiazepines (drugs that enhance the action of neurotransmitters in the brain).
About 40 percent of patients registered in the database who had an overdose were prescribed both opioids and benzodiazepines, despite a high risk for complications if combined, she said.

Christ noted other states have implemented similar mandates, saying they reduce the number of opioids prescribed across the board.

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump declared the opioid overdose epidemic a national public-health emergency. 

In Arizona earlier this month, the time window for the state to collect opioid-related overdose information from first responders and health-care providers was pushed back to five days, from 24 hours. The original time frame was intended to capture a real-time picture of opioid abuse in Arizona.

Despite the less-frequent reports, Christ said, several facts have come to light about opioid abuse while combing through the data.

Movie Night – December 6th at 7:30pm

Mary Fisher Theater with the help of BMO Bank is putting on a small fundraiser and awareness night by playing a movie for the public. We will be playing - When a Man Loves a Woman - a spectacular movie that shows some results of addiction and the hope that comes with recovery.

Our founders will be doing a 2 minute presentation before the movie and a question and answer section after the movie.
Please come and enjoy this movie with us. The cost will be $7 a ticket and proceeds will go to buy rights for the movie and then be split with the theater. The money that Steps to Recovery Homes brings in will go right to a Scholarship fund to bring in individuals that need help and do not have the means to get it.Purchase your tickets here.Here is some more information on the film;Here is a wise and ambitious film about the way alcoholism affects the fabric of a marriage. So many movies about the disease simplify it into a three-step process: Gradual onset, spectacular bottom, eventual recovery. It isn't that simple; most alcoholics never even give themselves a chance to recover. And recovery is a beginning, not an end. "When a Man Loves a Woman" is about an alcoholic who recovers - and about her husband, who in some ways dealt with her better when she was drunk.The movie stars Meg Ryan as Alice, a San Francisco junior high school counselor who drinks all day, every day. Her husband, Michael, an airline pilot played by Andy Garcia, knows she gets loaded on occasion, but has no idea of the extent of her drinking.
- Roger Ebert

Complete Review

When a Man Loves a Woman is a top of the line film from 1994. This movie stars Meg Ryan and Andy Garcia. This movie shows the affect addiction and alcoholism have on children, workplace, husband, and many others. It also allows you to see the codependency involved in these issues and the hope that comes from recovery. It is an outstanding movie that will touch your heart in more ways than one.

  – Damien B.

Meet our New Board Members

Chris Heyer

Chris has been an educator /administrator for 30+ years.  She retired in 2016 from Yavapai College teaching Business, Computer Science, and First Year Experience courses, and as the Adjunct Faculty Coordinator & District Assessment Director for Yavapai College, as well.  Chris enjoys community service and working with non-profit groups on leadership skills and organizational development.
Chris was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but moved west as soon as possible, living in Missoula, Montana until 1998 and then locating to Cornville, Arizona.
Career Highlights:
Chris has had a varied career working in education, corporate cultures, small business, non-profits, and self-employment.  Here are a few of her affiliations:
  • Teacher and Facilitator
  • University Faculty & Continuing Education Director
  • Organizational Development Consultant; specializing in non-profits and education
  • American Red Cross Chapter Director
  • Business Owner
  • Public Accounting Manager
  • Retail Business Manager

Education & Professional Credentials:
AA – Meramec Community College (now St. Louis Community College); Kirkwood, Missouri Transfer Associate of Arts
BS –UMSL – University of Missouri- St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri Business Management & Organizational Development; minor in Marketing
MBA – University of Montana, Missoula, Montana
Certified True Colors™ Facilitator since 2004
American Heart Association First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor since 2016

Chris’s Philosophy is that the “Glass is Full”.  She is quite happy to have a happy and loving husband and family, and to have had a career that she loves in a place that just happens to be gorgeous.


