Step Denver

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Step Denver​​​​​​​
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(2017)Step 13
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2029 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80205
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Mission Statement

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.

Organization History

Step Denver was founded in 1983 by a group of recovering alcoholics and addicts joining forces to help homeless men in Denver. Through their own experiences, these individuals recognized sobriety as the primary solution to homelessness. They also knew abstinence is only half the battle and that sustained, long-term addiction recovery is best achieved through rehabilitation, economic opportunity, and self-reliance.

This committed group of individuals converted a used warehouse in the heart of Denver's "skid row" into a residential facility and founded Step 13, now Step Denver. Legendary leader Bob Cote established a strong philosophy regarding the power of work; that being rewarded for one's responsibility, hard work, and effort is an essential contributor to achieving lasting recovery.

Today, through a robust program centered on sobriety, work, and accountability, Step Denver seeks to provide men with the time, community, and structure necessary for sustained recovery and a meaningful life.


"I entered the program and one year later I had a college degree. I could not have gotten here without the help of Step Denver. They saved my life." Michael T., Step Denver Alumni

"Once you realize that you'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 to come back. It is 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.

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