Since 1983 Step Denver has helped low-income men overcome the consequences of addiction and rebuild their lives through sobriety, work and accountability. The ultimate goal of the Step Denver program is to have its residents transition to safe, sober living environments where they may become productive, contributing members of their community and families.
Step Denver was established in 1983 after a group of recovering alcoholics and addicts came together with a shared desire to help homeless men living in Denver achieve sobriety. Through their own experiences, these individuals recognized sobriety to be the answer to homelessness. However, they also knew that abstinence is only half the battle, and that sustained, long-term recovery is best achieved through rehabilitation, economic opportunity, and self-reliance. With this understanding, they converted a used warehouse in the heart of Denver's "Skid Row" into a residential recovery facility, and founded Step 13, now Step Denver. Today, through a program focusing on sobriety, work, and accountability, Step Denver seeks to provide homeless men an opportunity to recover from the disease of addiction and become productive members of the community.
Step Denver's programs and services extend beyond treating the symptoms of homelessness to address its root causes through comprehensive addiction services and peer support in conjunction with personal development and job placement. Although recovery is at the heart of the organization's residential community, it is this emphasis on fostering economic mobility that sets Step Denver apart from other organizations. Notably, while 99% of the men entering into the program last year were unemployed and qualified as homeless, 100% successfully obtained and maintained a full-time, tax-paying job within the first month of the program. In addition, nearly one in four of those residents found higher paying jobs or jobs that they reported met their goals for their desired career path. Through this unique approach, Step Denver's goal is to end the cycle of homelessness by empowering men to recover, reintegrate into society, and ultimately, own their future.
"Once you realize that your've hit bottom it's time to try something different. Step Denver gave me that opportunity. I'm sober now and at this point in my recovery, staying sober is my main concern. Living at Step Denver has helped me in so many ways. Doing the right thing and following the rules here has helped me do the right thing in the world, too." John E., Step Denver Resident.
"Because of my addiction I lost my family, my relationship with God and my self-esteem. At that point I guess you could say I was ready for what Step Denver was offering...tools to come back. It's structured, safe, sober and affordable. At Step Denver you learn you are not alone. With the support of fellow residents and staff you can get your life, your health and yourself back." Loyd D., Step Denver graduate.