Jennifer Eddingfield

Hello! My Name is Jennifer Eddingfield. I'm 33 years old and I'm a single mom of a beautiful and sassy little 9 year girl old named Austyn.  I'm a native to Arizona but I love to travel and explore new places.

After having my daughter I started down a path that was destructive to not only me but my family as well. I became the family member you would never invite to functions because I was intoxicated. After a few years of destroying myself I finally sought help.

Steps to Recovery Homes took me in and helped me become the woman I am today. A woman I am proud to be.  I am currently 3 years clean/sober thanks to my higher power and the support I have received throughout these last few years from this program and family.

I love this program! I am very blessed to have been involved with the program even after I graduated. I am here because I hope to give back at least a little of what was so freely given to me. I hope to make a positive effect on this program and I am very grateful to have been given this opportunity.


Debbie Nelson

Skills and Strengths include:

  • Ceo Metanoia Guide 
  • Holistic Solutions for Addiction Recovery 
  • EMDR Energy Healing 
  • Amino acid / nutritional assessments for mental health and addiction recovery  
  • sound healing 
  • Medicinal oils 
  • Founder of Addiction Recovery Revolution
  • A thriving online community support.
  • Educational webinars providing innovative scientific holistic options for recovery   

Testimony


Coming to Steps to Recovery Homes has been a lifesaving and life changing experience for me.  Before coming to the Steps to Recovery Homes program, the last few months of my active addiction, I was homeless and bouncing back and forth between homeless shelters, a car, a tent and sometimes just walking the streets with nowhere to go.  Steps to Recovery Homes took me in when I literally wanted to die and taught me how to live without the use of alcohol and drugs.  They have so much love and compassion for their clients.  They taught me accountability, responsibility and how to love myself.  I learned to forgive myself through their program.  They provided help with transportation to and from meetings daily, life coaching sessions 5 days a week, monthly bus passes to help with transportation to get to and from work, etc… They also provided monthly Equine Therapy, Kayaking, Hot Yoga, Group Activities and Camping Trips.Thanks to my higher power and all of the things that their program has taught me I now have a new life and I’m so happy!  I have a job and have never missed a day of work, I have a place to live, and now I have a car.  Most importantly, I now have people in my life that love me and care about me and I’m rebuilding relationships with my children and family.  Steps to Recovery Homes has also become my family.  I could never thank them enough or show enough gratitude for saving my life.  They are like family to me.
~Heather Brockman

Get Your Tax Credit

 

It's that time of year when you get to specify your Arizona Tax Credit. Please consider giving to Steps to Recovery Homes. Help our future generations by supporting a solution to the #1 Crisis in the US Addiction. Visit link below and donate on line today!

https://stepstorecoveryhomes.org/az-tax-credit-donation/

The biggest thing is that some people do not understand the Tax Credit and how it works…

The following is good information to explain more about the Arizona State Tax Credits.
As Americans, a percentage of our earned income is taxed by our federal and state governments. If left alone, we have little control over where this money goes and often surrender it to programs outside our local communities.
Utilizing tax credits is a tangible way to ensure our hard-earned money is returned directly to organizations and programs that make an impact in our local economy. The Verde Valley Tax Credit Coalition is a group of non-profit organizations who collectively help increase local awareness of the AZ tax credit, primarily the overlooked AZ Charitable Tax Credit.
Data from AZ's Department of Revenue shows that Yavapai County maxed out its available funds for the School Tax Credit but fell considerably short on the available funds for the Charitable Tax Credit - suggesting many community members are not aware of the opportunity to easily support their local non-profits. 
What are Tax Credits?
A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction of the income tax you owe. For example, if you owe $1,000 in state taxes but are eligible for a $1,000 tax credit, your net liability drops to zero. Tax credits generally save you more in taxes than deductions because deductions only reduce the amount of your income that is subject to tax, whereas, credits directly reduce your tax bill (more).
Arizonians can utilize Charitable Tax Credits on top of Public School Tax Credit and Private School Tuition Tax Credit: (credit amounts determined by the State of Arizona Department of Revenue)

