Introducing: First Steps Phase II!

First Steps Phase IIWe focused our special edition summer e-newsletter on all of the Coalition’s First Steps programs (First Steps Program and First Steps Phase II for men, and First Steps for Women). We didn’t want you to miss out and are inviting you to check out our e-newsletter. Our focus today, though, is (drum roll, please!) the First Steps Phase II program, which officially launched just last month!

To set the stage for this extension of our First Steps Program, you have to understand the intention of the basic First Steps Program:

The First Steps Program is the unique Coalition for the Homeless case-managed substance abuse recovery program for homeless men. With separate quarters in the Men’s Pavilion, this intensive residential rehabilitation program helps clients take initial steps toward self-sufficiency and sobriety. To learn more about the First Steps Program for men, click here.

With our original goal of bringing homeless addicts to self-sufficiency still fresh in our minds, we are thrilled to announce that the Coalition recently received funding to officially launch First Steps Phase II, a novel program designed to offer recovering addicts the next stage toward independence. Phase II provides Transitional Housing in the Coalition’s nine on-site transitional apartments for up to 32 men, all of whom have successfully completed First Steps or a similar program and are recovering from their addictions.

The goal of Phase II is to assist clients in maintaining a clean and sober lifestyle by offering a framework that helps them do so. Understanding that recovery is an ongoing process requiring the development of certain skills, case managers continue to assist clients (just like they do in the First Steps Program) in building the resiliency and self-sufficiency traits necessary for reintegration into the community.

A six to eight month program, First Steps Phase II Transitional Housing offers clients the opportunity to grow in their recovery, discuss real life issues, learn relapse prevention techniques, and benefit from group support. Supported by 12 step recovery strategies, the environment will help enhance the opportunity for success. The Coalition’s goal is that the structure and encouragement in First Steps Phase II will provide clients the additional time, over and above their First Steps or other recovery program, to practice the skills necessary to live independently.

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