  • Qualifying Charitable Organizations (QCO): Up to $400 if filing individually, or $800 if married filing jointly
  • Qualifying Foster Care Charitable Organizations (QFCO): Up to $500 if filing individually, or $1,000 if married filing jointly
Credit amounts listed above are determined by the State of Arizona Department of Revenue. Contributions to QCOs and QFCOs do not influence the amount that can be claimed for each credit: meaning you can utilize BOTH tax credit opportunities in their entirety IN ADDITION TO school tax credits as long as your tax liability warrants (i.e. the total amount of each credit that a taxpayer may use for the taxable year cannot be greater than the tax liability shown on the tax return).
Be sure to speak with your local accountant for information regarding roll-over credits.
Please also note that the period for making eligible contributions has been extended this year! Donations to QCOs or QFCOs made on or before April 15th may be applied to the 2016 tax year.

Our Statistics

 

This is the last set of Statistics that we did (about 3 months ago)

1) Graduated since opening – 39
2) Clients currently in program – 13
3) Former clients continue to go to meetings – 72
4) How many Graduates are gainfully employed – 27 are gainfully employed. 6 – don’t know. 5 – other income (disability or tribal income). 1- no longer with us.
5) How many graduates have become Steps to Recovery Homes employees – 6
 
Other statistics

1) People we have served – 245 (Some of these people come in for a day – some stay for a year)
2) There are 76 people that I have no idea how they are doing. These individuals tend to relapse, so because we are just not sure, we assume they are not always on track. But this is not always true.
3) 169 people we do know a little of how their life is going. 117 people are being productive in life, holding jobs and not getting in trouble. 52 are not doing so well. Out of these 52, 11 are currently in jail and 6 are dead from this disease.
4) If we put all of the people we do not know about on the negative side with the people we do know are struggling, then, this means that 48 % of the people that have been our program for a length of time have learned something and applied it to their lives.
5) People that have been in the program that are gainfully employed – 101 that we know of.
6) 16 % that come into the program actually graduate and get a certificate
7) 31% we don’t hear from
8) 29.5% of former clients go to meetings
9) 4.5% of former clients are in jail (that we know about)
10) 48% are living a more productive life style
This means we are Rising Above and creating an environment that truly works if the clients take direction and continue to use the tools we have taught them when they leave. There is hope and there is a solution.
--- Damien B.

Dinner for Hope 2018


We are in the process of putting together our 4th annual Dinner for Hope. We will have new exciting ideas about entertainment and venues. Stay tuned. Our projected date is March 24th.

Miracles Happen

New Management

Come in and meet our new manager Cory Bullock. Cory has been through the Steps to Recovery Homes program and has a passion for giving back to those that suffer with addiction issues.

We look forward to working with Cory and seeing where his leadership skills take the store.

We have also just launched our new website for Miracles Happen. Please take a moment to check it out at miracleshappenresale.org.

Volunteer Work Force
 
We are going all out in the attempt to create a volunteer workforce at our store. It takes a lot of resources to help with all the addiction issues in our community and we need more people to step up and help out just a little so we can maximize the success rates of our clients

We are looking for everyone to commit to at least 1 hour per month with us. Please spread the word and get involved.
 

Ways to Save

  • Wednesday is Senior Day with a 20% discount for all seniors.
  • If you come in and do a Google, Yelp, and or Facebook Review and show the cashier you will receive 25% off any item.
  • Say you read the newsletter and get a 10% discount on anything in the store
  • Sales on Different Colored Tags – Every month a different colored tag goes on sale. It starts out at 25% off and goes to 75% off until we give the items away on our free table or donate them to another store
  • Watch for our holiday sales
  • Find a coupon- we have coupons that we hand out at many events =)
  • Look for our new Sales Calendar on our website. Miracleshappenresale.org

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

We are looking for feedback. We continue to do everything we can to raise the quality of our store while keeping the prices affordable for everyone.

We are very thankful for everyone in our community that continues to keep Miracles Happen a reality.

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

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

How You Can Help

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

Donations

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

We will pick up!
Contact Damien @ 928.592.2603 if you can help.

We are looking for

  • Volunteers
  • Board Members to help with our mission
  • Places to set up exhibit booths so we can get the word out
  • Businesses and organizations to do presentations
  • Contributions of cleaning supplies, toiletries, linens, furniture, other household items
  • Monetary donations for scholarships to help individuals who do not have the means (Get a 100% Tax Credit)
  • Grant Writers
  • Transition Mentors
Contact Damien at 928.592.2603 to learn more and see how you can be part of The Movement

 

Services
Education and Awareness Days/ Dumps Runs / Yard Work / Painting/ and much more…

Our Program

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


If you know someone that is suffering, Steps to Recovery Homes can make a huge difference. This program offers individuals a chance at finding a purpose in their lives.
We currently have 2 women's beds and 1 men's bed open here at Steps to Recovery Homes. If you know someone who is really sick and tired, and wants to change their lives for the better, let them know we can help.
Program offers

Roots Music Festival – Recap



The Northern Arizona Roots Music Festival was a huge success. Everyone had a lot of fun. We had 41 riders for the poker run and over 350 people attended the event. Not everyone stayed the whole time, but the people that did come had a blast, enjoying some of the 9 amazing bands that played. This was a sober and clean concert that was put on to help support individuals in recovery to be able to have fun without the heavy temptation that comes with most concerts that have alcohol readily available. We are very excited about making this a yearly event and will let everyone know as soon as we set a date for 2018.
A special Thank You to the following event sponsors:
  • The Collective
  • Northern Arizona Blues Alliance
  • Yavapai Apache Nation
  • Viewpoint Dual Recovery Center
  • Oxendale Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram
  • Jones Ford Verde Valley
  • Triple Point Recovery Homes
  • Red Mountain Sedona
  • D&K Cycle
  • Vince’s Auto Body
  • Thrivent Financial
  • Edward Jones – Mark Carlile
  • Homes and Land
  • Prescott Sober Living
  • Cottonwood Express Lube
  • Al Med
  • Law Tigers


 


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

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Giving Back - Appreciation Day
Free Breakfast

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

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

Erase the Stigma Update

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

Journal News Coverage

View our Facebook Album for more photos. Enjoy!

Northern Arizona American Roots Music Festival

Rock, Roll & Ride
Poker Run

Mark your calendar
Saturday, October 7, 2017

at the Collective
in the Village of Oak Creek

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

Testimony

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

~ Cory B.

Miracles Happen


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

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

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

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

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

How You Can Help

Volunteer

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

Donations

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


We will pick up!

Contact Damien @ 928.592.2603 if you can help.

We are looking for ...

Volunteers

Board Members to help with our mission

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

Businesses and organizations to do presentations too

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

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

Grant Writers

Transition Mentors

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

Really Making the Difference

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

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

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

What do we offer?

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


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


 

 

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

Erase the Stigma

The issue is real… so is the solution!

Free Community Event

June 24, 2017

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

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

Arizona declares opioid crisis a public-health emergency

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

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

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

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

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

READ COMPLETE ARTICLE

Mayor Elinski Interviews Damien & Anne Browning

Dinner for Hope Update

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

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

Anne Browning - NAWBO Shining Star

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

 


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

Damien and Anne talk about Dinner for Hope 2017

3rd ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DINNER FOR HOPE

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

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


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

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

Door Prizes:

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

Live Auction Items:

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

Silent Auction Items:

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

Raffle Items:

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

Visit Our Gallery of Items

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

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

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

Live Auction Items:

OUR 2017 SPONSORS

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

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

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